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Friday, Jul 28, 2017
Once a rare disease nearly killed her, now this teen is ready to meet a princess
Marina Khimko laughs while waiting for her prosthetist, Jason Myers, to prepare her prosthetic legs for a fitting during a Dec. 7 appointment at the Shriners Hospital for Children. [ANDRES LEIVA  |  Times]
Everything was packed for Walt Disney World. Clothes for three nights. The pressurized air vest and pump that travel with her. The dress she would wear to meet Cinderella.Only Marina Khimko's shins and feet were missing. But the 14-year-old girl and...
ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   TimesA heart-shaped box containing Katie Golden's ashes sits next to her picture at her family's South Tampa home. Katie died from a drug overdose in April 2017. She was only 17-years-old.
Parents of Plant High cheerleader urge others to learn from her death by heroin overdose
Aquarium curator Carol Audette touches noses with Snooty the manatee in 2001 at the South Florida Museum. Snooty was 53 then. [Times 2001]
Epilogue: Snooty, 69, a breed apart from other manatees (w/video)
Jermaine Ferguson takes the $5 entry fee from a visitor at Fort De Soto Park on Wednesday. Pasco County has done away with recession era park fees, but Hillsborough and Pinellas county plan to continue to charge people to use parks like Fort De Soto and Lettuce Lake Park. LARA CERRI   |   Times
Hillsborough and Pinellas to keep park entry fees, while Pasco makes them free again

Fun Fact

Florida

Florida man dies while snorkeling during lobster miniseason
Wildlife officials in Florida say a 79-year-old man has died while searching for lobsters
Elderly Florida man dies after being run over by tractor
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Evening' game

Offbeat

77-pound tortoise back with NY family after wandering away
The owners of a 77-pound tortoise found on the side of a Long Island road in New York have claimed their wayward, slow-moving pet
Firefighters rescue Ohio woman entangled by boa constrictor
South Korean leader adopts dog saved from possible slaughter
Authorities: Man robs bank, then gets naked and throws money
Police looking for owner of 77-pound tortoise found on road
Woman escapes as car falls into hole in Florida driveway