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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
In Harm's Way: One child is shot every 17 hours.
Patricia Davis, mother of Ikeim Boswell, holds an urn with her son's ashes in her Tampa home. Ikeim was 16 on March 14, 2015, when he was fatally shot. Read our special report this morning on child gun deaths and injuries in Florida:
TAMPA — Huddled in a backyard shed in Sulphur Springs, the four boys examined their prize: a .380 caliber pistol so smooth it looked like a futuristic toy.
Meghan Yarborough rides a horse during an equestrian skills event for the Special Olympics at the Bakas Equestrian Center in Tampa. Since 2001, physically and mentally disabled children have experienced the joy of horse-riding and forged deep connections with the animals at Bakas Equestrian Center.  Parents say the time with horses gives their children more confidence and self-esteem and helps them improve their balance and coordination. [Saturday, February 18, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Hillsborough landowner says she didn't know moving a center for special-needs kids was part of deal
Kadeem Grant, 25, right, of Tampa helps coach Jim Rogers, 19, center, and his older brother Dennis Rogers, 22, during their sign spinning training class at the AArrow Sign Spinners office in Tampa. Grant, general manager at the Tampa location, will participate in the World Sign Spinning Championships on February 24th and 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Tampa sign spinners twirl to the World Sign Spinning Championships (w/video)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston exchanges high fives with students Wednesday at Melrose Elementary.
Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video)

Fun Fact

US & World

Hospitalized asylum seeker returned to detention center
Immigration officials have confirmed that a Salvadoran woman seeking asylum was returned to a Texas detention center after spending almost two weeks in a hospital
Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press
Mom who decapitated baby gets 15 years to life in prison
Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests
Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared of protesters
US factory CEOs to Trump: Jobs exist; skills don't

Florida

No warning: Florida woman gets win ahead of murder trial
A Florida woman charged with coercing her son to kill his father was dealt a victory by the Florida Supreme Court when it ruled that her interview with police can't be used at trial
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Midday' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Midday' game
Dueling hands: Legislators on collision course over gambling

Politics

Harrison drops out of DNC race, backs Perez
South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison is exiting the race for Democratic National Committee chairman and throwing his support to Tom Perez, solidifying the former Labor Secretary's place as the front-runner in the still-volatile contest
NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection
DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump
South Dakota House approves limits on out-of-state donations
Vermont House recount ends after ballot discrepancy found
Poll: Trump approval rating at 51 percent in Tennessee

Sports

IAAF clears 3 Russians to compete at European indoors
Track and field authorities have cleared three Russian athletes to compete as neutral participants at next month's European indoor track championships
MLB players union head says 2020 Olympics difficult
Buccaneers cut CB Verner, save $6.5 million against cap
2024: A tale of two cities and an uncertain Olympic future
English champion Leicester fires Ranieri as relegation looms
Conspiracy charge added against Penn State ex-administrators

Offbeat

Minneapolis women line up for 'she persisted' tattoos
So many women showed up at a Minneapolis tattoo parlor for a permanent reminder of female empowerment that it had to turn away some latecomers
Zoo: Live video of giraffe giving birth was labeled explicit
Woman's sassy obit warns people to wait to claim her stuff
Henryetta abolishes decades-old dance ban
Correction: France-Michelin Mistake story
Cute calf video draws activists fearful of animal's fate