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A social beauty, a brutal demise for beloved Busch Gardens flamingo Pinky

A social beauty, a brutal demise for beloved Busch Gardens flamingo Pinky

TAMPA — Flamingos stomp their feet to bring delicious critters to the water’s surface. But when Pinky did it, people were entertained. She was one of Busch Garden’s animal ambassadors, danced the flamenco on TV and delighted dele...
Updated one month ago
Fire erupts at Town ‘N Country mosque for second time in 10 days

Fire erupts at Town ‘N Country mosque for second time in 10 days

TAMPA — Flames erupted Wednesday at a Town ‘N Country mosque for the second time in 10 days, leaving local and federal investigators looking for answers.
Updated one month ago
City fires garage security firm after altercation involving armed guard

City fires garage security firm after altercation involving armed guard

TAMPA — The city of Tampa is firing a security firm whose guard is accused of shooting at two men in an Ybor City parking garage.
Updated one month ago
Separate fires at Hillsborough County shia mosques both deemed accidental

Separate fires at Hillsborough County shia mosques both deemed accidental

TOWN ‘N COUNTRY — The smell of charred wood still hangs on the musty air inside the little mosque off George Road. On Thursday morning, leaders of the Muslim worship space strolled over soggy carpets, past scorched walls and under caved...
Updated one month ago
Tampa police use Taser to subdue man who resisted arrest playing Pokémon Go after hours at park (w/video)

Tampa police use Taser to subdue man who resisted arrest playing Pokémon Go after hours at park (w/video)

TAMPA — Police used a Taser on a 20-year-old man who was so focused on playing Pokémon Go he refused to leave Ballast Point Park, a local hot-spot for the popular smartphone game.
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Tampa Bay’s black officers caught in middle of national debate over police and race

Tampa Bay’s black officers caught in middle of national debate over police and race

St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway lost friends when he decided to become a cop.
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Autopsy reports: Ecstasy abuse caused deaths after Sunset Music Festival

Autopsy reports: Ecstasy abuse caused deaths after Sunset Music Festival

TAMPA — Abuse of the drug ecstasy killed two people attending the Sunset Music Festival in late May, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner said in a report released Monday.
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Oldsmar neighbor feud ends in murder-suicide, sheriff says

Oldsmar neighbor feud ends in murder-suicide, sheriff says

OLDSMAR — A feud between two men in a mobile home community turned deadly Saturday evening, when one man shot his neighbor six times in the street, killing him. The shooter then returned his home, put the gun in his mouth and committed suicide,...
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Pinellas employees ran their own charity on taxpayer time, using taxpayer equipment

Pinellas employees ran their own charity on taxpayer time, using taxpayer equipment

When two top employees of the Pinellas County Human Resources Department were supposed to be working for taxpayers, an internal report shows they were actually working for their own charity — on taxpayer time, using taxpayer equipment.
Updated one month ago

Woman killed in head-on collision east of Tampa

TAMPA — A Tampa woman was killed in a head-on collision early Sunday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
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