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From creepy masks to the closing circus, it's a hard time to be a clown

From creepy masks to the closing circus, it's a hard time to be a clown

When the clowns found out the circus was closing, they turned their red noses to each other for support.It had been a hard year already. Their centuries-old art form had been reduced to a punchline for creepy clown sightings. And now, corporate manag...
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Florida child welfare system under-performing for foster kids, study finds

TAMPA — A federal agency has given the Florida Department of Children and Families 90 days to come up with a plan to improve its care of foster kids after a study found the state is underperforming in critical areas.The "Children and Family Ser...
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State officials unveil a new vision for the future of the Howard Frankland Bridge

State officials unveil a new vision for the future of the Howard Frankland Bridge

TAMPA — State officials unveiled a new vision for the future Howard Frankland Bridge on Thursday. It will look far different from what commuters are used to driving today:There will be two bridges with a total of eight free lanes and two expres...
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Donald Trump presidency gives Republicans free reign at last: Time to deliver

Donald Trump presidency gives Republicans free reign at last: Time to deliver

WASHINGTON — Ebullient Republicans celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration today see so much opportunity: Rid America of the Obamacare scourge, slash stifling government regulations and taxes, overhaul the tax system, reassert America's authori...
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Lightning loses to Sharks (w/ video)

Lightning loses to Sharks (w/ video)

SAN JOSE, Cali - Coach Jon Cooper said his team is in desperation mode, where it needs points out of every game to get back in the playoff race.That's why this one hurts, a 2-1 loss to the Sharks at the SAP Center Thursday night. The Lightning (21-21...
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Spring Hill woman dies after semi slams into back of her car on I-75 in Tampa

A semi tractor-trailer slammed into stopped traffic on northbound Interstate 75 on Thursday night, causing a chain-reaction crash that involved four other vehicles and killed one woman, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Pedro Martinez-Fernande...
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Duke Energy agrees to $600,000 antitrust settlement over Polk plant

Duke Energy agrees to $600,000 antitrust settlement over Polk plant

Duke Energy has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department accusing it of breaking antitrust law in the purchase of an independent power plant in Polk County.Duke Energy admitted no wrongdoing in a case in ...
Published: 01/20/17
Here are Tampa Bay's 25 priciest homes of 2016

Here are Tampa Bay's 25 priciest homes of 2016

Tampa Bay's luxury market roared back to life in 2016 as an improving economy drove sales of high-end homes to a level not seen in years. Of the 25 most expensive houses and condos sold last year, eight went for more than $6 million. In 2015, there w...
Published: 01/20/17
New appointments involving HSN, WellCare Health Plans and Cushman & Wakefield head this week's list of Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

New appointments involving HSN, WellCare Health Plans and Cushman & Wakefield head this week's list of Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

Retail The National Retail Federation elected HSN CEO Mindy Grossman as chairman of the NRF board of directors, succeeding Kip Tindell, co-founder and chairman of The Container Store. Grossman, who will serve a two-year-term, was elected as the board...
Published: 01/19/17
Details emerge in case against Tampa officer charged in traffic-stop sex assault

Details emerge in case against Tampa officer charged in traffic-stop sex assault

TAMPA — On Feb. 1 last year, a Tampa cop stopped a woman for speeding outside WestShore Plaza.He would later say she got out of her car several times and had trouble answering questions. He didn't think she was drunk, but she seemed "off." He l...
Published: 01/19/17