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Pasco burglars attempt -- sort of -- jewelry store heist (w/video)

LUTZ — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video Friday of three men trying — and failing — to rob a jewelry store in broad daylight.The incident took place at 10:55 a.m. in front of Kiefer Jewelers on State Road...
Published: 07/21/17
Disabled Tampa man takes his story to center of health care debate

Disabled Tampa man takes his story to center of health care debate

Michael Phillips was hunting demons Monday night when the news broke: The Senate health care bill was dying.He ditched World of Warcraft for MSNBC and texted his mom in the next room — "Yay!" Phillips is severely disabled from a rare genetic di...
Published: 07/21/17
After alcohol-fueled police chase, Clearwater police say beach driver threatened them

After alcohol-fueled police chase, Clearwater police say beach driver threatened them

CLEARWATER — Ryan Michael Stiles' erratic behavior didn't end after his Jeep Cherokee halted in the sand following what police called a "liquor-fueled joy ride" up the beach.Officers said the 27-year-old who live-streamed himself drinking and d...
Published: 07/21/17
Photo gallery: Minors also a training ground for umpires with big-league dreams

Photo gallery: Minors also a training ground for umpires with big-league dreams

Taylor Payne, 24, and Tom Fornarola, 23, are two of the 23 first-year umpires scattered around the bottom rungs of minor-league baseball this summer. They never met until they were assigned together but quickly developed a strong rapport. Like the pl...
Published: 07/21/17
'The Little Couple' star Jen Arnold talks about return to St. Petersburg's Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

'The Little Couple' star Jen Arnold talks about return to St. Petersburg's Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG — Standing in front of an infant mannequin, Dr. Jen Arnold smiled as she spoke about her future here.Arnold, who stars in the TLC series The Little Couple, explained Friday afternoon her plans to shape Johns Hopkins All Children'...
Published: 07/21/17
Is sinkhole damage sinking Tampa Bay property values?

Is sinkhole damage sinking Tampa Bay property values?

On a scale of desirability, the house for sale on Whittner Drive in Land O' Lakes would rank fairly low. It's a short sale; it sits on an unstabilized sinkhole and it's within a few miles of two houses that collapsed into a gargantuan hole July 14. P...
Published: 07/21/17

Local officials say a more generous homestead exemption could reduce government services

TAMPA — Local government officials bemoaned the likely effect of a voter-approved increase in the homestead tax exemption — even a Florida TaxWatch spokesman opposed it — in a Tampa Tiger Bay Club forum Friday.But the panel that dis...
Published: 07/21/17
After huge sinkhole opens, residents weigh future with unease

After huge sinkhole opens, residents weigh future with unease

LAND O'LAKES — The wood floors creak each time Kendra Denzik dashes inside her darkened home to grab fresh clothes. She can't help but panic when they do.Popping noises can be a warning sign of imminent sinkhole collapse.The last time Denzik or...
Published: 07/21/17

Adam Smith: Here's the path to a Gov. Jack Latvala

CLEARWATER — Jack Latvala, the wily Republican state senator and longtime fixture of Tampa Bay politics, probably will announce his candidacy for governor on Aug. 16. He said as much to the more than 100 friends at his vacation home in Maine la...
Published: 07/21/17
Tampa Club president seeks assessment fee from members

Tampa Club president seeks assessment fee from members

TAMPA — The president of the Tampa Club said he asked members last month to pay an additional assessment fee to provide "additional revenue." However, Ron Licata said Friday that the downtown business group is not in a dire financial situation....
Published: 07/21/17