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Dade City's Wild Things blocks PETA officials at gates for court-ordered site inspection

Dade City's Wild Things blocks PETA officials at gates for court-ordered site inspection

Times Staff WriterDADE CITY — Dade City's Wild Things founder Kathy Stearns refused to let People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals officials enter her facility on Thursday for a court-ordered inspection, court filings show. The inspection w...
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Port Richey man solicited sex from 13-year-old, Pasco authorities say

Port Richey man solicited sex from 13-year-old, Pasco authorities say

PORT RICHEY — A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he solicited sex from a 13-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr.Shawn Daly was arrested on a charge of solicitation for sexual conduct with a c...
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Man taken into custody after live streaming drive along Clearwater Beach sand

Man taken into custody after live streaming drive along Clearwater Beach sand

CLEARWATER — Clearwater Police took a man into custody Thursday afternoon after, they said, he drove his car over beach chairs and umbrellas along Clearwater Beach and streamed it on Facebook.The man, who has not been identified, was stopped on...
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Pasco commuters watch out: Broken water main restricts State Road 52

NEW PORT RICHEY — A water main break has caused a portion of State Road 52 — one of the busiest roads in Pasco County — to buckle on Thursday afternoon, reducing three lanes of westbound traffic to just one.Pasco County Utilities re...
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The next step in a sex abuse survivor's recovery: Erasing her tattoo

The next step in a sex abuse survivor's recovery: Erasing her tattoo

TAMPA — Even after 20 years, Sufiyah can't escape the memories of being sexually exploited by gang members as a teenager. The tattoo makes it impossible. There it sits, a small gang symbol etched between her left thumb and index finger. Every t...
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Once trapped and wounded, manatee and calf return to the wild

Once trapped and wounded, manatee and calf return to the wild

NEW PORT RICHEY — The small crowd readied cameras and craned their necks, peering over heads and through bodies to try and catch a glimpse. Brittany Pharel, 10, wanted to see the hulking manatees, a mother and her calf, laid out on blue tarps T...
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New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

EAST LAKE — Mike Siebel bikes the Pinellas Trail four days a week and loops up and down the Suncoast Trail at least a couple of times every year. A 68-year-old cycling diehard, he was so eager for the opening of the 5-mile segment extending the...
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Even transit leaders don't rely on their own buses

Even transit leaders don't rely on their own buses

The debate over if and how to expand Tampa Bay's transit system has dominated civic discussions for decades. The region's bus system lags behind almost every other major city when it comes to frequency, spending and access to jobs.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: ...
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Unexpected weak quarter at MarineMax slashes boating retailer shares nearly 25 percent

Unexpected weak quarter at MarineMax slashes boating retailer shares nearly 25 percent

CLEARWATER — Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, a boating business leader issued a small craft warning.Clearwater's MarineMax, the national's largest recreational boating and yacht retailer, reported weak quarterly fin...
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Editorial: Buckhorn's proposed tax increase is too high for Tampa

Editorial: Buckhorn's proposed tax increase is too high for Tampa

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's proposed city budget for 2018 confronts some hard realities of the times. With debt payments looming and another fire station opening in fast-growing north Tampa, the City Council needs to consider raising property taxes, e...
Updated: 2 hours ago