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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Tampa Bay is ground-zero for assignment of benefits cases over broken auto glass

Tampa Bay is ground-zero for assignment of benefits cases over broken auto glass

When Rachel Thorpe tried to renew her auto insurance last year for her Toyta RAV4, she was stunned to see her monthly premium had nearly doubled to $600. The Sarasota driver was baffled since her only recent claim was over a broken windshield. The pr...
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Siesta Beach tops Dr. Beach's rankings of best locations in America

Siesta Beach tops Dr. Beach's rankings of best locations in America

Three beaches in Florida made it on a highly coveted list of the top 10 in America this year, ranked by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach."Siesta Beach in Sarasota took the No. 1 spot while Caladesi Island State Park in Pinellas County landed...
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Hometown North Pinellas

Hometown North Pinellas

Local airmen graduate basic training: U.S. Air Force Airmen Jeremiah Wright and Philip Goode graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in mili...
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Palm Harbor boat dealer facing litany of complaints of bad deals

Palm Harbor boat dealer facing litany of complaints of bad deals

PALM HARBOR — With an aging father sick in the hospital and a son just graduating from high school, Andrew Kashella was between jobs and knew what he had to do.His 21½-foot Sea Pro, the first boat he has ever owned, had to go. Hearing Gulf...
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Pinellas education news: new principals, National Merit winners, summer writing camp and more

Top administrators named at schoolsThe Pinellas County School Board approved a number of administrative changes at a special meeting this week, part of the turnover process that routinely occurs at the end of the school year. The board followed the r...
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Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

Magnolia BallIn gratitude for lifesaving research and treatments, former Moffitt Cancer Center patients, their loved ones and inspired donors raised a record-smashing $4 million at the 24th annual Magnolia Ball, an elegant, $1,500-ticket dinner in a ...
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For ECHO's Burr, achievements defy laws of time

For ECHO's Burr, achievements defy laws of time

BRANDON — Sharmaine Burr awoke on May 20 full of emotion.As she prepared to commence with St. Leo University students in the Tampa Convention Center and accept her bachelors degree in social work, she reviewed a list of achievements that defy t...
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Find A Friend: Tiana the Tabby

Find A Friend: Tiana the Tabby

Hard to imagine any creature that just turned the impulsive 1-year-old birthday corner could be described as "shy and retiring." Maybe being a young, single mother of multiples will do that, but one thing's for sure: Tiana the brown and orange tiger ...
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'Superhero' family sharpens focus on special needs adoptions

'Superhero' family sharpens focus on special needs adoptions

TAMPABatman, Superman and Spider-Man rose from orphan beginnings to become superheroes known for their feats of strength and heroic deeds.That's why brothers Alex and Tanner Hart wore Spider-Man and Batman bow ties at Edgecomb Courthouse on Monday (M...
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AHN program has wide benefit

AHN program has wide benefit

Like a tiny bud, they entered to grow.They longed for nurturing. They hoped to blossom.And four years after they enrolled at Academy of the Holy Names, Teresa Toranzo, Lisette Cruz, and Khalea Armstrong graduated Thursday in full bloom. Toranzo will ...
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