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Irma's death toll in Florida rises to 42, but will grow

Irma's death toll in Florida rises to 42, but will grow

TALLAHASSEE —Deadly carbon monoxide fumes have killed 11 people in Florida as Hurricane Irma's death toll rose to 42 on Tuesday, state officials reported.The numbers are also preliminary, as there are several known deaths still not included on ...
Published: 09/19/17
Key performances and a sizzling script elevate Heather Theatre's 'Disgraced'

Key performances and a sizzling script elevate Heather Theatre's 'Disgraced'

TAMPA — When you step into the world of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar's taut drama centered on two couples at a Manhattan dinner party, you never feel secure about where you sit. No one really can.Assimilated Pakistani lawyer Amir Kapoor and his Ameri...
Published: 09/19/17
Another Hollywood nursing home resident dies. It's the 9th in post-Irma tragedy.

Another Hollywood nursing home resident dies. It's the 9th in post-Irma tragedy.

The Broward County Medical Examiner's office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Ir...
Published: 09/19/17
Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget

Hillsborough School Board approves 2017-18 budget

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board on Tuesday approved a budget of $2.83 billion for the 2017-18 school year.Property taxes for schools will be $6.60 per $1,000 of assessed value. For a house valued at $125,000, with a $25,000 homeste...
Published: 09/19/17
Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

LARGO — They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.But Pinellas County school officials nevertheless moved ahead Tuesday with their long-discussed plans to join a lawsuit challenging a controversia...
Published: 09/19/17
Duke Energy Florida president answers questions about utility's response to Irma

Duke Energy Florida president answers questions about utility's response to Irma

ST. PETERSBURG — After more than a week since Hurricane Irma knocked out power to millions of Floridians, Duke Energy announced it will finish its restoration efforts Tuesday.Duke Energy Florida's president Harry Sideris apologized for power no...
Published: 09/19/17

Bicyclist in critical condition after colliding with car in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist remained in critical condition after he ran a red light and was struck by a car on Monday night, according to St. Petersburg police.The incident took place at about 9:21 p.m. Polie said Stephanie Brown, 26, of St. P...
Published: 09/19/17
Police seek suspect in attack on elderly woman in St. Petersburg (w/video)

Police seek suspect in attack on elderly woman in St. Petersburg (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — Police need the public's help finding a woman they say violently attacked a 69-year-old woman earlier this month.The suspect approached the 69-year-old woman in a Lowe's parking lot on Sept. 9 and asked if she would buy her gas...
Published: 09/19/17
After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana

After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana

As the holiest days of the Jewish calendar approached, so did Hurricane Irma.While residents prepared for the storm and weighed whether to stay or evacuate, Tampa Bay's temples and synagogues secured sacred Torah scrolls and assessed how the storm co...
Published: 09/19/17
Puerto Ricans in Tampa Bay wait with dread as Hurricane Maria approaches island

Puerto Ricans in Tampa Bay wait with dread as Hurricane Maria approaches island

TAMPA — As Hurricane Maria swirled in the Atlantic Ocean, Sarykarmen Rivera got a phone call from her parents in Puerto Rico. They had an ominous message.We think it's going to make a direct hit here."I try to be the strong daughter, but I have...
Published: 09/19/17