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University of Tampa divers help pull up nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads from Seddon Channel

University of Tampa divers help pull up nearly 100 pounds of Gasparilla beads from Seddon Channel

TAMPA — In the murky depths off Davis Islands, Matt Gamache scanned the bottom of the Seddon Channel for sunken trash that had once been treasure.And there it was, like a string of colorful pearls nestled among the silt-covered rocks and oyster...
Updated: 8 minutes ago

Sponsored content: Local credit union gives back to help Tampa Bay community grow

The importance of community should never be underestimated.Without collaboration or the wellspring of ideas, improvements and revolutions that communities provide, our economy simply isn't able to thrive or reach its full potential.Grow Financial und...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Boy, 13, dies after drunk former cop plows into five kids at school bus stop

Deputies: Boy, 13, dies after drunk former cop plows into five kids at school bus stop

Jonathan Quintana's daughter called him after she stepped off the school bus Thursday, just like she always does, to let him know she was walking home.Then she started screaming."Dad, dad, help me!" said Quintana, a deputy with the Polk County Sherif...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Brandon Walmart rolls back hours and calls to local law enforcement

Brandon Walmart rolls back hours and calls to local law enforcement

BRANDONThere was only one reason why Edelseiln Vargas would travel to his neighborhood Walmart Supercenter after 10 p.m. on a Wednesday. His 7-month-old son was out of diapers and Walmart is always open, he said.But the days of 24-hour shopping at th...
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Editorial: A volunteer example for all

The Tampa Bay region is rich with residents who give their time and talents every day, helping in classrooms, cleaning up beaches and parks, comforting patients in nursing homes and hospitals. Most of their work is unseen and uncelebrated. That's the...
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Editorials: Hillsborough schools, county plan for growth

Editorials: Hillsborough schools, county plan for growth

Hillsborough County's growing pains are coming into full view as county commissioners and School Board members grapple with how to pay for billions of dollars in new roads, mass transit, classrooms, policing, fire and other essential needs to serve t...
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Column: Clearwater Marine Aquarium responds to Church of Scientology's attack

Column: Clearwater Marine Aquarium responds to Church of Scientology's attack

The Church of Scientology went out of its way last week to disparage the good reputation and hard work of our popular Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Perhaps not coincidentally, this comes after the aquarium refused to break its written commitment and de...
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Saturday's letters: Bill promotes exercise, better health

Open playgroundsBill promotes exercise and healthChildren should be able to play on their school's playground and run around the track even when school is not is session. That's why the American Heart Association supports Open Playgrounds/Shared Use ...
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Editorial: Moving Pinellas principal after racial remark was correct

The principal of a south St. Petersburg elementary school who sent a racially inappropriate directive to her staff was quickly moved out of the school, the right outcome and a reminder that words matter.Christine Hoffman, who was promoted this year f...
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Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

CLEARWATER — It's Joseph Schwartz's 85th birthday.On this weekday in April, he's in the living room where a black Steinway takes up most of the space. Sounds bounce off the terrazzo floor, to a sliding glass door and small swimming pool on the ...
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