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Former Osceola band director charged with sex with students

Former Osceola band director charged with sex with studentsA former Poinciana High School band director faces charges for allegedly having sex with with two students, and authorities say there might be more victims.
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  • 13 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Police arrest 2 teens for prostitution ring

Police arrest 2 teens for prostitution ringVenice police are investigating an alleged prostitution ring of Venice and Riverview High students that was run by another student, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
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  • 13 hours, 32 minutes ago
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Tampa protesters rally in rain at courthouse

Tampa protesters rally in rain at courthouseAround 40 people rallied and chanted in Tampa, despite steady rain all morning, protesting in response to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.
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  • 13 hours, 33 minutes ago
Entertainment

'Dolphin Tale' star launches music career at CMA

'Dolphin Tale' star launches music career at CMA'Dolphin Tale' star Cozi Zuehlsdorff launches music career at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
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  • 15 hours, 18 minutes ago
Local

Pinellas 911 center hit by lightning, other woes

Pinellas 911 center hit by lightning, other woesPinellas County has completed improvements to its 911 call center after lightning cut the facility's power in August and other problems, according to a 16-page report released Tuesday.
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  • 15 hours, 39 minutes ago
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School employee arrested for installing malware

School employee arrested for installing malwareInvestigators say Michael Levanti, a tech support employee, had installed a program known as CCleaner into the central server.
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  • 17 hours, 39 minutes ago
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Lightning strike causes fire at tennis resort

Lightning strike causes fire at tennis resortCedars Tennis and Fitness Club lost power after the strike.
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  • 18 hours, 32 minutes ago
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2 pit bulls shot by neighbor

2 pit bulls shot by neighborA dog owner could could be charged with an ordinance violation after her two pit bulls reportedly attacked a neighbor and were shot Monday.
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  • 18 hours, 45 minutes ago
Florida

UPDATE: Missing Lake Worth teen found

UPDATE: Missing Lake Worth teen foundA Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for 15-year-old Matthew Dean who was last seen in Lake Worth, Florida.
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  • 19 hours ago
Local

Crossing Guard hit by car last month dies

Crossing Guard hit by car last month diesA Polk County Crossing guard who was run over in a cross walk last month has died.
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  • 19 hours, 2 minutes ago
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SUV crashes into Valrico home

SUV crashes into Valrico homeNo one was hurt Tuesday morning, after a vehicle crashed through a Valrico house.
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  • 19 hours, 37 minutes ago
Florida

Ping pong ball determines city council seat

Ping pong ball determines city council seatA major decision left to a game of chance.
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  • 20 hours, 51 minutes ago
Local

Police: Pinellas Park man shoots self in face

Police: Pinellas Park man shoots self in faceAuthorities say a man accidentally shot himself in the face while arguing with his wife in their Pinellas Park home.
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  • 21 hours, 13 minutes ago
Florida

Woman who branded children gets probation

Woman who branded children gets probationA southwest Florida woman accused of branding her two children with a heated stick has been sentenced to three years of probation.
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  • 21 hours, 19 minutes ago
Local

St. Pete approves recycling contracts

St. Pete approves recycling contractsIt will cost residents $2.95 a month to participate.
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  • 21 hours, 28 minutes ago
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2 break into Raymond James concession stand

2 break into Raymond James concession standPolice say two suspects -- a man and a woman -- hopped a fence and pried open a door to a concession stand, but fled when police arrived.
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  • 21 hours, 35 minutes ago
Florida

Dead whale washes ashore on Pensacola Beach

Dead whale washes ashore on Pensacola BeachBeach visitors were caught off guard early Monday morning to find a deceased Beaked Whale on shore near Margaritaville Hotel on Pensacola Beach.
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  • 22 hours, 46 minutes ago
Florida

Crews find body of missing Florida fisherman

Crews find body of missing Florida fishermanThe search continues for one of two fishermen who were reported overdue from a fishing trip.
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  • 22 hours, 49 minutes ago
Local

President's sexual assault email stirs Eckerd College

President's sexual assault email stirs Eckerd CollegeA big controversy has started on a small campus after an email on sexual assault is sent to the student body of Eckerd College.
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  • 1 day, 6 hours ago
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Woman recounts voicemails from FSU gunman

Woman recounts voicemails from FSU gunmanRenee Pittman says Myron May left her several messages saying, "I do not want to die in vain."
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  • 1 day, 6 hours ago
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Manatee inmate flees work farm, steals truck

Manatee inmate flees work farm, steals truckA Manatee prisoner digs out of the work farm, arjacks elderly couple's truck
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
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Clearwater officer struck by van in traffic

Clearwater officer struck by van in trafficA Clearwater police officer working an off-duty traffic patrol was struck by a minivan and seriously injured.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Florida

Special election set for Tampa seat

Special election set for Tampa seatA new election has been set after the Florida House recently rejected the results from a Tampa Bay area legislative race.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Local

Dozier School victim buried in Plant City

Dozier School victim buried in Plant CityGrief and relief have finally arrived for a Bay area family as one of the dozens of boys found in unmarked graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys is laid to rest.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Florida

Florida corrections secretary is resigning

Florida corrections secretary is resigningFlorida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews is resigning at the end of the month.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
Local

FSU shooting victim paralyzed

FSU shooting victim paralyzedA family member says a Florida State University student shot outside the campus library is paralyzed from the waist down.
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  • 1 day, 12 hours ago
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Another hole opens in Holiday mobile home park

Another hole opens in Holiday mobile home parkJust two days after two gaping sinkholes at a mobile home park in Pasco County were filled, another adjacent hole has opened up, swallowing part of a woman's driveway in Holiday.
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  • 1 day, 13 hours ago
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Polk operation nets 37 shoplifting suspects

Polk operation nets 37 shoplifting suspectsThe sheriff's office is cracking down on shoplifters and arrested 30 people over the weekend for allegedly stealing from stores.
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  • 1 day, 13 hours ago
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Pedestrian death in Largo

Pedestrian death in LargoThe pedestrian was transported to Bayfront where he was pronounced deceased as a result of his injuries.
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  • 1 day, 14 hours ago
Consumer

Black Friday 2014: Deals and ads

Black Friday 2014: Deals and adsFor this Thanksgiving and Black Friday, we'll have every big deal and available door-buster right here on WTSP.com.
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  • 1 day, 16 hours ago
Local

Sewer work in area of Pasco depressions remain halted

Sewer work in area of Pasco depressions remain haltedPasco County Utilities continues to work closely with our contractor and geotechnical firm to review the work completed to date on our sewage pump station project on Bartelt Road in Holiday.
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  • 1 day, 17 hours ago
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Cop participating in turkey giveaway hit by van

Cop participating in turkey giveaway hit by vanPolice are on the scene of a crash where an officer was struck by a vehicle. The location is at S. Highland Ave. and Jasmine Way.
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  • 1 day, 17 hours ago
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Largo apartment's bedroom ceiling collapses

Largo apartment's bedroom ceiling collapsesLargo Fire reports the resident awoke to the sound of the ceiling falling.
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  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
Outreach

Ugly Men party with a purpose

Ugly Men party with a purposeThe group 13 Ugly Men are hosting a party on Wednesday, November 26th to benefit renovations at Tampa Firehouse #6.
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  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
Local

Small plane down in ditch in Tampa, no one hurt

Small plane down in ditch in Tampa, no one hurtTampa Fire Rescue says a single-engine Cessna has its left wing down in the ditch, and there is a small fuel leak.
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  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
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No reverse 911 alert for residents after inmate escapes

No reverse 911 alert for residents after inmate escapesAt approximately 2:20 this afternoon, deputies responded to an inmate who walked away from the inmate farm at the Manatee Correctional Complex north of Palmetto.
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  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
Florida

Orlando tops areas with cheap homes, good schools

Orlando tops areas with cheap homes, good schoolsA real estate research firm says Orlando tops metro areas in the number of zip codes with affordable housing near good elementary schools.
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  • 1 day, 18 hours ago
Local

Officer, 4 others injured in St. Pete crash

Officer, 4 others injured in St. Pete crashFive people, including a St. Pete police officer, were taken to the hospital following a crash on 34th Street N early Monday morning.
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  • 1 day, 19 hours ago
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Polk Co. "Operation Holiday Heist" leads to 37 arrests

Polk Co. "Operation Holiday Heist" leads to 37 arrestsFrom November 20th - November 22, Polk County Sheriff's Organized Retail Crime Task Force detectives, with assistance from Retail Alliance Partners Lowes, Bealls, Publix, Target, and Walmart, arrested 37 people during an investigation targeting those who commited...
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  • 1 day, 19 hours ago
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Sarasota man injured when motorcycle hits deer

Sarasota man injured when motorcycle hits deerThe Florida Highway Patrol says a man received serious injuries when a deer ran in front of his motorcycle as he drove along a road in Sarasota.
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  • 1 day, 19 hours ago
Florida

Vigil to honor slain Tallahassee deputy

Vigil to honor slain Tallahassee deputyThe Leon County Sheriffs Office announced on Facebook that it will host at candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. tonight to give the public an opportunity to honor the service of Deputy Chris Smith.
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  • 1 day, 20 hours ago
Local

Sarasota police have located hit-and-run vehicle

Sarasota police have located hit-and-run vehicleA tip was called into dispatch on Sunday afternoon.
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  • 1 day, 20 hours ago
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10 Community Neighborhood News: Nov. 24-30

10 Community Neighborhood News: Nov. 24-30Check out community events for this week.
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  • 1 day, 20 hours ago
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Couple brings adopted son home from Congo

Couple brings adopted son home from CongoAndrea Stewart and Cruz, now 10 months old, are expected to arrive at Tampa International Airport on Saturday.
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  • 1 day, 21 hours ago
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Bradenton Police shoot firefighter after standoff

Bradenton Police shoot firefighter after standoffInvestigators say police in Bradenton shot and killed a firefighter following a standoff Sunday night.
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  • 1 day, 22 hours ago
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Elderly man cited for wrong-way driving

Elderly man cited for wrong-way drivingThe deputy reportedly ask the man to retake his driver's license, gave him a ticket and then let him go.
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  • 2 days ago
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Treasure Island sand sculpture contest draws big fans

Treasure Island sand sculpture contest draws big fansArt fans flocked to Treasure Island Beach Sunday afternoon to see the final masterpieces that took world-renowned sand sculptors the entire weekend to craft.
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  • 2 days, 7 hours ago
Florida

Timeline of deadly Saturday shooting in Tallahassee

Timeline of deadly Saturday shooting in TallahasseeThe Leon County Sheriff's Office releases what happened Saturday morning in a shootout that claimed the life of a deputy
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  • 2 days, 8 hours ago
Florida

Man who ambushed cops had anti-government beliefs

Man who ambushed cops had anti-government beliefsA man who set his house on fire and ambushed responding police officers held "anti-government, anti-establishment" views and had previously threatened law enforcement, authorities said Sunday.
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  • 2 days, 10 hours ago
Florida

Fla. Lottery went easy on illegal ticket cashing

Fla. Lottery went easy on illegal ticket cashingThe Florida Lottery knew since at least 2009 that some retailers illegally cashed in tickets and at times lied about it. But top officials appear to have done little to address the issue until this year.
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  • 2 days, 11 hours ago
Florida

Florida State starter in library during shooting

Florida State starter in library during shootingFlorida State starting defensive lineman Derrick Mitchell Jr. was in the school library Thursday when a 2005 graduate shot and wounded three people before being killed by police.
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  • 2 days, 14 hours ago
Local

Weekend events -- November 29 and 30

Weekend events -- November 29 and 30What's happening around the area on November 29 and 30
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  • 2 days, 15 hours ago
Local

Growing health trend: "free standing" ER in Clearwater

Growing health trend: "free standing" ER in ClearwaterDowntown Clearwater now has a "Free Standing" ER.
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  • 2 days, 15 hours ago
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Update: Deputy Chris Smith, 47, killed in ambush

Update: Deputy Chris Smith, 47, killed in ambush"A deputy was killed and we are transporting another one. The shooter has also been killed."
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  • 2 days, 17 hours ago
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Teenager robbed, assaulted by two suspects in Gulfport

Teenager robbed, assaulted by two suspects in GulfportAround 1 p.m. on November 22, two juveniles on bicycles robbed a 17-year-old girl of her bag and ipod in the 1600 block of 56th Street South in Gulfport.
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  • 2 days, 23 hours ago
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Conservation groups file lawsuit on sea turtles

Conservation groups file lawsuit on sea turtlesThe groups say thousands of sea turtles get sucked into power plant cooling systems each year, including at the Big Bend, Anclote, Crystal River, Bayside and P.L. Bartow plants in Florida.
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  • 2 days, 23 hours ago
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Weekend events

Weekend eventsThing happening around the area on Sunday, November 23
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  • 3 days ago
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Motorcyclist loses control; leaves woman dead

Motorcyclist loses control; leaves woman deadA 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, being driven by 52-year-old Patrick Sean Feeley was going eastbound on 54th Avenue North just east of 16th Street North in the curb lane.
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  • 3 days, 7 hours ago
Local

Holiday sinkholes filled, but more could be developing

Holiday sinkholes filled, but more could be developingThe two gaping sinkholes that opened up last week at the Holiday Travel Park in Pasco County have been filled, but the engineer working on the project said on Saturday his team believes more sinkholes could be forming nearby.
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  • 3 days, 7 hours ago
Florida

Video shows firefighters rescue woman from overturned SUV

Video shows firefighters rescue woman from overturned SUVVideo shows Tallahassee firefighters rushing to pry a woman out of her vehicle after it overturned on the highway
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  • 3 days, 8 hours ago
Florida

Defibrillator vest saves FL man from death 3 times

Defibrillator vest saves FL man from death 3 timesRegis Magyar "died" four times this year.
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  • 3 days, 11 hours ago
Florida

Innocent man yearns for normal after 27 years in prison

Innocent man yearns for normal after 27 years in prisonLike many of us, William Dillon just wants to live a normal life.
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  • 3 days, 11 hours ago
Local

87-year-old Bradenton man receives 2nd Purple Heart

87-year-old Bradenton man receives 2nd Purple HeartAn 87-year-old Bradenton resident received his second Purple Heart 63 years after serving in the Korean War.
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  • 3 days, 14 hours ago
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Thanksgiving day horror stories

Thanksgiving day horror storiesThanksgiving day fails.
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  • 3 days, 15 hours ago
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Overturned trailer carrying roof shingles shut down I4

Overturned trailer carrying roof shingles shut down I4Traffic was blocked for about 2 hours.
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  • 3 days, 19 hours ago
Nation Now

Marine with robotic leg walks to receive Bronze Star

Marine with robotic leg walks to receive Bronze StarCapt. Derek Herrera was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan. Friday, he fulfilled a promise to himself by walking
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  • 3 days, 20 hours ago
Local

Serious hit-and-run in Tampa

Serious hit-and-run in TampaThe victim is currently in critical condition at a local hospital due to her injuries sustained in the crash.
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  • 3 days, 21 hours ago
Local

Fatal wrong-way crash in Manatee

Fatal wrong-way crash in ManateeA man is dead after hitting truck on State Road 70.
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  • 3 days, 23 hours ago
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Polk County girl had over 71 percent of her body burned

Polk County girl had over 71 percent of her body burnedIt's a parent's worst nightmare: running to the sounds of an explosion, knowing their child is nearby.
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  • 4 days ago
Local

Sarasota community dumpster day for November

Sarasota community dumpster day for NovemberResidents are invited to round up unwanted items and safely discard them at two locations in North Sarasota during Community Dumpster Day on Saturday, November 22.
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  • 4 days ago
Local

Fatal truck crash in Myakka City

Fatal truck crash in Myakka CityTwo trucks collided tonight, killing one of the drivers and closing all lanes of State Road 70, the FHP said.
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  • 4 days, 7 hours ago
Local

Stores' subliminal signals make you spend more

Stores' subliminal signals make you spend moreStores' subliminal signals make you spend more
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  • 4 days, 7 hours ago