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  1. Parents' challenges to Pasco school rezoning decisions to be heard next week

    K12

    When it comes to rezoning her Country Walk neighborhood to different schools, Larondar Stone doesn't worry too much about her freshman daughter, Niah.

    The Pasco County School Board heard from members of the public before redrawing school boundaries in January. [Photo by Jeffrey S. Solochek]
  2. Report: Tampa Bay has nation's third fastest growing housing market

    Real Estate

    Tampa Bay has the third fastest appreciating housing market in the country, part of a Southern real estate resurgence, according to home market tracker Zillow.

    Zillow said Thursday that Tampa Bay had the third fastest appreciating housing market in the country. One sign of the price surge: this home on Davis Islands sold for nearly $6.3 million in late January, making it 2017's  first bay area  sale over $6 million. 

[Smith & Associates]
  3. How Jesse Jackson Jr. collects $138,400 a year from the federal government

    National

    CHICAGO — Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show how he has been able to collect hefty benefit checks from the federal government after serving time in prison for looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., 51, receives about $138,400 a year - more than he made as a freshman congressman in 1995. Most of that - about $100,000 - is workers' compensation and tax-free, according to Chicago attorney Barry Schatz, who is representing Jackson in his divorce proceeding. [Brian Cassella | Chicago Tribune via MCT (2013)]
  4. Tampa Tribune signs will be saved, incorporated into art for luxury apartments

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The old Tampa Tribune building has a date with the wrecking ball, but the new property owner is planning to save the shuttered newspaper's two iconic signs.

    Related Group development manager Arturo Pe?a said the company will likely spend about $50,000 to recycle two signs into works of art for the high-end apartment complex that will be build on the waterfront property at the site of the old Tampa Tribune building. [Times files][
  5. Hearing dates shuffled for Pasco County school rezoning complaints

    Blogs

    East Pasco County parents fighting their school district's vote to redraw area attendance zones will have to wait a little longer to make their formal case.

    Meetings on Pasco County school rezoning proposals drew large and often upset crowds from the outset in fall 2016.
  6. Review: Christine Lennon's 'Drifter,' set in Gainesville, a compelling story of the impact of murder

    Books

    Serial killers often leave an indelible dark smear on the public memory. But their impact on those who knew their victims, the friends and family who survive, can be far worse.

    The University of Florida campus and Gainesville were filled with fear in 1990 when five college students were slain.
  7. Close shave saves Rays' Colby Rasmus

    Blogs

    Colby Rasmus' beard was described as "puke" worthy by Deadspin.
  8. Morning Watch: Live from 'stand your ground' hearing; audio clue to Indiana deaths; Largo zip line on hold; Steve Persall's Oscars predictions

    News

    The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

    Curtis Reeves, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Chad Oulson, is seen during his "stand your ground" hearing at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  9. Commandos' new mission: Understand reactions in the brains of jihadis

    Macdill

    PALM HARBOR — U.S. special operations forces have gained fame for dramatic raids like the one that killed Osama bin Laden.

    Arne Skjaerpe of Prox Dynamics, shown here at a Tampa conference in May, also demonstrated his Black Hornet drone this week at a special operations forces symposium Palm Harbor. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Times]
  10. Trouble leads to stringent controls for Tampa's Playpen nude dance club

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — After a run of trouble with prostitution and drug violations, the Playpen nude dance club this week was told to make a series of changes if it wants to stay open.

    The owner of the Playpen nude dance club on N 50th Street agreed to a lengthy list of changes at the club during a hearing this week before the Tampa Public Nuisance Abatement Board.
  11. Tom Brady takes missing Super Bowl jersey investigation into his own hands

    Blogs

    The case of the Missing Jersey. (Sam Manchester/The New York Times)
  12. Largo obstacle and zipline course on hold after questions of restroom, parking capacity

    Local Government

    LARGO — It was about five months ago that commissioners approved a zip line and obstacle course for the woods north of Highland Recreation Complex in the face of strong objections from dozens of residents.

  13. Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest (w/video)

    Environment

    CANNON BALL, N.D. — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named "water protectors" to leave …

    A fire set by protesters burns in the background as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Most of the pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent. [Tom Stromme | The Bismarck Tribune via AP]
  14. Police have released a new clue in the deaths of two girls: A chilling recording of three words

    Crime

    The audio clip released by Indiana State Police on Wednesday contained a voice, and just three words.

    Indiana State Police Peru post public information officer Tony Slocum talks during a news conference to provide the latest details of the investigation into the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Delphi United Methodist Church in Delphi, Ind.  German, 14, Williams, 13, were murdered last week while hiking the High Bridge Trail just east of Delphi. Police released an audio clip believed to be that of the girl's killer taken from Liberty German's cellphone.[J. Kyle Keener | The Pharos-Tribune via AP]