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Overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque under investigation

Hillsborough fire crews are investigating an overnight fire at a mosque in Thonotosassa. The fire occurred at an entrance door of the Islamic Society of New Tampa, 15830 Morris Bridge Road, …

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Legal barriers complicate Clearwater's waterfront redevelopment

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Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video)

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Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

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Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

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Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

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Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

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  1. Overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque under investigation

    Fire

    Hillsborough fire crews are investigating an overnight fire at a mosque in Thonotosassa.

  2. Forecast: Rain, clouds clear for dry, sunny Gasparilla race weekend

    Weather

    An extremely slight chance of light rain may sprinkle across Tampa Bay on Friday before giving way to a dry, sunny weekend.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  3. Florida education news: Transgender students, school boundaries, food trucks and more

    Blogs

    GENDER ISSUES: Tampa Bay area school district officials say the Trump administration's latest rule on treatment of transgender students won't change their …

  4. Life expectancy is going up everywhere except in the U.S.

    Health

    Here's a rare bit of good news: People are living longer than ever.

    People practice Tai Chi at Fuxing Park in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 9, 2016. [Qilai Shen | Bloomberg]
  5. Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump transgender decision 'a disaster' (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

    Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in Los Angeles in November 2016. Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. Jenner addressed Trump in a video posted Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, on Twitter. [Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP, File]
  6. Pinellas School Board to vote on $10.5 million project for technical high school

    Blogs

    The Pinellas County school district needs its School Board to approve a $10.5 million project for the district's first technical high school at Tuesday's board meeting.

  7. Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

    Real Estate

    In Pasco County, residents of one community were shocked when their homeowners association approved a special assessment for new roofs even though a study showed most of the existing roofs still had years of "useful life.''

    Residents of Weymouth, from left, Barbara Hospel, 79, Angelo Anello, 68, Jim Dolan, 44, and David Coreen, 46, stand in front of Dolan's villa in the neighborhood of 234 villas in Land O' Lakes last week. They are among those who disagreed with the neighborhood homeowner's association over assessments for new roofs on all the villas -- and the way it was approved and managed. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

  8. Two Tampa tech startups get $1.5 million from angel investors

    Business

    TAMPA — For a couple of local tech startups, the money from investors is just as green, even if it is coming from nontraditional sources.

    Santosh Govindaraju, CEO of Convergent Capital Partners LLC of Tampa, is making a personal investment of $1.2 million into tech start-up Harness.
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  9. Mackenzie Piascik, then 2 years old, was flown to a hospital in 2010 after she accidentally shot herself with a gun she found on a nightstand. Read the second part of our series 'In Harm's Way' about guns and children in Florida. [Times files (2010)]
  10. In Harm's Way: Alone with a gun, her innocent curiosity brought a lifetime of scars

    Health

    PORT RICHEY — It sounded like a picture frame hitting the floor.

    Mackenzie Piascik, then 2 years old, was flown to a hospital in 2010 after she accidentally shot herself with a gun she found on a nightstand. [Times files (2010)]


Charlie Crist invites 8th grader and advocate for Syrian refugees to attend Donald Trump speech

A St. Petersburg eighth grader trying to help Syrian refugees will be the guest of U.S. Rep.Charlie Crist at Tuesday's address to Congress by President Donald Trump, who is barring Syrian refugees from America....

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Colby Rasmus' beard was described as "puke" worthy by Deadspin.

Rays' Colby Rasmus says we may not have seen last of beard

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