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Past articles by Chris:

Dunedin attorney won't face child molestation trial

A Dunedin attorney charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a nine year old boy won't be going to trial, as prosecutors have opted not to pursue the case. → Read More

Pier vote delayed by committee indecision

The planned April 2nd vote to approve a design for the new St. Pete Pier has been delayed, as the Pier Selection Committee has yet to rank the final three concepts. → Read More

South Pasadena mayor keeps his job

Despite a threat to remove him from office, South Pasadena city commissioners opted not to vote to suspend controversial mayor Dan Calabria. → Read More

Police hunt for Churro, a chihuahua-dachschund mix (chiweenie hybrid) stolen from Dogma Pet Rescue

Tampa Police are searching for a thief who had the audacity to steal a dog from a pet rescue group that was running an adoption event. → Read More

Brawl witness: Cop deserves 'some kind of medal'

A witness to Sunday's brawl on St. Pete beach featuring the manual arrest of two spring breakers is defending the brute force of a Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy. → Read More

Students 'opt out' of new Florida tests

For hundreds of thousands of students in Florida, Monday was as nerve wracking a day as they could ask for.  It was the first day for the new Florida Standards Assessment testing. → Read More

Sarasota police show off body cameras it plans to implement in March

Sarasota police have revealed the body cameras the department plans to use during a trial period to see if they are a viable addition to policing the city. → Read More

Rep. Castor says GOP is putting America's security at risk

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, (D) Tampa, said the GOP controlled congress is playing politics with America's safety as the threat of a Homeland Security Department shutdown looms. → Read More

Fish finders wanted for invasive species

A contest is underway to reward Floridians who find and report invasive fish species to the state to help scientists understand their effects on the environment. → Read More

Parents planning to "opt out" of Florida tests

Groups of parents opposed to the new Florida Standards Assessment tests are planning to have their children opt out of the exams when they're administered starting in March. → Read More

Hard liquor could be coming to grocery stores near you

A bill to allow the sale of hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores has alarmed some Florida groups concerned about kids' access to alcohol. → Read More

Hard liquor could be coming to grocery stores in Florida

A bill to allow the sale of hard liquor in supermarkets and drug stores has alarmed some Florida groups concerned about kids' access to alcohol. → Read More

New rules for commercial drone pilots

For independent filmmaker Ben Bradley, hearing that the Federal Aviation Administration is finally proposing new rules for the use of commercial drones is welcome news. → Read More

Samsung smart TV's capable of 'spying'

The idea of having a television that obeys your spoken commands simply is a novel idea for Sonya Wells. → Read More

Clearwater reopens cold case murder

For Andrea Bolden, she's hoping 13 is the charm that ends more than a decade of wondering who killed her husband and why. → Read More

Gov. Scott admits he botched FDLE firing

Governor Rick Scott admitted that the recent ouster of Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Gerald Bailey was botched, and promised a more open and inclusive process for future hirings and firings. → Read More

Police waiting for shots at lawn gun range

Whether Joey Carannante decides to start shooting targets on his lawn in Lakewood Estates and how he goes about it will determine if he is violating Florida law or simply exercising his rights. → Read More

Tampa Bay Humane Society: Caller threatened to 'storm' hospital, take Bart the 'Zombie Cat'

There has been another bizarre twist in the case of Bart the Zombie Cat. This one involves an alleged threat. → Read More

Gas prices in Tampa Bay back on the rise

Thelisa Rome was actually enjoying filling up her Cadillac Escalade with its typical 25 gallon big gulp.  After all, she was paying just $1.64 a gallon, the cheapest price in the region. → Read More

Deadly plane crash not first for Lakeland flight school

The crash involving an aircraft owned by Tailwheels Etc. Flight School was not the first deadly incident involving one of their planes. → Read More