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Body hidden for two weeks after pair fatally shoot Clearwater landlord, police say

CLEARWATER — Police have arrested two people in the death of a woman they say was shot in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but only discovered on Monday morning. Lawrence …

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St. Petersburg College seeks public input in its search for a new president

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  1. Morning Watch: Australia plane crashes into mall; legislator questions food stamps for candy; live at 'stand your ground' hearing; David Cassidy has dementia

    News

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

    A view from the tarmac at Melbourne's Essendon Airport is seen after a charter plane leaving the airport crashed on Feb. 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The charter plane was carrying 5 people when it crashed near the DFO Melbourne Shopping Centre at around 9am this morning. Emergency services are on scene. [Michael Dodge | Getty Images]
  2. Body hidden for two weeks after pair fatally shoot Clearwater landlord, police say

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Police have arrested two people in the death of a woman they say was shot in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but only discovered on Monday morning.

    Lawrence Edward Cannon, 42, left, is facing a first-degree murder charge and Jennifer Elam, 44, is facing a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 2017, after police say they fatally shot Mary Ring, 69, in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but spent spent the past two weeks trying to decide how to dispose of Ring's body, which had been kept in the house since her death. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  3. David Cassidy, heartthrob star of 'The Partridge Family,' reveals he has dementia

    Celebrities

    David Cassidy, best known as the well-coiffed heartthrob who starred in the 1970s series The Partridge Family, watched his family members succumb one by one to dementia.

    David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," said in an interview with People magazine that at 66 years old, he is suffering from dementia. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy told People. [Associated Press (2009)]
  4. Five ideas for almonds: Almond cake, almond-herb sauce, almond-crusted fish

    Cooking

    It's important to take cooking inspiration where you can find it. It's easy for me to get into a rut, cook the same old stuff for dinner each night and leave my creative cooking muscles to languish. So when I stumble on something that really inspires me, I usually take a deep dive.

    Almonds in a bowl.
  5. Pasco students again can opt out of low-performing schools

    K12

    After a year hiatus, Florida's program allowing students at persistently low performing public schools to choose higher achieving nearby schools with space is again available.

  6. Port Charlotte report:: Media training, more live BP on tap

    Blogs

    We're expecting quippier quotes today - or actually we're not - from the Rays today as they'll have their annual media training session before today's workout.

    Once they take the field, expect a similar routine, with work on individual and team defense and then live batting practice.

    SS Matt …

  7. McMaster, Trump's new national security adviser, a soldier-scholar (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and published an influential book that called out the U.S. government for "lies" that led to the Vietnam War.

    President Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. [Associated Press]
  8. Should food stamps be used to buy soda and candy? A Tampa Bay lawmaker says no

    Blogs

    Should people who get food stamps in Florida be allowed to buy candy and soda with them? A newly-elected Tampa Bay legislator says no, and he's pushing to change state law to prevent it.

    A Florida EBT card
  9. Australian plane crashes into mall, killing 4 U.S. tourists and pilot (w/video)

    World

    MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

    This image made from video shows the site of a plane crash at Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. An official says a light plane has crashed into a shopping mall in the city of Melbourne. [Channel 9 via AP]
  10. Which state school has the most specialty license plates in Tampa Bay?

    Blogs

    Because I'm still interested in which state schools have the largest following, I wanted to find out which program has the most specialty license plates in the Tampa Bay area.

A Florida EBT card

Should food stamps be used to buy soda and candy? A Tampa Bay lawmaker says no

Should people who get food stamps in Florida be allowed to buy candy and soda with them? A newly-elected Tampa Bay legislator says no, and he's pushing to change state law to prevent it....

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Port Charlotte report:: Media training, more live BP on tap

We're expecting quippier quotes today - or actually we're not - from the Rays today as they'll have their annual media training session before today's workout.

Once they take the field, expect a similar routine, with work on individual and team defense and then live batting practice.

SS Matt Duffy, who has been held back from some activities as he recovers from heel surgery, is expecting to take BP on the field with the group today.

Here are links to today's coverage:...

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The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane after a 20-year hiatus.

Here's what happened when regular, non-greyhound dogs tried racing at Derby Lane

What happens when you take a bunch of regular dogs and try to get them to race on a greyhound track?...

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