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Another Scientology monument to L. Ron Hubbard is going up in besieged Clearwater

Rod Keller has your first look inside the newest Scientology behemoth in Florida!. Scientologists in Clearwater, Florida have been informed that the empty lot between the Super Power building and the parking garage can no longer be used for parking. The long wait is over, construction on L. Ron Hubb


Florida inmates help rescue baby locked in car

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Locking your keys in the car, we've all done it. But, for one Florida father, the urgency to get back in his SUV was all the more dire because his one-year-old daughter was locked inside.


5 Clearwater Area Foreclosures Selling For Cheap

CLEARWATER, FL — Are you hoping to buy a new home, but don't have a lot to spend? Why not check out foreclosures in the area? You never know what you might find!. Each week, we compile a list of five new foreclosures on the market near you — many of them surprisingly affordable for their size and lo


Herbie Hancock starts strong, succumbs to overindulgence at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall

For about 40 minutes he made a viable case that jazz-fusion is not dead. For about 40 minutes on Friday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Herbie Hancock made a viable case that jazz-fusion is not dead. Ultimately, though, the legendary keyboardist and his four sidemen couldn’t close the argument. And by th


Florida man receives $980,000 tax refund after reporting $18,497 in wages

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man who reported $18,497 in wages is in trouble after he received a $980,000 tax refund based on a false tax return that he filed, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida.


Sheriff’s Office targets drug activity at Rodeway Inn, 19 arrested

CLEARWATER — As of Feb. 15, Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives had arrested 19 of the 28 suspects identified in a six-month undercover operation, they’re calling “End of the Rodeway.” Narcotics Division detectives conducted the operation Aug. 6, 2018, through Jan. 29. It focused on narcotics sales


GrillSmith recognizes completion of Clearwater remodel with celebration

The pubic is highly encouraged to attend. GrillSmith has completed the makeover of its original location in Clearwater. To commemorate the Countryside outpost's new look, the refined-casual restaurant brand, which experienced its most recent brand refresh last year, will host a remodel celebration a


Man arrested after security incident at Florida airport

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man has been arrested after he attempted to breach a security checkpoint at a Florida airport. Orlando International Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell says screenings were temporarily paused Saturday afternoon at a security checkpoint that leads to gates one


Palm Harbor: 5 Local Foreclosures Up For Sale

PALM HARBOR, FL — Do you feel like affordable houses are pretty tough to find in your community? You might consider checking out the foreclosures on the market. You may just find something really special!


Florida boy, 11, arrested after refusing to recite ‘racist’ Pledge of Allegiance: report

A Florida middle school student was arrested earlier this month after allegedly getting into a confrontation with school officials and a law enforcement officer following reports that he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.


Motorcyclist weaving through traffic killed in St. Pete crash, police say

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) - A motorcyclist seen weaving in and out of traffic was killed in St. Petersburg when his motorcycle struck a curb and hit a pole, police said. The crash occurred on Central Avenue near Causeway Blvd. at about 4:50 p.m. Saturday.


Body found in pool at Mezrah Family Aquatic Center

Tampa, Fla (WFLA) - Tampa Police officials have confirmed to WFLA that a body was found in the pool at Mezrah Family Aquatic Center. The center is located at the corner of Armenia Avenue and Grey Street.


These 5 Florida Companies Are Nation's Best To Work For: Fortune

WESTON, FL — Hilton is America's best company to work for in 2019, according to Fortune's annual list released on Thursday. The Virginia-based company jumped to the No. 1 spot in 2019 after placing No.33 on the list in 2018. Fortune writes that the company's ascent is thanks to several employee-focu


Florida motorcyclist dies after falling 100 feet off interstate in hit-and-run

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving on an interstate highway clipped a motorcycle in front of him, sending him over a concrete barrier and 100 feet to his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.


1 person shot, killed in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — An investigation into a deadly overnight shooting is underway. An adult was shot around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of Lake Avenue and 15th Street N, according to the Tampa Police Department.


Humans: The most ‘harmful invasive’ of all? Human waste adds millions of pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen to Florida’s ecosystems

OKEECHOBEE — For decades, South Florida has been plagued by harmful invasive plants and animals that wreak havoc on the native ecosystems. Waterways are choked with hydrilla, originally imported from Asia for aquariums. Melaleuca, imported from Australia in a misguided plan to “drain the swamp,” gro


Park Purchase Secures Protection Of Oldest Tree In Pinellas

SAFETY HARBOR, FL – An ancient oak tree soon will be under the City of Safety Harbor's permanent protection. The city will celebrate the purchase of the property containing the Baranoff oak tree on Friday, March 1, at 5 p.m. The Baranoff Park property is located in downtown Safety Harbor at the nort


Florida Senator Darryl Rouson got $1 million in state budget for his wife’s employer

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida Sen. Darryl Rouson sought $1.7 million in the state budget two years ago for a daycare center associated with his church. He eventually got it $1 million.


Deputies investigating Saturday night homicide

Tampa, Fla (WFLA) - BREAKING: A death investigation is underway in Seminole Heights after an 18-year-old woman is found dead in the 3700 block of North 15th Street. Officials tell WFLA a shooting happened just after 1:00 this morning, and say a fight happened at a house party, spilled into the stree


Florida runner attacked by 80-pound dog near half-marathon's end

Julie Stackhouse, 40, was in third place and a mile away from finishing the Donna Half-Marathon race in Atlantic Beach, Florida, when a bull-terrier mix aggressively attacked and latched on before she got away. Still dripping with blood and adrenaline, she managed to finish the Feb. 10 race, but pas