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Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota. Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota.

Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen

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There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County. More>>

Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday. The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.
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A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. More>>

Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
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Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


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Lakeland gymnastics coach accused of sex with minor

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A man who works as a gymnastics coach in Lakeland has been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. More>>

Bay area man headed to prison following sexual assault conviction

Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence. Hulsey, 22, was serve at least 25 years of his prison sentence.
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A 22-year-old Bay area man was sentenced to more than 36 years behind bars Wednesday for his role in the 2012 sexual battery of a 12-year-old girl.Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton handed down the sentence for Zachary Thomas Hulsey. More>>

Investigation underway after Haines City police office Facebook post Video included

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A Haines City Police Department officer is under an internal investigation after an e-mail was sent to the department this week including screenshots from her personal Facebook page. That e-mail was also sent to 8 On Your Side by a viewer who said the content was racist and sexist. More>>

Removal of tons of stinky rice near Port of Tampa begins Video included

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The nasty stench near the Port of Tampa may get better soon. Dump trucks worked to remove some of the 1,000 tons of rotting rice on the private land Wednesday. 8 On Your Side discovered the shipment of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals on Tuesday. More>>

SWAT team invades wrong house, Sarasota woman files lawsuit Video included

Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home Louise Goldsberry shows where she spotted the swat team before they entered her home
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In July 2013, Louise Goldsberry was washing dishes in her Sarasota apartment when she saw a camouflaged man with a large weapon outside her window. More>>

Closing arguments wrap up in McTear trial Video included

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Attorneys had one last chance to try to sway jurors Wednesday before they deliberate if Richard McTear is guilty of throwing a baby out of a car window onto I-275. More>>

SAFETY ALERT: Saltwater bacteria kills 1 in Sarasota Video included

WFLA file photo. WFLA file photo.
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A death in Sarasota County has health officials reminding people about a bacteria in Florida's coastal waters that has the potential to cause serious illness, even death. Other counties in Tampa Bay have reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. More>>

Pinellas Health Dept. warns of parasitic disease

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The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking for the public's help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily in households, child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water.
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Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

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Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014. More>>

An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it. Video included

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Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

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Parents of Sarasota teen hit by stray bullet want others held accountable Video included

17-year-old Teria'le was killed by a stray bullet Monday morning in Bradenton. 17-year-old Teria'le was killed by a stray bullet Monday morning in Bradenton.
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The parents of a 17 -year-old girl who was hit and killed by a bullet not meant for her are looking for justice. Teria’le Rawls was killed Monday morning when she was hit by a bullet while at a party in the Royal Palm Movie Theater parking lot in Bradenton. More>>

Debate over debates in FL gubernatorial race Video included

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Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are both proposing general election debates in the gubernatorial race this fall. Scott’s campaign on Tuesday said the governor would participate in three. Crist countered, saying he wanted more debates and proposing a slate of seven More>>

Venice pilot issues apology, explanation on deadly beach crash Video included

A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens. A statement from Karl Kokomoor is read by the pastor as his wife (far left) listens.
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The pilot of the plane that crashed on Caspersen beach on July 27th killing a father and his 9 yr old daughter released a statement through the pastor of his church late Tuesday. As the pastor read the statementfrom Karl Kokomoor, the pilot's wife listened as details of what happened during thedeadly plane crash were revealed in a press conference at the church. More>>

Polk school uniforms pricey for some public school parents Video included

Dundee Ridge Middle School and Dundee Elementary School are converting to magnet programs in the fall, and the switch means a parent-teacher committee selected uniforms the students have to wear. Dundee Ridge Middle School and Dundee Elementary School are converting to magnet programs in the fall, and the switch means a parent-teacher committee selected uniforms the students have to wear.
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Some Polk County parents are baffled at the price-tags on mandatory uniforms for their children’s school. Dundee Ridge Middle School and Dundee Elementary School are converting to magnet programs in the fall, and the switch means a parent-teacher committee selected uniforms the students have to wear. More>>

Date of this year's Knight Parade is no sweetheart deal for some Ybor business owners Video included

Facebook Photo: Knights of St. Yago Knight Parade Facebook Photo: Knights of St. Yago Knight Parade
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It's a scheduling issue for some, a relationship problem for others and a lost revenue opportunity for business owners.This year the Knights of Sant'yago Knight Parade will be held on February 14-th.Several restaurant owners in Ybor are not happy with the date.
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Defense: No evidence McTear killed baby Video included

Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo) Richard McTear in court Tuesday (pool photo)
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After the state rested its case in the Richard McTear murder trial Monday, the defense began presenting its case. More>>

Million dollar bond for suspects charged in death of Sarasota teen Video included

Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right) Frank Brice (left) and Jasper Dudley (right)
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Two teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Teria’le Rawls.19-year-old Frank Brice and 19-year-old Jasper Dudley have both been charged with principal to 2nd degree murder. More>>

Tons of rotting rice near the Port of Tampa angers residents, business owners Video included

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There's a stench in the air near the Port of Tampa, and business owners and residents say it is so bad they want to stay inside. 8 On Your Side discovered a shipment of 1,000 tons of bad rice, rotting under tarps on property owned by Tampa Marine Terminals. More>>

Pasco deputies say rugs were a front for drugs

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Pasco Sheriff's Deputies say for years, 55-year old Mark Eisenberg dealt more than rugs out of his carpet outlet store in Zephyrhills. They say he was a major drug dealer and trafficker in the county. "This is Mark Eisenberg." Said Sheriff Chris Nocco, holding Eisenberg's mug shot. z"This is not the kind of person we want in our community. More>>

7 venomous snakes removed from Sarasota man's home

Coral snake (FWC) Coral snake (FWC)
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Seven venomous reptiles are now in a safe facility after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission removed them from a man unlicensed to have them last week. More>>

Girl, 9, hit by plane on Venice beach dies from injuries Video included

Ommy Irizarry with daughter Oceana - Courtesy Instagram Ommy Irizarry with daughter Oceana - Courtesy Instagram
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9-year-old Oceana Irizzary, who was critically injured in the plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice on Sunday afternoon, has died. More>>

Dog trapped 2 days under Clearwater house

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Imagine what it would be like to have a beloved member of your family vanish, only to learn she had never been more than a few feet away? That's what recently happened to a Clearwater family. More>>

Crist announces immediate plans if he becomes Florida's governor Video included

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Charlie Crist announced a plan Tuesday for his first day in office if he is elected to his old job as Florida governor.Crist calls the day the "First Day of Fairness" and set out five executive orders he plans to sign. More>>

Second suspect in Manatee shooting turns himself in Video included

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After the manhunt 19-year-old Frank Brice accused of being involved in shooting Sarasota teenager Teria'le Rawls, turned himself in Tuesday morning, according to Manatee County Sheriff's Office. More>>

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  • Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen

    Family, friends hold vigil for slain Sarasota teen

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:49:45 GMT
    Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota. Family and friends of 17-year-old Teria'le Rawls gathered for a memorial service Wednesday night in Sarasota.
    There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County.
    There wasn’t a dry eye in sight as friends and family of 17 year-old Teria’le Rawls gathered for a memorial outside her Sarasota home on Wednesday night.Rawls was shot and killed early Monday morning when she was hit by a stray bullet while in the parking lot of the Royal Palm Movie Theater in Manatee County.
  • Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

    Seminole man injured in crash on Blind Pass Rd.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:00:01 GMT
    The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.The crash occurred just after 1:30 pm Wednesday.
    A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries.
    A 27-year-old Seminole man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Blind Pass Rd. and 77th Ave. in St. Pete Beach.Adam Keehnle was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries.
  • Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Pool parasite invades Pinellas County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:19:12 GMT
    Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool. Health officials say the parasite that causes 'Crypto' could be in your pool.
    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks.

    Health Department officials in Pinellas County are putting out a warning about a parasite that can lurk in swimming pools and water parks. And, if it invades your body, you're in for a rough ride - it's called Cryptosporidium.


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  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:52:16 GMT
    The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing...
    The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go...
  • 5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

    5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:51:12 GMT
    Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed as part of a company's $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network's coverage of a meat product derided...
    Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product...
  • Century-old pipe break points to national problem

    Century-old pipe break points to national problem

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:35:13 GMT
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
    The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many...
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  • Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

    Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:16:33 GMT
    Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching Thursday in Zambia.
    Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching Thursday in Zambia.
  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:15:39 GMT
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
  • Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

    Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:15:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money.
    President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money.
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