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    Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

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    We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
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    USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

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    Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

    Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

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    In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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    Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

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    Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

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    Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

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    Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

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    For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

    News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

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    In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

    Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

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    Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

    Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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    Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
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      Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

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      Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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    • Tampa Bay area could see fog Thursday night

      Tampa Bay area could see fog Thursday night

      Thursday, March 5 2015 2:48 PM EST2015-03-05 19:48:27 GMT
      Areas of fog and sea fog will likely develop Thursday night. Temps will remain very mild in the mid 60s despite a cold front entering the Tampa Bay area.
      Areas of fog and sea fog will likely develop Thursday night. Temps will remain very mild in the mid 60s despite a cold front entering the Tampa Bay area.
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    Gasol returns; is anything different?
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Lakers forward-center Pau Gasol will make his return Tuesday against the Charlotte Bobcats after missing eight games, and while it will be important to find out if the Spaniard has the spring back in his step, I'll be more interested to see if the team has any intentions of using him differently.

    Prior to the shutdown due to tendinitis in both knees, The 7-foot, 275-pound Gasol, who has a career shooting percentage of 51.9, was moved away from the paint on offense, as if the Lakers wanted to turn Gasol into the next Byron Mullens.

    Gasol only shot 42 percent from the floor in 17 games while attempting 2.3 fewer shots per game than last season. Only 23.5 percent of those shot attempts came from nine feet or closer. Gasol attempted 32.7 percent of his shots there last season.

    The Lakers big man attempted 19.4 percent of his shots from 10-15 feet and 28.2 percent from 16 feet to the 3-point line last season; this year that percentage has shifted further in favor of the latter. In 2012-13, Gasol has only taken 13.5 percent of his shots from 10-15 feet while attempting 34.5 percent from 16 feet to the 3-point line. His free-throw attempts have also tumbled to 3.4 per game, down 0.6 per game from last season and 1.8 per game from 2010-11.

    I'm curious as to why Los Angeles has used Gasol in this manner. Yes, the team acquired center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic in the offseason, but Gasol had no problem succeeding last season with Andrew Bynum at center. Bynum's 2011-12 shot profile is comparable to Howard's this season -- both players attempt more than 50 percent of their shots at the rim.

    Gasol played 1493 minutes with Bynum in 2011-12 and shots 50 percent from the field. He has played 415 with Howard this season and shot 41 percent.

    Gasol is also shooting a far worse percentage this season on shots from 3-9 feet (.280) compared to 2011-12 (.428). We could blame it on Howard clogging the lane but again, Gasol was fine playing alongside Bynum last season, so it might just be a small sample size.

    The elder Gasol brother has been one of fantasy's best big men in his career, averaging 18.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 blocks and shooting 75.2 percent from the free-throw line. This season, he's at 12.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.2 bpg.

    While fresh knees might help Gasol's game get back to that high level, I don't have much confidence right now in Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to find effective roles for all of Los Angeles' stars.

    Sure, there's a chance that when point guard Steve Nash returns everything will change for the Lakers and D'Antoni will get his old pick-and-roll game humming again, but even if that happens it will likely be Howard working as the roll man the majority of the time while Gasol stands around looking for 15-footers (a similar situation occurred with Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire in New York last season).

    And with Kobe Bryant, Howard and Nash around, Gasol will be hard-pressed to find 14 shots per game again.

    Even with Nash still sidelined with a fractured leg, Tuesday should be a solid indicator as to how D'Antoni plans to use Gasol going forward.

    Fantasy owners just have to hope D'Antoni doesn't get any ideas from watching Mullens chuck deep balls against them.




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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      • Great 38More>>

      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
      Out and About
      • Great StuffMore>>

      • Tampa Bay area could see fog Thursday night

        Tampa Bay area could see fog Thursday night

        Thursday, March 5 2015 2:48 PM EST2015-03-05 19:48:27 GMT
        Areas of fog and sea fog will likely develop Thursday night. Temps will remain very mild in the mid 60s despite a cold front entering the Tampa Bay area.
        Areas of fog and sea fog will likely develop Thursday night. Temps will remain very mild in the mid 60s despite a cold front entering the Tampa Bay area.
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