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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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    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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    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>>

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      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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    Beware of spring training statistics

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The first spring training games arrive just when we need it the most. The long, cold winter of our discontent has made us anxious for baseball, any baseball, even lowly spring training games. We are quick to trade the ice and snow of January for the "Boys of Summer," so we watch intently as they get ready for Opening Day.

    We eye that new right fielder who smacks one deep into the palm trees or the pitcher who throws a couple of shutout innings, striking out all six batters he faced, and we begin to adjust our fantasy rankings. You know, the ones that you worked so hard on through those cold winter days and nights when you were stuck indoors with nothing else to do.

    My suggestion is to stop immediately! Take a long pause before changing your fantasy rankings. Things are not that simple and you must beware of the fallacy of spring training statistics.

    For every Roy Halladay who goes 4-0 with an ERA of 0.42 and a WHIP of 0.92 in five 2011 spring training starts and then stars during the regular season, there are just as many pitchers and hitters who give false hope.

    Baltimore rookie starter Zach Britton ripped through spring training last year with a 3-0 record, posting an ERA of 1.35, but in the regular season went just 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA and an extremely high WHIP of 1.45. Not exactly the stuff of fantasy legends.

    Veteran Ryan Dempster looked masterful in spring training with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in six spring training starts, but then flopped in the regular season, going 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

    Or you could have read into Cole Hamels' horrible spring that the Phillies pitcher was going to struggle in 2011 after a spring in which he posted a losing record with an huge ERA of 6.67 and an equally bad WHIP of 1.41. Of course, nothing could have been further from the truth as Hamels went 14-9 with a stunning 2.79 ERA and a 0.986 WHIP.

    These other pitchers also went through spring training with an ERA above 5.00, but pitched well when it counted: Doug Fister (5.01), Josh Beckett (5.33), Justin Masterson (5.40), Madison Bumgarner (5.93), Aaron Harang (6.12), Jaime Garcia (6.26), Derek Holland (6.38) and Ricky Romero (7.91).

    It's not any more consistent when you check out the guys hitting the ball, either.

    Here were the top-10 2011 preseason hitters by batting average: Miguel Cabrera (.468), Rickie Weeks (.442), Marlon Byrd (.431), Erick Almonte (.416), Omar Infante (.414), Kevin Kouzmanoff (.413), Chris Denorfia (.404), Mitch Moreland (.403), Jose Bautista (.400) and Willie Bloomquist (.400).

    Sure, all of you will note that Cabrera and Bautista went on to have big years, but what of the other eight hitters?

    The answer is that none hit higher than .277, and only Weeks had an OPS over .800 or at least 20 home runs. The No. 4 man on the list, Almonte, lasted just 16 games with the big club, batted a robust .103 and was unceremoniously shipped to the minors.

    At the other end of the spectrum, noted slow starter Robinson Cano batted .236 in Florida and still posted a .302 batting average with 28 HRs, 118 RBIs and an .882 OPS. Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz batted .226 in the spring and hit 29 HRs with 87 RBIs, while Adam Dunn batted .224 in Arizona and had the worst year of his career (.159 with 11 HRs, 42 RBIs and a .569 OPS).

    The bottom line is that the only thing consistent about spring training statistics are their inability to predict regular-season results. For my money, the only reason to watch spring training games is to gauge the health of the player.

    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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

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      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.
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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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