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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>>

    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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    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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    Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

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      A cold front will move south of the Tampa Bay area tonight, but the cloud cover will stick around. Spotty Light showers will also be possible through Friday evening.
      A cold front will move south of the Tampa Bay area tonight, but the cloud cover will stick around. Spotty Light showers will also be possible through Friday evening.
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    Diamonds in the Rough

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Everybody in your fantasy draft knows the names Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Josh Hamilton as well as you do, and when to draft them. It's after the big names are gone that the "real fun" begins and championships are determined.

    And while the middle rounds are important in getting the right guys for your team, it's late in the draft where you find your best bargains.

    Paul Konerko was one of those late-round guys who panned out and gave his Chicago White Sox and fantasy owners a big boost in 2010. With his ADP (Average Draft Position) of 267, Konerko wasn't selected until the final three rounds in most leagues, but performed like a top draft pick, hitting 39 homers, knocking in 111 runs and batting .312

    Sometimes they aren't even selected on Draft Day but are picked up through free agency, as Jose Bautista (ADP 323) was. Bautista, as we all know, surprised the world by nearly doubling his career total for home runs, slamming 54 last season to go with 124 RBI. He had 59 homers in his previous six seasons combined.

    But guys like Bautista and Konerko are very hard to predict. I'm going to suggest that you go in a different direction. Instead of trying to predict which journeymen will post a career year, I suggest you look younger and take a flier on highly thought of rookies and rookies-to-be.

    Rookies who had immediate impact in 2010 included Jason Heyward and Neftali Feliz.

    "Rookies-to-be," a.k.a. June call-ups, can also be a huge source for a fantasy owner. Last year, the following June call-ups made a big impact on fantasy rosters: Stephen Strasburg, Mike Stanton, Buster Posey, Pedro Alvarez and Carlos Santana.

    As a fantasy owner, it's sometimes hard to find a list of future stars, but check out last year's MLB.com "Top-50 Prospects" and the seven guys above were all listed in the top dozen selections.

    They just released their 2011 top-50, which could be a valuable tool for fantasy owners.

    The key is to peruse the list to see which players should have the best opportunity to show their talent. For example, if you find a St.Louis Cardinals minor league first baseman on the list, he's simply not going to get a chance to show his stuff. On the other hand, a quality shortstop might get a good amount of spring training playing time and convince Tony LaRussa to keep him on the roster.

    The No.1 pick was Angels outfielder Mike Trout. But Trout, who batted a combined .341 for Cedar Rapids and Rancho Cucamonga, hasn't progressed to Double-A yet, so likely won't see "The Show" in 2011.

    Number two on the list would be an excellent choice to stash on your team - Jeremy Hellickson. He's already made four starts at the major league level and went 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 2010. He'll likely be in the Tampa Bay starting rotation, but because he has only a few major league starts, won't be targeted by your competitors. That shouldn't stop you from putting him on your roster.

    Fourth on the MLB.com list is outfielder Domonic Brown of Philadelphia. He made his major league debut last season, but got just 62 at-bats after a mid- season call up. The left-handed hitter is likely in a platoon situation in right field along with Ben Francisco, but if he plays like the team thinks, he could win the job outright.

    Fifth is future Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley, the No.2 pick of the 2009 Amateur Draft. Heading into the offseason there were two players standing in his way -- Jose Lopez and Chone Figgins. However, the Mariners traded Lopez to Colorado and rumors have Figgins on the block as well. That could leave the job for Ackley, who posted a .776 OPS at Triple-A Tacoma last season.

    Kansas City Royals minor league third baseman Mike "Moose" Moustakas batted a combined .322 with 36 home runs between Double- and Triple-A last season. That's a mighty tempting weapon for a Royals team that struggled to find power in 2010. He may not start the season in the big leagues, but it's highly likely that he'll be there by late May or early June. He's definitely worth a late-round flier.

    Yankees catcher Jesus Montero might be their Opening Day catcher if he shows he can handle a pitching staff in spring training. They already know he's a solid hitter after he batted .289 with 21 homers with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It will be worth following the Yankees in March, and if the starters are comfortable with his pitch selection, he could be a nice late-round draft choice because Jorge Posada probably won't make more than 40-50 starts behind the plate and Russell Martin hasn't hit well for about the last two years.

    The Rays have a second player on the list in outfielder Desmond Jennings. He's the heir-apparent to Carl Crawford after stealing 37 bases at Triple-A Durham last year. He won't garner much attention, but could certainly help you with his speed.

    These are all low-risk, high-reward, late-round selections and are a much better option than picking another .250 batting journeyman with little or no upside.

    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>>

      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>>

      • Cloudy and cooler in Tampa Bay

        Cloudy and cooler in Tampa Bay

        Friday, March 6 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-03-06 19:22:54 GMT
        A cold front will move south of the Tampa Bay area tonight, but the cloud cover will stick around. Spotty Light showers will also be possible through Friday evening.
        A cold front will move south of the Tampa Bay area tonight, but the cloud cover will stick around. Spotty Light showers will also be possible through Friday evening.
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