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    Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

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    Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

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    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

    New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

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    Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

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    News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

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    Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

    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

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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'

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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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      Stormy Friday expected in Tampa Bay

      Thursday, March 26 2015 2:43 PM EDT2015-03-26 18:43:27 GMT
      A strong cold front arrives in Tampa Bay tomorrow, and showers and thunderstorms will be likely. Much cooler air behind the front.
      A strong cold front arrives in Tampa Bay tomorrow, and showers and thunderstorms will be likely. Much cooler air behind the front.
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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.
      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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    Second Half Hitting Stars - AL Central

    Asdrubal Cabrera has already been surprising owners by posting a .323 batting average with 36 runs scored and 27 RBIs.
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In Part II of our six-part series, we look at second half hitting stars from the American League Central Division. The information is valuable to fantasy owners because it will tell us when to trade away a player (sell high) and when to trade for a player (buy low).

    We will again look at a player's career OPS as our guide and first half/second half as the All-Star break. Obviously, the more years a player has played the more reliable the information. Mark Teixeira's OPS increase in the second half (+.078) is more reliable than Luke Scott's increase (+.129) because Teixeira has six full major league seasons of results versus Scott's two seasons of 400+ at-bats.

    Editor's note - It doesn't hurt the article that Scott blasted two home runs last night.

    There are four players with significant first half to second half OPS increases of over 100 points. But Mike Aviles is struggling to keep his batting average even close to the "Mendoza" line and Carlos Quentin is on the DL.

    That leaves two Cleveland Indian players as most likely to help our fantasy roster - Asdrubal Cabrera and Shin-Soo Choo. Cabrera has already been surprising owners by posting a .323 batting average with 36 runs scored and 27 RBIs. If the trend continues and he elevates his game in the second half then he would certainly be a player to target. Cabrera might even still be available on the waiver wire - he's only owner in about 80% of all leagues.

    In a preseason piece I wrote that Choo would be a solid fourth outfielder and he has fulfilled those predictions. He's batting .293 with 28 runs scored, six HR and 29 RBI. If he increases his production as he did in 2008, he'll break into many owners starting lineups.

    Career First Half-Second Half Statistics
    PlayerTeamPos1st Half OPS2nd Half OPSDifference
    Mike AvilesKCSS0.6550.840+0.185
    Carlos QuentinCWSOF0.8020.957+0.155
    Asdrubal CabreraCLE2B0.6870.823+0.136
    Shin-Soo ChooCLEOF0.8000.927+0.127
    Joe CredeCWS3B0.7270.800+0.073
    Alexei RamirezCWSSS0.7250.793+0.068
    Placido PolancoDET2B0.7440.785+0.041
    Michael CuddyerMINOF0.7760.816+0.040
    Mike JacobsKC1B0.8030.832+0.029
    Paul KonerkoCWS1B0.8320.859+0.027
    Victor MartinezCLEC0.8310.858+0.027
    Mark TeahanKC2B0.7420.776+0.024
    Jermaine DyeCWSOF0.8240.838+0.014
    Grady SizemoreCLEOF0.8510.853+0.002


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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

      St Pete pet shelter reminds about vaccination Video included

      Updated:

      Natalia Lima from Friends of Strays brought Vixen by the studio to remind us of the importance of vaccinating your pets. More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Pinellas deputy who broke up beach fight tells how he did it Video included

      Updated:

      Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy Sgt. Bryan Bingham went viral a few weeks ago when a video surfaced of him breaking up a fight on St. Pete Beach. More>>

      New centre opens doors to business women in Tampa Bay Video included

      Updated:

      Florida ranks fourth in the country for the number of women-owned businesses, contributing $77.4 billion to the state's economy. More>>

      Enter to win tickets to Nitro Jam

      The Great 38 is giving tickets to Nitro Jam. Enter below for your chance to win. More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | March 14-15 Video included

      Updated:

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

      News Now: Charity Polo Classic Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, Morgan Auto Group hosts their annual Charity Polo Classic. It's an event unlike any other in this area.This year, it is taking place on March 21st and benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Children's Cancer Center. More>>

      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>>

      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

      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'

      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>>

      Out and About
      • Great StuffMore>>

      • Stormy Friday expected in Tampa Bay

        Stormy Friday expected in Tampa Bay

        Thursday, March 26 2015 2:43 PM EDT2015-03-26 18:43:27 GMT
        A strong cold front arrives in Tampa Bay tomorrow, and showers and thunderstorms will be likely. Much cooler air behind the front.
        A strong cold front arrives in Tampa Bay tomorrow, and showers and thunderstorms will be likely. Much cooler air behind the front.
      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:05:08 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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