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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>>

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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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    NBA Fantasy Thoughts and Notes

    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant may be 33-years-old and in his 16th season, but it appears that head coach Mike Brown isn't worrying about his star wearing down. Bryant leads the league in minutes played, field goal attempts, field goals, free throws made, points and turnovers. Bryant is also dealing with a bad wrist and pre-game injections that led some fantasy owners to trade him early in this abbreviated season. Those who made the move may end up regretting it as Bryant has played through pain and performed at a high level in the past.

    If you are looking for a sell-high player - think Celtics guard Ray Allen. Through the first seven games he's ranked 10th in the league in scoring averaging 20.4 ppg, four points-per-game more than he has in his past two years with Boston. He's also taken advantage of the addition shots available because Paul Pierce was missing games with a foot injury. At 36-years-old and in a season where teams are playing 66 games in less than 113 days, I don't think he can keep up this pace.

    Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes is another guy playing well above expectations. Hawes averaged 7.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg last season and has career numbers of 8.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Through the first seven games of 2011-12, he's ranked fifth in rebounding at 10.6 rpg and is averaging 12.6 ppg. Neither number will continue all season long.

    In the world of rebounding, there is Andrew Bynum (15.7 rpg), Kevin Love (15.0) and Dwight Howard (14.6) and then there is the rest of the league.

    Jarrett Jack, newly appointed point guard in New Orleans, may not be Chris Paul, but he's producing very good statistics. The Georgia Tech alum is averaging 16.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 7.7 apg. As a seventh-round selection on Draft Day, he's giving you an excellent return on your investment. By the way, Paul, the No.3 overall selection, is averaging 15.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 9.3 apg for the Los Angeles Clippers.

    If only DeMarcus Cousins could play more minutes. Cousins is averaging 14.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg in just 25.8 minutes-per-game. That's not a coaching decision, it's a foul problem. Cousins leads the NBA in fouls with 39 in just eight games (4.9 per game). If he averaged 36 minutes-per-game his numbers would look like 20.4 ppg and 14.2 rpg and he'd be a top fantasy property. There were also the persistent rumors that he's asked to be traded. I wouldn't be afraid to put him on my roster. Remember, he's just an immature 21-year- old. He also seems to have a better relationship with new head coach Keith Smart than former head coach Paul Westphal (fired after a 2-5 start) which could help turn around his 2011-12 season.

    Ninth-round fantasy selection Ryan Anderson of Orlando (ADP 107) might be this season's biggest surprise through the first two weeks. He's showing that he's a complete ballplayer averaging 18.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, shooting 39.7% from three- point range on 8.1 attempts per game and 88.5% from the foul line. Those are huge increases over 2010-11 when he averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

    What do Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (12.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Utah power forward Derrick Favors (8.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (3.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg) have in common?

    Answer: They are the NBA's version of a "black hole." The trio are the only players in the NBA who are averaging 20 minutes of playing time and have yet to record an assist.

    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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      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>>

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