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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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    NFL Preview - Indianapolis (9-4) at Houston (11-2)



    By Lyle Fitzsimmons, Contributing NFL Editor

    (Sports Network) - As they prepared for a trip to Massachusetts last week, the Houston Texans were measuring themselves against a perennial standard for AFC excellence. But as they head home this weekend to meet a suddenly relevant division foe, they're simply hoping to hang on to what they had.

    The Texans enter Sunday's game against the second-place Indianapolis Colts with the luxury of a two-game lead in the AFC's South Division, but they're well aware that any lingering hangover from the 28-point loss in New England could result in an unwanted halving of that standings lead.

    To make things more urgent, Houston visits Indy to end the regular season in two weeks.

    "We still control our destiny," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "We control everything. We are going to go back and focus on winning the division and locking that up. Everything is still in front of us."

    It's true, while the Texans can indeed secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with three more wins, the Colts could guarantee the South for themselves if they finish with three straight Ws.

    Indianapolis breaks up the Houston home-and-home with a trip to Kansas City next week.

    "There is no doubt that (Houston is) the top horse right now," interim coach Bruce Arians said. "We've got to go in there and knock them off."

    Barely removed from last season's 0-13 start and 2-14 finish without an injured Peyton Manning, the Colts have won seven of their last eight games -- including three in a row since a similar blowout against New England -- and are close to becoming just the second team in league history to lose at least 14 times in one season before reaching the playoffs in the next.

    Miami did it in 2008, going from 1-15 to AFC East champions.

    Indianapolis has ridden to the brink on the rookie right arm of No. 1 overall quarterback Andrew Luck, who's already engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks and brought the Colts back from 13 points down at halftime to a 27-23 last week against Tennessee.

    Eight of their nine wins have been by a seven or less points.

    "Everybody on the team -- offensively, defensively, special teams -- just plays football," Luck said. "They're not worried about the scoreboard too much, not worried about what's going on. They're aware of the situations and we just go out there and play football to the best of our abilities. It's just not overthinking all the situations."

    While the team results have still been successful, Luck has been less precise in the back half of his inaugural NFL season, throwing 10 interceptions in his last five games and failing to complete 50 percent of his passes in the last two. The Titans held him to 196 yards and picked him off twice last weekend.

    Protection may also be a pressing concern as injuries mount on the offensive line.

    Luck, who's been sacked 32 times in 13 games, could be without one or more of the upfront amalgam of Winston Justice (biceps), Samson Satele (ankle) and Joe Reitz (head). And he's standing across from a quarterback-harassing specialist this week in Houston's Watt, who leads the AFC with 16 1/2 sacks.

    Something of a release valve may exist in running back Vick Ballard, who ran for 94 yards against Tennessee. The Colts shelved Donald Brown with an injured ankle this week and are 22nd in the league on the ground with an average of 105.8 yards.

    Houston is third in the NFL at stopping the run, with a stingy 90.8-yard average per game in spite of the 130 yards gained last week by the Patriots. But the Texans had been less formidable on defense even before the New England game, allowing averages of 467.3 total yards and nearly 37 points against Jacksonville and Detroit in close wins in weeks 12 and 13.

    Meanwhile, coach Gary Kubiak is pondering additional cracks to an offense that's been held to less than 340 yards in consecutive games while converting just eight of 31 third downs.

    "We've got issues," he said. "We've got to stop people better, we've got to move the ball better and we've got to get rid of penalties on special teams. We've got to play better than we've played."

    Running back Arian Foster, who's not been held to less than 100 yards in three straight games since his rookie season of 2009, has gone for just 84 yards on 29 carries in the last two -- though he's scored a touchdown in each and has four TDs in three games.

    He's exceeded 100 yards in all three career games against Indianapolis, including a personal-best 231 in September 2010.

    Indianapolis leads the all-time series, 17-3, and has won eight of the last 10 games. Most recently, the Colts won, 19-16, last December when Dan Orlovsky hit Reggie Wayne with the game-winning pass with 19 seconds to play.

    Kubiak is 3-9 in his career against Indianapolis, while Arians has never faced Houston.

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR

    While it's true Luck has already climbed past several established NFL starters on the elite ladder, he's not faced the offense-stalling concoctions cooked up for years by Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who's surely licking his chops to get at a rookie passer.

    Look for Watt to be his predictable disruptive force while Phillips adds blitzing menace from linebackers Connor Barwin and Whitney Mercilus. A jangled Luck has been a scattershot Luck throughout 13 games, as his 18 interceptions illustrate.

    OVERALL ANALYSIS

    A few weeks ago, it looked as if the Colts' Cinderella story would be cut short after a decisive loss to the Patriots. Last week, the same appeared true when the Texans were routed before a primetime cable television audience. And just as Indianapolis has bounced back with three wins since, the Texans should dial up the defense and pound the ball on the ground enough to restart their AFC-leading tale here.

    Sports Network predicted outcome: Texans 17, Colts 13

    12/13 12:54:43 ET

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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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      • Fog expected Thursday morning

        Fog expected Thursday morning

        Wednesday, March 4 2015 3:14 PM EST2015-03-04 20:14:39 GMT
        Wednesday night will be another very mild one. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 60s with mostly clear skies.
        Wednesday night will be another very mild one. Temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 60s with mostly clear skies.
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