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Slideshow: Latest from Hillsborough County
  • Tampa's outdoor ice skating rink is open for business, and young and old took the opportunity to hit the ice for some holiday fun.
  • Alonso High senior Keilly Pulgar (left) poses with her mentor, Samantha Friday. Pulgar just learned she is a finalist for a Take Stock in Children’s Leaders 4 Life Fellowship. (Photo: Ashley Jeffery, staff)
  • The cold front moving through the Bay area Monday dumped heavy rain on the Alafia River in Riverview. (Photo: Steve Watkin)
  • Officials announced Thursday that Tampa International Airport will begin carrying nonstop flights to Frankfurt, Germany, starting next year. (Photo: Chris McDonald, staff)
  • Tampa's police department is making a major effort to recruit more minority officers. And that latest effort is taking place on Sunday mornings in Tampa churches.
  • Tampa police chief Jane Castor, along with department officers, visited Bible-based Fellowship Church Sunday in Temple Terrace.
  • Lowry Park Zoo is celebrating the birth of a pygmy hippo by holding a naming contest for the newborn.
  • According to Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue, emergency crews responding to the scene had to extricate a person from the pickup truck, which became lodged underneath the semi in the crash on I-4 near the Thonotosassa Road exit.
  • Cleaning crews will spend the next two days disinfecting the classrooms and common areas at Tampa’s Cambridge Christian School.
  • Farm manager Chris Depree displays the hydroponic vegetables growing at Amalie Arena. The produce is then used in restaurants in the area.
  • Everyday Hero: Once a month, Vanessa Howard hosts a day of pampering, free of cost, for homeless women in the community.
  • Sharyn Hakken received seven years in prison, minus her time served. That will be followed by 10 years of probation.
  • Speaking at length in court for the first time since he and his wife were charged with kidnapping their own children and sailing to Cuba, Joshua Hakken spoke about government plots to kill him and his family.
  • A scarecrow stands by the 'eggs-it' at the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze in Plant City. (Photo: Ashley Jeffery, staff)
  • Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, who kidnapped their kids and sailed to Cuba, took plea deals in court Tuesday morning. Sharyn, at the podium with her attorney Bryant Camareno, pleaded guilty, followed by her husband, seated.
  • Amazon associate Wizzette Cedrez-Rivas sends the first shipment from Amazon’s Ruskin fulfillment center – a Disney Frozen Doll sent to a customer in New York – as other newly hired Amazon employees celebrate. (Photo courtesy Amazon)
  • Storm clouds roll in Monday over Tampa Bay. (Photo: Mark Bongo, viewer)
  • USF students who drive electric vehicles are complaining there aren't enough charging stations on campus.
  • The southbound outside lane of the Veterans Expressway between Linebaugh and Waters was closed Monday due to erosion damage. (Photo courtesy Florida Highway Patrol)
  • HCSO Col. Donna Lusczynski said it appears the once missing 10-year-old Tampa boy stayed out overnight in the elements before returning home.
  • Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who visited MacDill AFB Thursday, supports the airstrikes but he does not think the United States should be solely responsible for funding it.
  • According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the man was operating a forklift that was carrying a large steel beam at Infra-Metals on 24th Avenue in South Tampa. (Photo: Roger Johnson, staff)
  • Menacing clouds build over Ruskin at Hwy 41 and Hwy 674. (Photo courtesy Rachel Nene)
  • Monday's sunrise over Riverivew. After a brief weekend break from the rain, the Bay area can expect higher rain chances for the workweek. (Photo courtesy Michael Morandi)
  • Everyday Hero: Breanna Adams, center, is a University of South Florida grad. She co-founded DIVA's, a group aiming to teach young girls life skills and confidence through classes.
  • Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announces his decision to run for another term. (Photo: Melissa Eichman, staff)
  • Students gather outside Freedom High School to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks. (Photo: Tanya Arja)
  • According to Hillsborough County Schools officials, the minor collision happened on Big Bend Road near U.S. 301. The crash happened as the buses were coming out of the Summerfield Crossings neighborhood.
  • Brandon Meats and Market is far from a glossy grocery store in the mold of Publix or Super Target. But the no frills market keeps operating costs low to pass savings on to customers.
  • Four Air Force crews that have been integral in the military efforts to combat militants in Syria and Iraq returned to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Tuesday.
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