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Hillsborough deputies looking for four girls missing from A Kid's Place foster care facility

BRANDON — Hillsborough deputies were searching Friday morning for four girls who appear to have run away from a foster care facility. Three of the girls are sisters. Just after midnig …

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Florida Supreme Court strikes down workers' comp fee law

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For now, Hills­borough traffic will just stay unsolved

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  1. Weekend weather: Warm, with little rain expected

    Weather

    Get ready for a warm weekend in Tampa Bay, as temperatures could reach 90 on Saturday and Sunday, according to WTSP 10Weather.

  2. Gerald Bennett closes in on Tampa Bay Downs conditioning championship

    Parimutuels

    OLDSMAR — Gerald Bennett pumped gas and drove the tow truck at a Toronto service station, one of three jobs he once balanced at a point in his life.

  3. Tom Lee could set off a Florida Senate scramble

    Blogs

    From William March on state Sen. Tom Lee mulling whether to run for reelection or for the Hillsborough County Commission:

  4. Hillsborough deputies looking for four girls missing from A Kid's Place foster care facility

    Public Safety

    BRANDON — Hillsborough deputies were searching Friday morning for four girls who appear to have run away from a foster care facility. Three of the girls are sisters.

    Deputies were looking for three sisters who are missing from a Brandon foster care facility. From left to right: Anabella Gonzalez, 10, Allison Nelson, 4, and Heavenlynn Gonzalez, 11. [Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  5. March: Is a Republican donnybrook brewing in Senate District 20?

    Local

    TAMPA — Political dominoes could start falling Monday in East Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.

  6. Beyoncé Week: Today's the day! Beyoncé is in Tampa!

    Blogs

    Today's the day! More than 40,000 members of the BeyHive will descend on Raymond James Stadium tonight for a hotly anticipated concert by Lemonade queen Beyoncé.

    Beyonce during her Formation World Tour kickoff in Miami.
  7. Epilogue: Tasker Beal gave his life — and love — to Ridgecrest community

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Monday through Friday, for 40 years, Tasker Beal awoke before the sunrise.

    Tasker Beal never moved away from the Ridgecrest community he loved.
  8. How did Publix win the battle with Walmart? And what new challengers do they face?

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets is king in Florida. They've survived the Goliath-like Walmart assault, crushed Sweetbay Supermarkets and have all but beaten down Winn-Dixie.

    Publix won the battle with Walmart, but now faces more competition for grocers who plan to move into the state. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES

  9. Why are more Baby Boomers who can afford to buy a home renting instead?

    Real Estate

    A few years ago, with the kids grown and gone, Laurin and Ron Jacobson looked around their huge, aging South Tampa house and decided it was time to sell.

    Laurin Jacobson, 64, shows off the studio loft of her 2,900-square-foot, three-bedroom townhouse that she lives in with her husband, Ronnie. The Jacobsons recently sold their 5,000-square-foot house to rent a townhouse in Victoria Gardens. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  10. The DayStarter: IT'S BEYONCÉ DAY, YOU GUYS! Also, why Baby Boomers rent instead of buy — and how Publix is beating Walmart

    News

    Temperatures continue to shoot above April averages, reaching the low 90s tomorrow with mostly sunny skies, according to 10Weather WTSP. The weekend ahead should …

    The big show is tonight. [special to the Times]

Bill Clinton in Florida today to raise money

Bill Clinton is in Florida today, raising money for Hillary Clinton's campaign....

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Erik Condra looked dazed, having to get helped off by a trainer and two teammates, and never returned in a 5-3 Game 1 loss to New York.

Erik Condra 'much better' after big hit Thursday

It certainly didn't look good Wednesday when wing Erik Condra took a nasty fall into the boards early in the first period, thanks to a hit by the Islanders' Casey Cizikas....

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Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. flips his helmet after grounding out to end the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1.

Here's that amazing catch by Rays OF Steven Souza Jr.

Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. made a spectacular running/diving/flying through the air catch in Wednesday's game against the Orioles, earning high praises from his teammates. Manager Kevin Cash provided the ultimate compliment with a nod toward Gold- and Platinum Glove award-winning CF Kevin Kiermaier, saying it was "KK-esque.'' And Kiermaier told Souza Jr. it was "Platinum-ish.''...

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