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Lightning strike sets four cars on fire at Pasco auto shop

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Members of Mom and Pop Militia, a coed roller derby team, skate during a pace line exercise recently at the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Tarpon Springs. A pace line improves footwork, endurance and communication.Photos by DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Bumps and bruises just a small part of Revolution Derby League

PORT RICHEY They arrive wearing spandex and team shirts with names meant to intimidate emblazoned on the back — "Michete," "Meowch," "Scarlet Scourge" and "Helga Hufflepunch" to name a few. In bare feet they work through a series of walking lunges, jumping jacks, sprints and holding planks while their taskmaster an …

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  1. Trigaux: Can Duke Energy Florida's new chief grow a business when customers use less power?

    Energy

    Let's hope Harry Sideris has a bit of Harry Houdini in him.

    Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris laid out his prioriities for the power company ranging from improved customer service to the use of more large-scale solar farms to provide electricity. And he acknowledged a critical challenge: People are using less electricity these days. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Goodbye Tampa Bay Express, hello Tampa Bay Next; but toll lanes aren't going anywhere

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Express is dead.

    The name, that is. But its replacement — Tampa Bay Next — includes several of the same projects once proposed for TBX, such as the express toll lanes on the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced it was renaming its Tampa Bay Express plan “Tampa Bay Next.” DOT officials said the point of the rebranding is to show there’s no longer a predetermined plan — this time, state officials said they want to involve all stakeholders in drawing up a new plan. Workshops will be hosted to gather community partners and work together on a comprehensive solution for the Tampa Bay region, according to DOT officials.
  3. Lightning strike sets four cars on fire at Pasco auto shop

    Fire

    Lightning from an overnight storm that swept through Tampa Bay is responsible for setting four cars on fire at an auto shop in Dade City.

  4. Brooksville man dies in car accident

    Accidents

    HUDSON — A Brooksville man died during an auto accident Sunday morning.

  5. Man has life-threatening injuries from fire that destroyed Land O'Lakes home

    Fire

    A two-alarm fire ended with a Land O'Lakes home being a "total loss" and one man rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, said Pasco County Fire Rescue.

  6. Pasco sheriff's office: New Port Richey man arrested after exchanging gunfire with deputies

    Crime

    A New Port Richey man is in custody after opening fire on Pasco County deputies early Sunday morning, according to officials.

    Christopher J. Cutugno, accused of exchanging gunfire with Pasco deputies
  7. Calling the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for help leads to social media humiliation, woman says

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Felicia Nevins and her husband have been trying to conceive a child for three years now. They decided to try artificial insemination — something she had yet to tell her own family about.

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office wrote a Facebook post on Thursday about a woman who needed help to prevent a thermos she was using for artificial insemination from exploding. She said she was mortified that the sheriff's post had enough information for people to figure out who she was. [Facebook]