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Toddler dies after hours in hot car parked outside Tampa day care

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A 2-year-old boy died after his half-sister left him in a hot car parked outside a Tampa-area day care for several hours while the girl was working, a law enforcement spokesman said Wednesday. Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies were called to the Oak Park Shopping Center Tuesday at 2:40 p.m. at the corner of W. Lumsden Road and Kings Avenue in Brandon. They were responding to a child found locked in an unattended vehicle, said Det. Larry McKinnon, a representative for…

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Unopposed local constitutional officers to return nearly $900,000 in contributions

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The collecting began last year, and the contributions flowed into Tampa Bay incumbent constitutional officers focused winning this fall’s elections and keeping their jobs for four more years. By last week, when qualifying ended, nearly a dozen had raked in close to $900,000, ready to wage war with challengers to their positions as sheriffs, tax collectors, clerks of the circuit court, supervisors of elections and school superintendents. Turns out they don’t need that cash at all. Nine constitutional officers in…

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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair arrested on child abuse charges

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Blair, 52, was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. following an altercation at the family’s home in the Forest Hills area of Tampa, sheriff’s Deputy Larry McKinnon said. An arrest report said Blair, a former professional wrestler who is 6 feet tall and weighs 235 pounds, pushed his older son Brett, 17, in the chest around 4 a.m. The teen tried to walk away, but Blair grabbed him and punched him in the face with a closed fist, leaving a red…

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