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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Blair, Ronnie

Tribune Staff

CSX offers solution to stopped trains in Dade City

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— Stopped trains that block traffic for hours in Dade City may be a thing of the past.

Sheriff blasts CSX for trains blocking roads in Dade City

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Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco has taken CSX Transportation to task about the company’s trains stopping for hours and blocking roadways...

Special-ed student discovered on school bus at Dade City garage

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— A special education student who was supposed to be dropped off Tuesday morning at Double Branch Elementary in Wesley Chapel instead stayed on his school bus and ended ...

New school year begins in Pasco County

- It was a sea of generations, with parents and grandparents sharing in the excitement as unsure kindergartners and confident high school seniors launched themselves into the academic year.

New Pasco school year sees big changes

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— A surprise awaited fifth-grader Gema Hernandez when she arrived at Cox Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher day last wee...

Judge orders top Pasco sheriff’s officer to give deposition in Reeves case

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A high-ranking officer with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office must give a deposition to attorneys for Curtis Reeves Jr., the retired Tampa police captain who faces ...

Pasco man accused of operating grow house

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— A 62-year-old Wesley Chapel man faces a charge of armed trafficking in marijuana after an investigation of electricity theft led to the discovery he was operating a gr...

Pasco school board to review athletic transfer policy

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The Pasco County School Board is taking another look at its athletic transfer policy, just one year after the policy was put into place in an effort to prevent ...

Pasco sheriff fights top officer’s deposition in Reeves case

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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is fighting an effort by Curtis Reeves Jr.’s attorney to take a deposition from one of its high-ranking officers.

Bus late? School has info

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— The first two weeks of school tend to be bumpy ones for school buses.

Kids sample school life

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It was a tale that hit home for the soon-to-be kindergarten students gathered around Oakstead Elementary teacher Jennifer Sanchez.

Pasco deputies cheer up ailing officer with new motorcycle

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— Cpl. Rick Roller has been an integral part of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for nearly three decades, so when s...

Pasco superintendent plans to revisit academic honors issue

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Although Superintendent Kurt Browning has changed his mind about recommending elimination of valedictorian and salutatorian designations for Pasco County high s...

Pasco superintendent reverses decision on top academic honors

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School Superintendent Kurt Browning is dropping his recommendation that the Pasco County School District eliminate the valedictorian and salutatorian designatio...

School board hopefuls share views

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The lone Pasco County School Board race on this month’s election ballot pits a one-term incumbent with an education background against a challenger who once h...

Days extended for 4th, 5th grades at 3 schools

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Fourth- and fifth-graders at three Pasco County elementary schools will be in class an extra 50 minutes each day this coming academic year

‘Paper Towns’ returns to Pasco school’s summer reading list

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— “Paper Towns,” the young adult novel removed from a middle school’s summer reading list after a Pasco County mother complained about its se...

Pasco school board gives tentative OK to budget

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— The Pasco County School Board gave tentative approval Tuesday evening to a $1.2 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Sheriff: Man sold drugs from his Pasco carpet business, home

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A year-long investigation has led to the arrest of a Wesley Chapel man on charges that he ran a large narcotics operation from his home and from his carpet business ...

Work OK’d for old school

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— What was once old will soon be new again.

School tax rate goes down, bills up

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— Pasco County residents could see a drop in the rate they pay for school property taxes.

Police academy report cites conflicts among staff

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— An internal review of Pasco-Hernando State College’s law enforcement academy revealed “a pervasive atmosphere of conflic...

Pasco superintendent works on summer lunch bus for a day

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— A Pasco County school bus, its interior converted into a diner, stopped at a mobile home park off U.S. 19 Wednesday and School Superintendent Kurt Browning, taking on food-s...

Pasco Special Olympians to represent U.S. at World Games

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— The Special Olympians trickling into the mini-theater at Land O’ Lakes High on Monday were unsure why their c...

Officials satisfied with PHSC inquiry

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has expressed satisfaction with the results of Pasco-Hernando State College’s inquiry into alleged training discrepa...

Pay, smoking are bumps in school talks

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Pay raises and smoking policies are becoming sticking points in contract negotiations between the Pasco County school district and the school employees’ ...

Nocco, college divided on academy

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Efforts to end a dispute between Pasco-Hernando State College and Sheriff Chris Nocco regarding the college’s law enforcement academy took another step forwar...

Pasco officers train for school shootings

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Sheriff’s deputies practicing how they would respond to a shooter on a school campus this week picked up tips for success, as well as a reminder of one clear indicator...

‘Boot Camp’ offers tips for new teachers

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month a batch of new teachers will arrive in classrooms all across Pasco County, ready to launch their careers.

Charter’s transition to private school moving forward

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— Work is moving forward on the transformation of a struggling charter school into a private school, and parent Chris Dester is optimistic about the way things are shaping...

District gets bad news on grades

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— School officials in Pasco County had expected the results might not look all that favorable when the Florida Department...

Theater shooting suspect freed on bail

- Curtis Reeves, the former Tampa police captain accused of shooting and killing a man in a Pasco County movie theater, is out of jail on $150,000 bail.

Group wants Pasco schools to end football team prayers

- An attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Wisconsin has asked Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning to take steps to end any practice of coaches leading prayers or taking players to pre-game events...

PHSC: Most police academy training allegations not true

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— An inquiry into allegations of possible training discrepancies at Pasco-Hernando State College’s law enforcement academy revealed that one claim was substanti...

Delay to set date for theater shooting trial

- It will be at least two more months before a trial date is set in the case of Curtis Reeves Jr., the retired Tampa police captain charged in a fatal theater shooting in Pasco County.

Paving fee for Pasco road excludes Pinellas-owned land

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— Despite protests from some property owners, the Pasco County Commission voted Tuesday to pave a lime-rock road where one resident said dust is so thick it looks like snow ...

FDLE calls for inquiry into Pasco police academy’s training

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— The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has asked Pasco-Hernando State Colle...

Pasco schools to get major remodeling

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— The next year looks to be a busy one for the Pasco County school district’s new construction department.

Pasco County Fair fires longtime employee

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— A Pasco County Fair employee is being dismissed over perceptions she may not have complied with a four-year-old U.S. Department of Justice consent decree aimed at preventi...

Man shot to death by Pasco sheriff’s detectives was unarmed

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A suspected prescription-drug dealer who was shot to death by Pasco County sheriff’s detectives was unarmed when the detectives opened fire, Sheriff Chris Nocco said Wednesday afternoon, but he defended the action...

Pasco schools move closer to dropping valedictorian title

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A proposal to eliminate the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian for Pasco County high schools moved a step closer to reality Tuesday in a unanimous vote by...

Coalition: Restore book to Pasco school’s reading list

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The National Coalition Against Censorship is calling on the Pasco County school district to restore “Paper Towns” by John ...

Naming of valedictorian may end

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— The Pasco County School Board could start the process Tuesday of eliminating the valedictorian and salutatorian designations for the top-ranking members of a hi...

Kids have wild time at Starkey Wilderness Nature Camp

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Nature camp teacher Tracy Pringle and a couple of her camper helpers readied the experiment and, be warned, it was going to get messy.

No DVD memories for Pasco grads as recordings go awry

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— It was a special moment and Donna Messing wanted it recorded on DVD.

John Green book removed from reading list

- After a Pasco County mother complained about sexual references in "Paper Towns," from the author of "The Fault In Our Stars," a school took action.

Pasco school district faces $7.4 million shortfall

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The Pasco County School Board faces a $7.4 million revenue shortfall for the 2014-15 fiscal year, a deficit that must ...

Grandson arrested in death of Paradise Lakes grandmother

- A 74-year-old woman was slain in her home early Monday and her 18-year-old grandson who lived with her faces a murder charge, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.