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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. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  2. Pasco Business Digest for May 26

    Business

    Events

    CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. June 1 at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and the guest speaker will be Todd Vandeberg. …

    HOSPITAL NAMES NURSE OF THE YEAR: Registered nurse Gabriel Mangual-Reyes was named 2017 Nurse of the Year for Florida Hospital Zephyrhills at the hospital?  s eighth annual Nurse of the Year celebration ceremony May 8. Mangual-Reyes is employed in the progressive care unit and joined the hospital in 2015. He was nominated by patients, their family members, peers and hospital leadership. From left are: hospital employees Ryan Willis, chief financial officer; Mangual-Reyes; Gwen Alonso, chief nursing officer, and Randy Surber, president and chief executive officer.
  3. Drought forces tougher watering restrictions around Tampa Bay

    Water

    Water restrictions will go into effect next month as the region grapples with the driest dry season on record in 103 years, the Southwest Florida Water Management District said Tuesday.

    Clouds build in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday ahead of storms forecast to bring much-needed rain. The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties that runs through Thursday morning. Forecasters say the best chance for severe storms is Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by localized flooding, frequent lightning, gusty winds and dangerous surf.
  4. Tampa Bay suspects among 39 arrested in Polk child sex, prostitution sting

    Crime

    Five men from the Tampa Bay area — including a 55-year-old from Pinellas Park who sought to have sex with a 12-year-old girl — are among 39 arrested in an undercover child sex and prostitution sting in Polk County last week.

    Five men from the Tampa Bay area ?€” including a 55-year-old from Pinellas Park who sought to have sex with a 12-year-old girl ?€” are among 39 arrested in an undercover child sex and prostitution sting in Polk County from May 15-21, 2017.
  5. Workshop set to discuss teacher concerns with end-of-year exams

    K12

    In the final days of classes, Pasco County students took district-designed course finals, tests that exist primarily because state law requires data to help evaluate teacher effectiveness.

  6. Florida's ailing springs subject of clash over how much water to divert for development

    Water

    BROOKSVILLE — All over Florida, clashes are erupting over how much water can be diverted from the state's springs to keep development going. The latest battleground was Tuesday's meeting of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

    A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs on Kings Bay.
  7. Retired attorney's book details effort to free diplomat kidnapped during WWII

    Religion

    Near the end of World War II, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg ensured the safety of more than 100,000 Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

    Morris Wolff spent years trying to free Raoul Wallenberg after he was captured by Russia. Wallenberg had attempted to provide safety for Jews living in Hungary during WWII.