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Revitalizing one of Tampa's poorest neighborhoods


Tampa, Florida -- The first "For Sale" sign went up at one of eleven homes the city of Tampa has built in the Sulphur Springs area.

It's part of the Nehemiah Project, an ambitious program to tear down abandoned structures and replace them with new homes attractive to families.

The first home ready to buy is for sale at $85,000.

The Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn believes these homes are the start of revitalizing a neighborhood so many families love.

8-year-old helps mom deliver baby brother at home


TAMPA, FL (AP) - Thanks to a 911 dispatcher, an 8-year-old Tampa girl helped her mother deliver her newborn brother while waiting for paramedics to arrive at their home.

According to Tampa Fire Rescue, the girl's mother was in labor at home Monday morning when she called 911. The dispatcher alerted paramedics, but they weren't quick enough to get there before the baby started to arrive.

Authorities say the dispatcher "expertly and compassionately" talked the girl and her mother through the delivery of the baby boy.

Good Samaritan rescues family in Ruskin


Ruskin, Florida -- A good Samaritan made a daring rescue in Ruskin.

It happened last week when a family of four took their boat out into the bay. That boat ended up capsizing, and they were forced to cling to a channel marker for 14 hours.

Thankfully, Sam Closkey was headed out fishing with his friends when he saw the family and jumped into action.

Boaters are urged to have an electronic locating device on board. It provides GPS satellite of your location.

Miles for Moffitt raises more than $550,000


Tampa, Florida -- The 9th annual Miles for Moffitt, a walk and run for cancer research shattered, several records this year.

The national cancer research group based in Tampa raised more than $550,000. Their goal was $500,000. Last year, they raised $337,792.

The event had 7,500 participants in its 8K, 5K, 1-mile, wheel chair race, and children's race. Last year, it had 3,229 participants. This year, it also had 357 teams, compared to 227 teams last year.

Schenecker trial enters 5th day


Tampa, FL -- A psychologist says Julie Schenecker thought she was saving her kids when she killed them.

The 53-year-old New Tampa mother is accused of killing her 16-year-old daughter Calyx and 13-year-old son Beau in January of 2011.

Psychologist Eldra Solomon says Schenecker was, in fact, insane when she shot the children and in the week leading up to the murders. Solomon says Julie Schenecker was sexually molested as a child, and started to exhibit characteristics that she was bipolar and depressed decades ago.

Avila mansion fire set intentionally, 4 dead


Tampa, Florida -- Four bodies have been found inside the large, million-dollar Tampa home that went up in flames Wednesday morning.

During a 5:30 p.m. press conference Wednesday, Col. Donna Lusczynski of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said it took firefighters several hours to extinguish the fire as hot spots continued to pop up and the blaze kept restarting. Investigators were able to finally gain access to the inside of the mansion around 3 p.m.

Fatal fire kills four: neighbors say it was a family


Tampa, Florida -- A community is mourning the loss of four people after a fatal fire in an affluent neighborhood in Tampa.