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Whenever a sports team hires a new coach, we all immediately ask the same question:Good or bad hire?That's the question we asked Tuesday when we learned USF was going to hire Brian Gregory to be its men's basketball coach. Good or bad hire?The answer is not so cut-and-dried. Or exciting.Instead,

PORT CHARLOTTE - The Rays and Kevin Kiermaier are working on a long-term deal that could keep the Gold Glove centerfielder under team control for at least six more years and be worth more than $50 million, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.Neither Rays officials, Kiermaier nor his

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57 and helping cement his family's position as mushing royalty. The Seward, Alaska, musher brought his dogs off the frozen Bering Sea and onto Front Street in

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Mitch Seavey won his third Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the fastest and oldest champion at age 57 and helping cement his family's position as mushing royalty. The Seward, Alaska, musher brought his dogs off the frozen Bering Sea and onto Front Street in

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. WHITE HOUSE RELEASES TRUMP 2005 TAX INFORMATION The White House says President Donald Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year,

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States wants regional governments to suspend Venezuela from the Washington-based group unless general elections are held soon to break a political impasse that he said Tuesday is destroying the country's democracy. OAS Secretary General

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization of American States wants regional governments to suspend Venezuela from the Washington-based group unless general elections are held soon to break a political impasse that he said Tuesday is destroying the country's democracy. OAS Secretary General

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (AP) — Representatives from countries that signed the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership began meeting Tuesday to discuss a possible new regional trade deal. Senior officials from the 12 countries of the TPP, plus China, Colombia and South Korea, gathered in the seaside resort

TAMPA - A disgraced Tampa police detective admitted in a federal plea agreement that he used money from fraudulently obtained tax refunds to pay off more than $5,000 in credit card debt.The agreement was filed late Tuesday in the case of Eric Houston, a once-respected homicide detective with

TAMPA - W. Stephen Muldrow, a federal prosecutor best known for handling the case of a doctor's son who tricked a woman into taking an abortion pill, will serve as the acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida.Muldrow, 52, previously served as the first assistant to U.S.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Walt Disney shelved the release of its new movie "Beauty and the Beast" in mainly Muslim Malaysia after refusing to cut a gay scene to mollify film censors. The studio said late Tuesday that the film "has not been and will not be cut" for release in Malaysia.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to summon and question ousted President Park Geun-hye next week over a corruption scandal that removed her from office. Park lost her presidential immunity from prosecution after the Constitutional Court ruled Friday to

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An alternative headline on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Facebook page has been littered by "road kill." The governor's page altered a headline Tuesday from The Baltimore Sun and changed it back to the newspaper's original one after a couple of hours. The headline referred to a

In early 2012, Avantair was the darling of the charter plane industry and Tampa Bay business executives, a publicly traded company with a fleet of 56 executive airplanes and hundreds of employees based at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.That's all gone now - Avantair collapsed in

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "enough is enough," the top U.S. Marine on Tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former Corps members sharing nude photos of female Marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them. But angry and skeptical

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo, as usual, is taking Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament. The Hall of Fame coach extended his streak to 20 years of leading the Spartans to college basketball's showcase event, relying on freshmen more than he ever has in his career. Mile Bridges , Nick Ward,

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo, as usual, is taking Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament. The Hall of Fame coach extended his streak to 20 years of leading the Spartans to college basketball's showcase event, relying on freshmen more than he ever has in his career. Mile Bridges , Nick Ward,

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing mounting rank-and-file defiance, Republican leaders and the White House redoubled their efforts Tuesday to muscle legislation overhauling America's health care system through Congress following a sobering report about millions being shoved off insurance coverage. President

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing mounting rank-and-file defiance, Republican leaders and the White House redoubled their efforts Tuesday to muscle legislation overhauling America's health care system through Congress following a sobering report about millions being shoved off insurance coverage. President

White House releases Trump tax info ahead of TV report WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year. The acknowledgement came as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she has obtained part of

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The agency that protects Arkansas' state Capitol and grounds now has the authority to operate in secret after the governor let a Freedom of Information exemption become law without his signature. The measure, Senate Bill 131, was intended to close loopholes that some

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Big-spending Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande was held to a 1-1 draw in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday after conceding an injury-time penalty against Japanese team Kawasaki Frontale. Yu Kobayashi scored from the spot five minutes into injury time at Tianhe Stadium

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 8:35 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump made more than $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in income taxes that year. The acknowledgement comes as MSNBC host Rachel Maddow says she has obtained

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A retired Navy admiral and eight other current and former military officers were bribed with sex, trips and other lavish perks, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in a burgeoning scandal involving a Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard." Retired Adm. Bruce

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Detroit-area school celebrated pi by throwing a pie in the face of their favorite teacher. Tuesday is March 14, or 3.14, which is the first three digits of pi. The infinitely long non-repeating number represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its


Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood



1. Make a list of all of the amenities that are close by in the neighborhood you are considering as your new residence.  Keep in mind what distances and routes to each of these places are acceptable and what are not.

2.  Determine what the best features of the neighborhoods are.  This is especially helpful if you are deciding between a few different neighborhoods.

Are there parks nearby?
Is it scenic and visually appealing?
Are there quiet areas, streets, culs de sac?
Are the people friendly in the neighborhood?
Is the neighborhood clean?  Yards, streets, parks?
Are there nice trees and foliage?
Do the lots have large or small yards?
Are there walkways and are they easily accessible?
Is it a safe neighborhood?
What are the market values of the homes in the area?
Are there many houses for sale?
How long ago was the community developed?
What is the average age of the people in the area?
Are there families with small children in the area?
What is the proximity to schools?
Are there community events or organizations?

3.  Walk around in the neighborhood.  The best way to determine the cleanliness and friendliness of the neighborhood is to walk around in it and meet its residents.


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