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A sinkhole that has engulfed two Land O’Lakes homes and led nearby residents to evacuate widened by about 10 feet Wednesday. Officials plan to add soil to prevent further erosion. LUIS SANTANA | Times

As Pasco sinkhole widens, more homes put on alert

LAND O'LAKES — The massive Pasco County sinkhole widened by Wednesday, prompting officials to warn additional residents that they may need to evacuate if it keeps getting bigger. The growth three days after the opening that appeared to have stabilized is due to erosion of the sandy soil around it, according to Pasc …

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  1. Pasco burglars attempt -- sort of -- jewelry store heist (w/video)

    Crime

    LUTZ — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video Friday of three men trying — and failing — to rob a jewelry store in broad daylight.

  2. Man dies after losing control of pickup in Dade City

    Accidents

    DADE CITY — A man died Friday after he lost control of his pickup truck through a bend in the road and collided with an oncoming car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  3. After huge sinkhole opens, residents weigh future with unease

    Public Safety

    LAND O'LAKES — The wood floors creak each time Kendra Denzik dashes inside her darkened home to grab fresh clothes. She can't help but panic when they do.

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  4. Amid U.S. real estate buying binge by foreign investors, Florida remains first choice

    Real Estate

    Foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate recently skyrocketed to a new high with nearly half of all foreign sales happening in Florida, California and Texas.

    A National Association of Realtors annual survey found record volume and activity by foreign buyers of U.S. real estate. Florida had the highest foreign investment activity, followed by California and Texas. [National Association of Realtors]
  5. Trigaux: Tampa Bay health care leaders wary of getting too far ahead in disruptive times

    Business

    Are attempts to repeal Obamacare dead for the foreseeable future? Might the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now in dire limbo, be revived? Will Medicaid coverage for the most in need be gutted? Can Republicans now in charge of the White House, Senate and House ever agree to deliver a substitute health care plan that people …

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    Real Estate

    On a scale of desirability, the house for sale on Whittner Drive in Land O' Lakes would rank fairly low. It's a short sale; it sits on an unstabilized sinkhole and it's within a few miles of two houses that collapsed into a gargantuan hole July 14.

    A gated community in Hernando's Spring Hill area, Pristine Place has long been susceptible to sinkholes with nearly a third of its houses with documented sinkhole damage by 2012. Today, however, many houses with repaired sinkhole damage are selling for more than houses without any issues. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times file photo]
  7. The next step in a sex abuse survivor's recovery: Erasing her tattoo

    Health

    Even after 20 years, Sufiyah can't escape the memories of being sexually exploited by gang members as a teenager. • The tattoo makes it impossible.

    Sufiyah prepares to have a tattoo removed at Tampa Tattoo Vanish, a business opened in March run by Brian Morrison, where human-trafficking survivors can get free tattoo removal.