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News from Tampa Bay and beyond.

Published July 8, 2006

Magazine lists Moffitt as a top cancer center

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa is getting some national notice this month with a nod in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's best hospitals for cancer treatment. Moffitt ranks No. 11 on the list, which appears in the July 17 issue. That's up from No. 13 last year, and it's the eighth year in a row that Moffitt has made the list. Its best showing was in 2002, when it was ranked No. 10.

Red Tide is spreading but not yet to Pinellas

A Red Tide bloom off the southwest Florida coast is spreading. High levels of Red Tide were found off the coast of Lee and Collier counties late this week. From Fort Myers Beach to Naples come reports of dead fish and respiratory irritation. Red Tide can cause coughing, sneezing and watery eyes. Last year's Red Tide outbreak was thought to be the worst since 1971. No Red Tide shows up in the newest measurements off the Pinellas coast, but discolored water is possible in southern Pinellas from a nontoxic bloom of algae called diatom.

Three 'Hot Now' signs will never be on again

The lone Krispy Kreme in Pinellas County closed this week, forcing people used to the smell of the fresh doughnuts on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard to travel to Tampa for the Krispy scent. Two other area Krispy Kremes - in Carrollwood and in New Tampa - also closed this week. Krispy Kreme's local flagship store on Kennedy Boulevard, the first in Tampa, is still open.

Assembly required for Habitat's home in box

Pinellas Habitat for Humanity donors and volunteers plan to build their first "Home in a Box" today for a Mississippi family who weathered Hurricane Katrina. Next to the Pinellas Habitat headquarters, workers will first build and fit, then break down and pack, a Home in a Box for shipment to Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County, Miss.

[Last modified July 8, 2006, 05:01:03]

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