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baynews9. VIDEO: When your street turns into a small lake, you take your toy boa

VIDEO: When your street turns into a small lake, you take your toy boat out for a spin! BN9 Reporter Sarah Blazonis captured video of this man on Ashwood Drive in Port Richey making the best out of a rainy day. Heavy rain this week has caused flooding in many areas across the Tampa Bay Area. A flood watch is in effect for the entire Bay Area through Friday evening. Stay with Bay News 9 for the latest forecast on-air and online.

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baynews9. VIDEO: “When the bully at school steals your lunch.” Capt. Rob Gorta c

VIDEO: “When the bully at school steals your lunch.” Capt. Rob Gorta caught video of a hammerhead shark stealing a 180-pound tarpon out of his hands back in a June while on a charter boat off the coast of Manatee County. Click on link in bio for full video and story. #sharks #hammerhead #florida #fishing #tarpon #boating

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baynews9. “That feeling when you don’t want to drive on Gandy Blvd. in the rain

“That feeling when you don’t want to drive on Gandy Blvd. in the rain but you really want a pretzel.” Viewer Daniel Markovich sent BN9 this video of an alligator “swimming” on the roadway near Wawa Thursday afternoon. — Just another day in #Florida! #gators #alligator #floridawildlife #floridaliving

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baynews9. TAKE A GUESS: What do you think this is? A viewer sent us this picture

TAKE A GUESS: What do you think this is? A viewer sent us this picture Thursday morning from Redington Beach. According to the Indian Shores Police Department, an auxiliary gas tank from an airplane washed up south of Seabird Sanctuary. Police say these wash up every so often. MacDill Air Force personnel were called and safely removed the tank. (📸 Credit: Mike) #beachfinds #floridabeaches #auxiliarygastanks #redingtonbeach #macdill #pinellascounty

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baynews9. Check it out! A manatee spotted near Indian Rocks Beach over the weeke

Check it out! A manatee spotted near Indian Rocks Beach over the weekend swam right under the feet of unsuspecting beachgoers! 😮 (🎥: @seethroughcanoecompany)

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baynews9. ICYMI: The NBA Experience officially opened at #DisneySprings today, a

ICYMI: The NBA Experience officially opened at #DisneySprings today, and Mickey and Minnie made a guest appearance! Check out their moves! Head to baynews9.com for more Attractions Insider News. #disney #nbaexperience #attractionsinsider #florida

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baynews9. Happy first day of school! Love seeing all the #backtoschool pics of t

Happy first day of school! Love seeing all the #backtoschool pics of the kiddos! Thanks to our viewers for sharing!

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baynews9. Kids are heading #backtoschool today, which means drivers need to be a

Kids are heading #backtoschool today, which means drivers need to be aware of the rules of the road. Here's what you need to know: (Head to baynews9.com for more back-to-school info/resources)

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Every time Trevor wears that green shirt to work we have to do this. #BecauseRules

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baynews9. What a special day for 5-year-old Avery! Make-A-Wish granted Avery her

What a special day for 5-year-old Avery! Make-A-Wish granted Avery her dream of meeting the “Dolphin Tale” dolphins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium — Winter and Hope! Avery’s mom said her daughter, who has congenital heart disease, feels a kinship with the animals since they also required medical treatment to overcome disabilities. Avery has a passion for dolphins and traveled all the way from Ohio for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “pet and give them kisses,” as Avery said.

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baynews9. Can magic mushrooms help people quit smoking? That's just one of the q

Can magic mushrooms help people quit smoking? That's just one of the questions Dr. Matthew Johnson, a principal investigator at the Johns Hopkins Psychedelic Research Unit, is looking into. . The unit is studying the potential of psychedelic drugs for treating mental health issues like depression and addiction. Johnson says psychedelics help increase connectivity in the brain, and can lead people to new insights about their lives. ""People say they come upon an understanding that they could have told you before intellectually, but now they just feel it in their bones. It is such a deep realization,"" Johnson said. . ""Things that can kind of be buried away and we can get in the daily grind, we just don't. We neglect them and they get pushed into the closet or into the basement, so to speak, with the cobwebs,"" he added. . To learn more about how different groups are looking into the benefits of psychedelics, watch the latest episode of #ExploringYourHealth via link in bio.

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baynews9. Did you see the #AtlasV launch this morning?! It was visible from St.

Did you see the #AtlasV launch this morning?! It was visible from St. Petersburg and Tampa this morning. The rockets was carrying a communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Thanks to our viewers for these pics! #nasa #rocketlaunch #spacecoast

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baynews9. \"This is simply intolerable.\"
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As the nation grapples with recent mas

"This is simply intolerable." . As the nation grapples with recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, communities are trying to understand how this could happen and what we can do to prevent the next tragedy. . Racial tension and hate crimes have long been ingrained in the ugly fabric of American history. But these days, it seems that many of these individuals spewing hate exist behind computer screens, sharing intimate details of their plans to kill and the motivations behind their actions. In the case of the El Paso massacre, the alleged perpetrator posted a manifesto to the site 8chan, a dark part of the web, which also housed hate-filled speech ahead of the tragedies in New Zealand and Pittsburgh. . Our Chief National Political Reporter set out to understand how do we as a society combat hate in the digital age. One of the individuals he spoke with is Kristen Clarke. She's the president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and has spent her tenured career combating discrimination faced by marginalized communities. During their conversation, Clarke stressed the need to focus the nation's attention on the "problem of racial hatred and racial violence." . "If there is one place where there should be strong bipartisan consensus in our country it's around the fact that there should not be racial violence and hate in 2019," Clarke added. . Explore deeper through our link in bio.

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baynews9. Carine Chen-McLaughlin participated in a study on smoking cessation an

Carine Chen-McLaughlin participated in a study on smoking cessation and psilocybin use at Johns Hopkins University. She took psilocybin, the drug found in magic mushrooms, in a guided setting to help her quit smoking. "Something happened to my brain during this session. If you put a cigarette in front of me and say 'I'll give you a million dollars if you touch that cigarette,' I can't," she said. "I’ve never had an experience like this, I don’t know if I ever will. An experience that I cannot explain." For more on Carine's story and on what science is learning about the potential for psychedelic drugs in treating mental illness, watch our latest episode of #ExploringYourHealth via the link in our bio.

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baynews9. Researchers have found that psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin, the

Researchers have found that psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin, the drug found in magic mushrooms, increase connections between different areas of the brain. Scientists at Johns Hopkins are looking into the potential of these drugs to treat mental health issues like depression and cigarette addiction. Learn more about the science of psychedelic drugs in our latest episode of #ExploringYourHealth - link in bio.

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baynews9. Whoa! That was a close one. Viewer Trisha sent us this video of a dolp

Whoa! That was a close one. Viewer Trisha sent us this video of a dolphin hitting a YOLO parasail line on Anna Maria Island Thursday morning.

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baynews9. Beautiful blue skies over Longboat Key Thursday afternoon! Thanks for

Beautiful blue skies over Longboat Key Thursday afternoon! Thanks for sharing, Eddie Enriquez. #blueskies #pictureperfect #flwx #beautifulviews #beachtown #floridabeaches #vacationdestination #gulfcoast

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baynews9. Swing states matter. And in 2020, a presidential victory will be deter

Swing states matter. And in 2020, a presidential victory will be determined in places like Macomb County, Michigan. So, instead of watching the #DemDebate from the spin room, Chief National Political Reporter Josh Robin is heading somewhere else....here’s why.

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baynews9. #GoodNews: One of the five whales that were beached on Redington Beach

#GoodNews: One of the five whales that were beached on Redington Beach Monday morning was released back into the Gulf today. Link in bio for story. (📹: Courtesy of @cmaquarium)

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baynews9. Decision 2020: What should #Floridians expect in the next round of #De

Decision 2020: What should #Floridians expect in the next round of #Democratic debates? Holly Gregory and Roy De Jesus break it down in the video. 👇 For more extensive info on the candidates and the next two debates starting tonight, click on the link in our bio.

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baynews9. Is it for construction? Or is it part of a beautification project? The

Is it for construction? Or is it part of a beautification project? The north end of the Skyway Bridge has illuminated pillars this morning. Some of the pillars change colors. We'll keep an eye on it for you. #bn9 #bn9traffic #SunshineSkywayBridge

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baynews9. PILOT WHALE RESCUE: Watch as dozens of residents and volunteers lift t

PILOT WHALE RESCUE: Watch as dozens of residents and volunteers lift the roughly 1,000 pound whale from the beach. The whale is going to a rehabilitation facility in Tarpon Springs. Just an amazing amount of teamwork! 🐋 (Courtesy of @angieangers ) #BayNews9 #redingtonbeach #RareSight #TampaBay #Whales

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Several whales beached themselves this morning on Redington Beach. Both bystanders and officials from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and attempting to help. 🐋 #beach #whales #florida #redingtonbeach beach #clearwatermarineaquarium

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baynews9. Are you brave enough to volunteer as a human tee?! Spectrum Sports 360

Are you brave enough to volunteer as a human tee?! Spectrum Sports 360's Olivia Stacey did! Trevor Consavage is a professional golfer, and he's taking trick-shots to the next level! Check out his skills and his story in the link in our bio: #golf #golfer #golfpro #trickshots #sports

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baynews9. There is always a rainbow after the storm. 🌈 This photo was taken nea

There is always a rainbow after the storm. 🌈 This photo was taken near Clearwater Beach on Saturday. (photo submitted by Alexis Trejo) #BN9 #FloridaWeather #StormyWeather #Rainbow

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baynews9. The energy of a Florida summer in full display! ⛈ Here’s a time lapse

The energy of a Florida summer in full display! ⛈ Here’s a time lapse of today’s storm in St. Pete. (video submitted by Luke James) #BN9 #FloridaWeather #TampaWeather #StormyWeather #WeatherVideo #timelapse

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🔊 Sound Up: You can hear the hail from a strong storm that impacted Belleair Bluffs this afternoon. 📸: Dave Shimkus #Hail #FLwx #BelleairBluffs

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baynews9. For Joe and Renee Stokes and their three children, bedtime used to be

For Joe and Renee Stokes and their three children, bedtime used to be a struggle that took hours. But after the youngest child, Lily, went through a sleep curriculum at her preschool, the whole family's sleeping habits improved. The middle child, Joey, has autism spectrum disorder. When he saw Lily putting stickers on a chart to mark the steps in her bedtime routine, ""he was like, I'm in,"" Renee said. Keeping track of some small habits has transformed bedtime in the Stokes home from a chaotic time to a calm one. ""It's such a simple thing to do,"" Renee said. Renee thinks it's important to teach kids to sleep better, ""just like we teach our kids how to brush their teeth properly, just like we teach our kids about healthy foods."" To learn more about the importance of sleep and how we can all get more of it, watch our latest episode of #ExploringYourHealth via the link in our bio.

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