Links from the May 16 Times: Country Throwdown; Gulf oil spill; Tracking the mystery monkey; Navy Veterans Association
COUNTRY THROWDOWN: Edward Linsmier's photo gallery of Golden Globe winner/singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham during the Country Throwdown Tour.
ENCOUNTERS | CEREBRAL PALSY: Last fall, Daniel Lowe chose to have his hip broken and refastened with six pins to correct the crookedness that came with cerebral palsy. He had a goal: To walk across the stage Saturday and get his diploma standing up.
NAVY VETERANS ASSOCIATION: When the Times was about to report that Lt. Cmdr. Bobby Thompson's charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, appeared to consist of just one person — him — Thompson looked for stand-ins. He found them at the office of Donald E. Phillips, a Tampa developer and political power broker. Read our full coverage of Under the Radar.
MYSTERY MONKEY: He's fast, he's strong, he's smart. He's uncaged and to this point he's uncatchable. He's been everywhere from East Tampa to Temple Terrace, Oldsmar to Gulfport, Clearwater to south St. Petersburg, backed by Twitter chatter, late-night TV talk, tens of thousands of fans on Facebook and a catchy community-wide battle cry: "Go, monkey, go!" Follow his odyssey on our Monkey Tracker.
GULF OIL SPILL: Lorraine Margeson, 53, is probably Tampa Bay's best-known environmental activist. She is a pint-sized buzz saw. In good times and in bad, she is fired up about something. But the oil spill in the northern gulf has turned her high-energy personality up several notches. She's part of Jeff Klinkenberg's Real Florida.