Links from the Sept. 17 Times: Dashboard camera video, Butterfly garden, Poverty/health insurance maps, Selmon Crosstown
DASHBOARD CAMERA VIDEO: Trooper Timothy Nichols drove around a retirement complex parking lot searching for Magdi Kanaan, 22, who allegedly stole two bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches from a Palm Harbor gas station. The video shows Nichols pull up behind Kanaan as he's backing up an SUV, which bumps into the trooper's cruiser. Nichols radioed to dispatch and then opened fire on the SUV, claiming he was fearing for his life.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN PHOTO GALLERY: A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 - 11 a.m. Saturday. Tucked away on a quiet side street, Hammock Park is home to more than 35 species of butterflies. Located next to historic Andrews Memorial Chapel in Hammock Park, 1900 San Mateo Dr. in Dunedin.
INTERACTIVE POVERTY AND HEALTH INSURANCE MAPS: The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama's first year in office. The poverty rate increased from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008. These interactive maps show state-by-state poverty levels and the percentages of people without health insurance.
SELMON CROSSTOWN: Beginning Friday evening, toll booths will be a thing of the past on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway. Tolls will be collected from a Sunpass or, if you don't have a Sunpass, a photo will be taken of your vehicle's license plate and a bill mailed to you.