Links from the Times for April 26: Ex-Buc hunts for son's killers
Vidal Mills starred in football at Jefferson High and played briefly for the Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was such a violent, devastating player that he could change a game with a single play.
It didn’t work that way in life. Two years ago, he held his dying son in his arms. He was killed in a drive-by shooting at the Mills' house. View audio slideshow.
It has been a year since she was raped and beaten outside the Bloomingdale Regional Library. The attack left her unable to see, talk, swallow, stand or even hold up her head. She returned home in November after months of hospitalization. Since then, strangers have become friends
You never know what a garden will sprout. Lakewood Elementary’s new one is running over with corn and tomatoes, zucchini and squash. Carrots play hide-n-seek. Sunflowers wink. But even sweeter things have taken root. Somewhere between the worms in the compost pile, fifth-graders with watering cans, and shaggy college kids with wheelbarrows full of heart, a riot of warm fuzzies has blossomed. View photos of the garden.
In today's Floridian section, you read about the 47-year-old who has become a worldwide phenomenon after her rendition of the Les Miserables song I Dreamed a Dream on the UK TV show Britain’s Got Talent.You can watch her sing here and decide for yourself if she needs a makeover, or if her voice is enough to launch her to stardom.
Fallen Pasco deputy honored
Law enforcement officers gather this week for the annual tribute to those who fell in Pasco. The name of Sheldon Nicks, whose story would be lost if not for a local historian, will finally be next to six others in a position of honor. Nicks was killed in 1909 when he jumped in front of a bullet meant for his father. In 2008, we reported that the Pasco deputy might finally be honored a century after his death.
No second chance
Young prison inmates sentenced as kids remain in limbo as the Second Chance Act is blocked in committee in the Florida Legislature. | Previous coverage: For young people in prison, life sentence can mean no parole
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