Links from the Times for Jan. 7, 2009
At 103rd Epiphany, a family’s moment
Pantelis J. “Pete” Kontodiakos, 17, became the fifth member of his family to find the cross during the celebration in Tarpon Springs. “It’s unbelievable, the best feeling of my life,” he says.
In Epiphany roles, youth connected to their faith
A series of vignettes from this year's Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs.
View a gallery of images from the 2009 Epiphany event in Tarpon Springs.
Purchase Times photos from the 2009 Epiphany.
New drug control measures expected
There is more optimism that the Legislature will pass a law mandating a massive database of narcotic drug users, which would help combat doctor shopping, pill mills, etc. | Special report: Deadly Combinations (February 2008)
Another charge for J.J. Revear
In 1995, Walter "J.J." Revear gained notoriety as Hillsborough County's youngest jail inmate, 12 years old, charged as an adult but barely able to see out of the jury box at court hearings. Well, he has been arrested again, this time for burglary. Here are some of the earlier stories about J.J.:
- Oct. 20, 1995: Young defendant guilty of robbery
- Oct. 24, 1995: The sound and fury surrounding Walter Revear signifies something, but what is it?
- July 31, 1998: Police: Boy violated probation.
- June 23, 2000: Boy will turn 12 in a jail cell
- May 9, 2000: Gun offense means end of J.J.'s breaks
House Speaker Sansom arranges meeting on airport hangar
Jan 7: Just days after the Times published a story raising questions about House Speaker Ray Sansom's involvement in a $6-million deal for an airport hangar, Sansom arranged a meeting of local emergency officials in Destin to talk about how the building would be used. The meeting was never publicized and was not recorded. Here are some earlier stories about Sansom and the airport hangar deal:
- Jan. 6 editorial: Sansom resigns; questions remain
- Dec. 18: House speaker builds record of finding cash for college
- Dec. 21: Documents link House speaker, friend and college facility
- Dec. 22: House speaker's college job not unique
- Dec. 28: When new employer asked, lawmaker delivered
- Dec. 30: Sansom hires attorney Richard Coates to handle ethics complaint
Buddy Johnson's latest troubles
On Dec. 16, departing Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson asked the Hillsborough County Commission for $2.3-million to cover "unanticipated expenses'' for the election, costs he blames largely on the transition to new voting machines. He subsequently withdrew his request. On Monday, an audit of Johnson's spending raised new questions. But it was only the latest in a long line of difficulties Johnson has faced. | Special report: Buddy Johnson's troubles