Links from the Times for Sept. 1: Student lied, license fees, gambling, runaway girl, swine flu, California wildfires
Hernando student lied about seeing Muslim student sit during Pledge of Allegiance, officials say
The JROTC member at Springstead High School who said she confronted a Muslim student last week because the girl did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance fabricated that part of the story, school officials said Monday.
Long lines and computer backups on eve of higher fees for car tags, drivers' licenses
Government offices across the Tampa Bay area and Florida struggled Monday to handle a rush in driver's license and registration renewals before fees nearly double Tuesday.
- See a complete list of changing fees.
Crist, Seminole Tribe agree on gambling deal
Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Indians on Monday signed a new gambling agreement to allow the tribe to keep its slot machines and black jack games at the tribe's Florida casinos in exchange for $150 million a year in payments to the state.
- June 16: Crist backed gambling deal; now it's up to Seminole Tribe
Attorney for runaway Christian teen says her family's mosque is extremist hotbed
The attorney for Rifqa Bary released information Monday that portrays the girl's parents' mosque as a hotbed of Islamic extremists with ties to terrorists.
Legal document PDFs: Law memo | Affadavit
- Aug. 21: Ohio runaway says she fears for life after converting to Christianity
- Aug. 21: Conservative activist alleges Muslim family abused runaway Christian daughter
- Aug. 22: Runaway teen will stay in Florida as officials investigate abuse allegations
- Aug. 28: Did pastors break law by taking in runaway Christian teen?
Swine flu patient fights for her life after delivering baby
A 24-year-old woman is in a medically induced coma at Tampa General Hospital after delivering her baby two months early, following complications from a swine flu infection.
Video: Hear Bryan Post, patient Valerie Post's husband, talk about the ordeal