Hillsborough High's IB Valedictorian Cheryl Cherian, 17, of Temple Terrace is the third Cherian daughter to be the IB valedictorian, but she has the highest GPA of the three sisters.
For reasons she can't fathom, a woman's name got on the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' list of 2,700 suspected noncitizens who may be voting illegally in Florida. It was a mistake. Read the non-citizen eligibility letter here.Full Story
Have you heard about the 80-year-old woman who almost bought the farm when she took her first skydiving jump for her birthday? The incident happened last June, but just went viral. Here's the video report from ABC News about the mishap.Full Story
During 12 years in the Senate, Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson has maintained a tight focus on the state, rarely missing an opportunity to exploit headlines or take up populist causes, whether sounding alarms over Burmese pythons in the Everglades or Chinese drywall or demanding pensions for ex-Negro League ballplayers in Tampa.Full Story
Out of $334 million in cash payments sent to Florida in a multibillion dollar mortgage settlement with major banks, more than $33 million will go to help bolster the state’s budget. Florida is one of several states taking a portion of the $2.5 billion in cash payments from big banks and using it for programs not directly related to the foreclosure crisis, according to ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. The ProPublica story, entitled Billion Dollar Bait & Switch: States Divert Foreclosure Deal Funds, can be found here.Full Story
A couple in Kansas didn't let a tornado stop their wedding last Saturday. A wedding guest captured their ceremony and the scary weather.Full Story
Third-grade FCAT reading scores were released Thursday. In the Tampa Bay area, students earned these scores:
• In Pinellas County, 56 percent of students were on grade level for reading, while 17 percent earned a 1 and failed the exam. Half scored a 3 or above in math.
• In Hillsborough County, 57 percent earned proficient reading scores, while 18 percent failed. In math, 55 percent were on grade level.
• In Pasco County, 57 percent earned a 3 or above in reading and 19 percent failed. Half of the county's third graders scored a 3 or above in math.
• In Hernando County, 59 percent scored 3 or above in reading and 14 percent failed. In math, 58 percent were on grade level.
To learn how your child's school did, click here for the state's interactive search site.Full Story
A stuntman who glided to a landing from 2,400 feet up using just a wingsuit has a friend in Pasco County to thank. Tony Uragallo designed and sewed the suit, which helped Gary Connery come in for a near-perfect landing on 18,000 cardboard boxes in the UK on Wednesday. You can read Uragallo's story here. But watch the video here first. It's amazing!
There's a good reason why they don't want you to have your electronic device on while the plane is taking off: You might capture really frightening footage of something terrible going wrong with one of the engines. So tell us: What would you have done if you'd seen this happen? Cry like a baby? Shriek like a girl? Faint? Wet your pants? Worse? Check it out: