Cheesecake memories linger
One slice of pricey cheesecake has ruined it for everyone at County Center. Hillsborough County commissioners this week nixed a proposal by board member Kevin Beckner to set aside money for an employee appreciation day at County Center. Beckner wanted to set aside $5 to $10 per employee so that each department could recognize those who remain with an office lunch or breakfast. The total tab would be $20,000 to $50,000 for the county's roughly 4,500 employees. But other commissioners voiced concern, citing the 2009 news stories about the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance's lavish spending on office meals that famously included a $9 slice of cheesecake. "I serve on the Workforce board," said Commissioner Sandy Murman. "We are still living with the nightmare of cheesecake."
Girl, 1, still fighting for life after crash kills her mom
A 1-year-old girl who was hit by a car that killed her pregnant mother this week was still in critical condition Friday at Tampa General Hospital. Imani Golden suffered serious head and lung injuries in the Wednesday night crash on 43rd Street near E Hillsborough Avenue. "She's still in critical condition, still fighting for her life," said uncle Gary Walker. Imani's mom, Monica Alvarez, 27, died in the crash. She was six months pregnant. Doctors delivered a baby boy by emergency Caesarean section, but he also died. The crash happened as Alvarez and a friend were pushing their strollers on a dark, sidewalk-free stretch of 43rd Street. The driver was not charged in the incident.