Saturday, February 24, 2018
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FTC reaches settlement with companies over spying software loaded onto rental computers

washington

Tampa company part of spying software deal

The Federal Trade Commission said this week it has reached a settlement with several rental companies on charges they secretly loaded software onto computers they rented out that let them spy on customers. The software let the rental companies track, shut down and recover the computers if customers fell behind on payments. But the FTC said the software did much more: It also illegally took pictures of computer screens, captured key strokes, stole email and social media passwords, collected confidential financial and medical records and even took intimate webcam photos. The settlement was reached with seven companies including J.A.G. Rents LLC of Tampa, which served as a ColorTyme franchise. The owner of J.A.G. Rents could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. The settlement forbids the companies from illegally spying on customers and using their personal information to collect debts. The FTC is accepting public comments on the settlement until Oct. 25 at www.ftc.gov.

TAmpa

CentCom: Suspect is not in military

U.S. Central Command officials said Wednesday that Stephen Michael Governale, arrested and accused of trying to sexually entice a 17-year-old boy, is a civilian employee of CentCom's protocol office at MacDill Air Force Base. CentCom said Governale is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and is not assigned to CentCom in a military capacity. Governale has worked at CentCom since 2008. An FBI arrest affidavit identified Governale as an active military officer assigned to CentCom. CentCom officials say they cannot comment on the case. Governale, 49, of Tampa, who was arrested Friday in Seminole County, is being held without bail pending a hearing Monday in Orlando federal court.

TAmpa

Man gets prison for pot charges

A Tampa man caught with 323 pounds of marijuana has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. Arianne Rodriguez, 29, was convicted June 20 of conspiring to possess and possessing with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. Prosecutors said Rodriguez and another man showed up at a Tampa shipping company on Dec. 9, 2011, with a delivery truck and picked up crates filled with pot. The men took the payload to Rodriguez's house, then federal authorities swooped in after the men had already opened one of the crates, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

clearwater

Arrest made in firebombing

A Clearwater man faces five charges of attempted first-degree murder and a charge of arson following his arrest Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 16 firebombing. Thomas Lewis Cservak, 29, threw an incendiary device into the living room of a house at about 2:45 a.m., according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrest report. People were asleep inside the house at the time, deputies said, but no one was injured in the ensuing blaze. Cservak believed he knew two of the people inside the house, officials said. Cservak is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

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Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that the two guys in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

The Tampa Bay Times will be there for every step of this year's Gasparilla Distance Classic. Whether you'll be walking, skipping, jogging or sprinting across the 5K, 8K, 15K or half-marathon finish, join us by using #gasparillarun.(function(d, s, id)...
Published: 02/24/18
The real Jefferson Memorial has a statue, but this one has a jukebox

The real Jefferson Memorial has a statue, but this one has a jukebox

The building was in its infancy when a vintage Cadillac Eldorado rumbled up the construction path. Getting out, the driver demanded to know what the finished structure was intended for.Told that it would be a private home, the driver scoffed. The uni...
Updated: 1 hour ago

High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 0BaseballCalvary Christian 9, Countryside 2Northeast 15, Tarpon Springs 1
Updated: 11 hours ago
Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

TALLAHASSEE — A bombshell that South Florida police ignored tips that a teenager was planning an assault on a school and then failed to stop him when he attacked seems destined to complicate the election-year discussion around mass shootings.Even in ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Top Justice official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

Top Justice official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

WASHINGTON — A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process of senior adviser Jared Kushner, three people fami...
Published: 02/23/18
Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — Arthur D. Showley, 75, went fishing early Friday morning, something he did two or three times a week, friends said. When they saw his car and trailer still parked near a community boat ramp at 2 p.m., they thought that was strange."He never ...
Published: 02/23/18
Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Gov. Rick Scott and Republican leadership in the Florida Legislature have rolled out their ideas for change in response to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But would these measures have made a difference in the worst mass...
Published: 02/23/18
Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

TAMPA — A bipartisan pair of former congressmen spoke Friday about gun safety measures that are more drastic than those being considered following the Parkland school shootings, and about hopes for a national youth movement comparable to the 1960s an...
Published: 02/23/18
Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

This is the sad new math in the age of school slaughter. If one student comes to school with a firearm and 10 ammunition magazines filled with 30 bullets each, and another comes with a firearm and 30 magazines filled with 10 bullets each, who can cr...
Published: 02/23/18