Alstott is parade grand marshal
One of Tampa's favorite public figures has been chosen to lead one of the city's favorite events. Former Bucs running back Mike Alstott on Wednesday was named grand marshal of the 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Parade officials said Alstott's focus on family and community made him an ideal choice for the Jan. 30 parade, which promises to be tamer than in past years. Alstott is the first grand marshal in more than 15 years. Past grand marshals include Roy Rogers, Woody Woodpecker and Dennis the Menace, characters who had some connection to the party at the time.
No criminal charges in death of boy, 2
No criminal charges will be filed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in the death of a child who fell into an open septic tank in Valrico. Luis Martinez, 2, went missing from his Silver Lane home on Nov. 27. After an extensive search, his body was found in a septic tank the next day. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the boy drowned and that the death was accidental.
A state Division of Corporations official supported the same legal position as the Hillsborough County School Board's attorney in a story that appeared Wednesday on Page 1B, but he did not choose sides in a dispute about a charter school applicant's nonprofit status.