HART says more people are getting on the bus, especially on Sundays
Ridership on Hillsborough County buses rose 11.7 percent during the fiscal year ending in September, continuing a trend in the past few years of increased demand for public transportation, said Marcia Mejia, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. Ridership continued to increase despite the recent drop in gas prices, she said. In 2011, ridership rose on each day of the week, with Sunday seeing a 24.3 percent increase.
St. Petersburg to be occupied
Four weeks after "Occupy Wall Street" protests began in New York's financial district, a similar gathering is being planned for Saturday in St. Petersburg's South Straub Park. More than two dozen groups have sprouted across the country since the protests began, including "Occupy Tampa," which kicked off last week. As of Tuesday, there were 85 confirmed participants signed up for the "Occupy Saint Petersburg Waterfront Gathering and General Assembly" event. It's unclear who is organizing the event, but the "Occupy St. Pete" Facebook page, which has 289 fans, states it is "for people in Pinellas County who want to work together, in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.''
Exam sought for doctor
The state Department of Health wants a court-ordered exam for a Tampa doctor accused of abusing Demerol. Story, 3B