Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

2012 in review: Petraeus scandal starts with Tampa's Jill Kelley

First we heard CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus admit to an extra-marital affair with his biographer that cut short his time at the CIA, which was shocking enough.

Then we heard how the affair came to light: that Petraeus' paramour had been sending "threatening" emails to Petraeus' friend, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. (There's always a Florida connection somewhere.)

The story started like this: Jill who?

But by the time the circus was over, by the time Saturday Night Live had its fun and the national media decamped from Kelley's Bayshore Boulevard mansion, this vortex-of-a-story had sucked in everyone from Gen. John Allen to Bubba the Love Sponge to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Big-shot Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen even got involved.

At the center were sisters Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam. We quickly learned about their financial and personal troubles, and how far a smile can take two social climbers up the military's chain of command.

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Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

ST. PETERSBURGThe bay area’s thriving glass art scene adds another member to its ranks today when the Imagine Museum officially opens in downtown St. Petersburg.Dedicated to the movement of studio glass, the museum is the brainchild of benefactor Tri...
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Facebook vows progress in halting election meddling

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Updated: 13 minutes ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

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Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

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Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severed his agency’s contract with CareerSource Pinellas on Monday after learning that the jobs center told the state it helped 624 sheriff’s employees get hired since 2014.The sheriff said he has no record of CareerSou...
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Baby, 11 months, dies in reported drowning at Brandon apartments’ pool

BRANDON — An 11-month-old girl’s parents said their daughter drowned in an apartment complex pond Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The infant and her parents were not publicly identified by the Sheriff’s Office. The paren...
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Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

TAMPA — A loud knock at Life Malcolm’s bedroom door wrenched him from sleep just after midnight. In the darkness of that early morning — Jan. 5, 2015 — Malcolm opened the door and heard his sister say something about his son in the front yard.Malcolm...
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Water wars redux: Could Tampa-backed bills doom Tampa Bay Water?

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CLEARWATER — For 20 years, the regional water supply agency known as Tampa Bay Water has provided the state with an example of how local governments can cooperate to provide a vital resource to a large metro region.Now a pair of bills in the Legislat...
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