A 29-year-old former Marine corporal slipped out of his parents' house while they were asleep three weeks ago and drove to his favorite fishing lake in the Rockies. Under the bright mountain stars, Tyler Schlagel kindled a small campfire. When the flames grew high, he threw his military journals into the fire, then shot himself in the head. Schlagel's death Dec. 9 was the 14th suicide in his military unit since the group returned from a bloody tour in Afghanistan in 2008.
A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy shot a man who tried to grab the deputy's gun during a traffic stop near John's Pass early Wednesday. Near the intersection of Gulf Boulevard and 129th Avenue W, police stopped a woman suspected of driving under the influence. Passenger Dylan Tompkins-Holmes, 26, caused a disturbance and was handcuffed. He then grabbed for Deputy Tim Virden's gun. In the struggle, Virden shot Tompkins-Holmes in the leg and stomach.
Federal officials were monitoring 19 vulnerable levees on the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries, warning that hundreds of homes in Illinois and Missouri could be threatened by a rare winter flood that already forced the partial closure of interstate highways and widespread evacuations.
A new report from Zillow shows the value of all of the homes in Tampa Bay combined is $232 billion, which is more than the Gross Domestic Product of some small countries and is a higher value than other big cities like Orlando and Las Vegas. But it's also less than a third of the value of Apple. See how else the number compares.
Weird things happen everywhere there are human beings, of course, but more weirdness happens in the Sunshine State and it tends to be weirder. For proof that this is a fact, look no further than a few of the stories that happened here in 2105: stories with headlines like "Deerfield Reptile Store Owner Hits People With Pet Dragon"and "Alleged FIU Foot Sniffer Arrested."
Questions are swirling around Marcus Mariota's future. And they have nothing to do with his right knee. In other QB news: if Jameis Winston throws for 283 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, he will be the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in a single season.