Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Writers

Malena Carollo, Times staff writer

Malena Carollo, Times staff writer

Malena Carollo covers consumer issues, utilities and insurance topics in Tampa Bay. Before joining the Times, she covered cybersecurity for The Christian Science Monitor. She earned her M.S. degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on investigative and data reporting. Her master's project, published by the Monitor, examined the burgeoning industry of social media monitoring companies that claim to be able to prevent school violence.



Thanksgiving gas prices headed for two-year low

Thanksgiving gas prices headed for two-year low

Gas prices in Florida are on track to be the lowest in two years, a boon for the 2.5 million travelers AAA, The Auto Club Group, expects to hit the roadways for the holiday this week.
Updated: 9 hours ago
Brock Napolitano of Pinellas Park received his wish for a backyard play house specilly designed for his needs. Pictured is Brock in one of the structure's swings Sunday. [Malena Carollo | Times, 2018]

Make-A-Wish builds Pinellas special needs teen a custom playhouse

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida surprised a Pinellas County teen with a custom backyard play set specifically designed for his needs.
Published: 11/19/18
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Man killed in shooting at Cedar Hollow Apartments on Friday

A man was killed at the Cedar Hollow Apartments in Pinellas Park late Friday.
Published: 11/18/18
Updated: 11/19/18
A man was killed at the Cedar Hollow Apartments in Pinellas Park Friday, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

Police seek information in deadly home invasion

The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public's help with information relating to a home invasion turned deadly.
Published: 11/18/18
An off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter was arrested for a DUI Saturday night. Pictured is a screenshot of the department's website in 2018. | [Palm Harbor Fire Department capture]

Off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter arrested for DUI

An off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter was arrested for a DUI Saturday night.
Published: 11/18/18
A Plant City man died in a car crash Saturday night in Brandon.

Plant City man killed in overnight crash

A Plant City man was killed in a crash Saturday night in Brandon in what is suspected to be a drunk driving accident.
Published: 11/18/18
Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent in October, according to state figures. Pictured is a job fair in April. [Cherie Diez | Times, 2018]

Florida jobless rate drops to 3.4 percent, adds 17,800 jobs

Unemployment continues to fall across the state and the Tampa Bay region holds its own.
Published: 11/16/18
LARA CERRI   |   Times
Barry Burris, 34, Central Ave Vape general manager, left, and Kyle Osowski, 24, store manager, vape while working behind the counter at their store in St. Petersburg Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. The U.S. Surgeon General’s report came out Thursday that vaping is becoming more prevalent among young people and is thus becoming an emerging health threat.

Florida just banned indoor vaping. Will you be affected?

Last week, Floridians voted to ban indoor vaping. We want to hear how you expect to be affected.
Published: 11/16/18
Dog Bar in St. Petersburg. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016)]

Gulport woman sues Dog Bar over bite

A Gulfport woman is suing St. Petersburg's Dog Bar, saying she was attacked by a dog there in May.
Published: 11/16/18
Hurricane Michael had less of an impact than expected on Citizens Property Insurance Co. Pictured is 13 Mile Oyster House in Apalachicola after the storm. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times, 2018]

Citizens Property Insurance Co. took a smaller hit from Hurricane Michael than expected.

The state-backed insurer of last resort says it has received just more than 3,100 claims so far.
Published: 11/15/18