09/07/16 Human Interest
RUSKIN — Doug Hughes, the former mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last year to protest government corruption, returned home on Wednesday, his 62nd birthday, after serving three months of a four-month prison sentence at Federal Detention Center Miami....
Boys' remains from troubled Dozier school to be buried in Tallahassee, memorial to be erected on school grounds08/19/16 Human Interest
MARIANNA — The bones came up from the red earth of Jackson County, from a forgotten corner of the campus of Florida's oldest reform school. Putting them back into the ground, deciding how and where the remains of boys who died in state custody should spend eternity, proved hard.
After a tense, emotional, five-hour meeting of a task force charged with making that decision, the nine-member board voted to recommend that the legislature rebury the boys somewhere in Tallahassee and erect some sort of monument at the reform school, acknowledging the school's history....
Doug Hughes, the former mailman from Ruskin who landed his one-man flying machine on the lawn of the United States Capitol last April to protest big money in elections, has ended his run to unseat South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. ...
After decades of questions about how many boys are buried on the abandoned grounds of the state’s first and oldest reform school on the outskirts of the Panhandle town of Marianna, a team of anthropologists and archaeologists from the University of South Florida may soon use science to provide some answers.
The Cabinet agreed Tuesday morning to allow the researchers to continue with the next step in a project they started two years ago: to account for all the burials by unearthing the boys’ skeletal remains and, hopefully, identifying each of them....
The Daily Telegraph of London, citing an unnamed Republican source, reports it has learned Jill Kelley's financially-challenged twin sister, Natalie Khawam, once dated former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist....
10/20/11 Human Interest
Allie Mae Neal pushed through the screen door and found a shady spot on her porch where the summer sun didn't bite. Kittens purred at her feet and wasps flitted in and out of holes in the roof. The few neighbors who passed by saw an old woman in a wheelchair, blue eyes lazy and unfocused behind thick glasses. She'd wave and they'd wave back. Black or white. She has never held a grudge. ...
10/20/11 Human Interest
• The first scene, with Allie Mae Neal and Orlando Williams, was witnessed by the reporter and photographer in August 2010.
• Stories about the lynching ran in newspapers across the country. Several reporters, including one from the Associated Press and one from the Dothan Eagle, gave firsthand accounts of the events at the Cannady home.
• A number of historians have referred to the event as a "spectacle lynching," meaning it was witnessed by many and met with wide community approval. The prototype is the 1893 lynching of Henry Smith in Texas. Those who make the case that the Claude Neal lynching was the worst act of torture and execution in 20th century America include James R. McGovern, author of Anatomy of a Lynching: The Killing of Claude Neal, and Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration....
10/20/11 Human Interest
Whether Claude Neal killed Lola Cannady may never be known. When the Committee of Six snatched him from his jail cell, they circumvented the legal system and left a wake of uncertainty for his family, historians and residents of Jackson County.
Here's what can be gleaned from the records that still exist:
Sheriff Flake Chambliss suspected two men: Claude Neal and a white man named Calvin Cross. Neal was arrested two hours after Lola's body was found. That afternoon, Chambliss tracked down Cross and absolved him, according to his notes. His notes don't say why. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — A baseball season is 162 games long. It begins in early April and ends for almost every team in late September. For both the Tampa Bay Rays and the rival Boston Red Sox, two teams vying for one spot in the playoffs, this season came down to the 162nd game. The Rays were playing the Yankees here and the Red Sox were playing the Orioles in Baltimore. Two 162nd games came down to the last six minutes. ...
Welcome to Florida, Republican presidential hopefuls! We understand you'll be spending some time touring our fair state before the Sept. 24 straw poll. We hope you make yourselves at home. Maybe you'll even stick around. We've got plenty of property for sale. But, listen: We're not just The Villages We're widely diverse in age and income and heritage and political ideals, with nearly 19 million residents from across the globe situated on a narrow peninsula that sticks out like a thumb. We're hard to peg, unpredictable. If you want to address some of the most important issues we're facing, you have to know where to stop the bus. And so we offer this guide to places that probably aren't on your schedule, but should be. ...
09/17/11 Human Interest
The impostor pulled the million-dollar tour bus into USA International Speedway at dusk. He wore a NASCAR hat and new white sneakers. He was calm and collected when he stepped inside the front office and lied through his teeth.
He said he was on superstar Tony Stewart's advance team and that Mr. Stewart was planning a surprise visit. He said he'd need a generator for the bus.
"What did you say your name was?" the manager asked....
08/25/11 Human Interest
TAMPA — Vincent and Donna Remeika's home stands as a tribute to love and family. The first photograph you see is of the couple, married 29 years, with their kids in matching outfits. The big sign in the kitchen, past the water bowl for six rescued cats, says WELCOME HOME.
But home hasn't felt like home lately.
"I feel so violated," said Donna, 54, a high school guidance counselor. "You hear that from people who have been robbed. I'm getting that feeling every day."...
There's something of a mess in the little city of Oak Hill, pop. 1,900, in Volusia County. You may have heard that the city leaders voted to abolish the six-officer police department after the 84-year-old mayor suggested the police chief planted marijuana on her property to ruin her reputation and political career.
But that's the tip of the iceberg, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal: ...
We never look at Playboy. Never ever. Really. But we have gleaned a few things through the decades about Hugh Hefner, 85, the perpetually pajamaed player who built an empire on the curves of the girl next door.
We know that he's lascivious, a stud, a 60-minute man who probably has sex 14, maybe 15 times a day, and more on weekends. We know that he lives some kind of fleshly fairy tale at the Playboy mansion, surrounded by a devout blond flock whose job it is to giggle, bathe, hula hoop and drink from straws. We know that . . . ...
07/16/11 Human Interest
She found me in the shower and peeled back the curtain.
"I need you to take care of something," my wife said, "and you're not going to like it."
I've seen big spiders, but this one, clinging to the ceiling like a bat, stole my breath. This sucker could have popped the top off a can of Crisco. We stared at each other for a second. I could almost see myself in its thousand eyes. ...