11/17/14 Real Estate
Stung by a median income that ranks dead last among the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas, middle-class families in Tampa Bay are unable to afford median-priced homes, according to a new study by financial adviser website interest.com.
Tampa Bay's median income this year is $45,880 — a full $4,000 less than the second-worst city, Miami, and nearly half as much as the highest-income city, Washington, D.C....
Scatterbrained millennials rejoice!
A study from bankrate.com reports that 59 percent of gift cards are now available electronically, up 18 percent from 2010.
This is good news for millennials because they are "more than twice as likely to lose traditional plastic gift cards than older adults," bankrate.com says in a news release.
The release says that 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds admit to losing a gift card and that mobile gift card usage among millennials is double that of older adults....
11/04/14 Real Estate
The Weather Channel compiled a list of the worst counties in the United States to own a home when it comes to climate and weather-related disasters.
Perhaps surprisingly, not one Florida county is on the list.
Fellow southeastern states Louisiana and Mississippi are well represented — in fact, all of the top 5 and 11 of the top 20 are in those two states....
So someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag, eloquently captioned thus:
YOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/eknsxBlx38— rims (@auscalum) November 2, 2014
Love your job? If so, there's still time to nominate your company for the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces 2015 edition — our sixth annual survey of the best places to work.
We've extended the deadline for nominations to Nov. 21.
Here's how it works:
Any employee can nominate an organization. The Times' research partner, Workplace Dynamics, will contact nominated organizations and ask them to participate in a survey....
Readers of Travel + Leisure apparently think so, ranking Tampa sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America.
New York was first, Miami second and Los Angeles third.
Orlando also made the list at No. 20 — because nothing says snobby like Goofy, right?
Travel + Leisure said Tampa was a newcomer to the list this year. Their article almost reads like something from the character Stefon from Saturday Night Live....
09/05/14 Working Life
Last year, more than 30,000 employees from 176 companies in the Tampa Bay area told us how much they liked their jobs.
The result was our fifth annual special section identifying the region's top workplaces.
Now it's time to do it again. The Tampa Bay Times is accepting nominations for its Top Workplaces 2015 edition. Maybe your employer can crack the Top 100.
If you love your job and your company, this is a way to show it off, just like employees with Grow Financial Federal Credit Union did last year when the Tampa company was named the top workplace among companies with more than 500 employees for the second year in a row....
08/14/14 Bizarre News
Diapers get on bad side of attacker
A Tarpon Springs man found trouble recently when he attacked the diaper aisle at a local Walmart.
Tarpon Springs police said Jeffrey Michael Pepin, 44, went into the Walmart at 41232 U.S. 19 N on July 26 and began ripping diapers.
Pepin did not discriminate based on age, destroying both infant and adult diapers, police said in an arrest report....
07/30/14 Bizarre News
Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed
A suspected serial burglar has his stomach to blame for his recent arrest.
Derrick Steven Moore, 40, of Clearwater is facing nine charges of burglary, attempted burglary and grand theft.
Pinellas sheriff's deputies on July 22 charged him in connection with a burglary in the 1300 block of Keene Road on April 17. In that case, he removed an air-conditioning unit from a home and entered through the opening, deputies said....
Residents find quite a surprise when they get home
St. Petersburg police say they have arrested a very sleepy burglar.
On July 16, a man broke the window of a residence in the 1700 block of Preston Street S in St. Petersburg and climbed inside. When the residents returned home, they found the burglar asleep in one of their beds.
Stanley Levell Scott, 46, was arrested on a burglary charge....
Usually, when police are investigating a serious crime and unspool their crime scene tape, people know to stay outside of the yellow lines. But as St. Petersburg police investigated a fiery crash recently that killed three young women, two bicyclists rode under the tape and into the scene.
The crash occurred in the early morning hours of June 26 in the area of Ninth Avenue S and 16th Street. A wrong-way driver smashed into another car, causing it to burst into flames, police said. The driver of the wrong-way car ran away but was arrested days later, police said....
ST. PETERSBURG — Police said a man charged in connection with a recent nightclub shooting offered to pay someone $20,000 to take the blame for the killing.
St. Petersburg police arrested Artez Hooker, 31, outside a lawyer's office Monday afternoon on a charge of second-degree murder. Hooker had known he was wanted and had agreed to meet a detective at lawyer Doug Prior's office on Roosevelt Boulevard, arrest reports said....
06/12/14 Local Government
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that more than a dozen local governments — including several in the Tampa Bay area — illegally established red-light camera programs by installing the devices prior to the Legislature approving them in 2010.
Though some lawyers involved in red-light camera litigation believe the ruling should result in millions of dollars in refund checks, they cautioned that motorists shouldn't expect that to happen without a fight....
A local rapper who inspired James Franco's performance in the Pinellas County-based movie Spring Breakers was arrested on drug charges Friday, Pinellas Park police reported.
Russell Allen Curry, 27, was arrested on charges of marijuana sale and possession. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday evening in lieu of $20,150 bail.
Pinellas Park police said they received information in September that several people were dealing drugs "with a great deal of frequency" at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th Street N. Police began an investigation that led to Curry's arrest Friday....
11/07/13 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — Three police officers have been suspended and a fourth has resigned after an internal affairs investigation into a complaint of an unauthorized police pursuit in the city's southern neighborhoods.
The investigation did not conclude that the officers violated the department's pursuit policy, but did find that officers broke other rules, including making "inappropriate and unprofessional comments over the radio."...