TAMPA— Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.
Mr. Wilds, a community activist, columnist, political candidate and former talk show host who welcomed elected officials and dignitaries to his Saturday morning show for years, died Sunday. He was 74....
09/14/14 Human Interest
Stephanie Paeplow lay face-down on a board at the Tampa Convention Center as a portrait of Elvis Presley was being etched into the back of her leg.
Paeplow, 30, of St. Petersburg decided to get the artwork done while visiting the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention in hopes of winning a tattoo of the day award.
This was her first time attending such a convention, she said, but she had no other plans for the day. "This is going to be an all-day thing," she said....
One thing that can be said about Friday’s sold-out, sweaty, swarming Ty Segall concert at the Skatepark of Tampa: it's a good thing it got moved from Epic Problem.
As great as it is to catch a critically acclaimed act in a venue as intimate as the DIY punk room, it always seemed like too small a space for Segall. And sure enough, the raucous crowd packed the room to the rafters even in the considerably larger Skatepark of Tampa next door....
09/09/14 Music & Concerts
Theater. Music hall. Skatepark?
Those venues are all part of the current tour itinerary for garage and glam-inspired rocker Ty Segall, who plays the Skatepark of Tampa on Friday.
It's somewhat of a small venue for Segall, who will play Athens' Georgia Theatre and the grand ballroom of New York City's Webster Hall on the tour.
"They're all over the place, for sure," he said in an interview. "We like to do that — we like to mix it up. We'll play a 200-cap room and then the next night, we'll play a 900-cap room. And then the next night, we'll play outside of a storefront."...
TAMPA — The driver authorities say struck and injured a bouncer outside a Palm Harbor strip club, then drove off, came forward Wednesday as officials weighed whether to file charges.
Jacques Ayyub, 29, of Clearwater spent Wednesday afternoon talking to Florida Highway Patrol troopers at their Pinellas Park station.
"He wasn't arrested today, and I don't think he's ever going to be arrested, but that decision will ultimately be made by the State Attorney's Office," said his attorney, Barry Cohen, at a news conference Wednesday in Tampa....
It’s hard to imagine that in a city with such a huge metal history, and one that’s increasingly music festival-crazy, there hasn’t really been a metal festival in Tampa.
There was Scion Rock Fest, which chose Tampa as its location two years ago. And there have been traveling tours like Mayhem Festival, which might earn you scowls from metalheads if you call them metal. But Tampa hasn’t had a metal festival we could truly call our own....
In-person early voting for the Florida primary ended in a slow crawl Sunday in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, the final day to cast ballots before Election Day.
Supporters waving signs and election workers outnumbered voters in some voting locations for Tuesday's primary, which determines candidates for governor, state House and other offices, in a return of Sunday early voting after a brief hiatus....
TAMPA — A man who has been on the run since the 2007 shooting death of a 17-year-old Wharton High School student was jailed late Wednesday in Hillsborough County after being extradited from New York.
Rick Elise Joseph, 28, has been wanted on a second-degree murder charge for seven years. A Hillsborough County sheriff's fugitive cold case squad traced him to New York City, where he was arrested in April, officials said. On Wednesday, he was extradited to Florida....
TAMPA — Two people died when a fire tore through a home in a Town 'N Country neighborhood Monday afternoon.
Flames were shooting through the roof of the home at 4627 Burkett Circle when firefighters arrived shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue officials did not release the names of those found inside late Monday, other than to say they were adults. Hillsborough County property records indicate the home is owned by Virginia Jones and Michelle Hayes, whom neighbors described as mother and daughter....
TAMPA — Multicolored election signs dotted the sidewalks, cars crowded the streets and supporters shouted their candidates' praises over one another Sunday afternoon at C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library.
The event was held to encourage early voting in the Aug. 26 primary, where candidates for Florida governor, state House and other offices will be selected. Early voting started Thursday and ends Aug. 24....
08/06/14 Music & Concerts
As owner of the Ybor City music venue the Orpheum, Jerry Dufrain has seen everyone from rapper Ghostface Killah to indie-electronic group Little Dragon play his room. But one genre sticks out in the club's concert history: metal. The Orpheum has carved itself out as a heavy music haven by hosting national metal acts like Agalloch and Behemoth, and local pioneers like Obituary and Deicide. And on Aug. 23, it will be one of three stages for Southern Darkness Fest, which features more than 25 bands, including instrumental headliner Pelican. • Despite Tampa being a metal capital, Southern Darkness Fest is unique, said Dufrain, a promoter for the fest. There have been traveling tours and one-offs like Scion Rock Fest, which included the Orpheum as a participating venue, but not a locally grown metal festival, he said. A fan of metal and hardcore music who would see bands at CBGB as a teenager, he said, Dufrain talked with Tampa Bay Times staff writer Jimmy Geurts about Southern Darkness Fest, Tampa's metal history and his favorite metal shows at the Orpheum....
If you want insight on a comic, ask another comic. So we did. Here's what Mary Lynn Rajskub, a.k.a. Chloe from Fox's 24, who was in town doing standup last week, had to say about four of the Oddball Festival comedians.
Marc Maron: Marc Maron dated a friend of mine and she was so in love with him — it was this passionate love affair, forbidden somehow and really poetic. He was always like this dark prince, like intelligent and passionate, and I was very intimidated by him, even to the point when I did his podcast. He's mellowed so much. I think he's a lot happier than he's ever been. But a lot of people have talked about just either being in a fight with him or being angry at him or being intimidated by him. I definitely fell into the camp of being intimidated with him because he was somebody I looked up to early on as being so confident and having these long rants....
Helen Chavez, a restaurateur of fine-dining landmarks who as a former Tampa City Council member famously campaigned against drunken, shirtless football fans at the old Tampa Stadium in the 1980s, died Saturday.
The cause was organ failure, a daughter said. She was 89.
Mrs. Chavez got her start in the food business as a caterer, making asparagus sandwiches as a way of supplementing the family income....
It’s not a typical career trajectory: alt-comic actress turned second lead in a political thriller television series.
But it’s the path Mary Lynn Rajskub ended up on, going from performance art-inspired comedy to the part of computer analyst Chloe on the Fox show 24. She’s still doing stand-up, however, and is performing at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa Thursday through Sunday ....
07/06/14 Public Safety
TAMPA — A 15-year-old boy who was beaten and arrested in Israel was sentenced to nine days of home detention and released to his family Sunday morning.
Tariq Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian American who attends Tampa's Universal Academy of Florida, was accused of attacking police during a protest before his cousin's funeral in the village of Shuafat in East Jerusalem.
Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, Tariq's cousin, was found burned to death Wednesday in the Jerusalem Forest in what Palestinians are calling an act of revenge for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers three weeks ago....