Low blood sugar cited in death of prominent community leader's husband after Tampa police traffic stop04/17/14 Public Safety
TAMPA — A driver who officers first thought was being reckless after he struck two cars actually suffered a diabetic episode and died later at a hospital Wednesday, police said.
Tampa police identified the driver as Arthur Green Jr., 63, of Tampa. He is the husband of prominent Tampa Heights community leader Lena Young-Green, whose son, Owen Young, is the principal of Middleton High School....
04/16/14 Human Interest
TAMPA -— Before the Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, Brant Summers had a decision to make.
The 7-year-old pondered his options in the face-paint line outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Some of the other kids got blue and white paint covering their whole faces. But Brant decided on a lightning bolt. It's traditional, he said.
Brant has been to a lot of hockey games with his father, Ed Summers, 48, of Tampa. But this was his first playoff game....
I have a theory about Lost. It does not involve lotto numbers, monsters or semi-parallel-next-door universes. I haven’t actually seen much Lost, but my boyfriend recently binge-watched it on Netflix and I was near the living room for some of it, so I picked up a plot point or two.
One of the things that stuck out to me the most was the fact that all the women on the island always looked awesome no matter what. Even dirt-smudged with gross island goo, they still had perfect eyebrows and their hair was always more beachy waves than tangled mess....
04/11/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Visitors to several of Tampa's parks will someday be able to pick a snack, such as an orange or a star fruit, straight from the source after volunteers plant fruit trees this weekend.
"You don't even really see fruit trees in public places, but that's what Florida is known for," said Tampa resident Tanja Vidovic, who proposed the idea to the city about a year ago.
Volunteers with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will plant the trees today in Rowlett, Al Lopez and Gadsden parks, and they also will hold cleanups and other beautification projects in several other Hillsborough County locations as part of the Great American Cleanup....
04/08/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Soon after the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality greeted a crowd of nearly 300 people Tuesday night, the Rev. Doak Mansfeld laid down the ground rules.
There would be three issues for everyone here to tackle, he said: affordable housing, job opportunities for people with criminal records and finding ways to reduce the number of juveniles arrested in Hillsborough County....
You know how some apps are super useful? Like the ones where you can do your banking straight from your phone, or go thrifting without leaving the house, or keep your various to-do lists organized?
emotiKarl is not one of those apps. But it's fun!...
04/03/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — A chime rang out every two minutes, a steady reminder of how often women are raped in the United States.
The chimes continued as speakers took to a microphone to encourage the crowd of women and men to take a stand against sexual violence and abuse at Take Back the Night at the University of South Florida on Thursday night.
Elizabeth Moschella, a senior, recalled the first time she showed up for the annual candlelight vigil and speak-out against violence four years ago. She hadn't planned on it, but she ended up sharing her own story that night....
TAMPA — A man nicknamed the "Shattered Window Bandit" was sentenced this week to 193 years in federal prison for the 2012 robberies of fast-food chains around the Tampa Bay area.
Demetrius Renaldo Bowers, 29, of Tampa was accused of eight robberies at fast-food restaurants, including a Papa John's Pizza, Pizza Hut and Domino's Pizza in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties, from Sept. 23 to Nov. 4, 2012....
Sometimes it's all about the shoes.
This is an outfit from a week or so ago. I'm working the late-ish shift now, so I've found that looking more or less pulled together but also being comfy is a must, because I'm not naturally a night owl, and when I'm going into work late in the day and walking out of the office at 11 p.m., I just can't bring myself to do the pencil skirt thing.
I scooped up these shoes at Target on sale for about $14. Admittedly, they're just sneakers, nothing special. But I like the simple black and white, with no logos. I've been starting with the shoes and building around them what I think are nice, simple looks with cords or dark jeans that look appropriate enough for work....
TAMPA — A tailgating driver who spun off the road into a light pole this week was arrested Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. He also got more than 1 million views on YouTube.
Jeffrey Travis White, 33, of Tampa was tailgating another driver Monday on U.S. 41 near Gibsonton, the FHP said.
The driver he was following, Tracy Lynn Sloan of Lakeland, captured the incident, including the crash, on a cellphone video....
A Minnesota man who traveled to Tampa to pick up a 14-year-old girl he met online got as far as Tallahassee with her before authorities found and arrested him Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
Matthew William McLean, 25, of Minneapolis was caught in Tallahassee after he and the girl boarded a bus in Tampa bound for Texas, with plans to travel to Mexico, the Sheriff's Office said. He is charged with interference with custody and traveling to meet a minor. Authorities say McLean communicated with the victim online for more than six months using Facebook, Skype and the messaging application Kik, He met the girl near her home in Tampa sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning and then bought two tickets to Brownsville, Texas, at a Greyhound bus station in Tampa, the Sheriff's Office said. The girl's parents discovered her missing Sunday....
Is the gross weather making anybody feel like they just want to put on sweat pants, find a good spot on the couch and not move? Hey, me too! Here's a random smattering of sales you can enjoy from the comfort of said sweat pants and couch:
Gap: Get 25 percent off your purchase online today only with the code TREAT.
Express: They're having their semi-annual clearance sale -- you can get an additional 20 percent off items already on sale (up to 60 percent off), and free shipping on orders over $50, today and tomorrow....
03/21/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — A new Web series produced in Tampa is poised to bring the young drivers of open-wheel racing to a larger audience, with Tampa Bay as a backdrop.
Adam Goodman, president and CEO of the Victory Group communications firm, announced the launch of Road to Indy Television at a news conference Friday night.
Part of the Mazda Road to Indy, which serves as a training ground for young drivers, the Web series will highlight open-wheel racing's up-and-comers in an effort to hook a younger audience and create new, lifelong racing fans....
Bringing you a late-night sale tip because good deals don't keep normal business hours, and it's related to Very Important Things, i.e., cute headbands.
My stylish and thrifty friend/Times designer Tara texted me a Deal Diva tip that Bealls at 7899 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N in St. Petersburg has good deals on headbands. It's the little things, ya know? She said they're normally $8.99ish, and she got a brown one with gold trim and little bow for $4.50. (She also scored some summery shoes, originally $40, for $16.)...
TAMPA — Authorities arrested a Tampa woman, saying a dog died shortly after she performed a caesarean section on it without anesthesia.
Candace Patricia Hauser, 31, was arrested by Tampa police Saturday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after an investigation by Hillsborough County Animal Safety and Enforcement.
Investigators say that on March 4, a Polk County woman brought a pregnant mastiff to Hauser's home at 2011 E Rampart St. because Hauser said she could provide emergency medical help to deliver the puppies....