Keeley Sheehan, Times Staff Writer

Keeley Sheehan

Keeley Sheehan covers news and features in eastern Hillsborough County. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, with a master's from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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  1. Karl Lagerfeld getting his own Barbie doll because of course he is


    A few months ago I told you about the very important app filled with Karl Lagerfeld emojis (you're welcome, btw). If you've been sitting around thinking, gosh, these tiny little Karl icons are great for expressing all my deepest emotions, but what I really need is a Karl doll for my shelf, you're in luck....

    Sketch of the doll.
  2. Charlie Crist opens Tampa field office with new running mate


    TAMPA — Charlie Crist opened a new field office in Tampa on Saturday, giving the bay area its first look at Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the South Florida businesswoman he announced as his running mate for governor.

    Volunteers and supporters crowded outside the new office on W Waters Avenue to hear from Crist and Taddeo-Goldstein, who also is chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party....

    Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist introduces his supporters to running mate Annette Taddeo-Goldstein on Saturday as he opens a campaign office in Tampa. They are focused on beating Rick Scott, but have a Democratic primary against Nan Rich on Aug. 26.
  3. Judge's ruling overturning gay-marriage ban sets off celebrations across state

    Human Interest


    When Scott Barry and Vincent Zeoli can marry — someday soon, they hope — it will be in the church they say has become part of their community.

    "We will get married in this church, in our state," Barry, 57, said of Unity of Tampa Church.

    The Bayport couple of 31 years were among those from the church and Equality Florida who gathered in Unity's Fellowship Hall on Thursday night to celebrate a Monroe County judge's ruling earlier in the day overturning Florida's 2008 constitutional ban on gay marriage....

     Maureen Duffy listens to Denise Fletcher and her partner Cece Arduengo talk about their experience getting married in New York City and the forward progress of marriage during the Florida equality celebration at the Unity of Tampa Church in Tampa Thursday July 17, 2014. "This is a great moment for Florida," said Maureen Duffy. The gathering was to celebrate a judges decision to overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
  4. Retired Tampa police search-and-rescue bloodhound dies

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For retired Tampa police Maj. Sophie Teague, training the department's bloodhound, Snoop, to help people was one of the most rewarding parts of her job.

    "They're like your partner," she said. "You're with them every day. They go to work with you, they come home with you."

    Snoop died Monday at the Temple Terrace Animal Hospital at the age of 8½. His leg was swollen, and veterinarians said he likely suffered a poisonous insect bite, Teague said. She and Snoop both retired last year....

    Snoop and Maj. Sophie Teague pose for a photo in August, shortly after they both announced their retirement. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times (2013)]
  5. Baseball coaches gather to raise money for Tampa Baseball Museum

    Human Interest


    The high school baseball coaches had more than 200 years of experience among them.

    They recalled the big games and the players who would go on to make their mark — from Tino Martinez to Gary Sheffield and many more.

    But for the six coaches, what they remembered most was guiding their own young players.

    "The most important thing to me was developing the kids," said Billy Reed, who coached for 24 years at Hillsborough High School. "We're called coaches, but we're not coaches, we're teachers."...

    Attendees look at a display of all the major-league baseball players who attended Hillsborough County schools during a fundraiser Tuesday for the Tampa Baseball Museum. The event included a panel of six local high school baseball coaches.
  6. New hair crush: Not Your Mother's


    On a hair kick lately, I've tried fancy hair masque samples from Birchbox, and slathered it in avocado goo. One of the more successful experiments was sea-salt spray from Target. After I wrote about my new-found hair crush, Not Your Mother's sent me a few other products to review....

    Volumizing hair powder. A little weird when you first meet, but pretty cool once you get to know each other.
  7. Can you exercise your way into high heels?


    Last spring, I went out with some friends for a girls' night in downtown St. Pete. I wanted to feel fab so I threw caution to the wind and donned my highest heels. Then I thought, ehhhhh, maybe I shouldn't toss caution out that quickly and stuffed a slim pair of flats in my bag, just in case.

    It was a good move because the heels lasted all of a block before I just couldn't take it anymore. I've worn heels maybe a handful of times since. Much as I love them, the idea of wearing them makes me feel tired and cranky just thinking about it....

    I bought shoes like this (but in nude) from Shoedazzle a while ago, but never mastered the art of walking in them without almost tipping over.
  8. Hillsborough deputies reunite Iraq vet with his stolen motorcycle


    TAMPA — When the Iraq War veteran realized his customized motorcycle was stolen from outside his apartment last month, he wasn't sure what to feel.

    "I came outside and stood at the door," Paul Rivera said. "I didn't know whether to be angry or sad. My first reaction was to call the police."

    After a Hillsborough County sheriff's detective spotted the stolen motorcycle and the agency arrested two people Thursday, deputies and the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club returned the bike to him Friday....

    Paul Rivera’s daughter Mila, 2, sits on his 2005 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle while he inspects the damage on Friday in Tampa. The motorcycle was stolen from outside the Iraq War veteran’s apartment last month and returned Friday.
  9. Travelers take in World Cup game at Tampa airport terminal

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Timothy Loy thought he'd miss much of the USA vs. Belgium World Cup game. When his 5:55 p.m. flight to Vermont was delayed Tuesday, it wasn't the worst luck.

    "I thought I was going to miss the last 20 minutes," he said.

    Loy, 37, of Sarasota, stopped with his sons at a big LED screen above the C Gate in the Tampa International Airport main terminal to watch the game before their new 8:05 p.m. flight....

    Fans and travelers react to a missed opportunity for the United States while watching the team’s World Cup match against Belgium in the main terminal of Tampa International Airport on Tuesday.
  10. Your new fall work wardrobe? It's handled.


    Let me start this by admitting that I'm not fully caught up on the most recent season of Scandal. It just got to be too... much for me, and I haven't caught up yet (well, I haven't caught up on watching the episodes yet, but I'm fully caught up on where the season ended because I'm one of those horrible people that greedily searches out spoilers on the Internet before an episode even airs and then has to forcibly keep my mouth shut around spoiler-free people. I know, I'm the worst)....

    The collection MUST include a hat, right? It'd just be wrong if it didn't.
  11. My Outfit Monday: 90s album cover


    I wore this to brunch a few weeks ago. It feels to me like something Monica would have worn in the early seasons of Friends, and since every Buzzfeed quiz I've ever taken on the subject has told me that I'm definitely a Monica, I figured it was appropriate. I was just a bit too young and too not yet into pop culture and fashion in the '90s to truly appreciate them while they were happening, so now that '90s fashion is officially vintage I find myself appreciating all its plaid and floral glory that much more....

    Additional notes: bracelets from H&M, nail polish is Essie's geranium.
  12. Summer beauty review: e.l.f. HD Blush


    Last week I admitted to taking a completely (un)necessary trip to Target where I discovered the wonderfully priced world of e.l.f. makeup. I'm back to report that the blush I bought is indeed worth every penny. Plus, if you recall, it was only $3. So yay on all fronts....

    The blush in action.
  13. New homes bringing buyers to Tampa's Sulphur Springs

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Four years ago, when Joannie Melendez-Alicea last lived in Sulphur Springs, just walking to the coin laundry could be frightening.

    She often heard gunshots as she lay in bed at night. Men hung out on street corners drinking beer.

    "It was just not an environment I would want my kids in," she said.

    But now she and her husband are going back. The couple has purchased a new home in Sulphur Springs, encouraged by a city housing program and efforts to improve the neighborhood....

    Joannie Melendez-Alicea and her husband, Angel Millan, are buying this four-bedroom home being built in Sulphur Springs.
  14. La. clerk's tip leads to missing Valrico teen (w/video)


    TAMPA — A weeklong search for a missing 16-year-old girl traveling with a sex offender came to a violent end more than 700 miles from her Valrico home after a Louisiana truck stop cashier recognized the teen from a Facebook post.

    "I just saw her face and was like, 'Oh my God,' " said Fawn Domingue, 28, who was filling in for a coworker at the Tiger Truck Stop near Baton Rouge when the pair came in Wednesday night....

    Steven Patrick Myers will likely face charges in Louisiana. He already faces several charges in Florida.
  15. Today's blog post is brought to you by the letter J: Jewelry


    I have a very serious and important question for everyone on this fine Monday: How do you feel about things with initials on them?

    For my birthday a few months ago my friend Hannah gave me the cutest black and gold round earrings with little Ks on them that she got while she was in New York City recently. She was a little worried about whether I'd like them because, ya know, wearing your initials on stuff is maybe a little weird? Or something? I'm not sure. Her fears were unfounded, however, because I looooove them and couldn't stop cooing over them like they were small, sweet children and not earrings....

    Put an initial AND a bird on it, $24: