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. Howard and Patricia Jenkins give $10M gift to University of Tampa


    TAMPA — A University of Tampa residence hall will be named in honor of Howard and Patricia Jenkins after the couple donated $10 million to the university, one of the largest gifts in its history.

    The donation will go toward construction of another new residence hall, which is under way, university spokesman Eric Cárdenas said Thursday.

    Howard Jenkins, 63, is the chairman of the executive committee of Publix Super Markets and a member of UT's board of trustees. Patricia Jenkins, 59, founded Apollo Environmental, which specializes in hazardous materials consulting and analysis, expert witness testimony and regulatory compliance....

    Howard and Patricia Jenkins’ gift is one the largest ever for the University of Tampa. Howard’s son and daughter attended UT.
  2. Blake Lively's got great coats. Here are a few to copy her look.


    ICYMI, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have combined their superhuman DNA to make what will probably be a ridiculously beautiful baby, complete with perpetual golden glowing aura, if the photos from her pregnancy announcement over at Preserve are any indication.

    But I'm more preoccupied with the amazing coats she's been wearing recently, like the one in the photo above, or this poncho-y coat thing with toggles that I need to find an affordable version of, or this one she appears to have just casually thrown over her Michael Kors dress, as one does....

    JESSICA SIMPSON asymmetric zip jacket, $79.99.
  3. New technology, more patrols planned to stop wrong-way drivers

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — The Florida Department of Transportation has installed the first part of a new system that will help alert law enforcement about wrong-way drivers as soon as they get on the highway.

    In addition to increased patrols and lighted signs, the new system will take pictures of vehicles going the wrong way, sending them to the FDOT and the Florida Highway Patrol so troopers can respond, the agencies said at a news conference Thursday....

  4. U.S. House: District 17


    U.S. House | District 17

    Incumbent Republican Tom Rooney again faces a challenge from Democrat William Bronson. Rooney represented a similar district for four years before running in 2012 for the new District 17, which added parts of Hillsborough County. Bronson, a retired airline pilot who served in the Navy, lost to Rooney two years ago. By Keeley Sheehan, Times staff writer...

  5. Wikileaks plans high-end goods collection... yes, Wikileaks


    Today in stories I never thought I'd read: Julian Assange plans on putting the Wikileaks-approved stamp on apparel and other stuff and selling it at malls in India.

    Apparently Wikileaks wants to open up physical stores in India, and sell stuff online, and apparently that stuff will be high-end. You can buy Wikileaks merch online already, but it's, ya know, T-shirts and hoodies and things like that. The Washington Post story linked above notes that they already have designers in France, etc., who want to co-brand with them....

    One of the shirts in the site's current online store. I wonder what kind of fancy-schmany shirts they'll start putting out, and which fancy-schmany designers will put their logos on them.
  6. Nail polishes to match your pumpkin latte


    Despite that completely wonderful cold front that came gliding in yesterday, it'll probably still be a while before we truly get boots-and-pea-coat weather here. In the meantime, it's the perfect time to switch over from the pastels and bright nail polishes of summer to darker shades that perfectly match those pumpkin lattes I started drinking even though it's too hot for hot coffee....

    Partner in Crime (rich dark chocolate), $8.50.
  7. Police in India arrest suspect in 2012 murder of South Tampa designer


    TAMPA — Mumbai police arrested a 26-year-old man wanted in the murder of South Tampa interior designer Wendy Albano in an overseas hotel room two years ago, newspapers in India report.

    Albano, 51, a socialite who decorated homes for the rich and famous, was slain in her room at a chic hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, in February 2012.

    Authorities began looking for an Indian man they suspected had stabbed her to death....

    Tampa interior designer Wendy Albano met with the suspect while trying to set up an import business.
  8. Rick Scott emphasizes grass roots, thanks Tampa volunteers


    TAMPA — For Gustavo Rodriguez, teaching his children about politics at an early age is important.

    "This is the age I was. At 10, my dad taught us how to be Republicans and how to vote," said Rodriguez, 52, of Tampa.

    When Rick Scott visited his Tampa Victory Office near Carrollwood, Rodriguez brought his sons, Nico, 12, and Dylan, 10, to meet the governor. They were among the group of volunteers Scott greeted in the office before walking through parts of Carrollwood on Saturday afternoon....

  9. Police: Man who stole Fire Rescue truck planned to kill himself, anyone else in his way on I-275


    TAMPA — When he jumped into a Fire Rescue pickup truck and took off down Interstate 275 Wednesday night, John Edgerton planned to kill himself and as many other drivers as possible, authorities said.

    After leading officers on a chase in the stolen Hillsborough County Fire Rescue truck on southbound I-275 in rush hour traffic, Edgerton told them he had planned to get off the highway and get back on going the wrong way, officials said....

  10. Police: Man steals fire department's pickup truck, sparking I-275 chase that ends in crash


    TAMPA — A suspect who crashed one vehicle before stealing a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue pickup truck led authorities on a chase on Interstate 275 that ended in another wreck near Ashley Drive on Wednesday night, authorities said.

    John Michael Edgerton, 29, was driving a stolen vehicle when he hit a pole near Nebraska and 139th avenues at 5 p.m., according to Tampa police.

    Edgerton got out of the wrecked vehicle, jumped into a Fire Rescue pickup and drove off, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said....

    Southbound Interstate 275 near Ashley Drive was closed Wednesday night after a crash involving a stolen Hillsborough County Fire Rescue vehicle, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
 [Jeremy Ojeda | Special to the Times]
  11. ICYMI: Fanny packs are back and more stylish than ever


    Sarah Jessica Parker recently rocked a Chanel fanny pack at an event, prompting Glamour to declare a few days ago that they are officially back. As I read the post, I couldn't help but wonder... are they really? (See what I did there?)

    As Glamour also notes, people have in fact been rocking the fanny pack all summer long. My friend/Times reporter Caitlin has on several occasions made use of one....

    I love that this gray one -- $64, handmade from seller rocksandsalt on Etsy -- is minimal and sleek.
  12. Two women found dead in Jacksonville were from Tampa area


    TAMPA — Passers-by discovered the bodies of two young women from Hillsborough County along a wooded road early Thursday in Jacksonville.

    Angelia Ella Mangum, 19, and Tjhisha Monique Ball, 18, were murdered, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

    Authorities did not disclose how or when they were killed, but ordered autopsies. They also did not name a suspect or announce an arrest in the case....

    The bodies of the teens were identified as Tjhisha Monique Ball, 18, left, and Angelia Ella Mangum, 19.
  13. Obama makes rounds at MacDill before arriving at downtown Tampa hotel


    TAMPA — President Barack Obama arrived Tuesday evening at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base in advance of meeting with military leaders to talk strategy against Islamic State militants.

    Air Force One touched down at 6:30 p.m., ahead of schedule. Obama was greeted by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa; Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command; Army Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command; and Air Force Col. Daniel H. Tulley, the commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill....

    President Barack Obama greets members of the military at MacDill Air Force Base after landing in Tampa on Tuesday evening. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  14. My Outfit Monday: An official stance on rompers


    A few years ago I took the very staunch position of anti-romper, asking who in their right mind would actually wear one?

    My fiancé reminded me of this a few weeks ago when I brought home... a romper.

    Whatever. I'm allowed to change my mind.

    After seeing them all over my favorite fashion blogs the last year or so, I was intrigued, so I started searching. A cute blue one at TJ Maxx fit weird. H&M had a funky orange one but they didn't have my size so the straps didn't fit right....

    I've gotten a lot of mileage out of these magical Target sale wedges.
  15. Authorities searching for Riverview father missing since late August

    Public Safety

    RIVERVIEW — Authorities are looking for a father of six missing nearly two weeks, whose pickup truck was found burned in Ruskin the day after his family last saw him.

    On Aug. 30, Octavio Reyes, 36, of Riverview was getting ready to meet a family member at Club 301 in Tampa, said his niece Juanita Reyes, 29.

    "He gave me a hug and a kiss," she said. "It was routine for him to go out every Saturday."...