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....
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....
09/11/14 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."...
Since my penchant for Duchess of Cambridge web-based gentle stalking is well documented, it should come as no surprise when I tell you what I'm sure you've already seen elsewhere on said web: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are having another baby! Woo hoo!...
When I was little and would dream about my big day marrying whichever member of 'N Sync I was most in love with that week, my wedding outfit always looked the same in my imagination: pristine white ball gown, long flowing veil, towering high heels, crusty hair-sprayed updo.
Because that's what brides wear, right? Except none of that is actually me, and I think one of the simplest — but most often overlooked — pieces of wedding fashion advice is to look like you on your wedding day....
Today in "hey, did you know this is a thing?", here's a fun link for your holiday beach-break scrolling pleasure, courtesy of my friend/Times designer Tara's uncanny ability to find the best random stuff on the web: Fashion in Infographics.
Need to figure out the difference between a mushroom and vagabond hat? Graph! Oh gosh, what kind of heel am I wearing? Graph! How do I get red wine out of my clothes? Graph! Wait, what's the difference between stripes and, um, other stripes? Graph!...
TAMPA — A 2-year-old boy was struck and killed by a city of Tampa water department truck Thursday night inside an apartment complex near Ybor City.
Tampa police said the driver of the truck was exiting the Tampa Park Apartments west of the Ybor City business district just after 8:30 p.m. on Lilly White Court at a slow speed when the child darted into the road. The driver, who had not been named late Thursday, was unable to stop in time....
I went home to Western New York for the week to visit family, and as I was packing for the trip last week, I realized something -- I'm really bad at packing. It used to not be so. I used to be able to compactly get everything into a carry-on bag and be on my merry way. But somewhere along the way, I've gotten really bad at it.
I just let all my bad packing skills go for this trip, but in the meantime, found some good tips for packing like a socialite that's always jetting off to some fashion week or other (I imagine they're pros at packing. I could be wrong). Here are some of the ones I found, with links to more great tips. Do as the blogs say, not as I do....
This is old-ish news, but I don't think we've talked about it and I just really think we should. Since every celebrity is apparently also secretly a designer with deep wells of talent we just never knew about, Britney Spears is launching a lingerie and sleepwear collection. She posted a photo of herself in a set from the collection last month, and I can't believe I didn't know she had Instagram until just now. For shame....
TAMPA — A man shot by police after his wife called 911 to report he was suicidal is suing both the officer who shot him and the city of Tampa, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week.
In January, police responded to the call at the Tampa home of Jason Turk, a licensed real estate broker who served 11 years in the Navy. He was sitting in a car in the driveway, and police said he pointed a gun at them. Officer Tim Bergman shot Turk, then shot him a second time after Turk raised his gun again, police said....
TAMPA — A 3-year-old girl jumping up and down on a bed fell out of a third-floor apartment window Wednesday afternoon and landed in a dirt patch outside the building, authorities said.
Mumina Nass showed no obvious injuries, a Tampa Fire Rescue spokesman said, but was taken by helicopter to the trauma unit at Tampa General Hospital to find out if she suffered internal injuries.
The incident happened just after 3:30 p.m. at the Andover Place Apartments, 10216 Altavista Ave. in New Tampa....
Have you ever looked at the cover of one of those cheap drugstore romance novels and thought, man, I wish I could run away and find a dashing, gruff, but secretly kind-hearted pirate king all while wearing a great old timey red velvet dress and the perfect smokey eye?
Well MAC's new fall 2014 makeup collection will presumably be able to help you with at least one of those things. They're coming out with this new collection all based on romance novels, like the really great old ones with Fabio on the cover. It'll have lipsticks and eye shadows and the whole nine yards in lots of really pretty shades. There's even an eyeliner called Evil Twin, which I think is great. It's like, let's not let a trope go unreferenced, you know?...
After seeing chambray shirts all over my favorite style blogs and then looking high and low for my perfect version, I finally found it a few months ago at J. Crew Factory (similar to this one but I think I paid less than that for it). It's become my go-to shirt because it goes so well with everything in my closet. It works great with all my jeans, shorts, skirts, etc., and also as a nice cover up if a sweater would be to bulky, like for a late night at the beach or in a movie theater....
THONOTOSASSA — A woman canoeing in the Hillsborough River was attacked and bitten in the leg by an alligator Thursday afternoon near John B. Sargeant Park, an incident authorities are calling unusual.
Navigated by a sheriff's helicopter circling above, a crew launched a motorized boat and canoes to reach the victim and another woman with her in the canoe.
Andrea Reese, 20, of Uniontown, Ohio, sustained injuries to her left thigh and calf, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The attack occurred around 1:30 p.m. Thursday....
SEFFNER — A Hillsborough County detention deputy was arrested after he pointed a gun at another man during an off-duty road-rage incident Tuesday morning, the Sheriff's Office said.
It is the second time this year that a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy has faced charges over pulling out a gun during a roadway dispute.
Deputy Reginald J. Migues, 54, got into argument with Arthur Langley, 41, of Tampa over something that happened near the intersection of U.S. 92 and Williams Road, the Sheriff's Office said. The agency did not disclose the nature of the dispute. A Sheriff's Office report indicates Migues and Langley pulled into a parking lot at 5520 Carmack Road around 10:30 a.m. Officials said Migues walked toward Langley, who started getting out of his vehicle. ...