10/20/12 Human Interest
TAMPA — A dark-haired woman pushing a double stroller appeared at Airside E security Saturday morning nearly out of breath.
Two tiny girls reclined in the stroller. A blond woman bustled alongside, carrying bags and cardboard signs.
The dark-haired woman told the Tampa International Airport security officer, "My husband is coming back from his deployment, and he has never met his daughter. Can I go to the front of the line?" ...
06/10/11 Human Interest
New Hampshire is the free-est state in the union — surely a relief to a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die."
New York is the least free, perhaps proving Frank Sinatra's boast that if you can make it there . . .
And Florida? According to a new analysis, ours is the 11th free-est state, based on a measurement of fiscal and regulatory policy and economic and personal freedom in each state. ...
In The Real State of America Atlas, new from Penguin, Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager use catchy, colorful graphics to give a revealing statistical look at the United States.
We flipped through it and compiled this odd list of facts about Florida and its place in the world:
Percentage of Florida land owned by the state and federal governments: 26
Percentage nationally: 39...
04/30/11 Human Interest
I saw the Google car the other day in Largo. It was heading south on Belcher, its cameras mounted on black metal legs.
Naturally, I chased it.
The Google car makes photos for Google Maps Street View, which is documenting the planet from ground level, one continent at a time. Surely the driver would have interesting things to say about America, circa 2011.
I followed him into a Largo neighborhood, flashing my lights, waving like a maniac. He kept twisting through the streets, not speeding but moving at a faster clip than you'd think....
Review: David Remnick's 'The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama' shows adaptation as a powerful force
The Bridge, David Remnick's new book about President Barack Obama, has built-in limitations because it's a biography of a life in progress. As even the author acknowledges, it's too early to assess the legacy of a man who is only 48 and has been president a little over a year. • So Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, set out simply to write a piece of "biographical journalism" that would examine Obama's early life and the events that shaped him. In this he has more than succeeded. The Bridge is a compelling portrayal of Obama as a gifted and pragmatic center-left politician and a living metaphor for an increasingly diverse America. • The book's persistent theme is race and how it has played out in Obama's personal development, in his presidential campaign and in American life. "The bridge" of the title refers both to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., scene of the 1965 voting rights march, and to Obama himself, who was born during the civil rights movement and whose election was the ultimate realization of its goals. • Obama didn't fight the fight, Remnick seems to say; he's the prize. ...
04/03/10 Human Interest
Each year, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, created in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie, recognizes acts of bravery in the United States and Canada. Honorees — about 100 a year — receive a medal. • In two perilous events, four Floridians made the 2009 annual report (carnegiehero.org). Here are their stories.
Mike Wilson, Times staff writer
RICHARD S. CAMERON
10/17/09 Human Interest
This week, the St. Petersburg Times reported that the state of Florida has invited children to hunt feral hogs on a state reserve in Manatee County. The idea is to reduce the number of wild hogs and expose kids to hunting.
The first hunt was to be held Saturday, and the second on Oct. 24.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission asked kids ages 8-16 to write essays saying why they should be chosen, with the top 24 getting spots in the hunt. Only 20 kids applied, so nobody was left out. ...
10/03/09 Human Interest
Kevin Montgomery and Dennis Duban, partners for 27 years, were married in Malibu, Calif., in August 2008, before Proposition 8 outlawed gay marriage in the state. The ceremony might have received little attention if not for an emotional speech given by their 16-year-old daughter, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban. Her words of support, delivered through laughter and tears to the men she calls "Dad" and "Daddy," have become a YouTube sensation since she posted the video on the site last month. ...
Three weeks ago, I wrote an article announcing a small adjustment to one of the two crossword puzzles we run in the BayLink section. Readers had been complaining that some clues were too obscure. I said we were going to fix that, and as a result the puzzle would be slightly easier some days.
The reaction was immediate and intense.
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you," Karin Lee Stephansky wrote. "I just turned 47 years old. I started doing the puzzles back in 1992. … I've never had a problem until the last few weeks. I thought I was developing Alzheimer's; I was literally losing my mind. I was scared to death. And now, huh! It wasn't only me. Thank God for that! I mean it." ...
10/30/08 The Heater
It ended in cold disappointment, after the longest and dreariest World Series game in history — two days and two hours of sideways rain and plunging mercury and about six minutes of Please God Not Brad Lidge.
But, oh, what a trip! Not the miserable stop in Philadelphia; the whole month. The Tampa Bay Rays roared through the playoffs like high school kids packed into a convertible, and we all climbed in beside them, vampiring their energy and clanging our cowbells like maniacs....
10/06/08 Pop Culture
Opus, the Sunday comic strip documenting the exploits of a big-nosed penguin by the same name, will appear for the last time Nov. 2 because creator Berkeley Breathed has decided to stop drawing it, the Washington Post Writers Group announced Monday.
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Breathed (also well known for Bloom County) launched the Sunday-only strip in 2003. According to a statement released by the group, which syndicates the strip, Breathed will end the cartoon with a contest asking readers to guess Opus' fate. Currently, the character is in prison, courtesy of U.S. authorities. The actual ending will be available only on the Internet, not in newspapers, according to the syndicate....
Bill DeLisi is feeling fine, thanks.
Oh, sure, he has sciatica, his knees hurt, and he has worn a little path from his bed to the bathroom, but you expect those things when you're almost 72.
The good news is, he still enjoys bike rides and thinks of himself as one of the "young old people" in his South Pasadena condo complex.
So when you ask DeLisi whether a guy his age — he and John McCain were born three days apart in 1936 — is too old to become president, he thinks about it for a minute, then says: What was the question?...
08/08/08 Human Interest
"The Girl in the Window," the story of a horrifically neglected child who was rescued by the authorities and adopted by a family in Fort Myers, has drawn an outpouring of calls, e-mails and offers of help from readers here and around the world.
The story of Danielle Lierow, known as the feral child, was published on the Times Web site, tampabay.com, on Aug. 1, and in print last Sunday. The Web presentation has received nearly a half-million page views, a record for the site, with almost 1,000 readers leaving comments. More than 500 have sent e-mails. ...
05/12/08 Human Interest
Attention, comics fans: Our innovative news and advertising section,
BayLink, will have space for four new comic strips when it launches on Monday.
And we want you to help us decide which comics to print.
BayLink — a daily section that helps you make good decisions about how to spend your money — will also contain all the color and black-and-white comics we now publish. ...
05/12/08 Human Interest
When you open your St. Petersburg Times next Monday you'll find an innovative new addition — a daily news and advertising section that helps you make good decisions about how to spend your money and lets you have some fun, too.
Goodbye, Classifieds. Hello, BayLink.
BayLink is the place to shop, to relax, to while away some time at your leisure. You will be able to look for a new or used car, browse job listings, dream about a new house or find that piano or tool bench you've been looking for. Each day the section will have brief, entertaining, useful features about working, home life, cars, you name it....