07/03/15 Human Interest
Spindly legs dangle from the frame of my glasses. A black body rappels down a silk filament, itsy-bitsy arachnid feet tickling my nose.
I throw down my bike, and rip off my glasses and helmet. My head convulses in a futile bid to jar the web loose.
The spider drops into my open collar. It's only 3 inches long but might as well be a Humboldt squid.
"Truck!" I wail, or a word that rhymes with it....
07/03/15 Public Safety
The sun is beating, the sand is warm, the waves, glistening, are lapping at your feet, beckoning you to wade on in.
But all you hear is the theme song to Jaws.
Every splash has you jumpy. Cloud shadows become great whites, waiting to make you a meal.
This paranoia is understandable, says shark expert George Burgess. But not particularly rational....
TAMPA — A man drove his Honda into a retention pond early Friday morning, Tampa police officials said.
Officials said at 12:14 a.m., the unidentified man did not turn on a curve at W San Rafael Street and S Clark Avenue. He went through a fence and ended up in a retention pond.
The man got out of the car and was not injured. Officials said the accident remained under investigation....
ARIPEKA — SunWest Park in northwest Pasco County will open to the public at noon Saturday for a Fourth of July preview.
There will be limited swimming, some amenities and food available. Evening fireworks will shoot off from the neighboring private property, SunWest Harbourtowne, a working mine that is planned as an upscale waterfront community and resort.
Parking is $5.
Beginning Monday, the park will be open from noon to 9 p.m. daily. The swimming areas will close at 5 p.m., with the other amenities — volleyball, kayaking, paddleboarding and an aqua park of inflated playground equipment in the water — closing at 8 p.m. A planned wakeboarding portion of the park is not yet open....
07/02/15 TV and Radio
Autos F1: British Grand Prix practice 9 a.m. NBCSN XFinity: Firecracker 250 practice 2 p.m. NBCSN Sprint Cup: Coke Zero 400 practice 3 p.m. NBCSN XFinity: Firecracker 250 practice 4 p.m. NBCSN Sprint Cup: Coke Zero 250 practice 5 p.m. NBCSN Baseball Marlins at Cubs 2 p.m. ESPN2, ESPND, FSF Giants at Nationals 6 p.m. ESPN, ESPND Rays at Yankees 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Blue Jays at Tigers 7 p.m. MLB Mets at Dodgers 10 p.m. ESPND Basketball FIBA U-19 World Championship quarterfinals 1:30 p.m. ESPNU CFL Calgary at Montreal 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 Golf PGA Europe: France Open 4:30 a.m. Golf PGA Europe: France Open 9:30 a.m. Golf Web.com: Nova Scotia Open 12:30 p.m. Golf PGA: Greenbrier Classic 4 p.m. Golf Lacrosse MLL: Charlotte at Florida 7:30 p.m. FSF Under Armour All-America Game 8 p.m. ESPNU Soccer Exhibition: United States vs. Guatemala 7 p.m. FS1, Unimas MLS: D.C. at Seattle 11 p.m. Unimas Tennis Wimbledon 7 a.m. ESPN World University Games Men's basketball: United States vs. Turkey 11 p.m. ESPNU
At the height of the epidemic, the nurses wouldn't touch him. His mother had to give him a sponge bath in his hospital bed.
Michael Green, 43, of Tampa remembers the worst of those years: his AIDS diagnosis as a teenager, the terror and denial. Two decades later, he worries that a lack of education about HIV is contributing to a resurgence in diagnoses across Tampa Bay.
"They put HIV and AIDS on the back burner, like nothing's going on," Green said. "If these kids had education, I think the numbers would start dropping."...
TOWN 'N COUNTRY
Motorcyclist dies day after collision
A motorcyclist died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a car pulling out of a private driveway in Town 'N Country on Wednesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
David John Brockert, 59, of Homosassa was been riding a motorcycle on W Hillsborough Avenue approaching Town 'N Country Boulevard just after 10 p.m....
07/02/15 The Heater
Rays at Yankees
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Sun Sports, 620-AM
RAYS: RH Chris Archer (9-5, 2.31)
yankeeS: RH Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88)
On Archer: Coming off start in which he allowed season-high-tying 5 earned runs to Boston. Was first loss since May 7 against Texas. Is 5-0 in 7 starts against New York in his career. Leads the league with a 0.90 road ERA....
LAND O'LAKES — Val Smith admitted she was surprised to hear herself say the words.
But after much consideration, she said, the Pasco County teachers union wants student test scores to continue counting for 50 percent of a teacher's annual job evaluation.
The Legislature this year gave school districts the option to lower it to 33 1/3 percent, a hard-won change that followed intense lobbying and bitter complaints by teachers across the state....
Steven Sweeney is desperate. • The 54-year-old grandfather lost his job and his workman's compensation. His wife died in March. Now, he fears he is about to lose his home and car, won't be able to feed his 3-year-old grandchild or take care of a mentally disabled daughter. His only financial support comes from his other daughter, an assistant at a home for those with mental disabilities....
07/02/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — After a 14-month recovery from Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, all that stood between LHP Matt Moore and a big-league mound was a good night's sleep.
"I got to sleep at one point, at some point, but it did take a little bit longer than I was hoping," Moore said.
Moore's start was up and down Thursday. He held Cleveland hitless through the first three innings, then gave up six hits and four runs in his final 12/3 innings....
SEFFNER — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office released a video Thursday afternoon showing one of the two suspects wanted in the robbery and shooting of a Seffner homeowner early this week.
The clip follows the suspect as he pulls into a gas station, gets out of a white pickup then walks inside. For nearly two minutes, the suspect strolls up and down the aisles, stopping once before the freezer. Before leaving, he walks by the counter to talk to the cashier....
TAMPA — An eight-time convicted felon was arrested Thursday morning after a SWAT team serving a search warrant at his north Tampa home discovered 42 grams of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Ralph Hale, 42, was served a search warrant at 814 E 123rd Ave around 7:42 a.m. by a SWAT team, deputies said. He was arrested on outstanding warrants on charges of trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine....
The decor in Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's private conference room is a mosaic of glimpses into Tampa life, culture and history.
There's a Ferdie Pacheco painting of cigar workers listening to a lector, sports memorabilia of the city's college and profesional teams, photos of city bridges lit up at night and a big wooden carving of the city seal that serves as a backdrop for events and photos....
"Wolfpacks" of Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this July Fourth weekend on toll roads throughout the bay area: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.
The stepped-up patrols will start at 10 p.m. today and will last through 2 a.m. Saturday.
Troopers will concentrate on these areas:
• The Suncoast Parkway in Hernando and Pasco Counties....