TAMPA — DeVry University, a for-profit college facing declining enrollment nationally, is closing its two Tampa locations by the end of the year as part of a company-wide consolidation as it focuses on its most lucrative markets.
A DeVry spokesperson confirmed Friday the for-profit college would close its Tampa Bay Campus at 5540 W Executive Drive, in the West Shore business district, and its Tampa East Center at 6700 Lakeview Center Drive near the intersection of Interstate 4 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard....
TAMPA — Nurses at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center are overworked and overloaded because of a critical staffing shortage that is endangering veterans and staff, according to a grievance by a nursing union.
The union, National Nurses United, filed the grievance against the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital this week. It says Haley needs to hire at least 100 registered nurses, in addition to an unspecified number of support staff, to meet minimum staffing levels mandated by the agency's own rules....
04/15/15 Bizarre News
Why didn't the government shoot down Doug Hughes in his gyrocopter as he approached the nation's Capitol Wednesday?
Even assuming the government was aware of his incursion of Washington airspace — and that is not yet clear — aviation security experts say it's unlikely security officials would order the downing of such a small aircraft.
You don't swat a fly with a hammer....
04/14/15 Local Government
TAMPA — It was one of cyclist Kris Milster's first trips in the new bike lane on Platt Street Tuesday afternoon and he was already dancing an unsteady tango with a Camaro.
The car tooled along the bike lane in front of Milster. "Dude, what are you doing?" he thought.
The Camaro's driver was doing what driver's in Florida do better than those just about anywhere else — endangering bicyclists....
04/11/15 Human Interest
TAMPA — Pastels. Leg warmers. Big earrings. Loud silk shirts. Jelly sandals.
Few of the people who showed up at the Tampa Convention Center for the casting call Saturday of Bryan Cranston's movie, The Infiltrator, wanted to admit that they still keep any of this clothing in their closet.
The movie is set in the 1980s, so the casting agency encouraged folks who wanted to be extras or stand-ins for featured actors to show up in period garb. Part of the movie will be filmed in Tampa Bay later this month....
TAMPA — A father looked at his son's killer one last time. The killer never looked back at him as he left the courtroom Friday in handcuffs to spend the rest of his life in prison.
More than five years after the death of his son, Kevin McCall said one emotion was overpowering.
"Today is the end of Aug. 19, 2009," he told a judge.
A jury deliberated just over three hours before finding David Earl Williams Jr. guilty of first-degree murder, robbery and attempted robbery for the Aug. 19, 2009, shooting death of University of Tampa senior Ryan McCall, 21, a track athlete and aspiring coach....
TAMPA — Trial witnesses are rarely perfect.
They forget dates. They get nervous and stutter. Some are confident and look jurors in the eyes. More often, they whisper when testifying and never look up from their laps.
Then there are witnesses like Rene Garcia Myles.
Myles testified Thursday as the lone defense witness for David Earl Williams Jr., the Tampa man accused of first-degree murder in the 2009 robbery and shooting death of University of Tampa senior Ryan McCall, 21. ...
TAMPA — The detectives pleaded with David Earl Williams Jr. to admit his part in the 2009 killing of a University of Tampa student. They appealed to his sympathy for the victim.
"He was a good kid," Tampa police Detective Sal Augeri said of the dead student, Ryan McCall. "He was basically a role model for younger athletes. And he's dead. And he didn't do nothing but try to get away."...
TAMPA — Jurors heard the voices of both killer and victim.
Best friends Mike Harahan and Ryan McCall were walking back from a bar near the University of Tampa. Harahan decided to call his brother as they walked to McCall's home. In a voice mail, both friends speak in voices slurred by alcohol.
Suddenly, a third voice is heard — the killer's. "Get over here. . . . Get over here!"...
TAMPA — Kevin McCall seemed reluctant to speak too freely after he spent most of Monday sitting in a courtroom just a few yards from the man accused of killing his son.
"The defendant gets his due in court," McCall said. "That's what the system does. I just want to let the system do its work. No opinions, no nothing. … I don't put myself in an emotional state with it at all."
The first-degree murder trial of David Earl Williams Jr., accused of killing University of Tampa senior Ryan McCall in 2009, opened with jury selection in Hillsborough County circuit court on Monday. Lawyers may finish selecting a jury today with opening statements in the case coming in the afternoon....
04/04/15 Human Interest
DADE CITY — Cornelius is like a lot of men. He resisted settling down.
Embracing the wandering life, he prowled Tampa Bay, finding adventure and evading authority. But it was a lonely existence. What's life without family?
A year or so ago, Cornelius found a mate. And late Friday or early Saturday, the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay became a daddy.
Cornelius, a rhesus macaque who formerly roamed Tampa Bay and eluded capture for years, became a father when his mate Cora gave birth at Dade City's Wild Things, a 22-acre zoo in Pasco County....
04/03/15 Local Government
TAMPA — Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill said Friday he has appointed a panel to advise the director of the county's troubled homeless services division two weeks after an audit pointed to persistent problems in the department.
News of the panel came amid an unrelated shuffling of some of Merrill's top leadership. Merrill this week announced the demotion of his Fire Rescue chief and shifted an assistant county administrator who is one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in county government to another job....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner filed papers Thursday to run for county clerk of court in 2016, saying incumbent Pat Frank encouraged him to seek her job because she planned to retire.
Somebody disputes that — Pat Frank.
In an interview Friday, Frank said she will seek re-election for an office she has held for a decade and has no plan to step down....
TAMPA — As teams arrived Thursday for the women's Final Four, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn made a bid to steal next year's show.
Buckhorn sent a letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert offering Tampa as host for the 2016 event amid the furor over recent passage of an Indiana law some believe allowed for discrimination against the gay and lesbian community.
The 2016 women's Final Four is scheduled for Indianapolis, and the NCAA had suggested it might move future events out of the state if the law stood....
04/01/15 Local Government
TAMPA — For all the political intrigue, it took the Tampa City Council just one anticlimactic minute Wednesday to elect Frank Reddick as its new chairman.
Reddick has urged colleagues to rotate the position. He wrested the post from Charlie Miranda in a 4-3 vote during the organizational meeting after the council and Mayor Bob Buckhorn were sworn into office at a Tampa Convention Center ceremony....