Federal scientists have found an increased incidence of some birth defects and cancers such as leukemia in children of mothers exposed to polluted drinking water at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base, according to a new federal report.
The report provides the most significant evidence yet that water may have harmed the health of those who lived at the North Carolina base, including at least 19,350 from Florida....
TAMPA — It's billed as an "annual family tradition." But the hostess might be excused if she skipped the function last year. In a sense, former CIA director David Petraeus and his mistress saw to that.
Jill Kelley, husband Scott Kelley and volunteers held an event Thursday morning they called "Heart for the Homeless," to provide a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to the down and out. It's one of the few public events the couple has held since Jill Kelley unwittingly triggered a scandal that rocked the U.S. military and intelligence community....
TAMPA — His mother was born during an Allied bombing raid in Hamburg, Germany, during World War II. His grandfather was a German army officer who dodged incendiary bombs to find a midwife.
Somehow baby and parents survived. U.S. Air Force Col. Andre Briere, deputy commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, is thankful for that.
Those were his mother and grandparents....
A Hernando County man at the center of a deadly 1990 brawl between white and black youths that stoked racial tensions in Brooksville was shot and killed Saturday night, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office says.
Kenneth "Kenny" Schreffler, 43, was killed and his girlfriend, Amber Rivenbark, 27, wounded in a shooting by Juan Francisco Perez, 29, of Dade City after an altercation near Brooksville, sheriff's officials said Sunday....
TAMPA — A fire at the Yuengling brewery that caused $1 million in damage may have been caused by a welder working to replace an old fire escape, the company said Sunday.
Flames that leapt from the roof Saturday night made for much drama, but Jim Helmke, Yuengling's director of operations in Tampa, said the brewery would be opened as normal today and most of the damage was confined to walls and ceiling. The plant employs about 70 people....
TAMPA — It started with a knife and ended with a gun.
That's according to the family of one of the two people shot and killed Saturday night in what Tampa police describe as a neighborhood feud.
Police said Juan Molina, 45, of 2311 E 110th Ave., shot and killed neighbors Erica White, 42, a mother of five, and Percy Basden, 53, after an argument. Molina faces two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated assault....
TAMPA — A 45-year-old Tampa man killed two neighbors, then was shot in the face, during an ongoing dispute that escalated Saturday night from sharp words to gunfire, police said.
Juan Molina was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated assault. Tampa police said he shot and killed Erica White, 42, and Percy Basden, 53.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, police said, Molina confronted White, shooting and killing her. Neighbors said White, who lived nearby, died on the street, her body found on the pavement in front of Molina's house at 2311 E 110th Ave....
The Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to eliminate a backlog of more than 400,000 veteran claims took a severe blow this week when the agency placed nearly 10,000 workers nationally on furlough because of the government shutdown.
The VA closed to the public its regional benefits office in Seminole. And it placed 271 workers there on unpaid furlough, according to the American Federation Of Government Employees Local 1594....
Like a bad flu bug, the federal government shutdown's worst effects might take a little time to fully develop.
That's the message across Tampa Bay and Florida after a week of the government shutdown. Many agencies and nonprofits that rely on Uncle Sam's wallet say they have so far largely weathered the storm.
But if the shutdown drags on for weeks, officials say, the impact will severely hamper government and threaten the area's most vulnerable residents....
TAMPA — The 1,500 civilian employees at MacDill Air Force Base who were forced into unpaid furloughs because of the federal government shutdown will be back at work this week.
The employees, who do a range of jobs across MacDill and its various commands, have been out of work since the fiscal year began Tuesday. Collectively, they were losing $400,000 in salary every day.
The 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill's host unit, on Sunday began notifying its furloughed civilian employees to come back to work, spokeswoman Capt. Sara Greco said....
TAMPA — The 1,500 civilian employees at MacDill Air Force Base furloughed without pay during the government shutdown are losing nearly $400,000 a day in salary, the installation commander said Wednesday.
But that's only part of the bad news at MacDill.
Active duty troops and family are still being paid. But MacDill's commissary with its deep discounts on groceries is closed. Forced to shop off base, troops face grocery bills 30 percent higher elsewhere, according to base officials....
TAMPA — The MacDill Air Force Base commissary is closed, but its fitness center and medical clinic are open. Dining facilities are serving meals and the chapel is open — troops, after all, still have to eat and pray.
But about 1,500 of MacDill's 4,000 civilian employees were sent home Tuesday on furlough as the federal government shutdown commenced, base officials say.
Those in jobs deemed critical to security and troop support are still working and getting paid, as are active-duty troops....
09/15/13 Public Safety
LUTZ — Henry B. Harris wanted to take an evening stroll Saturday with his four pit bulls. He didn't always feel safe walking at night, so he took along his 9mm handgun, too.
But Harris never made it off his property at 18627 San Rio Circle.
Harris, 61, shot his 26-year-old son in the chest after an argument the son was having with his girlfriend escalated to include the father, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said....
WESLEY CHAPEL — Two men face murder charges in the stabbing death of a third man in an altercation alongside Interstate 75 discovered by an off-duty deputy Saturday night.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office learned of the killing when the deputy, driving south on I-75 in Wesley Chapel about 6:50 p.m., noticed an Acura stopped on the northbound I-75 shoulder.
The deputy, who was off duty but driving a marked cruiser, turned around to investigate what was going on....
VALRICO — A man with a history of arrests on domestic violence charges was shot and killed by his wife Sunday night during a fight at their Lithia Ridge home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
Robert L. Walker, 65, who deputies said was shot "at least once," died at the 3913 Crosstree Lane home. His wife, Cynthia Walker, 56, was released from custody Monday morning after questioning....