A Hillsborough motorist's day went from bad to worse Friday after he found what may have been a pipe bomb near his wife's disabled car. Billy Gilbreath, 36, of Plant City, said he was preparing to tow the car, which had broken down Friday morning on Knights-Griffin Road near State Road 39, when he noticed something in the grass that looked like a pipe bomb, authorities said. The Sheriff's Office bomb squad arrived a short time later to remove and dispose of the device. It was not known late Friday if it actually was a bomb.
Joshua's pledge one for health care
Joshua Jones, 8, will lead the Florida House of Representatives in the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday. His sister Ashley, 7, will share the platform. Because he was born with cerebral palsy, Joshua will use his computerized "light talker" to communicate, and his mother hopes he can help get a different message across during meetings the day before. "We're going up Monday with another family to tell our legislators our concerns with the Florida Health Care plan being proposed," said Joshua's mother, Kim Jones. The family lives in Floral City in Citrus County. "We're told the plan will not provide therapy unless the patient is victim of a stroke or an accident. We're worried about kids like Joshua who were born with a problem." Joshua's venture into the spotlight is a result of a long-time family friendship with Rep. Victor Crist, R-Temple Terrace, said his mother.