Another school year is fast approaching, and that means - among other things - a sales tax holiday on items such as school supplies, books, clothing and footwear. The sales tax holiday runs Aug. 4-13. It applies to eligible books or clothing items selling for $50 or less, and eligible school supply items that are $10 or less. Besides the price limits, there are other restrictions. For example, the exemption doesn't include items bought at theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments and airports. For more information, including a list of tax-exempt items, visit dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/tax_holiday.html.
South Florida diver dies when bolt hits air tank
A 36-year-old diver was killed Sunday when lightning struck his air tank. Deerfield Beach resident Stephen Wilson was diving with three others near Deerfield Beach on Sunday. When he surfaced, lightning struck his tank, Deerfield Beach fire Chief Gary Fernaays told the Associated Press. "He was approximately 30 feet from the boat at the time." The other divers pulled him into the boat and radioed for help. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy by the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office determined that he was electrocuted.
Mayor Baker pops up in middle of Bud Selig story
Is St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker connected to Barry Bonds' controversial home run record chase? Sort of. ESPN, the sports conglomerate that is covering Bonds' quest with seemingly minute-by-minute updates, focused Sunday and Monday on baseball commissioner Bud Selig's decision to travel to Milwaukee to see Bonds hit. But rather than show Selig from the weekend, ESPN dug into the archive. In the middle of a conversation about Bonds and steroids, Selig is seen talking to Baker during a trip to Tropicana Field a year ago. No word on whether Baker thinks Bonds' soon-to-be record should come with an asterisk.