The Tampa City Council on Thursday postponed discussion of the Martin Chambers case until next week, when it could decide to send the issue to the federal authorities for more investigation. Chambers, 19, was shot in the back and killed by a Tampa police officer in 1967, sparking days of riots. Both a state attorney and a subsequent investigation at his family's behest in 1990 found the shooting was justifiable. But Chambers' family sees hope in the proposed Emmitt Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act, which would provide $100-million for federal prosecutors and agents to revisit civil rights-era slayings.
Public hearing Sept. 20 to discuss expanded alcohol sales at parks
The Tampa City Council set a Sept. 20 public hearing to discuss whether Busch Gardens and Adventure Island can sell beer, liquor and wine throughout the entertainment complex. The adventure parks are currently limited in where they can sell alcohol, and they've applied for expanded liquor licenses that would also let them sell alcohol gift packs to adult patrons. Anheuser-Busch created Busch Gardens in 1959 to entice people to try products from an on-site brewery.