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.
If only he was going as slow as molasses
The truck driver's loss was the ants' gain. Molasses from an overturned tanker truck leaked onto an Interstate 4 interchange bridge Thursday morning in Lakeland. Trucker Melvin Roberts, 72, was going too fast when he tried to turn onto I-4, the Florida Highway Patrol told the Ledger newspaper. He was cited for careless driving and treated for minor injuries. The instant ant picnic was both mess and menace: Molasses can actually damage asphalt, Highway Patrol troopers said.
Sand castles in the sky? How about at BayWalk?
A gigantic sand sculpture will be built in the center of the BayWalk complex this weekend, undoubtedly to distract shoppers from the sweltering heat. Award-winning sand sculptor Katie Corning and her team will be working from 1 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday on a sculpture that will remain at the St. Petersburg shopping complex until Aug. 13. The sandbox team has been featured on the Travel Channel's Sand Blasters show.