The ousted director of the National Hurricane Center has asked for his job back, calling his removal improper. Lawyers for Bill Proenza wrote in an 11-page letter that the manner and timing of his July removal was suspect, the Associated Press reported. The letter was sent Wednesday to Proenza's boss, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration head Conrad Lautenbacher, and to a U.S. House committee investigating Proenza's removal. It contends that Proenza's removal violates parts of the Whistleblower Protection Act because Proenza was targeted for his criticism of NOAA. He was put on leave July 7, days after almost half his staff signed a statement urging officials to dismiss him. They said he exaggerated forecasting problems that would occur if an aging weather satellite failed.
Sale of his soul is postponed Remember Gerald Fraller, the lonely guy in Tampa who set out to sell his soul - literally - through an online raffle last year? Fraller's decided he's not ready to part with his soul quite yet. The raffle, which was supposed to happen in July, has been postponed, he said this week. With international publicity and Hollywood interest in making a movie based on his life, Fraller said he lost focus of the true purpose of his sale: improving himself by being accountable to his soul's owner. In recent months, his Web site posts dwindled into movie updates and plugs for his eBay inventory. But Fraller is on track again, he said, adding that nothing will stop him from drawing a winner Nov. 1 - not even his move next month to Taiwan to teach English. So far, he has collected $4,888 from the soul raffle.
Reward set up after man slain
A group of friends and prominent businessmen have set up a $3,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the killing of Amuel Murph, the 68-year-old retired Postal Service worker who was gunned down in his driveway last month as he took out the trash in his Lake Maggiore Shores home. Anyone with information can call police at (727) 893-7164.
Eye on new energy
Scientists in St. Petersburg are testing a device that generates power from rising and falling waves, 4B
St. Petersburg Times partner Bay News 9 recorded rainfall in inches, from Thursday to Friday at noon.
St. Petersburg 4.13 Clearwater 3.94 Tampa 2.13 New Port Richey 1.42 Brooksville 1.00 Wesley Chapel 1.25 Lecanto 2.20 Lakewood Ranch 1.14