More details on Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's visit to Tampa on Sunday: She'll hold an 11 a.m. rally at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Tickets can be picked up at area GOP offices or online at www.johnmccain.com.Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden will hold a rally in New Port Richey on Monday.
Hurricane threat is over? Think again
Hurricane season is almost over, and so far the Tampa Bay area has gotten off easy. But here's a cautionary note from history: The last hurricane to make a direct hit on Tampa Bay struck 87 years ago - today. The storm hit Tarpon Springs before tearing northeast across the state.
New limits kick in for catching turtles
Starting this week, people may catch only five Florida freshwater turtles per day under a new restriction that aims to protect wild turtle populations. Rising demand in China for turtles for food and medicine has led to the roundup of thousands of turtles from Florida's lakes, ponds and canals. Exporters ship up to 3,000 pounds of softshell turtles a week out of Tampa International Airport, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which passed the new restriction in September. Fishermen who have commercial licenses will be allowed to catch an additional 15 softshell turtles per day. The commission plans to revisit the issue in a year.
Market's opening postponed by rain
The opening of the Tampa Downtown Market was postponed a week because of rainy weather. The market will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31, with plans for more than 20 food, flower and craft vendors each Friday in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. It had been scheduled to open for the first time Friday.
Captain cited after tour boat sinks
A South Florida airboat captain has been cited with careless operation and failing to report an accident after his tour boat sank in an Everglades marsh. State wildlife officials say Charles W. Riley, 60, of Tamarac was driving an overloaded tour boat that took on water and sank in alligator-infested waters. Investigators said the 28-foot boat's capacity was 23 people but that 37 cruise ship passengers were on board. Other boats in the area rescued the tourists, among them young children. The accident happened Oct. 4 about 100 yards north of Sawgrass Recreation Park. It wasn't reported until Oct. 7.
Tyron Debaron Williams, 22, was arrested Wednesday, accused of knocking over a disabled veteran and robbing him of his wallet at a gas station. Thursday's Times incorrectly showed a picture of Williams' father, who was not connected to the incident. This is a corrected mug shot, showing the younger Williams, who was arrested.