Today is the last day for registered voters to request absentee ballots for Tuesday's election. Contact your county election supervisor to have an absentee ballot mailed to you:
Pinellas: votepinellas.com or call (727) 464-6108.
Hillsborough: www.votehillsborough.org or call (813) 272-5850.
Pasco: www.pascovotes.com or 1-800-851-8754.
Hernando: www.hernandovotes.com or (352) 754-4125.
Sign sweep: If the campaign sign promoting your favorite candidate disappears from in front of your house, don't blame the opposition. If you live in the city of Tampa, it could be workers sweeping your neighborhood for political signs improperly placed in the right of way. "It's our normal routine," said Jim Pinkney, manager of Tampa's Clean City division.
'Gangster rap' video earns teen a sentence
A Florida teenager was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to elder abuse charges for coaxing his senile grandmother into a "gangster rap" video. Michael Alfinez, 18, made no comments in entering the guilty plea Tuesday. His family has said the case was blown out of proportion. Alfinez's 85-year-old grandmother can be seen in the video holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot "all the pigs." Alfinez was arrested in April after authorities seized the tape in a routine traffic stop. The tape also had footage of him and others shooting a pistol around town. Alfinez also pleaded guilty to charges of firing out of a moving vehicle and into a building.
Pound pooch becomes certified drug detective
When his chief told him there was no money for a new narcotics dog, Polk County sheriff's Deputy John Maney went to the pound, adopted and trained a dog himself. Maney, who has previously worked as a handler for five canines, turned down several dogs. He focused on ones that showed alertness, lack of fear and an eagerness to learn. He adopted an 11-month-old black Lab mix in March and named him Rezadu. They trained in an abandoned phosphate mine property and open fields for 12 weeks, detecting illegal narcotics. Rezadu did so well that he was nationally certified in August.