First lady Michelle Obama plans to visit an international food store in Tampa today to promote My Plate, or Mi Plato, a federal initiative to encourage healthy eating. The event is closed to the public. Security over Mrs. Obama's visit will force morning closure of the grocery, the National Supermarket at 8401 N Armenia Ave. in Central Tampa. Mrs. Obama and Goya Foods president Bob Unanue are expected to announce a partnership between Goya and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase awareness of Mi Plato among Hispanics. Goya is the nation's largest Hispanic-owned food company. For more information, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
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Judge cancels White's travel plan
The car may be a distraction for the son of former Hillsborough County commissioner Kevin White. But it's one White won't be able to eliminate. A federal judge Wednesday rejected White's request to fly to Kansas, where his son attends college, so he can retrieve his son's car and drive it back to Florida. White said in a motion the car is a distraction, presumably to his son's studies. White also sought permission to drive his daughter to a university in North Carolina. White is awaiting sentencing in March on federal bribery and corruption convictions and may get a prison term. U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore denied the requests without comment.
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Reward for info on missing golf carts
More than 23 golf carts have vanished from their owners' homes in Sun City Center and southeastern Hillsborough County since Dec. 6. Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $1,000 reward for information about who may have stolen them and where they went. The total value of the missing carts is as much as $35,000. Anyone with any information who wants to be eligible for a cash reward can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-873-8477, report online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text CSTB plus the tip to 274637.