It has been almost four years since Jodi and Brenden Crampton of South Tampa got married. And the bride's mother is still stewing over the wedding music. This week, Toni Lewis sued the agent who booked the band N'Dustry to perform at the newlyweds' celebration. Her complaint: The band didn't have the music or know-how to play Hava Nagila, the Hebrew folk song traditionally played at Jewish weddings. In the lawsuit, Lewis says she told the agent, Dennis Bailey, that her daughter was Jewish and expected entertainment "including the traditional Jewish dance known as the Hora." But there was no Hava Nagila, and no Hora. And, Lewis asserts, the band didn't play the requested song for the bride and groom's dance. The wedding, the suit says, was "essentially ruined." Reached Thursday, Bailey said it was the first he'd heard of the suit. He said he remembers the issue but declined further comment.
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Access to birth certificates eased
Getting a new Florida driver's license? This may make the task of collecting the required documentation a little easier. The Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office has teamed up with the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Statistics to allow Florida-born citizens to get a certified copy of their birth certificates at the tax collector's north Tampa office - with more locations to come later. "If a customer does not have their birth certificate, we don't have to send them away to get it," Tax Collector Doug Belden said in a statement. The certificates are being issued at the north Tampa office, 3011 University Center Drive, Suite 150, near Temple Terrace. They'll be at other full-service branches by the end of September. To get one, customers need to present a valid form of identification such as a driver's license, Florida identification card, passport or military ID. The cost of a certified copy is $20.25.
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Soldiers' bodies to arrive at TIA today
The remains of a second soldier with Florida ties who was shot and killed at Fort Hood last week will arrive today at Tampa International Airport. The body of Staff Sgt. Carlos Alberto Lazaney Rodriguez, 38, is due in at 4 p.m. and will be escorted by the Florida Patriot Guard Riders, the motorcycle group says. A private service will be held at the airport. There will be a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Blount & Curry Funeral Home in South Tampa with a service afterward. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Rodriguez is from Puerto Rico and has family in the Tampa Bay area. The body of another Fort Hood victim, Army Sgt. 1st Class Danny Ferguson, 39, of Mulberry, will arrive later this evening and be escorted to a funeral home in Lakeland. Officials say the soldiers were killed by Spc. Ivan Antonio Lopez, whose rampage wounded 16 others.