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SPECIAL REPORT: AT LEAST 82,000 GUNS STOLEN SINCE 2007 STILL MISSING IN FLORIDA
For the past ten months, the Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, looked at the stolen gun problem in Florida. At least 82,000 guns reported stolen since 2007 are still missing in the state. The cause, according to law enforcement and experts: growing gun ownership and unlocked car burglaries. Click here to read the full report.
TAMPA NEIGHBOR LAST SAW TERROR SUSPECT 3-4 MONTHS AGO
The suspect in the terror attack that left eight dead and 11 injured along a New York City bike path on Tuesday last was seen about three or four months ago at a Tampa apartment complex where he lived, a neighbor there said.
Meanwhile, the executive director of the Florida Council on American Islamic Relations in Tampa today condemned the terror attack that left eight dead and 11 injured on a New York City bike path, and said suspect Sayfullo Saipov, who has had a Tampa address, doesn't represent Muslims any more than he represents residents of Tampa.
AREA SHELTER RESCUES 111 ANIMALS FROM PUERTO RICO
Tampa Bay has 111 new furry residents who arrived this week from hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. In a chartered cargo plane, the Suncoast Animal League traveled to the U.S. territory on Tuesday to bring back dozens of cats and dogs in desperate need of new homes. Kennels packed with dogs, puppies, cats and kittens were carefully transported to the warehouse, where vets could check them out and begin to get them ready for adoption.
ALABAMA COMPANY PLANS CONDOS IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG, MAY LIMIT HEIGHT TO 20 STORIES
An Alabama company has confirmed that it plans a condo tower for property it recently bought for $2.365 million in downtown St. Petersburg. Although the sky is the limit, the proposed tower less than a mile from Albert Whited Airport likely would be held to around 20 stories to avoid the need for a public hearing and getting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, Beau Blackerby of BBWC St. Pete, LLC said this week.
JIM MCELWAIN HIRE WAS BAD, BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE
While it's easy (and justified) to criticize the Florida Gators' decision to hire Jim McElwain, a history lesson is in order. Remember some of the names UF was supposedly considering to replace Will Muschamp. Names like Hugh Freeze, whose Ole Miss tenure ended even more disastrously. Or Arizona State's Todd Graham, who is on the hot seat in Tempe. Or Arizona's Rich Rodriguez, who finished 3-9 last season but has the Wildcats back in the Top 25.