Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Writers

McKenna Oxenden, Times Staff Writer

McKenna Oxenden is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.



Naked Florida man revealed on video sneaking into restaurant and munching on ramen

Naked Florida man revealed on video sneaking into restaurant and munching on ramen

ST. PETERSBURG — It started with chicken wings, a beer and a burglar.It went downhill from there.A St. Petersburg police officer was investigating a Nov. 6 break-in at The Chattaway restaurant, reviewing surveillance video that...
Published: 11/12/18
The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on a disturbance in the Atlantic. Right now, it’s projection to form into something more serious is only at 30 percent.

Activity in the Atlantic picks back up again

The disturbance serves as a reminder that hurricane season doesn’t end until Nov. 30.
Published: 11/10/18
Christopher Kearney, 32, was involved in a deputy shooting after fleeing police. He is allegedly connected with several robberies across Pinellas County.

Deputies shoot at man suspected in a string of Pinellas County robberies

Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting at a Palm Harbor gas station involving a deputy and sergeant after a man committed several crimes across the county, according to the Sheriff's Office.Christopher...
Published: 11/09/18
Florida House District 65 results: Incumbent Chris Sprowls defeats first-timer Sally Laufer

Florida House District 65 results: Incumbent Chris Sprowls defeats first-timer Sally Laufer

Sprowls, a north Pinellas Republican, won his third term in office. He remains on track become Speaker of the Florida House for the 2021-22 legislative session.
Published: 11/06/18
Updated: 11/07/18
Chris Sprowls (left) is the Republican incumbent in the Florida House District 65 race as he goes up against first-time Democrat Sally Laufer.

Chris Sprowls, Sally Laufer battle for Florida House District 65: What you need to know

Republican incumbent Sprowls is seeking his third term while first-time Democrat Laufer hopes to put up fight
Published: 11/03/18
Updated: 11/04/18
Supporters of voting rights for felons marched in Fort Lauderdale [STEVE BOUSQUET - Times]

What’s riding on Amendment 4 and voting rights for convicted felons

The Times/Herald reviewed the voter registration rolls of the top 21 Florida counties, which represents 80 percent of the state's voting population. It found that nearly 22,000 lost their right to vote because they were convicted of a felony. If...
Published: 11/02/18
Tampa school bus stop crash the latest in a rash of similar incidents across the U.S.

Tampa school bus stop crash the latest in a rash of similar incidents across the U.S.

Over the course of one week, there have been five incidents across the country — including Tampa Bay — involving children being struck by vehicles as they waited for the school bus.
Published: 11/02/18
A University of Florida horticulture specialist says the puss caterpillar appears furry, but stores toxins in its spine which are excreted if it?s touched. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Venomous puss caterpillars make return to Florida

Look but don't touch. The venomous fluffy caterpillar is making its triumphant return to the state of Florida.
Updated one month ago
Three manatees were found in Oldsmar's Mobly Bayou preserve in shallow water. They likely swam there during the high tides of Hurricane Michael. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and Clearwater Marine Aquarium conducted the rescue. [Times Facebook live]

Three manatees, trapped by Hurricane Michael high tides, rescued in Oldsmar

Three manatees were found in the Mobly Bayou preserve unable to swim out because of the shallow waters.
Updated one month ago
This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration infrared satellite image shows Hurricane Michael approaching the Florida panhandle on Wednesday at 11:40 a.m. It made landfall a few hours later near Mexico Beach as a Category 4 storm and thrashed the Florida Panhandle. (NOAA via AP)

Wind shear weakens storms. Hurricane Michael just shrugged it off.

When hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach is forecasting a storm he relies heavily on two factors: water temperature and wind shear.Warm waters can feed a storm system, causing it to build in strength as it nears land. But a high velocity of wind...
Updated one month ago