TAMPA — Jason Jerome Springer was in jail awaiting trial on a firearms charge when he heard inmates talking about a case that had made the news.
This one involved six defendants, all of whom had received lengthy sentences. The federal judge who handed them down, Elizabeth Kovachevich, was the same one handling Springer's case. It was around that time, the inmates said, that they heard Springer threaten Kovachevich's life....
SEMINOLE — A subsidiary of Seminole-based Superior Uniform Group has acquired Los Angeles-based branded merchandise company PublicIdentity Inc.
"Over the years, PublicIdentity has held a well-earned reputation for its ability to provide high quality and innovative collegiate licensed products to college fans and consumers across the country," Philip Koosed, president of Superior's Bamko subsidiary, said in a release Monday....
TAMPA — With more than 200 repair requests tumbling in every day, school officials in Hillsborough County are broadening their circle of air conditioning mechanics as they struggle to control a debilitating cycle of breakdowns and sweltering classrooms.
"We can't leave any stone unturned," Chief Operating Officer Chris Farkas told a School Board committee on Monday.
But there was little evidence of a fast cure to a problem that has been years, perhaps decades in the making....
NEW PORT RICHEY — At 2:30 Monday afternoon, students and faculty members streamed out of their classrooms and onto the athletic fields at Bayonet Point Middle School. The attraction: the solar eclipse.
That this was something special was not lost on students like Kevin Esquivel and Andy Shaw, who donned filtered glasses and craned their necks upward as the cloudy sky turned a dusk-like hue....
08/21/17 Human Interest
Packing pinhole cereal box viewers, cardboard glasses and curiosity, solar gawkers gathered outside Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry on Monday for a show that required no ticket.
One wore a welder's mask. Some tried outfitting their iPhones with sunglasses to tame the sun's rays.
Organizers at MOSI were expecting a crowd of about 1,000. The turnout, estimated at 5,000, left them struggling to cope. ...
TALLAHASSEE — No, Florida State senior Jacob Pugh is not as versatile as teammate Derwin James.
FSU won't be asking him to zip through the secondary or start returning kicks like the Seminoles' do-it-all safety.
But Pugh isn't far behind. The Dade City native can line up at linebacker or defensive end, and he can rush the passer or drop back in coverage, making him an X factor on a defense that should be one of the best in the country....
TAMPA — A Tampa police officer was treated for a knee injury when his unmarked police truck collided with a patrol SUV while the officers were tracking a stolen car, a police spokesman said.
The crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Linebaugh and Central avenues when an officer in a marked Ford Explorer slowed down to make a left turn, said police spokesman Steve Hegarty. An officer driving an unmarked Ford F-150 did not realize the other officer was going to turn and collided with the side of the Explorer, Hegarty said. ...
08/21/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Hunter Holland came to school Monday with a NASA space T-shirt and solar viewers in his button-up shirt pocket. But he'd rather be in Missouri.
The 16-year-old Shorecrest Preparatory School senior was ready to witness the first solar eclipse in his lifetime. As the co-president of the school's astronomy club, he excitedly gave a presentation to his classmates on what to expect that afternoon....
Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the midday sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.
It promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history, with millions staking out prime viewing spots and settling into lawn chairs to watch, especially along the path of totality — the line of shadow created when the sun is completely obscured. ...
Berkeley Prep offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere already is widely considered the best player in Tampa Bay.
Now, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior is ranked as the best in the nation, at least at his position.
On Monday, 247Sports elevated Petit-Frere to five-star status and ranked him as the nation's best offensive tackle and 10th overall in the 2018 class. The praise comes after Petit-Frere had a dominant performance against Calvary Christian in the spring game....
A man accused of shooting to death two Kissimmee police officers was well-known at MacDill Air Force Base as a Marine who served key roles at two major commands.
Everette Glenn Miller, 45, is being held without bail after authorities say he killed Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard on Friday night following a scuffle that broke out as Baxter approached three people in a rough Kissimmee neighborhood. Deputies later arrested Miller at a bar....
During a meeting of the Florida cabinet in June, Governor Rick Scott recognized Hillsborough County's George Bennett "Ben" Ritter with the Governor's Medal of Merit.
Ritter is a former non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps and serves his community as an advocate for veterans with disabilities.
In 1988, he lost the use of his legs during an unsuccessful back operation and began working in Tampa representing veterans with disabilities in 1997....
TAMPA — A federal agent wanted to travel north to view Monday's total solar eclipse. So last week a prosecutor asked a judge to postpone a trial in which the agent is supposed to testify.
In a three-page missive which is as artful and erudite as it is legally procedural, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday, denied the request.
Merryday's order makes references to, among other topics, Greek history, the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and the popular 1972 Carly Simon song "You're So Vain," to ultimately say that the trial must proceed as scheduled....
08/21/17 Life Times
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — OLLI — at Eckerd College is offering more than 200 noncredit classes and activities this fall. Most courses will be offered at Eckerd, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, and the Centre of Palm Harbor, 1500 16th St.
"Will Rogers: America's Favorite Son," "Discovering the Splendors of Provence, France" and "The Turbulent Sixties" are among the classes. The day trips include "Boat Tour of Boca Ciega Bay," "Behind the Scenes at American Stage" and "Exploring Ybor City." ...
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RAYS BALLPARK DECISION LIKELY WON'T HAPPEN UNTIL AFTER MAYORAL RACE
People close to the negotiations in Tampa's efforts to lure the Tamap Bay Rays across the bay don't believe the Rays are going to announce whether they're moving during the St. Petersburg mayoral race. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan — Tampa's liaison to the Rays' front office — said he believes that the team leaders don't want to be accused of influencing the outcome. Read more here....