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Henderson: Christian school fighting for loudspeaker at football games should be wary

Henderson: Christian school fighting for loudspeaker at football games should be wary

The First Amendment is a brilliant, but pesky, gift from the Founding Fathers. Basically it says citizens of this great nation can say what they want, worship God as they want, and print all kinds of stuff in the newspaper. The government can’...
Updated: 2 months ago
Lawyer Steve Yerrid donates 75 body armor vests for Tampa police

Lawyer Steve Yerrid donates 75 body armor vests for Tampa police

The act of a slain St. Petersburg police officer’s widow inspired Tampa lawyer Steve Yerrid.
Updated: 2 months ago
To Florida’s creepy clowns: Scaring people in a mask is illegal here (and real clowns are sick of you)

To Florida’s creepy clowns: Scaring people in a mask is illegal here (and real clowns are sick of you)

Near a roadside in a wooded area of rural Ocala, a masked and menacing figure was caught on camera lurking in tall grass. The mask’s orange matted hair, big eyes, red nose and contorted face could force a chill to climb up anyone’s spin...
Updated: 2 months ago

Search warrant offers new details, deepens mystery in toddler’s shooting

TAMPA — When police arrived at Tampa General Hospital after last week’s fatal shooting of a toddler, witnesses there initially described the gunshot as “self-inflicted,” according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by ...
Updated: 2 months ago
Hillsborough sheriff’s report details prior gun incident at home of Levonia Riggins

Hillsborough sheriff’s report details prior gun incident at home of Levonia Riggins

CLAIR-MEL — Late one night the year before he died, Levonia Riggins stormed into his family’s Clair-Mel home in a panic.
Updated: 3 months ago
Hillsborough, Pinellas consider app that uses volunteers to report disabled parking violators

Hillsborough, Pinellas consider app that uses volunteers to report disabled parking violators

TAMPA — On a sweltering day 15 years ago, Mack Marsh and his young son returned to the parking lot after the boy’s baseball game and found that someone had parked in the striped access area to the disabled parking spot. The other car bl...
Updated: 3 months ago
Tampa taxpayers to pay $78,500 in lawsuit over arrest outside downtown nightclub

Tampa taxpayers to pay $78,500 in lawsuit over arrest outside downtown nightclub

TAMPA — The City Council voted Thursday to pay $78,500 to a former University of Tampa student who sued the city in federal court, contending a Tampa police officer used excessive force in arresting her outside a downtown nightclub on Valentin...
Updated: 3 months ago
Hillsborough County ranks high in arresting juveniles rather than using citations

Hillsborough County ranks high in arresting juveniles rather than using citations

TALLAHASSEE — Hillsborough County has a long way to go to increase their use of juvenile civil citation programs — an alternative that experts praise as a more effective and beneficial option to arrest for misdemeanor crimes, according ...
Updated: 3 months ago
Activists call for action to reduce incarceration rates, improve policing in Hillsborough

Activists call for action to reduce incarceration rates, improve policing in Hillsborough

TAMPA — A faith-based coalition of activists is calling on Hillsborough County law enforcement officials to take action to reduce the county’s incarceration rate and build trust in the communities they serve.
Updated: 3 months ago
Outspoken survivor of Pulse shooting dies in Tampa

Outspoken survivor of Pulse shooting dies in Tampa

TAMPA —A man who was an outspoken survivor of the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando died Sunday at a home northwest of Tampa.
Updated: 3 months ago