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Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015

Keith Morelli

Tribune Staff

Hometown Hero: Tampa veteran makes a difference at Ronald McDonald House


TAMPA — Two years ago, Ryan Slattery decided to get more involved in the Tampa community, the one he adopted 11 years ago while serving at MacDill Air Force Base.

Tampa citrus exec Phil Tope among four killed in Nicaragua helicopter crash


TAMPA — The deaths of two Florida citrus executives in a southern Nicaragua helicopt...

Dead deer found hanging from Brandon High School flagpole

- It may have been a school stunt, or the act of a depraved mind, but Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies are investigating circumstances surrounding a dead deer found hanging from the flagpole at Brandon High Schoo...

Gov. Scott asks Congress to help stop flow of Syrian refugees to Florida

- Gov. Rick Scott has joined other governors across the country in saying they don’t want to allow Syrian refugees into their states after the Paris attacks, though an immigration expert says they have no legal authori...

Sexual assault victim says justice not served


She is on four medications to help her sleep. She tries to nap during the day so she can stay awake at night and avoid the nightmares.

Joel and Victoria Osteen bring their message to packed Amalie Arena tonight

- The sounds booming from Amalie Arena tonight won’t be skates and slap shots but Amens and applause as Joel and Victoria Osteen bring their brand of evangelism to Tampa for the second time in five years.

Tampa council moves toward rezoning Tribune property for residential complex


TAMPA — The Tampa City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a zoning change that was the first public step toward construction of a residential

Community doesn’t want reputed gangster’s home replaced by McMansions

- A move by the heirs of the Trafficante family to split the South Tampa lot where the reputed gangster’s house sits is drawing a salvo from neighbors in their war to keep “McMansions’’ from degrad...

Hillsborough commission picks Miller to be chairman


Hillsborough County commissioners on Tuesday picked Lesley “Les” Miller Jr. a...

USF gets big grant to dig deeper into cold cases


TAMPA — Building on its own momentum, the University of South Florida’s Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science has received a

After 29-year wait, mom awaits serial killer's execution

- The serial killer murdered Kathleen Reeves' daughter Teri Lynn Matthews 29 years ago after abducting her from a Land O' Lakes parking lot.

Dover woman, 82, has new digs after SUV totaled house


Dorothy Ussery is sure to have a better day this year than she did last year on Christmas Day, when the driver of a sport-utility vehicle lost control and barreled into her 90...

Tampa lawmaker’s bill would keep secret names of felony witnesses

- State Rep. Ed Narain’s proposal targets the “no snitch” culture that in many cases has stymied homicide detectives in Tampa this year. Legal experts, however, say the idea wouldn’t work and runs ...

Red Tide found in samples taken off Pinellas, Pasco counties


TAMPA — Red tide, the toxic algae that often forms in the Gulf of Mexico this time of year but usually splashes ashore south of Tampa Bay, is creeping this way, with traces of the noxious bloom painting the

Gun rights for mentally ill a tricky issue, topic at USF conference

- The combination of guns and mentally ill people with a propensity toward violence can end in tragedy, and professionals in the mental health industry and law enforcement say not much that can be done about it.

Swift brings Halloween treat for Tampa fans, but there are rules


Pop diva Taylor Swift winds up the U.S. leg of her

Will cash rewards overcome no-snitch culture in Tampa shootings?


TAMPA — The federal government is trying to loosen Tampa’s “no snitch” tongues with cash, and plenty of it.

Bail denied for driver charged in crash that killed mom, injured 2 kids


— A circuit court judge Wednesday denied a motion to set bail for a Lakeland man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a Plant City woman and severely inj...

Personnel file shows high marks for TPD officer who shot teen


TAMPA — The personnel file for the Tampa police officer who shot and killed a suspected car thief ...

Arguments continue over Florida hunt after 298 bears bagged

- State wildlife managers said Monday they will study any changes that need to be made before next year’s bear hunt, while opponents said the hunt should never be held again.

Car theft suspect shot by Tampa officer during struggle dies

- A suspect in a car theft who held a police dog underwater trying to drown the animal while grappling with a Tampa police officer before dawn Monday was shot and later died at a hospital. He was identified as 18-year-old Kob...

Four brothers arrested in Tampa gun shop burglary

- Detectives received a tip on Saturday about the identities of the four brothers who are accused of breaking through a wall at Shooting Sports, 7811 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., and stealing at least 42 handguns.

Winter is coming ­— and El Niño likely to bring severe weather with it

- The same El Niño blamed for helping create the monster hurricane that hit Mexico on Friday is credited with the lull in hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean this year. For Florida, it’s time to pay the price.

Historic Seminole Heights building facing wrecking ball unless help comes fast

- The clock is ticking for the Praise Cathedral building on Florida Avenue: Fix it or tear it down or the city will take a wrecking ball to it.

Protestors rally against bear hunting in Tampa, among cities

- An 11th-hour protest of the impending black bear hunt was held in 12 Florida cities today, and while demonstrators won’t stop the hunt from going on, they did get plenty of thumbs up and horns honked from passersby i...

More than 40 firearms stolen during break-in at north Tampa gun shop

- The burglars entered Shooting Sports, at 7811 N. Dale Mabry Highway, about 1:35 a.m. by creating a hole through an exterior wall, then smashed display cases to access and remove about 42 firearms, the sheriff’s offic...

Florida Aquarium kicks off last phase of ambitious expansion

- The attraction marked the start of the final phase of its $15 million expansion project, a 7,500-square-foot event center designed to be a centerpiece in the revitalized downtown district.

Man, 22, charged in March shooting death of Tampa teen

- A 22-year-old Tampa man has been arrested in connection with the homicide of a 14-year-old boy who was attending a birthday party in March.

Hunt for black bears starts this week

- More than 2,000 hunters have pulled permits to hunt black bears in Florida for the first time in more than two decades. Opening day is Saturday, and Wade expects that on that day he will bag the bruin he has watched since M...

Polk businessman stuck in Mexico as courts resolve immigration policy

- Rafael Gaytan is undocumented but has lived in Florida the past 10 years. He recently had to make a difficult choice: stay with his wife and young children in Auburndale or visit dying relatives in Mexico, aware of the risk...

Forensic sculptors help nine skulls tell an untold story

- To attach a name to the nine long-dead, unidentified corpses found between Hillsborough County and Alachua County over the past four decades, forensic anthropologists first must put a face on the dead.

Dozens displaced after fire rages through Town ’N Country apartments

- Managers at the Captiva Club Apartments were working with the American Red Cross to find housing for the 39 residents who evacuated and watched as their homes and personal property burned. None of them were injured.

State to take big-picture look at Interstate 75

- The state Department of Transportation is beginning an ambitious study to improve travel between Tampa and North Florida along the Interstate 75 corridor, a move that could eventually lead to more major connector roads and ...

10-foot gator trapped not far from Ybor City


As weekend revelers poured out of Ybor City bars early Monday, a scaly jaywalker was spotted limping along Adamo Drive just a few miles from the clubgoers.

Citrus greening cure may be too late


TAMPA — Agricultural researchers, bolstered by the infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal and state government and growers themselves, seem confident a solution will be found to eliminate or ...

Sister Maureen Dorr helped the homeless, needy


TAMPA — Sister Maureen Dorr was a regular at the Trinity Cafe, where fancy meals have been dished up each day to hundreds of homeless and needy people over the past decade...

Gonzmart aiming for food service contract at Tampa Convention Center


TAMPA — Columbia Restaurant patriarch Richard Gonzmart has fired the first shot in what could be a major food fight: the battle for the contract to provide meals an...

Teen’s death spurs state to investigate Busch Boulevard safety

- The death of a 17-year-old Chamberlain High School student who was struck as she crossed rush hour Busch Boulevard at daybreak Tuesday has prompted state transportation officials to initiate a study on whether additional cr...

South Tampa girl, 11, recognized for bravery as thief robbed her home

- A brave but shy 11-year-old South Tampa girl was recognized Monday morning for protecting her 7-year-old brother and calling 911 when someone broke into her home in August.

Report doesn’t pinpoint cause of fatal Spring Hill plane crash


The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a

Reserve deputies in short supply in Hillsborough


TAMPA — Reserve deputies, who provide volunteer support at sports and concert venues, assist road patrols, serve warrants and perform myriad other duties, are in short supply in Hillsborough County.