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Thursday, Oct 08, 2015

Keith Morelli

Tribune Staff

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.

Supermoon + lunar eclipse = heavenly viewing on Sunday night

- The combination of events last happened 33 years ago; the next one won’t be until 2033. But it’s possible this could be the biggest lunar spectacle this generation of Tampa Bay residents will never see, thanks...

Cousins with gambling problem committed dozens of burglaries, deputies say


TAMPA — Law enforcement authorities have charged two Tampa cousins with breaking into dozens of pizza shops, check-cashing stores and other businesses since January, saying the pair spent the money living the high...

Groups push immigrants to become naturalized U.S. citizens


Immigration advocates are mounting a citizenship drive in the Tampa Bay region to help documented immigrants navigate the bureaucracy along the path to becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.

New program looks at causes of violence, crime in local neighborhoods


TAMPA — For the first time, hard data is being gathered to get at the root cause of violence in the neighborhoods of Tampa and Hillsborough County. The preliminary results of a survey were released Tuesday, near t...

UT, USF students’ global schooling plan has shot at $1 million prize


TAMPA — Six local university students who developed a unique educational plan that was implemented in the sweltering slums of Lagos, Nigeria, over the summer are finalists for a $1 million international prize.

Tampa-area faithful will make pilgrimage to see Pope on U.S. trip


Amid the millions of faithful and curious expected to flock to Washing...

School district officials try to reassure students, parents after bus crash

- The Bryant Elementary students and bus driver emerged from the toppled bus mostly unhurt, but the incident sent shivers through parents who send their kids to the bus stop every day.

Suspects’ mugshots, crime videos coming to a kiosk near you

- Coming soon to a courthouse, police station, mall and even a fast-food restaurant will be small monoliths with computer screens that show wanted posters, public safety announcements and surveillance videos of unsolved crimes.

Gas dips below $2 a gallon, and experts say price is still falling

- Some outlets are selling gas for under $2 a gallon, and industry analysts say prices could continue to drop because demand typically falls off in the fall.

Number of Syrian refugees arriving in Tampa area jumps

- The Tampa area already is seeing a surge in the number of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country, but the brunt of the influx is a year or two away, state officials say.

Tampa woman pushes military to identify remains of servicemen in Alaska crash

- A Tampa woman whose grandfather was among 52 servicemen killed when their Air Force transport plane crashed into an Alaska mountain 63 years ago has accused the military of lagging behind in conducting DNA tests on remains ...

The dilemma of veterinary care: How much is your pet’s life worth?

- With nearly 100 million U.S. homes with pets, many owners can’t afford even basic care. Insurance is available, and a nonprofit group can help those who need it. But what’s the limit to keep healthy a loyal an...

Homeless charity’s leader: ‘This isn’t the end of us’


TAMPA — The code-enforcement blow dealt by the city to the Homeless H...

Labor Day weekend brings string of killings to Tampa Bay area

- A stabbing in Ybor City and shootings in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties claimed the lives of seven people, all men, over the holiday. An eighth death remains unclassified.

Tampa area bedeviled by thousands of tiny frogs after heavy rain

- Thousands of dime-size frogs, believed to be greenhouse frogs, are covering lanais, sidewalks and front stoops in recent weeks.

Scientists’ monster cyclone study stars Tampa, 36-foot storms surges

- The paper talks about the likelihood of a “gray swan” storm with 235-mph winds swallowing Davis Islands, South Tampa and downtown before the end of the century. Three possible reasons: climate change, location...

Atlas V rocket’s plume lights up Web, social media

- Some drivers pulled over to catch the visual phenomenon. Others raised their cell phones to snap and post pictures online, making the spectacle the latest short-interest-span darling of social media.

Burglar bars trap woman, grandchildren in fatal Tampa house fire

- Firefighters don’t know when the family awoke to a house full of smoke and fire, but they know they frantically tried to escape. Reshard Ashley, 8, Emjay Jackson, 3, and Sheryl James, 61, died in the blaze, and Romel...

Erika’s fizzle provides needed respite after soggy Tampa summer

- More than 16 inches of rain fell in August, more than double the norm for the month and less than 2 inches shy of the record set in 1949. It could have been worse; the heavy rains predicted for the last day of the month n...

Audubon’s purchase of 2-acre Tampa Bay island is for the birds


TAMPA — The treetop homes on Terra Ceia Bay all have grand views of sunsets while the residents there feast on seafood and rear their young.

Heavy rains keeping mosquito control crews busy

- All of the Tampa area's recent rain has left flooded streets, ponds in yards and stagnant water in flower pots, bird baths and clogged rain gutters. The result: plumes of hungry mosquitoes and that chilling whine near your ...

Lazydays strikes deal with Bucs for ultimate in tailgating


Big and colorful, with aerodynamic designs and interiors like a lavish suite at the Waldorf, a procession of recreational vehicles will roll into designated spaces outside the Tampa B...

Erika weakens; continues westward push, with Florida threat still unclear

- Regardless of what happens to the storm, the Tampa area can expect to get lots of rain early next week, which the flood-weary region doesn’t need. For now, forecasters are waiting to see how it reacts to wind shear a...

UT study: Housing the homeless saves taxpayers money

- Providing homes for 17 chronically homeless people in Hillsborough County saved taxpayers nearly half a million dollars over a year and a half, according to a University of Tampa cost-benefit analysis.

Woman charged in parents’ slayings denied bail

- A 21-year-old college student who is charged with shooting her mother and step-father to death was denied bail Tuesday during her first appearance before a Hillsborough County judge.

Voices in head told FSU student to kill parents, affidavit says

- The screaming voices inside Nicole Gene Nachtman’s head began while she was in Tallahassee getting ready to start the fall semester at Florida State University, urging her to kill her mother in Carrollwood, according...

Shower power: Storms don’t dump rain equally


Street flooding, evacuations and sandbag distribution centers set up around the Tampa area because of the relentless rain over the past four weeks gives the impression the ent...

65-year sentences rejected for teen Bloomingdale library rapist

- An appeals court has thrown out the harshest parts of the sentences against Kendrick Morris, 24, convicted of sexually battering a day care worker and raping an 18-year-old student more than eight years ago.

Flood-weary residents keep eye on Hurricane Danny as height of storm season approaches

- Though Hurricane Danny’s track is highly uncertain - meteorologists stress it might not hit anywhere in the United States - Danny’s presence is a reminder that West-Central Florida is ill-prepared to deal with...

Tampa Bay’s seagrass beds to take big hit from rain-fueled algae blooms


TAMPA — Besides the standing water in yards and homes and the cars left half submerged in the streets, the

Dog with no nose getting love, treatment in Pasco

- What happened to Khalessi, the year-old pit bull taken in by a St. Petersburg rescue group and getting treatment at a Hudson veterinary hospital, is anybody’s guess.

Beetles slowing spread of air potato in Hillsborough

- A voracious little red beetle that was unleashed in the wilds of Hillsborough County two years ago is being hailed as a savior, a triumphant biological warrior that has crippled the tendrils and pocked the leaves of the inv...

As Pope talks annulment, local Catholics wait

- There are signs the Catholic church might be modifying its approach to those who have divorced.

3 St. Pete sisters die in crash returning from church meeting

- Three St. Petersburg sisters, heading home from a church conference, were among five people killed Sunday night when a pickup hit a car on a rain-soaked stretch of State Road 70 east of Arcadia.

Beulah Baptist celebrating 150 years in Tampa

- Beulah Baptist Institutional Church has long played a unique role in worship and in the fight for civil rights for Tampa’s African-American community, in part because its history dates so far back — to the time ...