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Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Anastasia Dawson

Tribune Staff

Valrico neighbors balk at refuge for trafficking victims

- A home soon will become a safe house for women who had been forced into the sex industry by human traffickers. The Sarasota-based nonprofit group Selah Freedom bought the home for a token $100 and hopes it will allow the c...

Hillsborough seeks to put Confederacy behind it

- As Confederate symbols lose support, county officials again reject a request for a memorial day and seek to remove a flag in the County Center.

Mindful of manatees, city opens new Water Works Park boat slips


TAMPA — After undergoing a lengthy permitting process, three new boat slips and a combination kayak/paddle board launch are now open at Water Works Park, just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Vinik’s planner, Jeff Speck, has vision for walkable Tampa

- Scores of Tampa’s city planners, transportation specialists and city officials came to hear Jeff Speck talk about his book and details of the $1 billion project he’s spearheading with Jeff Vinik.

Scores take part in rally supporting Confederate flag


BRANDON — Plumes of car exhaust, scattered tallboy beer cans in brown paper bags and the faint smell of marijuana hung over a Brandon Burger King on Friday night, vestiges of a growing battle to persuade the publi...

Tampa-area religious leaders divided on gay marriage ruling

- The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry in all states. Some local churches and religious leaders are praising the decision, while others are "deeply disappointed."

Police: Armed teen fled onto USF campus, was arrested


TAMPA — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after police said he carried a concealed handgun onto the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus and led police on a foot chase.

Tampa church combines Charleston vigil with serving others

- Churches throughout the Tampa area have held vigils for the victims in the wake of the massacre, but Oak Grove United Methodist Pastor Norm Coffman wanted to reach more than the members of his congregation and prove that &#...

Hillsborough’s huge Confederate battle flag again in spotlight

- Tampa’s mayor says it’s time for the huge Confederate battle flag flying near a heavily traveled Hillsborough intersection to go.

Gyrocopter pilot rejects plea deal that involved prison time

- Doug Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol says he’s rejected a plea offer in the case that would have involved several years in pr...

Lifting of gay adoption ban in time for Father’s Day

- It wasn’t until this month, that Gov. Rick Scott officially repealed the ban on gay adoption in Florida, which has been on the books since 1977.

Tampa church holds vigil for victims of Charleston shooting

- Hymns echoed through the wood-framed chapel of Without Walls International Church on Thursday night as congregants and local worship leaders prayed for those killed in a similar service the night before in Charleston.

Thousands pack Amalie Arena to cheer on Lightning from afar

- A full stadium cheered on the Lightning's efforts as, with everything on the line, fans showed up by the thousands to boost their team.

Thousands pack Amalie Arena to cheer on Lightning from afar



IRS impostors scam thousands of taxpayers via phone calls

- Scammers with Middle Eastern accents claiming to be IRS agents have called a home in Tampa Palms hundreds of times, demanding past-due taxes on prepaid debit cards.

Bolts to host watch party Monday in Amalie Arena


TAMPA — Thousands of Tampa Bay Lightning fans can cheer or cry together Monday during the Lightning’s run for the Stanley Cup from inside Amalie Arena.

Killer’s shortened sentence, release vexes Tampa victim’s family


It’s been 22 years since Ronald Pressley Jr. escaped from a work-release program, then killed 19-year-old Albert Perry in Tampa a few days later by shooting him three t...

Thousands expected for Lightning Game 4 downtown watch parties

- Want to watch Wednesday’s Stanley Cup game with a few hundred - or a few thousand - of your new best friends? You’re in luck.

Lightning party grows as it moves to Curtis Hixon


TAMPA — Monday was a bad night to be a Blackhawks fan in Tampa.

Slaying of 14-year-old has East Tampa neighborhood on edge

- Those who use Woodland Terrace Park, where a 14-year-old was shot to death while playing basketball last week ,are reflective of the neighborhood that surrounds it, a tight-knit, mostly African-American community. And right...

HART bus driver badly hurt after being beaten by passenger

- An unruly passenger seriously injured a Tampa bus driver Saturday after he refused to pay his fare, according to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit.

It was hotter than average in May and that trend could continue

- May traditionally is a transition time to the sweltering rainy season months of June through September, but this year the hot and steamy weather got a head start.

At-risk youth face long wait for mentors at Big Brothers Big Sisters

- A strong role model can help children succeed in school and avoid the temptations of the streets. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters has taken on even more urgency in the wake of this year’s outburst of gun-rela...

Nine months later, no word on justice for slain Tampa pair in Jacksonville

- No motives, suspects or arrests have been released in the Jacksonville slayings of Angelia Ella Mangum and Tjhisha Ball. Moore's mother says she has yet to receive her daughter’s official cause of death from the Jack...

Stolen flags, found in trash, now back with owner

- Jim Vanderbleek met with firefighters at the Port Tampa fire station to positively ID the flags, mounted on large poles, as those stolen from his elaborate Memorial Day display outside a St. Pete church.

Tampa parents: More free events could make summer safer


A barrage of homicides and shootings this year has prompted much soul-searching among police, city officials and residents on ways to stop the violence.

Tears flow as WFLA's Sierens begins retirement

- News anchor Gayle Sierens tells viewers, "I'll always be on your side," during an emotional final broadcast after 38 years with the station.

Homeless newspaper coming (again) to Tampa


TAMPA — The homeless in Tampa may once again find themselves in the publishing business.

Helen Gordon Davis, trailblazing legislator, dead at 88

- Helen Gordon Davis, the first Hillsborough County woman elected to the Florida Legislature and a champion of women’s and minority rights for decades, died Monday of congestive heart failure. She was 88.

Attorney: Cellphone video finally shows truth in DUI setup


TAMPA — A cellphone video that purports to show a paralegal talking about a plot to set up a rival lawyer for DUI is the latest evidence that the attorneys involved should face stiff consequences, attorney John Fi...