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Sunday, Apr 19, 2015

Anastasia Dawson

Tribune Staff

Gay conversion therapy still has its stalwarts


When President Barack Obama this month called for the end of psychiatric treatment aimed at changing the sexual orientation of homosexuals, many people probably were surprised...

Former Blake High resource officer gets prison in teen sex case


A former school resource officer at Blake High School charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student was sentenced to six years in prison Friday.

Gyrocopter pilot’s wife says she knew nothing of plans

- Douglas Hughes’ wife was “scared and shocked” when she learned her husband had flown into restricted airspace in a protest stunt over campaign finance reform, said her attorney. She believed her husband wa...

Tampa businessman, philanthropist and civic force Vic Leavengood dies at 90


TAMPA — Victor Leavengood, who helped found or run numerous organizations throughout Tampa, from the Florida Aquarium to the Tampa History Museum, died Monday. He was 90.

Credit card skimmers getting harder to find

- Thieves are increasingly placing credit card “skimming’’ devices that collect personal information with every swipe at gas pumps, posing an ever-evolving threat to consumers’ bank accounts. And they&...

Longtime Tampa TV newsman Warren Elly dies at 64


It’s a tragic coincidence that Warren Elly died on Opening Day of baseball season, but the iconic Tampa television reporter would have appreciated the twist ending.

After 62 years, Korean War veteran gets his Purple Heart

- During a 1953 battle in which 74 men were killed, Jacob Schaper unknowingly suffered a concussion from a grenade blast. Now terminally ill and living in Weekie Wachee, he has received his dying wish.

Valrico man wins top prize in $500,000 scratch-off game


A Valrico man learned first-hand that it’s pretty hard to convince your wife you won the lottery on April Fool’s Day, especially when it’s a $500,000 jackpot.

Still no news on missing Plant High School teenager


It’s been nearly a week since Thomas David Reffue disappeared, and the reward for his safe return has risen to $15,000.

Truck plows into Tampa church building


An out-of-control pickup crashed into a church building Thursday afternoon.

Efforts continue to prevent another Phoebe Jonchuck tragedy


TAMPA — The Glazer Children’s Museum bustled Wednesday night with children jumping through fountains, spinning pinwheels and reveling in the general innocence and joy of childhood.

$15 wage campaign recruits at USF for April 15 rally


TAMPA — All he wanted Tuesday morning was a bagel and an hour to relax between his classes and shifts at two minimum-wage jobs, but University of South Florida student Casey Hamilton left campus with a new mission...