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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Keith Morelli

Tribune Staff

Prosecution of Lyft, Uber drivers going forward in fits and starts


A dropped misdemeanor charge against a Lyft driver

Invasive, predatory lionfish now live in Tampa Bay

- The state has been trying for years to find ways to control the burgeoning lionfish populations. The species takes over reefs and eats anything and everything.

Lack of information on Ebola spreading fear, mistrust

- As revelations - and rumors - emerge each day about the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the state has established a single source for release of information about the disease.

Love stone crabs? Try catching your own

- For most, a plateful of succulent stone crab claw meat, tender and dripping with drawn butter, comes with a soon to be flattened wallet.

Hillsborough gives final approval to domestic registry


With one voice, Hillsborough County commissioners approved a domestic-partner registry Wednesday, reversing their stand a year-and-a-half ago when the idea first was brought b...

Metropolitan Ministries’ food drive targets Guinness record


Every year, Metropolitan Ministries collects tons of food to feed the needy during the holidays.

Hillsborough advocates work to avert row over immigrant kids

- While a controversy played out in Pasco over the expansion of a shelter to house unaccompanied immigrant children, Hillsborough child advocates and the judiciary quietly have been establishing a plan to thwart future probl...

Tampa-area hospitals say they’re prepared for Ebola

- With a health care worker in Texas having contracted Ebola while caring for a patient with the disease, local hospitals say they are able - and ready - to treat anyone infected with the virus.

Familiar foes in state House race


The general election ballots in New Tampa for the Florida House of Representatives District 63 seat might seem familiar. That’s because the same two candidates vied for...

Newcomer tests incumbent for District 59 Florida House seat


The Florida House of Representatives District 59 seat is being contested by a couple of old friends from Riverview.

Judge tosses prospective Hillsborough County juror in jail


Travis Van Vliet found out the hard way that Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath has little tolerance for juror misconduct.

New learning, research center opens at Florida Aquarium


The Florida Aquarium on Wednesday opened its $2 million learning and research center, a long-planned project that is now a destination...

Complaint filed against Big Cat Rescue over leopard


Big Cat Rescue, the sprawling 67-acre Citrus Park sanctuary that is home to more than 100 lions, tigers, leopards, bobcats and other wil...

Hillsborough sends out more than 150,000 mail-in ballots


Voting by mail seems to be getting more popular with each election.

Officer: ‘Lucky to be alive’ after wrong-way wreck

- Tampa police Office Natasha Stanek recalls the moment when a wrong-way driver slammed into the side of her patrol car early Sunday.

Two rescued in plane crash in water off Davis Islands

- Two victims appear to be in good condition after their sea plane crashed in the water near Peter O. Knight Airport.

Safe from storms in October? Think again

- With two-thirds of the 2014 hurricane season in the books without a single threat to Florida it’s difficult not to be lulled into a sense of complacency.

Signs going up to warn wrong-way highway drivers

- The first step designed to reverse the troubling trend of wrong-way highway drivers was taken Thursday when road crews put up flashing signs on a Fowler Avenue exit ramp.

Weary of the rain, Tampa area waits to dry out

- A solid week of rain has left a soggy mark on the Tampa area, flooding dozens of streets, idling road construction, closing parks, backing up septic systems and causing sewage pipes to fail.

120 million gallons a day put reservoir at half-way mark

- A year and a half after the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir was drained to repair and rebuild its massive earthen walls, the giant water tank in rural eastern Hillsborough County is half full.

Gas below $3 a gallon by Christmas? It could happen


the tweaking of blends processed by refineries is being credited with bringing the price of gasoline down at the pumps.

HCC gets $350k grant for diesel mechanics program


Hillsborough Community College has won a federal grant that will provide the spark for a new program to train diesel mechanics and technici...

Flood worries rise with more rain in forecast

- The National Weather Service warns about rising river levels and the possiblity of localized street flooding in the region. Mosquito-borne diseases are also a concern.

Woman who died in wrong-way crash recently moved to Tampa

- In what is becoming a disturbingly familiar occurrence on Tampa-area highways, a 25-year-old woman died when her car slams into a semi on I-75 in Pasco.

Bucs promotion is legal, but does it encourage gambling?


Raffles at Moose and Elks lodges and even at the weekly church social might yield a couple of hundred bucks, but raffles at professional sporting events can be much more lucra...

For managing a Tampa pain clinic run amok, they get 30 years in prison


The owners and office manager of a Tampa pain clinic were sentenced Friday to 30 years each in prison for building a massive synthetic heroin distribution center where drug us...

Red tide nears Bay area after brief retreat


The red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico that was threatening the tourist-soaked beaches of Pinellas County reversed its course last week and began ebbing from the coastline. ...

Parasitic disease Crypto on rise in Tampa Bay area

- A disease that leaves its victims with stomach cramps, nausea, fever and diarrhea is on the rise in Hillsborough County.

Sheriff drops jail health-care provider tied to inmate death


— After nearly 10 years, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is dropping the contractor that provides health-care services to jail inmates — following in the ...

Renovation plans unveiled for Julian B. Lane Park

- After meetings with community leaders and residents near the park, developers said the most prominent needs were a “great lawn” and access to the downtown riverfront.

Before wrong-way crash, 911 caller reported ‘headlights in my lane’


TAMPA — Moments before a wrong-way driver crashed head on into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 275 Sunday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol got a single 911 call.

Deputies: Man aimed laser at airplanes, police helicopter

- The man charged with shining a laser at four airplanes and a police helicopter said it was meant as a prank. The chief pilot of the Tampa police air unit, however, said it’s not amusing.

Pasco deputies identify four bodies found in Hudson

- The victims in the quadruple homicide case in Hudson, in which a 4-year-old child was kidnapped, include the boy’s mother, her mother and father and another man.

In Pinellas, locals and scientists keeping wary eye out for red tide

- The swath of red tide that is poised to brush the visitor-rich beaches of Pinellas County may be the most unwelcome tourist of all. Hotel and resort managers are dreading the impending arrival of the algal bloom, which is s...

Red tide heading for Pinellas worries local officials

- The ominous bloom that has been hovering offshore of Dixie County for weeks is making its way toward the Tampa Bay area’s tourist-clogged beaches, researchers say.

Florida hospital charged exorbitant fees for scans, X-rays, lawsuit claims

- A lawsuit filed in Tampa accuses a company that owns 80 hospitals across the state, including several in the Tampa area, of grossly overcharging for medical services.

Near-record August heat gives way to storm season


If you think it was hot in August, the kind of hot that burns your fingers when you grip the steering wheel or wilts your reserve when you walk across a shimmering parking lot ...

Fight between Hillsborough, Lyft goes up a notch

- The simmering feud escalated when a Lyft driver refused to take a plea on a misdemeanor of driving a taxi without a license and demanded a jury trial.

Early voting for primary in Hillsborough sets record


No one knows yet who will win today’s primary races, but one thing already is clear: More and more people are casting a ballot before election day dawns.

Early voting for primary in Hillsborough sets record

- The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. But many of you have already voted, based on early voting and vote-by-mail ballots.