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Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

Keith Morelli

Tribune Staff

Death sentence reduced to life in 2009 officer’s slaying

- The Florida Supreme Court, citing Huberto Delgado’s mental state, ruled that a death sentence wasn’t appropriate for him in the fatal shooting of Tampa police Cpl. Mike Roberts in 2009.

Lowry zoo leader heading for Chicago


Lowry Park Zoo CEO Craig Pugh, whose tenure began five years ago amid the swirl of a scandal that resulted in his predecessor’...

A rhythmic thank you at USF to those who donated their bodies to science


On the table in front Jason Naziri a few months ago was a cadaver - what remains when a person who had a real life, a person with a family, a job, maybe children, is no more.<...

Runoff from Lake Tarpon still clogs tip of Old Tampa Bay


While the quality of water in most of Tampa Bay continues to improve with expanding beds of seagrass and robust life above and below the surface, the northernmost tip of Old T...

Patels’ Hillsborough County estate is beyond big

- On the traffic-stuffed intersection of Busch Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway rises what may become Hillsborough's most visible signature home: a 17-acre, lake-front compound for one of Tampa’s best-known philanthropi...

Friend: Ruskin gyrocopter pilot a patriot, not a terrorist

- Mike Shanahan calls Douglas Hughes’ landing on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol “an act of civil disobedience to get the attention of the American people about campaign finance laws, to try to get democracy back i...

Taxes plus deadline equals a very stressful day

- Wednesday is the deadline for filing tax returns, and the level of stress for all those procrastinators, tax-owers and people hoping for a miracle is red-lining.

Rally planned to address rash of gun violence in Tampa


The gun violence gripping some neighborhoods of Tampa is a disease that needs to be treated from a grass roots level, police and community activists say. So next weekend the f...

Tampa pharmacist gets 30 years for beating wife to death with bat


A 57-year-old pharmacist was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday for the brutal beat...

Lithia may become site of human decomposition study

- The Hillsborough sheriff’s training center could become a home for cadavers as part of a forensic science program on how bodies decompose in the Florida elements. The research would help investigators solve crimes.

Arena ice artists carve out temporary treasures

- If the art of Collin Atkins and Tre Ellis lasts a day, it's a good day. Usually, their art starts to disappear within hours. Creating their works can take a lot longer, using chisels and picks, an assortment of power tools ...

Next four months critical to Florida's bat population


Wildlife biologists can tell you almost exactly how many panthers and black bears are roaming Florida’s woods and have a pretty good idea how many manatees swim in the co...

Slain woman found in North Hyde Park home, police say

- Relatives and neighbors gathered outside a North Hyde Park home where a woman was found killed this morning and sang a verse of “Amazing Grace.”

Autopsy: Ulele server accidentally drowned in Mango Lake

- Apryl Foster, the Ulele restaurant employee whose body was found in a lake 10 days after she was last seen leaving an Ybor City bar, died of accidental drowning, according to an autopsy report released Friday.

Report: Impossible to prove who fired shots that hit Lithia house

- The report connects a shooting party to damage at a neighbor’s house, including bullets in the home’s walls and a shattered window above a crib, but stopped short of charging anyone with a crime.

For sale: Davis Islands house ABC rebuilt after plane crash

- Seven years after Ty Pennington led the chorus of “move that bus,” the two-story, four-bedroom house is on the market with the owners asking $889,000.

Smooth sailing, if not any faster, on rebuilt I-275

- Last week, motorists on Interstate 275 from downtown to the State Road 60 interchange were taking their chances on what felt like an extended motocross track with sharp turns and jutting hills.

Center helps endangered elephants after circus

- The largest memory of Asian elephants this side of Vietnam roams Polk County's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Center for Elephant Conservation.

Answers remain elusive in Hudson sibling deaths

- Pasco County detectives were quiet today, not answering questions about how the 12-year-old boy who shot and killed his brother and wounded another got access to the gun.

FAA warning letter chilling to Lutz drone owner


— Jayson Hanes likes to fly his drone over the Tampa Bay area and record stunning videos of downtown Tampa, cruise ships, boat races and construction projects. Anything and ever...

Florida manatee census up 25%, at record high

- This year’s count comes a week after an environmental group filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over an emerging eco-tourist industry in Crystal River that allows people to swim with man...

Tampa police release more details in fatal teen shootings


Tampa police homicide detectives are continuing to investigate two separate shootings over the weekend that claimed the lives of two 16-year-old boys.

FHP has new lead in 2001 Road Ranger fatality


Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide investigators want to kick-start some faded recollections in the hit-and-run fatality of a Roa...

Florida Aquarium hitting stride after 20 years

- From its rocky beginnings, the Florida Aquarium has emerged as a jewel in downtown Tampa. Over the next five months, the attraction will celebrate its two-decade mark with exhibits, special events and a display of aquarium...

‘Queen of tax fraud’ request denied, sentenced again to 21 years

- A federal judge rejected a defense argument that Rashia Wilson, the self described “queen of tax fraud,” had mended her ways. and sentenced her — again — to 21 years in prison.

Regional reservoir finally full, just in time for dry season

- Drained for more than two years because of an expansive renovation project, the 15.5 billion gallon C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir brims with water now, ready to slake the thirsts of more than 2 million customers during...

Strip club where man was killed a sore spot for neighbors


A Town ’N Country strip club where a 22-year-old patron was shot ...

Water transportation options growing in downtown Tampa

- From rentals to tour boats to a plain ol’ get-from-one-end-of-the-Riverwalk-to-the-other water taxi, the waters around downtown are alive with the sounds of motors.

Volunteers take to streets for Hillsborough's annual homeless count

- Some 300 people with pens and clipboards fanned out around the region to count - one by one and face to face - those without homes in the annual Point in Time Homeless County.

Ship traffic moving again after foggy few days

- The impenetrable sea fog that has strangled the shipping lanes between the Gulf of Mexico and Port Tampa Bay began loosening up today.