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HILLSBOROUGH FIRE RESCUE CHIEF SHOULD HAVE TO DRUG TEST WITH FIREFIGHTERS, UNION SAYS
Hillsborough County firefighters and paramedics will vote on a new union contract next week that for the first time would require random drug testing. Union leadership says it is up in the air whether the contract will pass, citing growing discord between the rank and file and Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones. One thing that might help? If Jones and non-union department leadership agreed to drug testing, too, said Derrik Ryan, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2294. The contract vote comes after a Tampa Bay Times investigation found that drug testing procedures for Hillsborough first responders are far weaker than most similar-sized fire departments in Florida.
CITIZENS, HIT WITH $12.7 MILLION VERDICT, ACTED IN ‘MONUMENTAL BAD FAITH,’ HOMEOWNER SAYS
In 2007, residents of the Cloverplace Condos began to notice unmistakable signs of sinkhole activity. But the community’s insurer, Citizens Property Insurance, never paid a cent. Last week, a Pinellas County jury announced one of the largest verdicts ever against state-run Citizens — $12.7 million. That’s the estimated amount it would take to stabilize 83 of the homes. Susan Taylor Martin has the details.
STUDENTS WALK OUT IN REMEMBRANCE OF PARKLAND SHOOTING VICTIMS
A national school walkout took place this morning across the nation — and at a number of schools in the Tampa Bay area — to remember the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Times reporters and photographers were on scene to capture the moments.
JENNIFER ODOM: AFTER 25 YEARS, A MOTHER’S GRIEF AND QUESTIONS REMAIN
Renee Converse can still picture her 12-year-old daughter, slim and sun-kissed, waving goodbye out the back window of a Pasco County school bus. It was a Friday and the last time she would see her brown-eyed, firstborn girl. A quarter-century after the murder of Jennifer Odom, her mother deals with the grief while her killing remains unsolved.
FROM THE ARCHIVES: ‘NO-NAME STORM’ BLASTED TAMPA BAY 25 YEARS AGO
The no-name storm came barreling out of the Gulf of Mexico, battering Florida with high winds and rising waters. But there was little time to regroup: With winds knocking down power lines, hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, just as the cold following the storm moved in. We look back at the storm, 25 years later.