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  • Jill Kelley visited the White House THREE TIMES times in last three months with her twin sister

    11/16/2012 12:41:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/12 | Lydia Warren
    Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has visited the White House three times in the past three months, it has emerged. In by far the most astonishing example of her determination to reach the top, the shrewd socialite and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, were invited to two ´courtesy´ meals in the Executive Mansion mess hall as a guest of a White House aide, an Obama administration official has revealed. She met the mid-level aide through her work with MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, where she also rubbed shoulders with the
  • 54 Year Old Woman Mauled By Florida Bear.Stuck Her Arm In Cage To Pet It."Oops".

    Woman, 54, severely injured after being mauled by caged BEAR she was trying to pet at wildlife center. Here is the link. But what can you say? Who in any state of mind sticks their arm in a cage with a 400 pound bear? This would be like going to your local zoo and attempting to pet a panther or cougar through the 4x4 inch cage gaps.
  • See the anti-Muslim Garfield comic the Tampa Bay Times is afraid to print

    01/23/2015 4:17:58 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 55 replies
    Spring Hill Courier ^ | 1/13/15 | Frank Fencil
    Newspapers across the country are afraid to run this comic strip penned by outspoken conservative cartoonist Jim Davis. But we here at the Spring Hill Courier aren’t afraid of controversy. Je suis Charlie!
  • Florida Girl, 5, Was Alive Before Being Thrown From Bridge: Police

    01/09/2015 8:02:57 PM PST · by Steelfish · 61 replies
    NBC ^ | January 09, 2015
    Florida Girl, 5, Was Alive Before Being Thrown From Bridge: Police Dad Allegedly Throws 5-Year-Old Daughter Off a Bridge NBC NEWS CHANNEL The Florida toddler found dead after she was tossed from a St. Petersburg bridge was still alive before the fatal 60-foot plunge, police said Friday based on preliminary evidence. At a news conference following Thursday's horrific act, investigators didn't immediately know whether 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck was initially alive, and were awaiting the results of a medical examiner's report. A police officer who witnessed the crime — allegedly committed by her father, John Jonchuck Jr. — said he may...
  • Cuba Builds First New Church in 55 Years

    10/28/2014 3:49:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/27/14 | Andrea Rodriguez
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio. The church publication "Christian Life" said it will have space for 200 people.
  • Tampa/Ebola Update

    10/17/2014 7:10:36 AM PDT · by Stalwart · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | BPEarthWatch
    A man calls in to a radio show, claiming his future son-in-law was seated next to the vomiting man on the airliner that was recently in the news. Audio only, 5 minutes, 45 seconds.
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Florida’s biggest cities will add toll lanes to the state’s busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. What’s clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. There’s little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects —...
  • Jury Finds Richard McTear Guilty

    07/31/2014 3:13:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    970WFLA (Tampa) ^ | 7/31/14 | Melanie Michael
    Richard McTear showed no emotion as the jury in his trial found him guilty on all counts, including first degree murder. Prosecutors say McTear threw his ex-girlfriend's 4-month-old boy out of a car while driving down I-275 in 2009. The jury also found him guilty of aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, assault and battery, and burglary. No date has been set for his sentencing. McTear is eligible for the death penalty.
  • FL:Hit and Run, Then Gunfight

    07/22/2014 5:53:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Location of Till Dawn Bottle Club at 8205 Dale Mabry Highway In this unusual case in Tampa, Florida, little is reported about possible motivations; but we can make informed speculations.  The facts are this.   A patron of the Till Dawn Bottle Club was thrown out of the club at about 3:30 a.m. He drove off in a Dodge Challenger, and subsequently rear ended a GMC Yukon that was being driven by a visitor from Pennsylvannia, Alexander Sierra, 27.  Alexander was accompanied by his brother and girl friend. They followed the Challenger until its driver lost control and hit a...
  • Family relieved at Israel release of Tampa teen

    07/07/2014 4:01:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7/6/14 | GEOFF FOX
    The family of Tariq Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old Tampa boy whose brutal beating at the hands of Israeli police has made global headlines, was relieved to learn Sunday that he was released from jail. Tariq was sentenced to nine days of home detention while police investigate his involvement in violent protests that started after his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted and burned alive last week in Jerusalem. Tariq’s aunt, Sanah Abu Khdeir, of Tampa, said Sunday she hopes that the boy and his parents will be home by July 16. Tariq is an American citizen of Palestinian descent....
  • Terrifying ride that drops you 335 FEET head first at 60mph opens up to the public

    05/20/2014 5:40:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 20, 2014 | Leon Watson
    On first glance, this may look like the kind of vertical ride you find at your average amusement park. But it's not - it is a whopping 335ft tall. Busch Gardens' new giant Falcon's Fury ride, the tallest freestanding drop tower in north America, is open to the public at the theme park in Tampa, Florida. When riders get to the top - as many as 32 at one time - their seats are tilted forward 90 degrees so that they're directly facing the ground when released.
  • Food fight: Rising income disparity and the struggle for higher wages

    05/15/2014 7:42:33 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 15 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 15, 2014 | JACQUELINE NELSON
    Steven Wilkerson spends long hours working alone at three restaurants in a Hess gas station in Tampa – a Dunkin’ Donuts, a Quiznos and a Godfathers Pizza – all for just $8.50 (U.S.) per hour. Three years ago he made just $7.50. The 28-year-old former U.S. Marine tried to find a role in communications, and later security, after his tour of duty in Iraq. He went to more than 30 interviews, but was told repeatedly that he didn’t have enough experience for jobs he wanted. “You know, everybody tells you when you’re in the military you’ll get any job you...
  • Islamic group accuses Republicans of fostering anti-Muslim sentiment (FLORIDA)

    04/25/2014 1:18:32 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 43 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | Thursday, April 24 | Shelby Webb
    A Florida Islamic group is accusing some Republican Party lawmakers and local party organizations of fostering anti-Muslim sentiment. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, sent letters to almost every Republican Club or party extension in the state, asking the groups to stop bringing speakers who espouse anti-Islamic views. The letter said it represented the interests of more than 150,000 registered Florida Muslim voters. Hassan Shibly, executive director for CAIR, based in Tampa, said such speakers not only inflame anti-Islam tensions but have also led to discriminatory legislation: namely Senate Bill 386, which would ban foreign laws from being enacted...
  • Our prediction for CD 13 race [Florida Special Election today!]

    03/11/2014 6:24:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 03/10/2014 | Adam Smith
    As of Sunday, more than 122,000 votes had been cast in the special election for Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County. The Republican advantage in votes cast to date has grown to more 4,623 votes. Presumably, a lot of ballots come in today and tomorrow. We had been arguing that the Republican lead in mail-in votes cast was below where Republican nominee David Jolly needed it to be, but there's no question after the past five days he heads into election day with the momentum and with some wind at his back (Just as Obama had in 2012 when early...
  • Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma [video]

    03/28/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 246 replies ^ | 3-26-2014 | Florida Driver
    This happened to me on SR 41 in Tampa on Monday March 24th. This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording. I couldn't move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn't going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. I was turning left in about a half-mile when this happened. Now bear in mind, that this guy had already passed a truck...
  • Bucs' WR Vincent Jackson buys 400 tickets to Lightning game for troops

    03/25/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 2 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 3/25/24 | Kami Mattioli
    Bucs' wide receiver Vincent Jackson is a well-known supporter of deployed troops and military families, particularly through his "Jackson in Action 83" Foundation. He extended that charitable reach even further on Monday night by inviting 400 military members and their families to the Tampa Bay Lightning game on his dime. Jackson, who was acting as the Bolts' "Social Captain" of the evening, purchased 400 tickets and donated them all to military members for the second year in a row. Supporting the troops is a mission dear to Jackson's heart as both of his parents served in the Armed Forces.
  • Florida Islamist Threatened to Blow Up Tampa Bay Bridge & Sheriff’s Office (Video)

    03/15/2014 1:27:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 14,2014 | Jim Hoft
    Sami Osmakac toyed with the idea of blowing up Tampa Bay bridges or the sheriff’s office. The defense is arguing that Sami suffers from mental illness. The Tampa Tribune reportedL Sami Osmakac toyed with the idea of blowing up the bridges crossing Tampa Bay or detonating bombs at the sheriff’s office and police departments before settling on a plan to plant explosives in Tampa’s Hyde Park party district and then spraying first responders with automatic gunfire, according to recently released court documents. The planned January 2012 attack, Osmakac said in a “martyrdom video,” would be “payback for Sheikh Osama Bin...
  • Fla. family falls ill after eating meat with LSD

    03/07/2014 4:48:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 7:38 PM EST
    Authorities say a Florida woman who was 9 months pregnant and her family became ill after eating meat tainted with LSD. […] Police say the bottom round steak was purchased from a Wal-Mart in Tampa. The store has turned over all its meat to police for testing. …
  • Large, Invasive Lizard Taking Over Parts of Florida

    03/01/2014 3:45:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WZZM ^ | February 26, 2014
    The Tampa Bay area seems to be a fertile breeding ground for an exotic lizard that wildlife officials want to keep from becoming the state's next invasive species problem. More than 100 black-and-white tegu lizards have been spotted in Hillsborough County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The area is now considered home to one of three tegu breeding populations in the state. Wildlife officials have spotted more than 100 of them between Riverview and Gibsonton. The animals, which are native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, do not belong in the habitat in southwest Florida, and...
  • Nitwit 911 call: 'My waffles aren't cooked'

    02/25/2014 11:29:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Do you ever wonder at people's amazing propensity to do totally stupid things when they have had a few too many drinks? This video is a case in point. Released by the Tampa Police Department on Friday on its YouTube channel, the 911 call was made from a Village Inn in Tampa. The emergency: uncooked waffles. The part about the half being just as uncooked as the uncooked one is priceless!
  • Man, 25, killed in wrong-way crash on I-275 (Tampa)

    02/21/2014 5:05:54 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Bay News9 ^ | 2/21/14 | Ashley Jeffery/Erin Maloney
    -- A Riverview man was killed early Friday morning when he was involved in a wrong-way crash on I-275. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chase Kaleb Leveille, 25, was driving a 1993 red Honda Civic north in the center lane of southbound I-275 near Bearss Avenue at 2:35 a.m. Troopers said Leveille was going the wrong way for three miles before hitting an Enterprise rental truck heading south in the center lane at the same time. Investigators said the two vehicles collided head-on just north of Bearss Avenue. The vehicles skidded about 500 feet before coming to rest in...
  • Man killed after dispute over texting in theater

    01/13/2014 9:11:20 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 90 replies
    FOX 13 ^ | 1-13-14 | Fox 13 Staff
    A moviegoer lost his life inside a Pasco County theater Monday afternoon after a dispute over texting with a retired police officer. According to the sheriff's office, the dispute happened before the 1:20 showing of 'Lone Survivor' had even gotten underway at the Cobb CineBistro at Grove 16 complex on Wesley Grove Blvd. Investigators say two couples had gotten into an argument over noise. "The victim was on his cell phone; he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation between the suspect and the victim," Sheriff Chris Nocco explained. A...
  • Is Lovie enough to fill the seats?

    01/04/2014 7:07:59 AM PST · by 4Runner · 45 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Joe Henderson
    The first rule of public relations disasters is to change the narrative as quickly as possible. With that in mind, I’ll give Family Glazer a cookie for their rapid response in turning the 4-12 stench that was sooooo last season into a Loviefest. Well done. New coach Lovie Smith is a proven winner with local ties, and having a team that competes for the playoffs every year would certainly be refreshing. Call me jaded, though, on at least one big point. I’m not sure even winning automatically will fill Raymond James Stadium every Sunday and beyond. I think fans are...
  • ESPN: Bucs hire former Bears Coach Lovie Smith as Head Coach

    01/01/2014 6:28:02 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Bucs and Lovie Smith reached agreement, as @JayGlazer reported. Deal had been in works for days. Smith was favorite all along. Back to Bucs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 2, 2014
  • Instagram photo of woman dangling baby from balcony leads to arrest

    09/12/2013 11:36:28 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 32 replies
    Bay News9 ^ | 9/11/13 | Paul Mueller
    A 25-year-old woman faces child neglect charges after posting a photo on social media that showed her dangling her baby over an apartment balcony, 12 feet off the ground. Friends of Aisha Jean Clark called Tampa police on Tuesday after spotting the photo on Instagram. Police said when they arrived at her apartment on Nuccio Parkway, they asked Clark if she knew why they were there. They said she laughed and went inside the apartment to get her iPad, pulled up her Instagram account, and showed them the picture. Police then arrested Clark and she allegedly told them, “I was...
  • U.S.F Area Crime Spree Suspect is Dead after Police Shootout

    09/06/2013 12:32:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    970WFLA ^ | 9/6/13
    The man wanted for the series of home invasions in apartments near the USF Tampa campus has died from gunshot wounds after a shootout with police. Police captured 24 year old Charlie Christopher Bates on U.S. 301 near I-4 in Hillsborough County. This came after a chase, crash, and police shooting at Bates. He was reportedly shot several times. No officers are believed to be hurt. Bates faces a series of charges. Hillsborough deputies say the incidents happened at the Cambridge Woods apartments, the Oaks apartments, and the Eagle's Point apartments north of USF. Four men were tied up and...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • South Tampa Residents being asked to shelter in place due to fumes coming from the port

    08/08/2013 7:49:39 AM PDT · by rarestia · 47 replies
    MyFoxTampaBay alert ^ | 8 August 2013 | NA
    Just received a notice on my phone that South Tampa residents are being asked to "shelter in place" due to fumes coming from the port of Tampa. Will post updates as they become available.
  • Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

    08/06/2013 1:24:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | 5th August 2013 | Iain Thomson,
    It gets worse: DEA demands that enforcers lie about source of evidence Leaked documents have revealed the existence of a Special Operations Division (SOD) within the Drug Enforcement Agency that receives and distributes tips gleaned by the NSA to arrange arrests, and then hides where that information came from."That's outrageous," Tampa attorney James Felman, a vice chairman of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association, told Reuters. "It strikes me as indefensible." According to documents seen by Reuters, SOD was set up in 1994 to deal with drug cartels and organized trafficking of narcotics, and uses information provided...
  • Gunman Kills One In Shooting At Family Dollar In Tampa

    07/15/2013 7:02:42 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 19 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | July, 14, 2013 | Staff
    An armed man dressed in black fatally shot one of the managers at the Family Dollar store at 4900 North 40th St. on Sunday morning during a robbery, according to Tampa police. About 9 a.m., the gunman demanded money from an employee behind the counter, when Horsley Shorter Jr. ran out of the store's office to help his co-worker and was shot, police said. The gunman then took the other employee outside to the victim's vehicle and ordered them into the trunk, police said. The employee pleaded with the gunman, who eventually left the other worker, shut the trunk and...
  • Tampa And Miami In Cold War Over Cuban Trade

    07/07/2013 2:31:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies ^ | July 07, 2013 | Eric Barton
    Quietly at first, and now quite publicly, the city of Tampa has courted Cuba in hopes of becoming its future trading partner. Business owners in Tampa talk of how they’ll capitalize when the island opens up, and politicians make trips there and have come out against the embargo. Things are far different across the state in Miami. Elected officials there favor the trade embargo. Business leaders, fearful of retribution, rarely speak about future trade with the island nation. Miami may seem poised to benefit most when the embargo ends, with its close proximity and much larger Cuban-American population. There are...
  • Victim in I-4 shooting in Tampa ID'd as Orlando man

    06/30/2013 5:40:16 AM PDT · by rarestia · 44 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013, 7:30 AM | Staff
    The motorist killed in a shooting that closed eastbound Interstate 4 in Tampa for nearly eight hours Saturday has been identified as a 47-year-old Orlando man. Fred William Turner Jr. was fatally shot while he was on a cell phone telling a 911 dispatcher someone with a gun was pursuing him, authorities said. The shooting happened around 3 p.m. and prompted authorities to close I-4 at I-75 while they examined the scene and searched for clues. The closure eventually stretched west to U.S. 301 and didn't end until nearly 11 p.m. Turner, who was driving a newer model Ford Mustang,...
  • The 50 Rip-Off Charities: Give at Your Own Risk

    06/17/2013 3:02:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 68 replies ^ | 6-17-2013 | Morgan Brittany
    I always believed that giving to a good cause or helping victims of a disaster was a noble thing to do. I mean, “There but for the grace of God go I”, right? With the recent uncovering of scandals within the government, more and more investigators are digging to uncover other cases of fraud and mismanagement. Is nothing sacred anymore? A recent investigation exposed by CNN, The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times have found that there are dozens and dozens of charities that basically do next to nothing for the causes they raise money for. 50...
  • This year's GaYBOR Days touted as success (dressing for success takes on new meaning)

    05/25/2013 3:55:00 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 14 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | May 25,2013 | ELIZABETH BEHRMAN
    YBOR CITY - Officially recognized by the Hillsborough County Commission for the first time, this year's GaYbor Days events continue Sunday in Ybor City. GaYBOR Days, a weekend packed with shows and events to promote gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses in Tampa, is hosted every year by the GaYBOR Coalition. The coalition is made up of almost 300 businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area, said Carrie West, the group's president. The weekend is meant to promote the Ybor City area, showcase businesses and show that Tampa is a good destination for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. “We're doing very good,”...
  • Tampa Is A Step Closer To A Tough Noise Ordinance

    05/16/2013 1:30:51 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Beware of cranking up your car stereo in Tampa. City council has given preliminary approval to a new noise ordinance that would outlaw car stereo noise that can be heard 50 feet or more from the car. A first-time offiense will set you back $250. That goes up to $450 for a second offense. If you're cited a third time, it's 60 days in jail. Council member Lisa Monteleone thinks that's a bit too harsh. She believes that will put more young people behind bars. And she spars with Councilman Charlie Miranda over that fact....
  • Tampa doctor's son accused of killing unborn child

    05/16/2013 6:45:44 AM PDT · by Dan Nunn · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 16, 2013 | Patty Ryan and Will Hobson
    TAMPA — The son of a Lutz fertility doctor killed an ex-girlfriend's unborn child by tricking her into taking an abortion drug, federal authorities said Wednesday. The act could put John Andrew Welden, 28, in prison for life. Welden forged the doctor's signature on a prescription for Cytotec, relabeled a pill bottle as "Amoxicillin" and told the woman that his father wanted her on antibiotics, a federal prosecutor asserted Wednesday. The incident occurred in March after an ultrasound at Dr. Stephen Ward Welden's office confirmed the pregnancy, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Muldrow. The doctor, a board certified obstetrician...
  • Taco Fusion may keep controversial lion tacos on menu

    05/10/2013 8:19:16 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 5/9/13 | Richard Mullins
    TAMPA - Bomb threats, fistfights and TV news vans outside. It's just another day for a taco joint serving tacos made with real lion meat. “We're getting all kinds of threats over it,” said Ryan Gougeon, owner of Taco Fusion on Bay to Bay Boulevard in Tampa that put lion meat on their taco menu this week. Controversy soon erupted and social media exploded with criticism that anyone would serve lion meat. “Now we're getting bomb threats, and everything else. Some guy just called and said he'd kidnap me and grind me up for a taco. There are so many...
  • FBI Report: Florida Family Had Ties to People Linked to 9/11 Attacks

    04/16/2013 8:14:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers,
    A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before 9/11 had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records. One partially declassified document, marked “secret,” lists three of those individuals and ties them to the Venice, Fla., flight school where suicide hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi trained. Accomplice Ziad Jarrah took flying lessons at another school a block away. Atta and al-Shehhi were at the controls of the jetliners that slammed into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jarrah was the...
  • Parents, kids sought in Tampa kidnapping case (anti-government?)

    04/03/2013 10:07:19 AM PDT · by rarestia · 77 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | Wednesday, April 03, 2013 | Staff
    Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help to find two children taken from their grandmother's home Wednesday morning. Authorities say Joshua Hakken came into Patricia Hauser's home, on the 14000 block of Shady Shores Drive, tied her up and took her two grandchildren. Hakken fled the home in Hauser's 2009 silver Toyota Camry. Authorities are looking for the children, 2-year old Chase and 4-year old Cole Hakken, who could possibly be in a black 2006 GMC pickup with Florida tag BHNV-86 registered to Joshua Hakken. Deputies believe Sharyn Hakken may be with them as well. Chase Hakken is 3...
  • Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf laid to rest at West Point

    02/28/2013 3:44:57 PM PST · by Marv Dumon · 20 replies ^ | 02/28/2013 | Marv Dumon
    Today, retired Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was laid to rest at West Point. The commander of coalition forces in the first Gulf War was 78-years-old when he passed away on Dec. 27 in Tampa, Fla. due to complications from pneumonia. On Thursday, the U.S. Military Academy announced that a memorial service was held in honor of the four-star general who evicted the Iraqi army out of Kuwait in 1990.
  • Gunmen break into St. Petersburg home and test mettle of parents with newborn, police say

    12/11/2012 6:00:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 10 December, 2012 | Peter Jamison
    ST. PETERSBURG — If the safety of those you love was threatened, how would you respond? Many people contemplate this question with commingled curiosity and fear. For Jeremy Reed and Anna Soto, the answer came early Sunday when a pair of violent men burst into the bedroom where they slept with their 7-day-old daughter. -------------------------------cut------------------------ By then, one of them had grabbed the keys to Soto's Mazda 6. They barreled out the front door and into the car. Reed ran back to the bedroom and emerged with a .22 rifle belonging to Soto. He stepped outside and pointed the gun...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • Woman in Petraeus Scandal Visited White House

    11/16/2012 10:56:01 AM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 68 replies
    AP ^ | 11/16/12 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration official says a Tampa Bay socialite whose emails triggered the eventual downfall of CIA director David Petraeus visited the White House three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess.
  • Tickets still available for Obama campaign appearance

    10/24/2012 2:07:52 PM PDT · by FightforFreedomCA · 31 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | None Listed
    Tickets are still available for President Barack Obama's campaign appearance in Tampa on Thursday, campaign officials said today.
  • Anti-Jihad Ads Considered Constitutional

    10/01/2012 2:02:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 67 replies - Top Opinion Story ^ | September 24, 2012 | Liana Whitehead
    SNIPPET: "New York City is the center of a public uproar as Internet blogger Pamela Gellar rises with an “anti-jihad” ad campaign." SNIPPET: "Gellar and her group are protesting the Jihad, which in definition is the religious duty of Muslims. According to the Dictionary of Islam, jihad is defined as “A religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad . . . enjoined especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims.” The literal meaning of jihad, according to the British Broadcasting Network, “is struggle or effort, and it means much more than...
  • Anti-Obama Billboard Of The Day

    10/11/2012 1:21:28 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 39 replies
    Tampa FL, Adamo Drive & U.S. 301 - Obama bows to the Saudi King - Flanked by gasoline prices on Obama's first day in office and today. Awesome photo in "Comments."
  • More than 300 Social Security checks stolen throughout Tampa Bay

    10/11/2012 1:46:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | John Woodrow Cox,
    More than 300 Social Security checks that should have gone to Tampa Bay residents earlier this month have been stolen, officials have confirmed. "Apparently this is fairly widespread," said U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who has received calls from several distraught residents. "It's hundreds and mainly in Pinellas County." Young said he was told by investigators that the theft appeared to be an inside job carried out by one or two people, though he declined to divulge for which agencies the suspects work. "They have a target," he said of the investigators. "They know who it is."
  • Tampa vs. Charlotte

    09/09/2012 5:55:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 9, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Tampa, Fla., was like the Republican National Convention delegation -- older, more experienced, less excitable. Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl; the city had lots of space and nothing to prove. There was a been there/done that feel to the entire affair. Tampa Bay is used to welcoming visitors and has plenty of nice hotels to host them. You say a hurricane is coming? No worries. They laid out some sandbags, closed up for a night and started up a day later. No need to rush a convention. People don't come to Florida to be in a hurry. Charlotte, N.C.,...
  • Jeb Bush to Republicans: ‘Stop Acting Stupid’ on Immigration (Pushing Amnesty Yet Again)

    08/30/2012 4:30:26 PM PDT · by montag813 · 56 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 08-30-2012 | John Hill
    Tonight, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is addressing the Republican National Convention. Why is he being given that honor, you say? That is a good question, since he is at great odds with both the party's nominee, the party's platform, and the American people on the issue of immigration, and continues to insult us on a weekly basis to pimp his pro-amnesty views that we have consistently rejected. At a forum on immigration, Bush said Republicans aren’t going to close the gap with Hispanic voters until they “stop acting stupid” by being too "tough" on "immigrants" (the usual code for illegal...
  • Romney, Tonight: ‘I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed.’

    08/30/2012 4:28:51 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 58 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Thursday August 30, 2012
    Some of you will want to read portions of Romney’s speech before he delivers it; some will not. For those that do, the excerpts that have been released by the Romney campaign are below: I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.  This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something. Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better!...