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2008-08-07 03:00:23

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 7--UPDATED: 32 MIN. AGO TAMPA -- On a recent stormy Friday, a 30-mile band of severe weather centered over Gainesville blocked a major commercial airline corridor from the Northeast and Midwest into Tampa International Airport. Pilots changed flight plans over southeast Georgia to join a conga line of airliners along the Gulf Coast. That added extra minutes to inbound flights, but kept air traffic flowing into TIA and other major Florida...

2008-08-07 03:00:18

By Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 7--TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Water officials plan to limit the amount of water stored this year in the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir so engineers can better investigate cracks in the reservoir walls. Tampa Bay Water General Manager Gerald Seeber said the level will be kept at about half the 15 billion gallon capacity. Next spring, during the dry season, 7 million to 8 million gallons will be drawn down, exposing cracks at the base of the walls...

2008-08-07 03:00:13

By William March, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 7--TAMPA -- It was a neat idea for targeting a political ad: Hit people with a Barack Obama message about gas prices on those new TV screens that are appearing on top of the pumps at gas stations. While they're watching their money run out through the hose, they'll hear Obama's message saying John McCain is in the pocket of Big Oil. But the ads never ran, leading to a controversy between the campaign and the advertising company over why....

2008-08-06 18:00:14

By Howard Altman, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--TAMPA -- Despite efforts to keep John "Junior" Gotti in New York until his trial, the son of the deceased head of the Gambino crime family likely will be in Tampa by late next week or the beginning of the subsequent week for a court appearance, said his attorney, Charles Carnesi. Gotti was indicted in Tampa on Tuesday on federal charges of participating in organized crime killings in New York from 1988 through 1991 and trafficking in 5 kilos...

2008-08-06 12:00:26

By Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Water officials plan to limit water storage this year in the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir so engineers can better investigate cracks in the wall. In a Tuesday memo to the water supplier's board of directors, Tampa Bay Water General Manager Gerald Seeber said the level will be limited to about half the 15 billion gallon capacity. "With a lower level," Seeber wrote to directors, "the agency can continue the...

2008-08-06 03:00:55

By John Ceballos, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--RUSKIN -- More than three months have passed since the vicious attack and rape of an East Bay High senior at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library. The 18-year-old girl -- who was blinded in the April 24 attack and will not be identified in this story due to the nature of the crime -- is still not able to speak or swallow. "There's a very strong possibility that she'll need assistance for the rest of her life," said Cheryl Zemina, who...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By George H. Newman, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--PLANT CITY -- Everything came together for Susan Sullivan when the school board promoted her to principal at Tomlin Middle School. Sullivan came to Tomlin from Plant City High School as an administrative resource teacher in January 2001. That fall she was named assistant principal and has worked in that role at Tomlin ever since. "I attended Tomlin when it was a junior high school," Sullivan said. "It's my dream job to work here as the...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Adam Emerson, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--TAMPA -- The struggling USF/Patel Charter School on Tuesday took on a different name under different management. The Hillsborough County School Board voted unanimously to enter into a lease agreement with the University of South Florida as it takes control of the school now known as the USF/Patel Partnership School. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia says the "partnership" isn't yet defined, but USF Provost Ralph Wilcox said in an interview that...

2008-08-06 03:00:29

By Laura Kinsler, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--GRAND HAMPTON -- More than a year after announcing plans for two new nature parks in Grand Hampton, LandMar Group is ready to start building them. The projects were delayed while LandMar and its engineers worked with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to get permits to build on the Cypress Creek Preserve. The plan calls for a mile-long nature trail and boat launch on the creek. "We're definitely still doing it," LandMar...

2008-08-06 03:00:25

By Sarah Rothwell, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 6--TEMPLE TERRACE -- Scott Bartlett isn't afraid of change. On Aug. 17, he will leave behind a 20-year career in business and become senior pastor at Centerpointe Community Church. He will replace founding pastor Craig Brooks, who is retiring after more than 40 years of service. Though his role is about to change, Bartlett is a familiar face at Centerpointe. He's attended the Temple Terrace-based church since the 1980s. He's watched the...


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