Most talked about Tampa Bay Times stories

Kriseman: St. Pete city workers should get at least $12.50 an hour

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour. The mayor, flanked by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and community organization leaders on the steps of City Hall, also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which eliminates job candidates from automatically having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan.

From undocumented immigrant to lawyer: Jose Godinez-Samperio to tell his story at Eckerd College this evening

tampabay.com — Jose Godinez-Samperio, who was at the center of a controversial immigration debate over whether he should be allowed to practice law in Florida, will speak at Eckerd College this evening. Godinez-Samperio graduated from Florida State University's College of Law, but it took an act of the Florida Legislature to clear the way for him to practice law and realize his dream of becoming an immigration lawyer.
Oct 21, 2014

From undocumented immigrant to lawyer: Jose Godinez-Samperio to tell his story at Eckerd College this evening tampabay.com/news/courts/fr…

Oct 21, 2014

From undocumented immigrant to lawyer: Jose Godinez-Samperio to tell his story at Eckerd College this evening: tampabay.com/news/courts/fr…

Oct 21, 2014

From undocumented immigrant to lawyer: Jose Godinez-Samperio to tell his story at Eckerd College this evening: tampabay.com/news/courts/fr…

CNN is 'network of no' in final debate for governor of Florida

tampabay.com — In CNN's amateurish early days as a 24-hour cable news outlet, critics called it the "Chicken Noodle Network." CNN has come a long way, but for tonight's final debate in the Florida governor's race, those three letters might as well stand for "Can't. No. Nope."
Oct 21, 2014

RT @craigtimes: ,@CNN's decided nobody gets ANYthing at tonight's #Florida gov debate -- especially the press. tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz… via @stevebousquet

Oct 21, 2014

,@CNN's decided nobody gets ANYthing at tonight's #Florida gov debate -- especially the press. tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz… via @stevebousquet

Oct 21, 2014

For tonight's CNN debate in #Florida governor's race, those three letters might as well stand for "Can't. No. Nope." tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz…

Photo gallery: The stunning designs of Oscar de la Renta

tampabay.com — Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:06am Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. His specialty was evening gowns, and celebrities from Penelope Cruz and Sarah Jessica Parker to former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton wore his creations.

African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has canceled the upcoming visit of 14 journalists from African countries, citing Ebola-related fears from faculty, students and staff. The journalists, part of the U.S. Department of State Edward R. Murrow program, were scheduled to arrive in St. Petersburg on Oct.
Oct 20, 2014

African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears tampabay.com/news/health/af… via @TB_Times

Oct 20, 2014

RT @marlonawalker: RT @TB_Times: African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears tbtim.es/9cd

Oct 20, 2014

RT @TB_Times: African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears tbtim.es/9cd

Oct 20, 2014

African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears: tampabay.com/news/health/af…

Show 1 more tweet from Carolyn DiPaolo

Lock the doors when you park your car. Why? Zombies! (Also crime)

tampabay.com — TAMPA - The Tampa Police Department released its latest "zombie video" Tuesday, depicting the dangers of leaving car doors unlocked. The creepy video posted to TPD's Facebook page shows a couple exiting a car parked on the street. Rushing inside to get out of drizzling rain, they forget to lock the doors.

Florida GOP pioneer Tom Slade dies at 78

tampabay.com — Tom Slade, one of the smartest, funniest, and most consequential political operators in modern Florida history, died Monday afternoon at age 78, his sister confirms. "I can't think of anyone as instrumental in the development of the modern Republican Party as Tom Slade," said retired USF St.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @peterwallsten: I learned a lot about politics from those post-7 PM interviews with the late great Tom Slade. @adamsmithtimes tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Oct 20, 2014

I learned a lot about politics from those post-7 PM interviews with the late great Tom Slade. @adamsmithtimes tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Show 3 more tweets from Amy Hollyfield, Ken Walker and others...

Lightning loses two forwards plus game to Oilers

tampabay.com — EDMONTON - Coach Jon Cooper half-jokingly said Monday morning that touted wing prospect Jonathan Drouin was bound to make his anticipated debut soon because his team was running out of bodies at forward. Turns out, that was what happened as Drouin was a late add to the lineup against the Oilers after wing Alex Killorn suffered an upper-body injury in the morning skate.

Predawn campaign robocalls traced to caller ID victim

tampabay.com — CLEARWATER - Barbara Homer says she didn't do it - she didn't send 3 a.m. campaign robocalls on behalf of any politicians, have an affair with anyone's husband or offer a free solar energy audit over the phone, but she has been accused of all three.

Stuff we learned about Tom Slade yesterday

tampabay.com — Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:30am Darryl Paulson, the retired USF St. Pete political scientist who had been working on a book about the rise of the Florida Republican Party, was kind enough to share with me his notes from his 2005 interview with Tom Slade. Some nuggets: ***Money.

St. Petersburg police detain 12 after raid on nuisance home

tbtpics.tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - After months of surveillance, police early Tuesday morning raided a home on 35th Street N, detaining 12 people they said were involved in drugs and prostitution. Inside 232 35th St. N, St. Petersburg police Maj. Antonio Gilliam said, SWAT, street crimes and vice officers found crack cocaine and money, including some stashed in a container in the freezer.

Boehner-backed Super PAC dropping $600k in Southerland-Graham race

tampabay.com — Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC with ties to Speaker John Boehner, is going to spend $600,000 in the Steve Southerland-Gwen Graham race. Its first salvo, to be made public later today, is this ad playing off President Obama's comment that his policies are on the ballot.

Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason

tampabay.com — Since 2009, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies has hosted dozens of African journalists each year through a national program named for Edward R. Murrow. But a few days ago, word went out that this year's program is canceled. The given reason: Ebola.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @AHCJ_Pia: Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason tampabay.com/opinion/column… via @TB_Times

Show 21 more tweets from Michael Kruse, Salem Solomon and others...

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

tampabay.com — Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Monday at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82.

Affair revealed as police conclude Davis Islands shooting investigation

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Late one night in August, Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Noll after he walked into her Davis Islands home unannounced. Simpson, the wife of semi-professional golfer Rhett Simpson, later told investigators that Noll was a former friend who had been stalking her and threatening to hurt her family.
Oct 21, 2014

Best sentence in today's @TB_Times? @TimesDan did it. As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie. bit.ly/1wsrMWy

Oct 20, 2014

RT @amy_hollyfield: Best kicker, @timesdan: As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie. tampabay.com/news/publicsaf… via @TB_Times

Oct 20, 2014

Best kicker, @timesdan: As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie. tampabay.com/news/publicsaf… via @TB_Times

Show 3 more tweets from Ron Brackett, Ken Walker and others...

Man arrested for deadly 2013 hit-and-run crash

tampabay.com — LUTZ - More than a year after a hit and run accident that killed a Lutz teenager and injured another, Florida Highway Patrol investigators have arrested and charged the person they believe responsible for the crash. Matthew West, 24, of Land O' Lakes, faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash and reckless driving involving a death, FHP troopers reported.

Group offers cash, free dinner to Duke Energy protesters

tampabay.com — Still hoping for a refund from Duke Energy Florida for the $3.45 its customers pay each month for a nuclear plant the utility decided not to build? Don't expect Duke to fork over the money.
Show 3 more tweets from Ivan Penn, Ken Walker and others...