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  • Tampa Billboards Booked To Jab, Cajole RNC Delegates

    08/21/2012 7:36:38 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 7 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | August 21, 2012 | Kevin Wiat rowsli
    When GOP delegates make their way downtown each day next week, they'll get a reminder that they're holding their quadrennial convention in a city run by Democrats. A billboard scheduled to go up today on Interstate 275 at Armenia Boulevard welcomes Republicans to a city "Where the mayor and all city council members are Democrats." It adds, for good measure, "Enjoy our well-run city!" The billboard was purchased by Ruth's List Florida, a group that works to elect what it describes as progressive women. It's one of a number of organizations – partisan and non-partisan – laying claim to the...
  • Drudge - SOURCES: Biden at GOP convention

    08/21/2012 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 157 replies
    Drudge ^ | August 21, 2012
    SOURCES: Biden at GOP convention; Secret Service in Tampa say they are Biden advance -- he's coming Monday or Tuesday... Developing ...
  • Sarah Palin on attending the RNC in Tampa: We'll have an announcement in a couple of days.

    07/25/2012 10:17:09 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 50 replies
    Tampabay.com ^ | Wednesday July 25, 2012
    But the only question this Florida reporter had for the former govenor of Alaska and Tea Party favorite, was a simple one: Will we see you at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August? "We'll have an announcement in a couple of days," said Palin, as an aide insisted journalists direct questions to Todd Palin. "I don't know if we'll do anything fancy as a press conference, but we'll get the word out." As the GOP convention draws closer, rumors persist that Palin is scouting space to rent in Tampa and supporters wonder if she will be given a...
  • Tensions High After Tampa Police Fatally Shoot Teen

    07/23/2012 12:34:21 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 90 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | July 23, 2012 | Staff
    Members of a local Black Panther group are planning a protest today after Tampa police shot and killed an armed teenager Sunday night in a Tampa Heights apartment complex. The St. Petersburg/Tampa New Black Panther Party says it expects 200 protesters to attend a rally at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Police Department headquarters on North 22nd Street. The protest is in response to the shooting death of Javon Neal, 16, who police say ran from police up a stairwell then whirled around brandishing a pistol grip, pump-action shotgun before police shot him. The shooting ignited anger among the apartment...
  • DeMint: Give Palin Major Speaking Role at Convention

    07/21/2012 3:57:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 235 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 20, 2012 | By NewsMax Wires
    Powerful conservative Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., thinks former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin deserves a prime speaking position at the Republican convention. "I'd love to see Sarah Palin have a big slot — as far as speaking — because there's no one still in America that excites the base of conservatives and even libertarians as she does,” he told Fox News Thursday. “She can draw a crowd more than any other Republican, and I think has more influence in primaries than any other endorsement right now, so I think she'd be good."
  • Air Force C-17 Globemaster III landed at small Peter O. Knight Airport(KTPF) rather than MacDill

    07/21/2012 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 26 replies
    Air Force Cargo Jet Lands at Wrong, Smaller, Airport TAMPA | A military cargo plane that typically requires 3,500 feet for takeoff landed unexpectedly Friday at Peter O. Knight Airport, where the longest runway is 95 feet short. Work began immediately to lighten the load of the 174-foot-long aircraft so that it might leave Davis Islands safely. The drama ended at 8:27 p.m., when the C-17 Globemaster III took a hop over Hillsborough Bay to MacDill, the original destination. It landed just a few minutes later. It was unclear why the plane, headed to MacDill, made an unscheduled landing at...
  • Tip - Christie to give keynote address at RNC

    07/18/2012 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-18-2012 | Josh Margolin
    The word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey: If you’re going to the GOP convention in Tampa next month, be sure to be there by Tuesday night, Aug. 28, because Gov. Chris Christie is going to be giving the keynote speech that night. “We’ve been told that’s the night to be there, that’s when the governor is going to speak. They’re saying he’s the keynoter,” one top party activist told The Post yesterday. (developing)
  • How do you solve a problem like Sarah? Romney misses out in stand-off with loose cannon diva

    07/16/2012 1:40:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 207 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 16, 2012 | Daniel Bates
    She is the Tea Party diva who lit up the 2008 Presidential campaign. But four years later Mitt Romney is facing one of the most vexing questions of his campaign: what to do with Sarah Palin? In an increasingly uncomfortable stand-off, he has not invited her to next month’s Republican national convention whilst she has failed to give him her full backing. Palin has also not appeared with the Romney on the campaign trail and prefers to use her Facebook page to bash Barack Obama. The result is that the Republican presidential candidate is left without the endorsement of a...
  • Romney’s Palin Problem: Where’s Her Convention Invite? (Advisor: she will be prohibited to speak)

    07/15/2012 6:34:16 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 156 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Sunday July 15, 2012 | Peter Boyle
    [T]he Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party’s marquee event in Tampa. Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence. Palin does not seem surprised. “What can I say?” she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. “I’m sure I’m not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on...
  • “Occupy the RNC” Instructional Video Advises Firebombing Police Officers

    07/12/2012 6:16:06 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    “ResistRNC,” a five day Occupy protest of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this August, has some chilling new videos posted on their website that encourages horrific protestor violence towards police. In a statement at the top of the action webpage, resistRNC says, “if you are looking for ideas to help you with your action planning, here are some helpful videos!” In one of ResistRNC’s “helpful videos,” a young man is seen lighting a Molotov cocktail on fire, and then hurling the firebomb towards a group of police. The video is actually a mashup of a Jay-Z and Kanye...
  • The Cornerstone (Hillsborough County, FL Ground Zero of 2012 Election)

    06/26/2012 5:07:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 23, 2012 | Beth Reinhard
    Welcome to the molten core of the political universe, the hottest battleground in the biggest battleground state. Since 1960, Hillsborough County has called every single presidential election except for one—and there’s no reason to think that voters here won’t do it again. Look around this county of 1.2 million and you’ll find a mash-up of past and future: a solidly Democratic city bracketed by Republican-leaning suburbs; strawberry fields, ranch-style homes, and gentrified urban neighborhoods; Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, African-Americans, Midwestern retirees, college kids, active military, and young families; the brick and wrought iron of historic Ybor City, and the stucco and...
  • Google Removes 640 Videos from YouTube Promoting Terrorism

    06/18/2012 11:32:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 7:11AM BST 18 Jun 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Google removed 640 videos from YouTube in the second half of last year amid fears they promoted terrorism. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) made a request for five user accounts to be closed for allegedly promoting terrorism. Google agreed and deleted the 640 videos."
  • CBS confirms an all-sports "Fan" for Tampa, to launch in August

    06/20/2012 1:10:26 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 1 replies
    radio-info.com ^ | 6/20/12 | radio-info.com
    Hosts to be announced, but CBS announces that the long-rumored sports station will replace hot AC "Play 98.7" WSJT. No specific start date, beyond "August." CBS already runs sports-formatted WQYK (1010), and that station's assistant PD Mike Pepper will be the PD of "Sportsradio 98.7 the Fan." CBS market manager Ben Hill says "locally-based on-air personalities, and a programming team with years of experience in Tampa will help shape the station as a place listeners can trust for the most honest, engaging and interactive sports talk." CBS will be lining up against Clear Channel's WDAE (620). The TampaBay.com site says...
  • Tampa gives up on gun ban during RNC(FL)

    06/08/2012 4:13:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | 7 June, 2012 | KEVIN WIATROWSKI
    The Tampa City Council dropped plans today to appeal Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision against banning concealed handguns in downtown Tampa during the Republican National Convention. The council had considered taking its case to a special session of the Legislature or seeking expansion of the Secret Service's gun-free security perimeter during the convention from Aug. 27 to 30. The agency is not expected to announce the perimeter until the beginning of July at the earliest. State law allows gun owners to carry licensed concealed weapons outside the security perimeter. Last month, Scott rejected Mayor Bob Buckhorn's call to block people...
  • Attorney General Pam Bondi's Cayman trip looked like a wedding; it wasn't and many wonder why

    05/30/2012 7:40:16 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 30, 2012 | Tia Mitchell
    It looked like a wedding. Sixty or 70 guests at a luxury Caribbean resort, including the governor and a former Tampa mayor. A beaming bride in a white dress with a flower in her hair. A photographer flown in to take pictures of the smiling couple with aqua water behind them. But Attorney General Pam Bondi says no ceremony took place at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman on Saturday. And many questions remain about when and why Bondi made the last-minute decision not to get married. Did Bondi bow to conservative critics who felt her jaunt across seas was politically tone...
  • Strip clubs swivel online to entice RNC visitors

    06/02/2012 7:47:12 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 22 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | Justin George
    In a private room at the 2001 Odyssey strip club, dancers with names like Candy, Bella and Ferrari sit on a high-backed velvet bench and video chat with online customers from across the country. For a price, they'll disrobe and move into an adjacent room to dance. Web customers pay a monthly membership fee for these virtual interactions. And some of them, the club says, end up coming to Tampa for a trip inside the spaceship-topped nude club on N Dale Mabry Highway where they can visit the strippers in person. By August — just in time for the Republican...
  • Government spend $2.8 million on free internet in low income homes...and NOBODY is using it!

    05/30/2012 9:11:00 AM PDT · by floridaguy81 · 13 replies
    Millions of federal and local tax dollars have been paying for free internet access and computers for thousands of Tampa residents. It’s a federal stimulus program unique to Tampa that some people are calling government waste.
  • 2 of 4 suspects wanted in Tampa soldier beating arrested

    05/18/2012 9:32:26 PM PDT · by rarestia · 45 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | 18 May 2012 | Staff
    Tampa Police have announced two of four suspects wanted for the vicious beating of a Tampa soldier have been arrested. According to detectives, Army soldier Johnny Aparicio, 24, was walking east on Iowa Avenue in South Tampa on Sunday when he was approached and asked for a dollar. When Aparicio replied, three suspects hit him in the face and upper body, knocking him to the ground. A fourth suspect came running and joined in the beating. "The detective interviewed one of the suspects the very next day after the robbery and he told him to do his job and investigate,...
  • Angel Adams Update

    05/09/2012 6:13:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies
    moonbattery.com ^ | 05/09/2012 | n/a
    Let’s check in with Angel Adams, the New Socialist Woman. Last we heard, she and her 15 children by at least three fathers, who had been living at public expense at an Economy Inn in Tampa, had been provided with a rent-free six-bedroom home. Rather than show appreciation, Adams continued to moo indignantly that the world owes her. This is what she’s up to now: A woman who is eight-months pregnant with her sixteenth child is claiming police brutality after she says Tampa officers used a stun gun on her. Tampa police arrested Angel Adams, 39, this week and charged...
  • Firearms possession law will stand in Tampa during RNC(FL)

    05/07/2012 5:55:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Tampa Conservative Examiner ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Randy Lee
    It is said that "an armed society is a polite society". That is true as long as everyone understands and appreciates a citizen's right to bear arms, per the Constitution, and the right to concealed carry, per a majority of state laws across the US, including Florida. It also helps to be in tune with the danger of provoking use of a gun, which many of our newsmakers today (namely, those of the video game generation) fail to comprehend. Unfortunately, as suggested by their usual senselessness, they live in a surreal world where life begins again at the push of...
  • JIHAD ALERT – MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD INVADES TAMPA TO RE-ELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    05/05/2012 6:12:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    http://theunitedwest.org ^ | 05/05/2012 | n/a
    A Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will hold a pro-shariah Conference in Tampa, Florida on May 11 – 13, 2012. The Conference will be at the Hilton Hotel Airport 2225 North Lois Avenue, Tampa FL. ISNA is a cultural jihad organization that has been designated as an “un-indicted co-conspirator” in the federal terrorism financing case called – Holy land Foundation Trial. The Muslim Brotherhood is actively working to get President Obama re-elected.
  • Water Guns Banned, Handguns Allowed at GOP Convention

    05/02/2012 2:37:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/2/12 | Amy Bingham | ABC OTUS News
    In the politically-charged and likely protest-filled streets of Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention in August, water guns will be strictly prohibited. Concealed handguns, on the other hand, will be perfectly legal. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said this week that banning handguns from downtown Tampa during the convention, as the city's Mayor Bob Buckhorn requested, "would surely violate the Second Amendment." ... Buckhorn said last month that the state law, which prohibits the city from temporarily banning handguns, makes the city "look silly" because officials can prohibit water guns but not real ones, The Associated Press reported. "There is...
  • Occupy Tampa posts anti-Semitic cartoon on Holocaust Day

    04/19/2012 12:47:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5/19/12 | Nadan Feldman
    The Occupy Tampa movement posted an anti-Semitic cartoon on their Facebook page on Thursday, which coincided with Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. The cartoon, shown below, depicted a Jewish man with a big nose and large beard driving a car with the symbol of the United Nations as the wheel and U.S. President Barack Obama's head as the stick shift. Within five hours the cartoon received more than 400 comments, mostly from outraged users, including many Israelis. "Putting this on Holocaust day just makes it even more sickening than it already is," one user said. "This is an outrage. All OWS...
  • TRUE COLORS TIME (or Don't Let Newt Down)

    04/16/2012 8:01:20 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 66 replies
    Vanity | April 16, 2012 | True Believer Forever
    TRUE COLORS TIME If you listened closely to Sarah tonight on Levin’s program, she was pretty much endorsing Romney. I suspect she will hold her cards, won’t jump into the fray until the convention, where she will get maximum exposure for her particular agenda. And then she will play the good citizen role and support Romney. I’ve been worried about her since she showed up so ungraciously during the summer to rain on the parade of some of the more conservative candidates… The same applies to her as everyone else... Not fighting, not helping Newt right now, is the same...
  • Colorado Assembly Results for National Delegates

    04/14/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 8 replies
    Colorado GOP ^ | April 14, 2012 | Colorado GOP
    DENVER, COLORADO –Republican Party of Colorado Chairman Ryan Call announces delegates and alternate delegates for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL: “I am pleased to announce Colorado’s delegates and alternate delegates for the Republican National Convention this August. Colorado Republicans are grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm to Colorado and the Party, and for their tireless efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.
  • Who is from Tampa/St.Pete and remembers the collapse of the Sunshine Skyway in 1980?

    04/12/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 63 replies
    4-13-2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    I was going on four in 1980 and I don't remember hearing about this on the news. I was curious if anyone here remembers it or was actually stuck in traffic after the collapse. I watched a video about it on YouTube.
  • Sarah Palin PAC pays for space in Tampa (Woo Hoo!)

    04/11/2012 9:28:53 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-11-12 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    *snip* The PAC also paid $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Mall in Tampa, Fla., near the site of the Republican National Convention, suggesting that Palin plans to have an independent presence at the event separate from the formal proceedings.
  • Sarah Palin setting up shop at Channelside for GOP convention

    04/11/2012 8:34:26 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Times staff
    You betcha Sarah Palin will be at the August Republican National Convention. The political action committee for the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate plunked down $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Plaza for the big political event. [...] But the space at Channelside — a short walk from the Forum — will allow her an independent platform away from the formal event and access to some of the 15,000 journalists expected to cover the convention.
  • The Fate of Rick Santorum’s Delegates

    04/10/2012 8:48:34 PM PDT · by Taiowa · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/10/2012 | Chris Good
    Now that Rick Santorum is out of the race, what happens to his delegates? Santorum has 285 delegates, according to the latest ABC News delegate estimate, second to Mitt Romney’s 661... ...But some of those delegates were never really “his.” ABC estimates that 78 Santorum delegates, from his wins in states that don’t “award” their delegates – Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, and North Dakota, would have been free to support any candidate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa... Another two of Santorum’s delegates were Republican National Committee superdelegates, who will attend the convention by virtue of their positions in the...
  • Exclusive: Newt Gingrich cuts staff, aims at Tampa

    03/27/2012 7:34:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-27-12 | Allen
    Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO. Michael Krull, a former advance man and a college friend of Callista Gingrich’s who took over the campaign after a staff exodus in June, was replaced last weekend by Vince Haley, who has worked for Gingrich for nine years and currently is deputy campaign manager and policy director. “We’re focusing exclusively on what it’ll take to win what...
  • Totenberg: If GOP Picked New Contender at RNC, 'Elite Media' Would 'Glom Onto' & Savage Him

    03/16/2012 7:54:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 16, 2012 | Tim Graham
    On Friday's Inside Washington on selected PBS stations, Charles Krauthammer floated his curiosity about what would happen if the Republicans chose a new candidate for the fall election if Romney or Santorum couldn't get to the magic delegate number. Mark Shields joked about how it would be unfair to pick to someone who hasn't slogged across the country and then made a fat joke: "Chris Christie, have a little ice cream, and come in." There goes svelte Shields again. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg promised the elite media would savage a new Republican candidate and pick apart everything "he" has ever...
  • Contested GOP convention getting more likely?

    03/10/2012 8:48:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 10, 2012 | Nancy Cordes
    (CBS News) BILOXI, Miss. - The four main candidates for the Republican nomination for president say they're committed to staying in the race right up to the convention this August in Tampa, Fla. There's just one problem: If they do, it might turn out that no one gets the number of delegates needed to win the nomination outright. Stumping in Birmingham, Alabama, Mitt Romney continued his Southern charm offensive, celebrating an endorsement from the country band Alabama. "Wouldn't you love to hear them sing 'Sweet Home Alabama'? Wouldn't that be wonderful?" he asked a crowd at one campaign stop. In...
  • Triple-amputee Marine returns to hero's welcome in Tampa

    02/19/2012 6:39:57 PM PST · by rarestia · 10 replies · 1+ views
    BayNews 9 ^ | Sunday, February 19, 2012 | Kristy Wolski
    Cheers erupted inside Tampa International Airport on Sunday as 22-year-old Marine Corporal Mike Nicholson arrived home. Nicholson was on foot patrol in Afghanistan when he lost both legs and part of his left arm in an I.E.D. explosion July 6, 2011. He has been recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital for months and is now using two prosthetic legs. "It makes it all real, but also makes me really proud that he survived it," Nicholson’s uncle, Jim Hall, said. "He's toughed it out. He’s had great support in Bethesda. I can't say enough about the support here, from the church, to...
  • Our Quartet in Tampa

    01/24/2012 6:01:41 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/24/2012 | Jay Nordlinger
    Everything seems very serious, very important, very consequential now. The earlier debates — months ago — were looser. The eight or nine candidates would bounce onto the stage. Romney would greet Bachmann with a big mwah. Cain would smile brightly. The atmosphere was almost festive. But now we’ve gotten down to the nitty-gritty — crunch time. Newt immediately links himself to Reagan. Remember when pundits swore the Gipper couldn’t win? he says. He also points out that Reagan’s economic program was labeled “voodoo economics.” That was Bush 41’s — the future Bush 41’s — line, of course. But the 1980...
  • Speaker Newt Gingrich Rally before debate in Tampa

    01/23/2012 8:23:38 PM PST · by ynotjjr · 5 replies
    www.OurtownFLA.com ^ | January 23, 2012 | Anthony V. Masella Jr.
    Gingrich, speaking for about 20 minutes Monday, called Romney's latest attacks "desperate" and "baloney." He told the crowd he expects to hear more of it from Romney at Monday's nationally televised debate at the University of South Florida. "If you've been campaigning for six years and you begin to see it slip away, you get desperate," Gingrich said. Newt Gingrich, riding a big victory in South Carolina, got more good news Monday before appearing at a rally of supporters in Tampa. A new Rasmussen poll put Gingrich in the lead in Florida with 41 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney,...
  • Live Thread - NBC News/Tampa Bay Times GOP debate tonight on NBC

    01/23/2012 2:38:27 PM PST · by TexasFreeper2009 · 1,695 replies
    All four remaining GOP candidates have been confirmed for tonight's debate sponsored by NBC News, the Tampa Bay Times, The National Journal and the Florida Council of 100. The debate will take place at the University of South Florida in Tampa. This will be the first of 2 debates this week focusing on the Florida GOP primary on Tuesday, January 31st. Note the air times on the east and west coast. Television Air Time: Monday, January 23rd at 9pm ET, 8pm CT and 9pm PT on NBC Live Streams: (airing 9pm ET) NBCPolitics.com, National Journal, and TampaBay.com Participants: Gingrich, Romney,...
  • Picture emerges of teen suicide pilot (Alexander Felos and the Tampa teen suicide pilot)

    04/05/2005 9:15:39 AM PDT · by alwaysaskingquestions · 20 replies · 1,819+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 8, 2002 | Curtis Krueger, Katherine Gazella, Ed Quico
    Picture Emerges of Teen Suicide Pilot CHARLES BISHOP: To some, he was a smart, humorous student, which makes his suicide flight all the more incomprehensible. By CURTIS KRUEGER, KATHERINE GAZELLA and ED QUIOCO © St. Petersburg Times published January 8, 2002 ----------- Charles Bishop was a teacher's dream. He read Shakespeare in class, pulled together a middle school literary magazine and enjoyed a good game of flag football. Friends and family members who knew him best described Charles as a patriot. The teen who flew an airplane into the Bank of America building, carrying a note sympathizing with Osama bin...
  • Crash Pilot's Osama Note

    01/06/2002 5:45:11 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 83 replies · 322+ views
    The lone 15-year-old pilot who stole a small private plane and crashed it into a high-rise office block in Tampa, Florida, left a note expressing sympathy to Osama bin Laden. Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder said the note was found on the body of Charles Bishop, who was the only person killed in Saturday's incident. "I would characterize it as a suicide note," Holder said.. He said Bishop's note clearly stated that he had acted alone without any help from anyone else. "Troubled Young Man" But Holder said that in the note Bishop expressed sympathy for bin Laden, the Saudi-born ...
  • Teen Pilot Kept to Himself

    01/05/2002 11:39:27 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 30 replies · 4+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 1/6/02 | Pat Leisner
    Teen Pilot Kept to Himself By PAT LEISNER Associated Press Writer January 6, 2002, 12:10 AM EST PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The high school freshman who stole a small airplane and crashed it into a high-rise building Saturday was a quiet boy who kept to himself and bartered for his flight lessons by cleaning airplanes. Flight school officials said Charles J. Bishop, 15, was well versed in the operations at National Aviation Academy, where he had been taking lessons since March 2001. Bishop was presumed dead in the crash, authorities said Saturday night. He was a year shy of being ...
  • 25-year-old man arrested by feds in Fla. bomb plot

    01/09/2012 9:04:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    kwes.com ^ | 1/9/12 | TAMARA LUSH
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 25-year-old described as an Islamic extremist was arrested in a plot to attack sites around Tampa, Fla., after taking possession of disabled guns and bombs The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest of Sami Osmakac on Monday. Authorities say Osmakac is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the former Yugoslavia. He has been charged with one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. His first appearance in federal court is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
  • Feds: Man planned terrorism attacks in Tampa

    01/09/2012 8:50:17 AM PST · by NautiNurse · 15 replies
    Tampa Tribune via TBO.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | ELAINE SILVESTRINI
    Federal agents over the weekend arrested a Pinellas Park man described as having extremist jihadist beliefs who wanted to blow up a target in Tampa and create "terror" in victims' hearts. "I want to do something terrifying," he said, according to a federal complaint, "like one day, one night, something's going to happen. Then six hours later, something else." Sami Osmakac, 25, was taken into custody after an FBI sting operation in which he tried to buy explosives, at least 10 grenades, Uzis and an AK-47, authorities said. Osmakac's intended target shifted over the course of the investigation, which spanned...
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., myfoxphoenix.com reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • After spate of shooting deaths in Tampa, police announce gun buy-back

    12/06/2011 7:44:38 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 47 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | 6 Dec 2011 | Jessica Vander Velde
    TAMPA — Shootings at Ybor City clubs and recent fatal gunfights in East Tampa alarmed police. Chief Jane Castor called for a community meeting. So many young men have been losing their lives in the senseless shootings, she said. In the past two months, four have died. And compounding it all, she said: In Florida, guns are readily available. So the group decided on its first move — a gun buy-back program. The Tampa Bay Lightning donated $12,500, which will be handed out Saturday. Organizers will pay $50 for each gun brought to the Seminole Heights Baptist Church. There's a...
  • Occupy Tampa (vanity)

    10/19/2011 12:00:46 PM PDT · by mikeus_maximus · 15 replies
    My very conservative and funny 20 year old daughter and a friend just got back from the Occupy Tampa rally. She and her friend held up a sign that read "Tofu is Murder." To show you the mental capacity of the shiftless malcontents who populate these events, they took her seriously, and thought she was "down with the cause", whatever that is. I told her the good thing about these rallies is, no one is missing a day of work. :)
  • Occupy Tampa Shifts Gear

    10/15/2011 7:15:32 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 20 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Keith Morelli
    Occupy Tampa demonstrators may have been getting a bit too settled at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with their around-the-clock protest against corporate greed, war and politics. During the past two days, a couple of canopies were set up there, and that tested the edgy relationship between demonstrators and police. On Friday morning, police told protesters to take down canopies and tables and move coolers that blocked a portion of the sidewalk along Ashley Drive. "That's like setting up a camp in a public park," said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. The demonstrators complied, grudgingly dismantling the canopies and folding up the...
  • Fla. Lawmakers Warned About Possible Protests

    09/20/2011 8:47:26 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Posted: 5:37 pm EDT September 20, 2011Updated: 6:30 pm EDT September 20, 2011 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida is bringing in thousands more police officers as added security during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. Roughly 4,200 law-enforcement officers from throughout Florida will be on duty and the state also will have 1,700 National Guard on hand the week of Aug. 27. Charlotte, N.C., is adding a similar number of police for the Democratic National Convention the week of Sept. 3.
  • Do we have an ongoing thread for the 2012 Republican convention?

    09/11/2011 4:42:55 PM PDT · by Recovering Ex-hippie · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Does Freeper have an ongoing thread for the Republican convention in 2012? It will be in Tampa, Florida. I don't think its too early to plan for Freepers who may be going. The Dems already are planning to protest and encouraging their minions to get hotel rooms, etc. I'm in Jacksonville, Fl and plan on being there to support our conservatives. I used to live in St Petersburg/Tampa so I know the area.
  • Multiple Sources Say Buccaneer Great Lee Roy Selmon Has Died After Suffering Stroke

    09/02/2011 5:00:09 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 3 replies
    WFLA 970 Radio ^ | 09/02/2011 | Ryan Lang
    TAMPA, Fla. - Multiple sources are confimring Buccaneers great and Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon has died after suffering a massive stroke. SnipIn his first year with the Tampa Bay Bucs, Lee Roy won the team's Rookie of the Year and MVP awards. Selmon went to six straight Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. A back injury made the 1984 season his last, and the Bucs retired his number, 63, in 1986.
  • Police: Tampa street criminals steal millions filing fraudulent tax returns

    09/01/2011 8:30:02 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 28 replies
    Tampa Tribune via TBO.com ^ | 1 September 2011 | ELAINE SILVESTRINI & LAUREN MAYK
    TAMPA --When drug dealers started disappearing from street corners earlier this year, Tampa police detectives thought something was going on. And when officers made traffic stops, they began noticing something odd. They were finding "massive amounts" of preloaded debit cards, along with ledgers and laptop computers, said Sgt. Terry Goff in an exclusive interview with The Tampa Tribune and News Channel 8. [snip] Erstwhile street criminals were now using laptops and mailboxes to steal hundreds of millions of dollars by filing fraudulent tax returns with stolen Social Security numbers. Investigators believe Tampa is at the tip of a national trend...
  • Two sickened in hazmat situation at TPA post office

    08/29/2011 10:19:14 AM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 18 replies
    Just headlines so far. "Officials said the employees were working in the mail sorting area when they came across some kind of substance with a strong smell. The substance touched one of the workers' gloves."