Tampa Bay: January 11, 2002
Duck on steroids, bouncing baby, 'Annie Hall'
On the right wall of the "classroom" was a colorful three-dimensional depiction of the Marx Brothers, on the left Laurel and Hardy. It was the perfect setting for Comedy 101, but this University of South Florida class Thursday was Early Literacy Learning.
Hillsborough County news
Friends fret over Aisenberg tapes release
TAMPA -- The two bugs investigators placed in the home of Steve and Marlene Aisenberg four years ago picked up more than 2,600 conversations. While the couple dominate the conversations, dozens of third parties were overheard as well, including friends, family, reporters, lawyers, a rabbi and even a psychic.
County rejects 2 low bids for health care
Commissioners say the low bid for indigent care sounded too good to be true.
Foul play suspected after man vanishes
TAMPA -- After learning that his twin brother's car had been found on fire in an orange grove in rural Hillsborough County, Darrell Stillings tried to reach him on a cell phone.
Law limits amount of turf in lawns
TAMPA -- As the effects of drought persist, the city is seeking to shrink lawns. Currently, people typically use sod on an average of 70 percent of their yards, the city said. The council Thursday voted to limit that area to 50 percent, which is expected to reduce the water needed to maintain them by 30 percent.
Dispute over new nightclub comes down to a matter of taste
TAMPA -- Architect Ken Kroger says the public doesn't need to grasp his vision for a modern-looking nightclub complex in the heart of the city's Historic District. Should an artist be shackled because some people -- albeit loud, stubborn people -- just don't get it?