TAMPA - Bernice Saxon, the former partner in the law firm that lobbied for Tampa in Washington, has founded a new law firm.
Saxon, Ricardo Gilmore, J. Frazier Carraway, John B. Gibbons, Thomas Lash and John Wilcox announced the new law firm this week. They had been part of Salem Saxon, which disbanded last week after partners Richard Salem and T. Terrell Sessums announced they were leaving to form a new firm.
Salem, a friend of Mayor Pam Iorio, said Saturday that his new firm will retain the city's $60,000 contract to lobby for federal money.
Saxon's new firm will concentrate on environmental, water and land use, public finance and real estate, creditor's rights, and international law.
Girl jumps from rolling car, traps foot under tire
TAMPA - A 5-year-old girl got her foot caught under the tire of her grandmother's car after jumping out of the moving vehicle Tuesday morning, police said.
Requisha Harper, 5, of 3904 E Bird St., Apt. D, climbed into 53-year-old Patricia Parker's 1992 Ford Crown Victoria just before 9:30 a.m. The car was in Parker's driveway at 3006 E 23rd Ave. when Requisha accidentally knocked the gear selector out of park, causing the vehicle to roll down the sloped incline. Police said Requisha got scared and jumped out of the car, getting her left foot caught underneath the Crown Victoria's front tire, lacerating and damaging tendons.
Requisha remained at Tampa General Hospital in good condition late Tuesday.
Event planned to raise adoption awareness
PINELLAS PARK - An "Adoption Candlelight Celebration" has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on the grounds of Family Continuity Programs, 5540 Park Blvd.
The event is open to the public and is designed to raise awareness about the need for people to adopt children from the foster care system.
Family Continuity Program handles adoption and foster care programs in Pinellas and Pasco counties, under contract with the state Department of Children and Families.
Woodwork expo to feature host of "This Old House'
Tom Silva, general contractor, master carpenter and host of This Old House, is scheduled to appear at the Florida Industrial Woodworking Expo, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Pinellas Expo Center, 10601 U.S. 19 N. Admission is $20. For information, call 572-7100.