Tampa Bay and beyond
Could be, but was he trying to make a game?
By Times staff writers
Published December 14, 2005
r Contrary to popular belief, men are just as likely to ask for directions as women, a study by AAA suggests. Men ask 34 percent of the time and women 37 percent. When couples travel together, men are behind the wheel 78 percent of the time, which AAA says might explain the myth.
Commissioner makes it known Tampa's open
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Jim Norman was showing some love Tuesday for the two teams in the Outback Bowl, but especially University of Florida fans. In response to complaints from hoteliers that many fans make a day trip of the game and avoid booking hotel rooms, Norman issued a statement to UF and Outback Bowl foe University of Iowa. "To all the fans, enjoy our weather, enjoy our restaurants, enjoy our hotels, but most of all," Norman wrote, "enjoy our hospitality."
Maybe it was his turn to tell police to freeze
As weapons of choice go, the sword was unusual. But a plastic icicle? Ronnie M. Williams, 30, of St. Petersburg faced a first-degree murder trial this week in the December 2001 sword stabbing death of Michael B. Moody, 42. Williams later confronted police with a plastic icicle Christmas decoration, authorities say. Williams's defense: insanity. Jury selection began Tuesday.
Now it's free to bust licenseless workers
Despite Florida's long history as a magnet for scam artists and hurricanes prompting a spike in unscrupulous activity, the state has not had a phone line for complaints about con artists. But now complaints about someone working without a license can be called in to a toll-free number: 1-866-532-1440. The state Department of Business and Professional Regulation will field complaints in English or Spanish.
Desperate housewife tries 911 for attention
Call it a new form of attention-deficit disorder. A Thonotosassa woman calls 911 when she can't get her husband out of bed, authorities say. Mareanne Morales, 56, called 911 27 times this year. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies had enough when she called just after midnight Friday about a domestic dispute. Her husband said she just wanted attention. So they arrested her, and she was still in jail Tuesday afternoon. No word on whether her husband is catching up on his sleep.
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