Dateline Florida

Published May 26, 2007


Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich is scheduled to campaign in the Tampa Bay area today, with Pinellas and Hillsborough events open to the public. From 1 to 3 p.m., the Ohio representative will be at Mise en Place restaurant, 442 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, for a fundraiser, with a suggested donation of $25. At 4 p.m., he will be at a free rally at the Courtside Grille, 110 Fountain Parkway North in Feather Sound. At night he speaks at a League of United Latin American Citizens dinner in Tampa.

They couldn't tear themselves apart

One couple's passionate interlude came to an end, quite literally, at the hands of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. Deputies arrested Richard J. Augat, 26, and Denise J. Mignone, 44, early Friday on charges of disorderly intoxication and lewd and lascivious behavior. Someone spotted the couple getting busy in plain view outside the LA Hangout at 16411 N Florida Avenue in Tampa. The couple didn't stop, even when deputies arrived. Two deputies had to, um, pull them apart, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. Both spent the rest of the night in jail on $500 bail.

FSU ready for bad weather's worst

Florida State University is the first in Florida to earn the National Weather Service's "StormReady" designation, signaling the strength and speed of the Tallahassee campus' weather tracking and warning systems. FSU has weather radios scattered throughout campus, plus software systems that constantly track storms and lightning. Officials have installed sirens to alert people on campus in the event of an emergency. They also alert students and staff via e-mail, text messages and fax.

Witness tampering nets probation

Former state Rep. Ralph Arza pleaded guilty Thursday to witness tampering charges months after leaving an obscenity-laced phone message with a colleague. He was sentenced to 18 months' probation and cannot seek public office again until 2010. Arza, 47, also must perform 150 hours of community service, complete an anger management program and seek alcohol abuse counseling. Arza admitted leaving messages on the voice mail of state Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami Beach, who had filed a rules complaint against Arza for allegedly using a racial slur in referring to Miami-Dade County's schools chief.


Robin Hood talks

The Robin Hood of Poker, that is. Barry Greenstein shares his wisdom on Ante Up! at blogs.tampabay.com/poker.