Thursday, November 23, 2017


Sara DiNatale

Sara DiNatale

Sara DiNatale is a digital and breaking news reporter who keeps on the pulse of what people are buzzing about in Tampa Bay. She is from Buffalo, New York, where she graduated with a degree in English from the University at Buffalo. She has worked for the Boston Globe, the Oregonian and the Buffalo News.

USF psychologist weighs in on Girl Scouts ‘she doesn’t owe anyone a hug’ advice

Jillian Childres isn’t just a pediatrics psychologist, she’s a mother to a 3-year-old son. The little boy recently didn’t want to give the wife of one of her husband’s coworkers a goodbye hug. After the woman asked, Childres — also an associate...
Published: 11/22/17
Mia Ballard, 19, of Tampa, lays down on the Bed of Nails at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) located at 4801 E. Fowler Avenue in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Today was the opening of a scaled-down MOSI due to financial distress.

Parents, children welcome downsized MOSI in Tampa

TAMPA — Avery, 6, slid his sneakers up the side of 200-pound rubber tire from the space shuttle Columbia and sat on top.His father, Ilder Jeannot, called for him to get off of it — usually climbing on museum displays is frowned upon. But in the...
Published: 11/18/17
Updated: 11/19/17
Collin John Cole, 26, is accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash while driving drunk and the wrong way on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. (Hillsborough Sheriff's Office)

Tampa couple recounts wrong-way DUI crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway

TAMPA — Police arrested a 26-year-old man they say drove the wrong way while drunk and caused a multi-vehicle crash that injured several people late Friday on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.Collin John Cole faces two counts of driving...
Published: 11/18/17
A group of woman and children are seen outside a Plant City Department of Motor Vehicles office. Several women with small children were sequestered under the sun Thursday because they were with young kids. Photo courtesy of Emily Cooper

Mother reconciles with Plant City DMV employee who made her stand outside with baby

PLANT CITY — After Liz Gately was told to wait outside the Plant City’s Tax Collector office to renew her car registration with her 1-year-old last week, the internet fought back. Facebook posts from Gately, 27, as well as bystanders and other...
Published: 11/16/17
Nenanee, a cocker-cavalier king charles spaniel mix, left, and Oliver, a yorkshire terrier, relax on Monday (11/6/17) at the home of Tanya Jenkins and Indra Jenkins in Largo. The Jenkins' said Nenanee was diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to a pet hospital for 5 nights with Oliver also becoming ill in the aftermath and that they spent more than $4000 on treatments. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

Largo woman: My dog almost died even though Petland said it was healthy

LARGO — Indra Jenkins didn’t plan to buy a puppy from a pet shop.She had heard about puppy mills and irresponsible breeding practices. She had searched in shelters. But one day last winter she stopped into the Petland on Ulmerton Road "just to...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/11/17
Liz Gatley, 27, said she was told to wait outside a Plant City DMV office because she was with her 1-year-old daughter. A bystander was so upset she snapped a photo of the other mothers who had to wait outside. (Facebook)

Moms with infants told to wait outside Plant City DMV

PLANT CITY — Liz Gatley needed to renew her car registration. As if that task wasn’t cumbersome enough, she says a Department of Motor Vehicles manager told her she had to wait outside until she could be served because her 1-year-old daughter was with...
Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/11/17
Rick Baker, candidate for St. Petersburg mayor, head to the polls along with his family at the American Baptist Church of the Beatitudes, 2812 8th St. N, in St. Petersburg on Nov. 7, 2017. From left is his son Jacob, wife Joyce, and daughter Julann.

Baker casts vote, gets final St. Petersburg election day digs at Kriseman

ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker and his family walked through the parking lot clad in campaign T-shirts, readying to cast their votes at the Church of the Beatitudes on Tuesday morning.Nearly six months ago. the former mayor announced his campaign...
Updated one month ago
Donna Bryne's horse was tied to a deputy's cruiser after she was arrested on charges she was riding the horse drunk. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

Polk deputies arrest woman riding horse on DUI charge

A Florida woman was arrested Thursday on charges she was riding her horse while drunk, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.Donna Byrne faces charges of DUI and animal abandonment because deputies believe she placed the horse in danger...
Updated one month ago
The Apple Store at International Plaza in Tampa has a few lines organized for the release of the iPhone X on Nov. 3, 2017. [SARA DiNATALE | Times]

Huge lines form early in Tampa as iPhone X goes on sale

TAMPA — The iPhone X dropped in Apple Stores across the country on Friday, drawing dozens of people to pack into a maze of lines at the International Mall store starting at 6 a.m.Some hoped to line up even earlier to get the new phone, which...
Updated one month ago
A clock on display at Country Rustic Decor in Spring Hill. (Times files)

We turn our clocks back this weekend, but do you really know why?

You get an extra hour of sleep this weekend.Now that you have the most essential bit of information on your mind, let’s get down to the details.Our clocks "fall" back at 2 a.m. Sunday. If you’re one of the few people who haven’t started...
Updated one month ago