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'Pay Attention to the Walk:' Cops Release Serial Killer Video

At least 4 killed in Tampa area

(Newser) - "Watch this video," police in Tampa tweeted Wednesday in their latest appeal for help finding a suspected serial killer . "Pay attention to the walk. Pay attention to the way he flips his phone." Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan says the video was taken moments before the... More »

Victim No. 4: Tampa Killer Apparently Strikes Again

4th person shot to death in Seminole Heights

(Newser) - After nearly a month of quiet, an apparent serial killer appears to have struck again in Tampa, Fla. Police in the Seminole Heights neighborhood say a gunman fatally shot 60-year-old Ronald Felton as he crossed a street about 5am Tuesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times . Felton was killed in the... More »

Cops Release New Footage in Florida Murder Spree

'At this point, everything is a clue'

(Newser) - Police in Florida released new surveillance footage of a "person of interest" in three murders that occurred over a 10-day span in a Tampa neighborhood and that have some fearing a serial killer on the loose, CBS News reports. The footage shows a person walking toward the spot where... More »

Murders of Florida Bus Riders Have Police Hunting a Killer

3 unconnected victims fatally shot over 11 days in Tampa neighborhood

(Newser) - When asked Friday if Tampa has a serial killer on the loose, police chief Brian Dugan didn't deny the possibility. "We can call it what we want," the Tampa Bay Times quotes Dugan as saying. "If that brings attention to it, that's fine." Three... More »

Irma Hits Tampa as a Category 1 Storm

Weakened storm still packs a punch

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm and could lose hurricane status by the end of Monday—but authorities warn that it is still very dangerous and the true extent of its destruction is still unclear. The AP reports that the 400-mile wide storm, which hit the... More »

Irma Regains Category 4, Bears Down on South Fla.

Winds at 130mph as massive storm shifts slightly west, throwing forecasters curveball

(Newser) - Hurricane Irma regained strength as it closed in on the Florida Keys early Sunday and forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory—just a few miles to the west—that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm Gulf water. The hurricane re-strengthened to... More »

These 10 Cities Better Hope They Avoid a Hurricane

The damage would be brutal: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - Florida may be the place to go for sunshine, but it's the place to escape if a hurricane hits. The state is home to a number of the US cities that are "vulnerable to the greatest damage" at the hands of a hurricane, reports 24/7 Wall St , which... More »

At 'Rogue' Clinic, Requests for Poop Milkshakes Are Normal

At least they're not taken orally

(Newser) - Preparing the sample takes about 45 minutes. A little water is added to the frozen brown mass and blended with a hand mixer until the substance is just thicker than a milkshake. The next part takes less than five minutes: A syringe collects the slurry, then puts it into a... More »

'Freak Accident' Creates Gas Cloud at Tampa Pool

Five children treated for nausea and respiratory burns

(Newser) - A scary moment at an indoor swimming pool in Tampa, Florida, this week: Five children had to be taken to the hospital after a cloud of gas formed. The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call from the Calypso Pool about a chemical release around 7pm Monday, reports... More »

Woman's Attempt to Dress Pit Bull in Sweater Ends Poorly

All 3 people injured are expected to recover; dog's fate remains unclear

(Newser) - A couple is in the hospital after going to battle with their new dog Scarface. It all started Friday afternoon when Brenda Guerrero went outside her family's home in Tampa to put a sweater on her pit bull mix; the Tampa Patch describes it as a cold day where... More »

McDonald's Will Start Delivering Next Month

But only in Florida

(Newser) - Pretty soon, Florida Man won't even have to leave his house to get a Big Mac. USA Today reports McDonald's is going to try out delivery service in Orlando, Tampa, and Miami starting next month. The service will be available from nearly 200 restaurants via the UberEATS website... More »

200 People Storm Out of Schumer Show

Over what else these days—Donald Trump

(Newser) - Some folks who went for the comedy, not the politics—which is often fair game in comedy, especially during an election year—didn't take too kindly to Amy Schumer's remarks about Donald Trump during a Sunday show at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Per the Tampa Bay Times ... More »

Busch Gardens' Flamingo Dies After Alleged Attack by Park Visitor

45-year-old man accused of flinging Pinky to the ground in Tampa

(Newser) - Sad news for fans of Pinky the flamingo, one of Busch Gardens Tampa's "animal ambassadors," per a park statement. The 19-year-old bird, who performed dance routines at the park and loved to "get her groove on," per the park's blog , was euthanized Tuesday evening... More »

Weirdest Dime You'll Ever See Heads to Auction

It was struck onto a nail and could fetch more than $10K

(Newser) - In probably one of the oddest items to come to the world of coin collecting, Heritage Auctions has announced the sale of a Roosevelt dime that was accidentally (or some say deliberately) struck onto a zinc nail—and the dime/nail is estimated to be worth roughly $10,000. In the... More »

How an Epic Twitter Tale Mixed Scary Truth With Fiction

The 'Washington Post' takes a deep look at Zola the stripper's incredible story

(Newser) - Since a 19-year-old Detroit stripper named Aziah King (aka Zola) tweeted out a story of epic proportions on Oct. 27, she captivated millions of online readers, including studios, producers, and even Missy Elliott, who wrote : "That Zola story wild. Ended up reading the whole thing like I was watching... More »

Fla. Man Picks Absolute Worst Time to Hit Deputy's Car

While allegedly drunk, at a pot bust

(Newser) - Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in the wrong state of mind. Deputies and aviation unit members from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office had just made a head-turning find in a mangrove patch near Tampa, Fla., Sunday night when a second head-turning thing... More »

Horrified Parents Watch as School Bus Drives Into Pond

All 27 Fla. elementary students were rescued with no serious injuries

(Newser) - The parents of more than two dozen Florida elementary students are breathing a sigh of relief—and some are drying off—after a terrifying school bus accident yesterday in Tampa, Fla. As parents stood waiting for their children around 2:30pm, the bus from Mary E. Bryant Elementary drove right... More »

These Are America's 10 Sweatiest Cities

Tampa, Miami, Orlando make the top 5

(Newser) - Let's hope Tampa has a steady supply of deodorant. A new survey from the makers of Honeywell Fans has produced a list of the 10 sweatiest cities in the country, based on temperature and humidity levels, population, housing density, wind speed, and more, per a press release . The consensus:... More »

Family's Attic Find Yields a Pirate Tale

Is the severed hand real? Well, that's not clear

(Newser) - A woman in Tampa doing some spring cleaning in her grandfather's attic says she found a box with some strange stuff inside, including a severed hand, old-looking coins, and a weathered map, reports USA Today . The woman and her brother say it could be authentic pirate booty that belonged... More »

Why Teens Tied Dog to Tracks: She Was 'Too Sweet'

4 face charges as Cabela continues recovery

(Newser) - Police say they've found the individuals who shot a pit bull and tied the dog to railroad tracks in Sulphur Springs, Fla. Teenagers Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, both 17, decided to "get rid of" female dog Cabela after she was purchased to fight other dogs, but was... More »

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