Stories by Tamara Lush

Friday, March 18, 2016

Jury awards Hulk Hogan $115 million in Gawker sex tape suit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida jury sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan on Friday and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media.
By Tamara Lush

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Elephant acts get early retirement

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early and will retire all of its touring elephants in May.
By Tamara Lush

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Theme parks across US look to skies, stars for newest attractions

ORLANDO, Fla. - A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.
By Tamara Lush

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

POLK CITY, Fla. — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the “Greatest Show on Earth” will go on without elephants.
By Tamara Lush

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

Dad accused of throwing daughter, 5, off Fla. bridge

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Florida man driving toward a bridge over Tampa Bay pulled his car over early Thursday, took his 5-year-old daughter from the back seat, pressed her head to his chest, and ...
By Tamara Lush

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Invasive insect poses threat to Florida citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. - Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser that ...
By Tamara Lush

Monday, July 28, 2014

Plane crashes on Ga. man walking Fla. beach

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Sometime Sunday morning, Ommy Irizarry posted a message on Facebook to mark his ninth wedding anniversary. Within hours he was dead.
By Tamara Lush

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Trove of 1980s Madonna pop culture awaits auction

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Long before Newsweek called her a "tarted-up floozy," and way before she married and had babies and adopted babies, Madonna was a young woman in New York trying to make it big.
By Tamara Lush

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013

Hometown loyal to 'Duck Dynasty'

WEST MONROE, La. - "Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty, and that philosophy permeates  everything in this small north ...
By Tamara Lush

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

'The Simpsons' are finally complete at Universal Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walking into Universal Orlando's new themed area is a bit surreal. First, you hear familiar music. Then you spot the sign: "Greetings from SPRINGFIELD U.S.A." And then you get a ...
By Tamara Lush

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Orlando offers electric rental car program

ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors to Orlando often try new things while on vacation: thrilling coasters, luxury hotels, different cuisines. Now they can try out a fully electric car – and not have to ...
By Tamara Lush

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Florida is a vacation paradise for dogs

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. - Picture this: You're sitting on a white-sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes from the blue Gulf of ...
By Tamara Lush

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

Meningitis victims face long recovery

People with meningitis from tainted steroids face a long, uncertain road to recovery.
By Tamara Lush

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

Quake workers in Haiti rescue living, mourn dead

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- All rescuers saw of Saint-Helene Jean-Louis when they arrived at the collapsed University of Port-au-Prince building were the top of her head and her left hand.
By Tamara Lush

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

Activist fills foreclosed homes

MIAMI --- Max Rameau delivers his sales pitch like a pro. "All tile floor," he says during a recent showing. "And the living room, wow! It has great blinds."
By Tamara Lush

Sunday, Aug 3, 2008

Gas pump TV sets increase revenue

MIAMI --- In the midst of a cruel summer for America's drivers, there's a diversion: TV at the gas station.
By Tamara Lush
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Jury convicts man who killed Vernon Forrest
Seven years after Augusta boxer Vernon Forrest was shot and killed during an armed robbery,  an Atlanta jury has now convicted the shooter of murder.