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TIA flight cancellations continue to leave passengers stranded

Tampa, FL - Days after the snowstorm slammed into the Northeast, passengers are still stranded at airports across the country.  

At Tampa International Airport, more than 70% of the flights going in and out after 6:00pm were either delayed or cancelled.

"I've never heard of this before," said Claire Wasser of New York.

It is a first for many travelers. Their lives standing still but it is not because the blizzard in the Northeast grounded planes. "You go thru security, smile and do whatever you are supposed to do, then we get to the gate and the plane is there but there's no crew. It is more than frustrating," said Bob Sosnowski of New York.

Jetblue told passengers the reason there was no crew to fly the plane sitting at the gate was because planes were rerouted due to the weather.

Nesmith retiring as Hillsborough County Fire Chief

Nesmith retiring as Hillsborough County Fire Chief

Hillsborough County, FL -- After 41 years of fire service, William (Bill) Nesmith, will retire on Jan. 15 from the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Nesmith, 62, joined Hillsborough County Fire Rescue as Assistant Chief in 1994 and was promoted to Fire Chief in 1996. Prior to that, he was with Tampa Fire Rescue for 24 years and retired as a Division Chief in 1994. 

"Over the 41 years of fire service, I have found a second family and the friendships will last forever," Chief Nesmith said on a statement. "I will cherish the time I spent in the fire service."

"No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tampa

Tampa, Florida-- With New Year's Eve only days away, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects this to be one of the deadliest weeks of the year on the roads. 

But now a new weapon is being used in the fight against drunk driving.

It's a change that could make you more likely to be convicted.

"I think it's a great deterrent for people," said Linda Unfried, from Mother's Against Drunk Driving in Hillsborough County.

Florida is among several states now holding what are called "no refusal" checkpoints.

It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test.

It's already being done in several counties, and now Unfried is working to bring it to the Tampa Bay area.

"I think you'll see the difference because people will not drink and drive.  I truly believe that," she said.

Reserved parking spaces taking up space?

Reserved parking spaces taking up space?

Tampa, Florida- By law the handicapped have their marked parking spots, but they're not alone anymore more businesses are reserving spots for expectant mothers.

Angela Dawson is 6 and half months pregnant and is starting to shop a lot for her new daughter. "I wouldn't park in them now, I'm not that far along and don't have to, but when you're further a long sure be very convenient."

Gerri Alvarez from Tampa doesn't see a need for the signs, "They're not disabled. They need the exercise, that to me is silly. When I was pregnant I wanted to do a little walking."

Some motorists say these designated spots are not so convenient for them.

"When there is a sign like that expectant mother, merchant of the month, worker of the month I don't appreciate it because parking is for everyone," adds Alvarez.

7-Eleven offers free cup of coffee New Year's morning

7-Eleven offers free cup of coffee New Year's morning

St. Petersburg, Florida -- 7-Eleven plans to thank its customers by offering a free cup of coffee from midnight New Year's Eve to 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

The chain has given away more than a million cups of coffee since it began its free-coffee program in 1988.

Of you don't want a small cup of coffee, you can order another hot beverage.

The 7-Eleven stores participating in the program in the Tampa Bay area will have a "Free Coffee" sign posted in the window.


Children's Chorus strikes a chord

The Tampa Bay Children's Chorus struck a chord at a recent Rays game singing the national anthem. Their rhythm and tune scored them an invite to Tallahassee!!!

The children are fine tuning their voices to perform at the Governor's January 4 Inauguration.

The Tampa Bay Children's Chorus's nearly 70 members are a diverse group, "I am from Riverview, Florida. I'm from New Tampa. I'm from Brandon. I'm from Plant City."

They range in age from third graders to seniors in high school.

Founder and Artistic Director of Tampa Bay Children's Chorus Averill Summer said there's one main requirement to try out, "Something we're always looking for is children who like to sing."

They look for kids like Andrea Mendez, "This groups means a lot .. my whole life is singing and that's it."

USF loses Big East Opener to Seton Hall

USF loses Big East Opener to Seton Hall

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Jeff Robinson scored 15 points to lead the Seton Hall Pirates to a 64-55 win over the South Florida Bulls in Big East Conference play at the Prudential Center.

Herb Pope also added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates (7-6, 1-0 Big East), while Jordan Theodore and Fuquan Edwin chipped in with 11 points apiece. Keon Lawrence also got involved, netting 10 points.

The Bulls were led by Hugh Robertson who scored 14 points in a losing effort. Augustus Gilchrist added 12 points for South Florida (6-8, 0-1), while Jarrid Famous and Jawanza Poland checked in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Despite shooting just 39.3 percent from the floor in the first half, the Pirates still managed to take a 26-24 lead at the break.

SHU pulled away in the second stanza, knocking down 11 free throws en route to a nine-point victory.