Refugees become citizens at World Refugee Day

Many local refugees can now call America their true home this week. On Saturday the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force celebrated World Refugee Day with naturalization ceremonies, awards, films, and resettlement services from local refugee organizations in Tampa and Largo. Waving small American flags, newly naturalized US refugees were declared citizens, some after waiting almost… Read more »

Obama announces high speed rail funding during Tampa visit

President Barack Obama announced that thirteen major corridors will receive awards today to help develop new high-speed rail infrastructure or begin the transition to high-speed rail. Obama visited Tampa today with Vice President Joe Biden to announce his plans for rail, economic recovery and jobs following last night’s State of the Union address. Obama plans… Read more »

Public Defender on life without parole for juvenile offenders

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether juveniles should be imprisoned for life without parole in cases where there was no homicide. Today, Pinellas County Public Defender Bob Dillinger called such sentencing severe. The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club met at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club this morning. Dillinger said the Supreme Court will have… Read more »