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Bay area Vet: My ex-wife should not get half of my retirement!

Bay area Vet: My ex-wife should not get half of my retirement!

Tampa, FL - Captain Glen "Gooch" Carson of Tampa, enlisted in the Air Force in 1987.  He spent twenty years in the service before a bad back forced him to retire in 2007.

During that time, he got married and had two kids.  After 15 years of marriage, Carson and his wife divorced.

When he retired a few years later, his ex-wife started receiving half of his military retirement for the rest of his life.  That is thanks to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, enacted in 1982.

"For me to work 12, 16 hour days and go through a couple of wars, I don't see where she earned the $877 a month she's getting," said Carson from his South Tampa home.

At 42-years-old, Carson says he lost his home to foreclosure and filed for bankruptcy in the past year.

Missing Teen in Sebring

Missing Teen in Sebring

Sebring, FL - The Highlands County Sheriff's Office needs help finding a missing/runaway teen.

Fourteen-year-old Jovan T. Harris was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and blue t-shirt. Harris is 4'6" and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

It is possible Harris is staying indoors at an unknown location during the day. He has reportedly been seen after dark in the area of Kenilworth Blvd in downtown Sebring.

Anyone with any information concerning his whereabouts is asked to call the Highlands County Sheriff's Office at 863-402-7200.

Icon B. CEO Brandi Kamenar Nominated For Two Business Buddies Awards

Icon B. CEO Brandi Kamenar Nominated For Two Business Buddies Awards

South Tampa, FL - Congratulations are in order for Brandi Kamenar, CEO and Creative Director of Icon B. Marketing and Publicity Group. She is a finalist for two Business Buddies awards: Young Professional of the Year and Small Business of the Year.  The winners will be announced Thursday night.

In just three years, Brandi has grown her one-woman marketing and public relations company into a $400,000 business with eight full-time contractors.  She was named the 2010 Young Businesswoman of the Year by Tampa Bay Business Journal, a 40 Under 40 Winner by Gulf Coast Business Review, a Business Woman of the Year Finalist by eWoman Network, and last year, was named an Emerging CEO of the Year Finalist by Tampa Bay CEO Magazine.

Brandon woman helps keep homeless warm

Brandon woman helps keep homeless warm

Brandon, FL -- When the temperature drops, the homeless have few places to go to stay warm.

'I've got blankets [but] no sleeping bag," says Katie Miller, homeless in Tampa.

Hundreds of sleeping bags are on the way. Ricki South started HelpKeepWarm.org in 2006 after her husband's death. Mark South, a recovering alcoholic, spent 8 days homeless after leaving a rehab center in Virginia. He died on New Year's Eve.

Her opinion of the homeless changed. "The last thing I think is 'get a job.' I think who's behind that face. What have they been through - that could be a lawyer, doctor, mother, father. That is a person that is suffering," says Ricki.

In 2007, Ricki gave away 14 sleeping bags to the homeless. Last year, the number grew to more than 500, despite the poor economy. The bags are adult size, weather proof, and thick enough to keep someone warm in 30 degree weather.