Amy Beeman

Journalist | Creative Non-Fiction Writer

United States

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National Interest
Military UFO Reports to Be Made Public

The public is going to find out a little more about unidentified flying objects, or as they are called in military circles, "unidentified aerial phenomenon, in about six months.
Nobel Peace Prize Nominees: Hitler, Gandhi, Mussolini, Mandela, Carter, Trump

President Donald Trump is nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize "for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East," according to the member of Norwegian Parliament who nominated him, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, the Associated Press reported.
DACA Decision Means 27,000 Health Care Workers Won't Be Deported During COVID-19 Pandemic

The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, introduced in 2012 during the Obama administration will be upheld after President Trump moved to end the program in 2017. The Trump administration challenged the initiative, which "provided temporary, renewable relief from deportation" for kids brought to the U.S.
Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Abortion Rights Citing 'Undue Burden' on Women

The U.S Supreme Court ruled Monday that it's unconstitutional to require doctors to have admitting privileges to hospitals in order to perform abortions, saying that requirement ultimately puts an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions, and places a "substantial obstacle" in the way of abortion access.
When Police Kill Black Americans It Rarely Ends in Convictions

After days of protests around the nation in the aftermath of the killing of a 46-year-old Black man by a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death.
4 Years After the Pulse Nightclub Shooting: 'We Will Not Let Hate Win'

Flags are at half-mast in the entire state of Florida today in memory of the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. It's been four years since a shooter walked into the Pulse night club and opened fire, shooting indiscriminately at a bar full of young, mostly gay club-goers near closing time.
Proud Boys: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

The Proud Boys, an alt-right group who say they are "Western Chauvinists who refuse to apologize for the modern world" are holding a rally in Portland Saturday, The Seattle Times reported.
Irish Donate to Native Americans During Pandemic to Repay 170-Year-Old Debt

Paybacks and karma don't always have to be a bad thing. Sometimes a kindness your ancestors did 173 years ago can come back around when you need it most. This what the Navaho and Hopi Nations are learning as dozens of people from Ireland make donations to the Native American Tribes' GoFundMe page for COVID-19 relief.
Sarah Cooper: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Sarah Cooper is a writer and comedian whose short videos of herself lip-synching to the words of President Donald Trump consistently go viral. But it's more than lip-synching: Cooper's stripped-down, meticulous attention to Trump's verbal nuances and his off-the-cuff statements while he speaks at press conferences or in interviews is hitting a nerve with millions of people.
How Did Kyle Rittenhouse Have an AR-15 at 17 Years Old?

Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three people and killing two with an AR-15 .223 rifle during a night of civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. But how did the 17-year-old get his hands on that kind of a gun?

Prince Rogers Nelson's Death: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Prince Rogers Nelson, better known to the world as the iconic superstar Prince, died four years ago at the age of 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose. His death on April 21, 2016, shocked the world, with fans and celebrities sharing their grief and disbelief on social media, at his home Paisley Park and in cities around world.
Watch: The Rolling Stones New Number 1 Song, 'Living In A Ghost Town'

The Rolling Stones released their first new original song in eight years, called "Living in a Ghost Town." It's a fitting song for people across the world who are grappling with living more isolated lives due to the coronavirus pandemic. The song and video were released on Thursday.
Little Richard Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Little Richard, the flamboyant piano playing rock 'n' roll pioneer is dead at age 87. He died on May 9. Rolling Stone reported Little Richard's son, Danny Penniman, confirmed the death to them. According to the New York Times his cause of death was cancer.
Concerts with Social Distancing? Two States Are Going to Give it a Try

As the country slowly starts re-opening during the continued coronavirus pandemic, two states so far said they would even allow concerts again. Missouri and Arkansas' re-opening guidelines both set out plans for allowing live concerts and events where large crowds generally gather.
90% of Music Venues Could Close by Fall Without Federal Assistance

Small music venues in the United States are where musical artists hone their craft, fed by the energy of sweaty, cheering fans. In pre-pandemic times, a night out to see live music was a communal experience. There was comradery, fun, dancing, and ideally, a memorable experience watching talented musicians play great songs with abandon. In pandemic times, that’s all changed.
Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert, Founding Father of Reggae, Dead at 77

Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert, better known as "Toots" of Toots and the Maytals died Friday evening in Kingston, Jamaica. According to Rolling Stone, Hibbert was admitted to the hospital last month with COVID-19 symptoms, but it's not yet confirmed if that was the cause of his death.
John Prine & Kris Kristofferson: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

John Prine is a legendary singer-songwriter who shared a decades-long mutual admiration and friendship with award-winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson. Prine succumbed to ongoing complications from COVID-19 on April 7. Kris Kristofferson is best known as a prolific songwriter who is largely credited with discovering John Prine in 1970 when Prine was playing in a club in Chicago called the Fifth Peg.

Big acts coming to Tampa bring big ticket prices

TAMPA, Fla. - With huge acts like Gus N' Roses, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Janet Jackson and Justin Bieber coming to town, Tampa Bay is set to have a summer of epic concerts. But the high cost of tickets for these shows means plenty of die-hard fans may not be able to afford the price of admission.

Science, Health, Environment
Scientists Have a Plan to Eradicate Murder Hornets in the US, but It's Tricky

Over the weekend, Americans started hearing that " murder hornets" have made their way to the U.S. The biggest and most venomous hornets in the world are now living in the Pacific Northwest. But scientists in that region are working to trap and track the hornets in an effort to find and destroy nests.
NASA Scientists Discover Possible Evidence of a Parallel Universe

Science fiction and actual science may be aligning. That's because NASA scientists have discovered something they can't explain but that others take as a sign that they may have found evidence of a parallel universe. This discovery was made by the NASA-sponsored research group Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna, or ANITA.
Why It Matters if NASA Finds Ancient Life on Mars

It was a flawless launch on a beautiful Thursday morning when NASA's Perseverance rover was blasted into space aboard the Atlas V on a seven-month voyage to Mars to look for evidence of ancient life. The anxiously awaited launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 30 is the beginning of the most robust search for life on the red planet in U.S.
6 New Coronavirus Symptoms Added to the CDC's List

The CDC has added six new COVID-19 symptoms to its list of things to watch for. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a wide variety of reported symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after a person is infected.
Efforts to Slow Coronavirus May Mean a Less Severe Flu Season

Even though coronavirus and influenza are two different types of viruses, they spread pretty much the same. That's why efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 could also work to slow the spread of the flu, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, they're already seeing a less severe flu season in the southern hemisphere and so far in the U.S.
COVID-19's 'Happy Hypoxia' Symptom May Lead to New Understanding of Virus

Doctors are working to understand an emerging and unusual symptom in COVID-19 patients: so-called 'happy hypoxia' - or silent hypoxia - is being reported by medical staff who say patients' oxygen levels are low enough to render them unconscious or even dead, yet the patients say they feel comfortable and are able to talk with doctors and do regular things like scroll on their phones, according to a recent report in Science magazine.
Saharan Dust Weather Forecast: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A dust plume as big as the U.S and Europe is heading across the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding states. The annual event means hazy skies, possible poor air quality, and extra vibrant sunsets for those regions. It also affects tropical conditions where hurricanes form.

Some of the rarest blood in the world is needed to save a 2-year-old Florida girl

Orlando, Fla. -- An international search is on to find some of the rarest blood in the world to help save the life of a 2-year-old South Florida girl. Zainab has neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. More than 1,000 local and national donations have been tested to match her blood; but of those, only three people have her rare blood type.

True Crime
The Confessions of Mark David Chapman: Why He Killed John Lennon

Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon on December 8, 1980 outside of the Dakota building where Lennon lived in Manhattan. Chapman had flown from Hawaii where he'd been living with his wife specifically to kill Lennon according to transcripts of Chapman's August 19, 2020 parole hearing published by WSB radio.
Inside Dennis Rader's Childhood: What Made Him the BTK Killer?

Dennis Rader, known as the BTK killer, was convicted of 10 murders in Wichita and Park City, Kansas in 2005. The murders spanned from 1974 to 1986, in which the majority of those years he was married and raising two children, leading a boy scout troop, and being deeply involved in his church.
What Chris Watts' Mistress Nichol Kessinger Revealed to Police

Chris Watts had not been having an affair for very long when he killed his 34-year-old pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. He'd met Nichol Kessinger where they both worked at The Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Colorado and by late June 2018, the two began an affair.
Chris Watts' Confession to Killing His Wife & Kids: The Motive

Chris Watts said he murdered his wife and two young daughters in a fit of anger. When he confessed that he strangled his pregnant wife Shanaan Watts in the couple's bed in the early morning hours of August 13, 2018, Watt told police he was in a rage and "snapped," according to confession notes by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations that were published on Law and Crime.
William LeCroy, Who Murdered to Break a Spell, to Be Executed September 22

William Emmett LeCroy, 50, is scheduled to die at 4 p.m. on September 22 at the Terre Haute, Indiana, federal prison for the rape and murder of a 30-year-old nurse practitioner, Joann Tiesler, in Georgia in 2001. When LeCroy killed Tiesler, he believed she was a former babysitter that had put a curse on him.
Cindy Paulson: Life After Escaping Robert Hansen

Cindy Paulson was 18 when she escaped Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen in 1983. A seasoned prostitute, even at such a young age, Paulson reluctantly agreed to go with Hansen to his house instead of the initial deal he offered, which was $200 to give him oral sex in his car. Eventually, her escape after hours of being chained by her neck and raped would lead to his arrest.
How Did Robert Hansen's Wife & 2 Kids Have No Idea He Was a Serial Killer?

Serial killer Robert Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in Alaska over a 12-year span, all while married with two children. A bakery owner by trade, Hansen was also an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He got a pilot's license and a small plane for big game hunting in the Alaskan wilderness, or so that's what he'd told his wife.
5 Horrifying Real-Life Halloween Murders

The name "Michael Myers" is synonymous with gruesome on-screen Halloween murders, but in real life, those who have committed horrific murders on Halloween are a reminder that art sometimes imitates life — even the darkest and most perverse aspects.
Serial Killer Peter Sutcliffe's Similarities to Jack the Ripper

One of England's most prolific serial killers died of complications from COVID-19 on November 13 in a hospital three miles from where he was serving a life-term in prison after being convicted of killing 13 women and attempting to kill seven more from 1975 to 1980, according to Sky News.

Local Stories

Long after the funerals, it's tough to find people to care for cemeteries

Weather-beaten, crooked gravestones nestled in tall grass and weeds. Faded polyester flowers poke out of vases where the dead were laid to rest; at least the ones whose graves are still marked. These are the neglected and forgotten cemeteries found in virtually every town in America.

Florida lawmaker files bill to repeal anti-abortion laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida legislator filed a bill this week to roll back certain abortion laws. Orlando Rep. Anna V. Eskamani told 10News that while there is no doubt that some regulation is needed in regards to abortion access, those regulations should be based on medicine and science and not political motivations.
Florida Corrections Officer Charged With Murder of Inmate

A Lake Correctional Institution Corrections Officer in Florida is accused of murdering an inmate who died in June from injuries sustained as the "result of actions" taken by the officer, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Ashley Mason Arrested in Burger King Murder Days After Husband Charged

Newly released information in the case of a 22-year-old Orlando Burger King employee who was murdered on August 1 after a dispute over a long wait time at the drive-thru says the events leading up to the killing involved a mother, a father and their 13-year-old daughter.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Get your arcade nostalgia on at Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs

Summer is never better than when you're a kid. Those three months of sleeping late, swimming, playing, family vacations, and intermittent boredom due to lack of structure - those were the jam. Now we're bill-paying adults with time constraints. Yet we still want some of those good-time summer feels.

For Good: Social enterprise employs intellectually disabled in St. Petersburg

Just around the corner from St. Petersburg hotspots 3 Daughters Brewing and Brocante Vintage Market, Carl Estes is quietly running a social enterprise. At Louise Graham Regeneration Center in Midtown St. Pete, intellectually disabled adults, often marginalized or ignored by mainstream society, are finding purpose through work while building self-esteem via positive social interaction.

Columns, Humor

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
One for the bartenders

Our longtime bartenders give us so much more than cold beers and cocktails.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
Bob Ross: Still boss

2016 has unleashed some unbelievably tough blows on all of us, so the opportunity to swaddle myself in Bob's color-mixing, fan-brushing, buttery-voiced calm is a welcome one.

Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay
On the bill

White men's hearts really are in the right place sometimes.

Creative Loafing Tampa
Public Hulk or Private Bollea?

This has blossomed into something that could be a landmark case for how it applies to the First Amendment, and news outlets’ rights to publish versus celebrities’ rights to privacy.

Creative Loafing Tampa
On the subject of creepy-ass white vans

On some human level we can still see eye to eye on certain indisputable things. One of those things: the innate creepiness of the white van.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The Weekend Shift: TV's fantasy Florida

Florida is a lovely place to call home, but it's not without its discomforts. We are intimately familiar with swamp ass and sweaty underboob.

Creative Loafing Tampa
The REAL Florida Man

Generally when we see the words "Florida Man" in the headlines, they're followed by fantastically absurd sentences like, "Eats Homeless Man's Face Off." These types of headlines have pegged Florida Man as batshit-bananas.