Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: If you want a great Florida, tax reasonably

Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran says instead of offering tax incentives to lure businesses such as Amazon’s HQ2 to build here, the state can attract companies with low crime, low taxes, low regulation, good infrastructure and a great education system.

From my perspective, we’re 2-for-5 on that list, and it might be because of an obsession with lower taxes.

If we had sensibly low taxes instead of skate-by-with-ridiculously-cheap taxes, we’d have better infrastructure, lower crime and an education system that’s not constantly undermined by the Legislature.…

Is it just me, or did someone else think USF St. Petersburg is doing just fine with independent status? …

If the NFL doesn’t come up with a viable way to make the game safer — a space-age protective helmet? — I’m going to have to start watching the Hallmark Channel on Super Bowl Sunday. …

Seen on a neon sign: Can You Stand Perfectly Still And Hold This Moment Open. …

The Bern’s Winefest, scheduled for April 15-22, sold out all but one event in less than 60 seconds last week. Proceeds benefit the Bern Laxer Memorial Scholarship fund via the James Beard Foundation.

The Winthrop Arts Festival & Artisan Market, March 23-24 in Riverview, is offering more than $5,000 in prize money. If starving artists are still a thing, they might want to visit
winthroparts.org. …

Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, brought a known white nationalist and Holocaust denier to the State of the Union address. Can we trade him to Alabama for a politician to be named later?

That’s all I’m saying.

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Rays journal: New faces, same old loss

Rays journal: New faces, same old loss

ST. PETERSBURG — To get a sense of how things are going for the Rays right now, consider that opening day starter Chris Archer was wearing a promotional DJ Kitty head in the dugout and veteran OF Carlos Gomez was playing second base during Satu...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Kevin Kiermaier frustrated as injuries continue

Kevin Kiermaier frustrated as injuries continue

ST. PETERSBURG — This season has been quite a pain for Rays centerfielder and centerpiece Kevin Kiermaier.A cold bat, a nagging illness, a searing foul ball we'll come back to shortly and a torn thumb ligament that required surgery, all in the ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rowdies gain needed victory

Rowdies gain needed victory

ST. PETERSBURG — Georgi Hristov, the Rowdies' all-time goals leader, extended that mark with his 59th and Junior Flemmings had a goal and two assists to lead a revamped lineup in Saturday's 3-1 win over Indy Eleven at Al Lang Stadium in front o...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Marlins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Marlins game

Joey Wendle continues to impress, playing anywhere asked and hitting everywhere. Friday he joined the play-of-the-year race with an amazing glove flip to first. Saturday he was the first Ray with a decent swing off Pablo Lopez, homering in the fourth...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays Tales: Sure is a lot to talk about

Rays Tales: Sure is a lot to talk about

WASHINGTON — There was a lot of talk specific to the Rays at the All-Star Game last week, from commissioner Rob Manfred's strong endorsement of the Ybor stadium plan to Wilson Ramos' rousing ovation from the Washington fans to Blake Snell's imp...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome misses cut but has a blast in PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome misses cut but has a blast in PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome did not make the cut in her first PGA Tour event, but she did improve by seven shots in her second round.Lincicome shot 1-under 71 on Saturday at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky., after having to wait an e...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Another bad look for Rays in 3-2 loss

Another bad look for Rays in 3-2 loss

ST. PETERSBURG – To get a sense of how shorthanded the Rays were by the final innings of Saturday night's game, all you had to do was look at the field and see Carlos Gomez playing second base.It was that kind of night for the Rays, who lost an...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Pasco Sheriff’s Office releases names of two killed in apparent murder-suicide Saturday

Pasco Sheriff’s Office releases names of two killed in apparent murder-suicide Saturday

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two people killed in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday.At about 1 p.m. Saturday, Alisa Medovich, 23, of Holiday, was shot and killed by Mario Medina, 43, of New Port Richey, who then shot ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only person that Bucs receiver Mike Evans reached out to on Twitter on Saturday.The Bucs receiver fired back at the president after a tweet suggesting that NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa police seek driver in fatal Saturday morning hit and run

Tampa police seek driver in fatal Saturday morning hit and run

Tampa police are looking for a motorist who they say killed a man in an early Saturday morning hit and run.About 2 a.m. Saturday, a 38-year-old man was hit by a car travelling east on the 3600 block of E Columbus Dr. in Tampa, according to a Tampa Po...
Updated: 7 hours ago