Sunday, April 22, 2018
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: Tampa Bay transit woes hold us back in more ways than traffic jams

I met with HART chief executive Katharine Eagan earlier this year and she laid out a thoughtful, cogent, articulate presentation of the challenges facing the transportation agency and the strategies her staff developed to address the problems and its financial shortfalls.

And then I looked at her and asked, "How long before you leave?" Eagan quickly brushed aside such talk.

But last week she announced she would leave in January to lead the transit agency in Pittsburgh. I ainít mad at her.

Hillsborough County couldnít expect to keep Eagan given the lack of political will to properly fund public transit. And weíll lose more bright minds and young leaders in all circles if we donít prioritize transportation.

A movement is rising to bring about a proposal to increase funding for transportation through a sales tax. Letís start with one promise: to listen to the proposal with an open mind. .?.?.

Seen on a bumper sticker: Give Blood, Play Hockey. .?.?.

The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, hosts the second installment of a five-part community conversation, "Restoring Respect," at 7 p.m. Tuesday. This segment focuses on the media and will feature Tampa Bay Times editor of editorials Tim Nickens, political consultant Adam Goodman and the Poynter Instituteís Indira Lakshmanan. Sounds like the perfect time to talk about media literacy. Yeah, thatís a thing. .?.?.

The Warehouse Arts District Association in St. Petersburg recently celebrated the opening of ArtsXchange, a space with 28 artist studios and room for events. It could turn out to be a small, but key cog in the cityís ongoing transformation.

The arts matter.

Thatís all Iím saying.

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4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —†Four people were killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee early Sunday, according to police, who credited a bystander with saving many lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman. The Metropolitan N...
Updated: 1 hour ago
District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

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Rays thoughts are with ex-teammate Danny Farquhar

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

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Published: 04/22/18
Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bayís clinching 3-1 victory in Game 5

Lightning-Devils: Grading Tampa Bayís clinching 3-1 victory in Game 5

TAMPA — Closers.That's what the Lightning looked like as it closed out the New Jersey Devils in five games with a 3-1 win Saturday.Nikita Kucherov's star power blazed again, the defense controlled the game and not even Jersey goaltend...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Athleticsí Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

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Published: 04/21/18