Monday, November 12, 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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A key volunteer helps bring life to the operations behind Brandon’s Novemberfest

A key volunteer helps bring life to the operations behind Brandon’s Novemberfest

Greg Harrell relishes his role as operations manager at Nativity Catholic Church’s annual festival
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Hillsborough takes heart from a new number: More kids were prepared for kindergarten this year.

Hillsborough takes heart from a new number: More kids were prepared for kindergarten this year.

TAMPA — Hillsborough County educators are pointing to a significant upturn in the number of kids who showed up for kindergarten this year ready to learn, a key indicator that bodes well for students as they move through the public school syste...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Woman killed by stray bullet in St. Pete shooting was a nursing assistant, mother of 5

Woman killed by stray bullet in St. Pete shooting was a nursing assistant, mother of 5

Aesha Kendrick, 38, fell victim to a shooter who was firing at another target, St. Petersburg police said. Her death left family members reeling Monday and her five children, ages 1 to 17, without a m
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Buccaneers AfterMath: In Tampa Bay, time is a flat circle

Buccaneers AfterMath: In Tampa Bay, time is a flat circle

Everything the Bucs have ever done or will ever do, they will do over and over and over again.
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Hometown Pinellas

Tarpon Springs writer honored
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First Baptist College Hill’s intruder-training seems like a must for today’s churches

First Baptist College Hill’s intruder-training seems like a must for today’s churches

America’s spate of mass shootings have awaken houses of worship to a new and sad reality.
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Tuesday’s letters: Pinellas shows how to count votes properly

These are Tuesday’s letters.
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State cross country roundup: Riverviewís Alyssa Hendrix, Plant girls triumph

State cross country roundup: Riverviewís Alyssa Hendrix, Plant girls triumph

The state of cross country is strong in Tampa Bay, a sentiment that resounded loud and clear through all four high school classifications on Saturday in Tallahassee.First, the champions.The Class 4A girls race was rife with local gold after Riverview...
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Naked Florida man revealed on video sneaking into restaurant and munching on ramen

Naked Florida man revealed on video sneaking into restaurant and munching on ramen

ST. PETERSBURG — It started with chicken wings, a beer and a burglar.It went downhill from there.A St. Petersburg police officer was investigating a Nov. 6 break-in at The Chattaway restaurant, reviewing surveillance video that shows the burgl...
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Pinellas news briefs

Quick news from Pinellas County
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