Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: Old McMicky’s offers a lesson on how to appreciate teachers

For Old McMicky’s Farm owner Ralph Zucker, teacher appreciation means more than giving them shiny apples or a week of platitudes.

Zucker, who has previously donated $125,000 in weddings to veterans, is now presenting his Odessa farm as a site for one lucky Tampa Bay teacher’s ceremony. The Teachers Rock $20,000 Dream Wedding Giveaway is underway, with 12 couples vying for votes until Feb. 7.

It’s a nice tribute for people in a profession who endure constant demands, and a lesson for our Tallahassee educational leaders on how to truly appreciate teachers.

But that’s another column for another time. …

The Arts Conservatory for Teens in St. Petersburg will partner with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Student Government to host "Color St. Pete: The Art of Community" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at USFSP’s Harbor Hall. I’ll be one of the panelists, eager to listen and learn more than I talk. That’s what makes dialogue so important. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy. …

Kudos to all those musicians who toil in our local beach bars and restaurants. Music superstars grab all the headlines, but the men, women and ensembles who make the days more relaxing with a guitar, a backing track or a loop machine deserve praise.

I recently heard two such acts — Cutty Jones at Shephard’s Tiki Bar on Clearwater Beach and Mike Hastings at Bahama Breeze on the Courtney Campbell Causeway — and it reminded me how music can stir up joyful memories.

This state can still shine when you mix good tunes, good friends and a perfect sunset.

That’s all I’m saying.

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Police: Infant in stolen St. Petersburg car found safe; driver on loose

Police: Infant in stolen St. Petersburg car found safe; driver on loose

ST. PETERSBURG — An 8-month-old boy was found safe after he was in a car that was stolen on Monday afternoon.Police say the person who stole the car left the child in a parking lot at 800 71st Ave. N before driving off.The child’s mother called polic...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

TAMPA — A man with a history of arrests for roadside soliciting has been found dead at the side of a road. Jess Paez, 51, was identified by Tampa police Monday as the victim of an apparent hit-and-run crash over the weekend. His body was found about ...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Polly want a sacker: Bucs’ 4th-round draft pick to be delivered by parrot

Late-round NFL draft picks are often made on a wing and a prayer.The Bucs' fourth-round pick Saturday will be no different. The team announced Monday that as part of the NFL draft TV broadcast, the team's fourth-round pick will be delivered to an ann...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

Leonhardt: A time for big economic ideas

The headlines may talk about growth, but we are living in a dark economic era. For most families, income and wealth have stagnated in recent decades, barely keeping pace with inflation. Nearly all the bounty of the economy’s growth has flowed to the ...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Projecting where USF’s prospects will get drafted

Projecting where USF’s prospects will get drafted

For all the analyses and hypotheses, all the Mels and McShays, all the pro days and private workouts, the NFL draft remains a crap shoot at its core.But just for kicks, we're rolling the dice anyway.As a prelude to what could — could — be...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
USF baseball cracks top 25

USF baseball cracks top 25

For the first time this season, USF's baseball team has cracked the national rankings.The Bulls (26-14, 9-6), coming off series wins against UCF and No. 7 East Carolina, are No. 20 in the latest Baseball America weekly poll. USF, winner of five of it...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Deputies: Port Richey man admits to molesting 8-year-old girl

Deputies: Port Richey man admits to molesting 8-year-old girl

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man was arrested Friday after Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said he told them he molested and attempted to rape an 8-year-old girl. Kaleb Harrah, 26, of Port Richey, faces three molestation charges and an attempted rape charge. ...
Updated: 30 minutes ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Swimmer Michael Phelps to headline Crystal Lagoon grand opening Saturday

Swimmer Michael Phelps to headline Crystal Lagoon grand opening Saturday

WESLEY CHAPEL — Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will splash down Saturday at the Crystal Lagoon in Wesley Chapel’s Epperson development.Phelps, a global ambassador for Crystal Lagoons, will appear at the grand opening of the first Crystal Lagoon...
Updated: 1 hour ago