Wednesday, September 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Officer fired over gang comments; our take on 60 Minutes’ Allegiant report; Bolts got what they deserved; what’s next for Rays after Kiermaier injury?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today

• It’s going to be even chillier in the morning as bay area temperatures plunge into the 50s. It’ll warm up to the mid-70s by the afternoon with little breeze and no rain. Expect the weather to keep getting warmer as the week progresses, according to the National Weather Service.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Before he was fired last week, a police officer told investigators he was embarrassed about social media posts he wrote in which he declared gang members "a lost cause" deserving of "death or prison." Officer David Garrett told investigators with the St. Petersburg Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards that the posts "were obviously in poor judgment." Garrett, a 4-year veteran of the agency, was fired last week after police leadership sustained a complaint against Garrett for conduct unbecoming an employee. Josh Solomon has the details.

• On Sunday night, 60 Minutes broadcast an investigation into Allegiant Air’s safety record — a topic covered extensively by the Tampa Bay Times. The investigation cited the Times’ reporting and examination of Allegiant’s history of aborted takeoffs and in-air trouble (Allegiant is also the dominant carrier at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.) Find out what reporter Nathaniel Lash’s take is on the 60 Minutes report.

Well, now it’s a series. Roger Mooney explains how the Devils made it so Monday night in New Jersey. As columnist Tom Jones watched it all unfold, he was convinced: The Lighting got what it deserved.

• Tampa Bay’s hopes of sweeping were the biggest casualty of Game 3. But there were others, including some Lightning fans’ love of Brian Boyle. Read more this morning on tampabay.com.

• The blows keep coming for the Tampa Bay Rays. Now centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier is out for 8 to 12 weeks because he needs to have surgery on a torn ligament in his right thumb. Keep up with beat writer Marc Topkin’s work throughout the season by clicking here.

• George Buck accomplished two things on Monday: He launched his congressional campaign and he honored his grandfather, who served in World War I. "I decided that I was going to make my official announcement today because of my grandfather’s sacrifice," Buck said Monday night. Kirby Wilson explains why the Republican is running an underdog campaign against the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, at the Bay Buzz.

• Saturday is Record Store Day and pop music critic Jay Cridlin has the scoop on the deals, free giveaways and parties coming Saturday to celebrate the vinyl renaissance. More than a dozen locations have something special planned.

• Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing off-the-wall Judge Harry T. Stone while working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television comedy series Night Court, was found dead in his North Carolina home Monday. Mr. Anderson was 65. A statement from the Asheville Police Department said foul play is not suspected.

• From our food editor: looking for a fast weeknight meal? Check out this recipe for 30-Minute Spaghetti and Meatballs.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Grammy winner Jason Isbell, St. Petersburg Ballet Company performing Peter and the Wolf and the Sugar Sand Festival continues on Clearwater Beach.

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