Top 5 at noon: ‘What the hell did you do to my daughter?’; new hotel planned for Johns Pass; and more

This summer, Austin and Jodi Holcomb's families gathered on the beach at John's Pass to watch them get baptized. Jodi's mom asked Pastor Phil Lewis if he would baptize her, too. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
This summer, Austin and Jodi Holcomb's families gathered on the beach at John's Pass to watch them get baptized. Jodi's mom asked Pastor Phil Lewis if he would baptize her, too. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
Published August 30 2018
Updated August 30 2018

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‘WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO TO MY DAUGHTER?’

He was accused of a crime he swore he never committed. More than a year later, two families remain wrecked by what happened on that day. His family never believed he could do something like that. They stood by him, even as he lost his career, his home and his freedom. But the mother still believes her child. Lane DeGregory tells their riveting story.

HOTEL PROJECT PROPOSED FOR JOHN’S PASS

A major Clearwater-based hotel developer wants to build a $25-30 million, six-story, 78-suite hotel and 297-space parking garage in John’s Pass Village in a public-private partnership with the city. But based on initial discussions during a public workshop Tuesday, most city commissioners, on record for their opposition to a previous commission’s approval of two other pending hotel projects, are not exactly thrilled.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVELERS FACE HIGHEST GAS PRICES SINCE 2014

The final travel holiday of the summer is upon us, and soon, its traffic will be, too. About 2 million Floridians are expected to travel for Labor Day Weekend according to AAA, The Auto Club Group, and motorists hitting the road for the long weekend will face some of the highest gas prices since 2014.

SHARES OF TAMPA BAY’S BIGGEST PUBLIC COMPANY PLUNGE 17 PERCENT AFTER MISSING EARNINGS TARGET

The share price for Tech Data hit $74 in early trading down from $88.60, where it closed Wednesday. Before Thursday’s drop, the share price was already down about 9.5 percent since the start of the year.

BUCS VS. JAGS: DO WE HAVE TO WATCH?

The Bucs will host the Jaguars tonight in the fourth and final game of the preseason. According to sports columnist Tom Jones, there is one burning question for this game. Why? Why are they playing it? Why are we watching it? There is nothing in sports more boring and more meaningless, he writes, than the last game of the NFL preseason.

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