Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Houston slips past USF in AAC power rankings

Houston slips past USF in AAC power rankings

While the American Athletic Conference's East Division remains a three-team race, Houston is in the driver's seat as the only remaining unbeaten team in the West.Houston, which has won its first two league games by an average of 18.5 points, moved to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa chief wants council to see larger context in ticketing of black bicyclists

Tampa chief wants council to see larger context in ticketing of black bicyclists

TAMPA — Police Chief Brian Dugan will deliver a breakdown of bicyclists stopped and ticketed by police at today’s City Council meeting, and the data will confirm what some council members already suspect: Black bicyclists are disproportionately stopp...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Baby born after Hurricane Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

Baby born after Hurricane Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot

Wilmer Capps, wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest of nights in the best spot they could find: The parking lot of a Walmart store shut down by the storm.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Some of these Florida amendments aren’t worth your time

Some of these Florida amendments aren’t worth your time

For such a sacred document, we seem to give little thought to scribbling on, erasing and haphazardly expanding the Florida Constitution.Since a revised version was established in 1968, Florida voters have been asked to consider more than 175 differen...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Mexico Beach was gone. But we found a way to get there.

Mexico Beach was gone. But we found a way to get there.

Reporting in a hurricane is dangerous, complicated and important. When it came to Hurricane Michael, we had to find a way to tell the stories.
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Daystarter: We found Mexico Beach in the dark of night; how did Andrew Gillum handle the hurricane this time?; listen to our new podcast, ‘Life of the Party.’

The Daystarter: We found Mexico Beach in the dark of night; how did Andrew Gillum handle the hurricane this time?; listen to our new podcast, ‘Life of the Party.’

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The morning will start off cool in the mid-70s. Then it gets warmer as record-setting temps heat up into the 90s, according to the National Weather Service. Expect partly cloudy skies...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida Gators midseason review: Is a NY6 bowl game in reach?

Florida Gators midseason review: Is a NY6 bowl game in reach?

After Florida's historic Week 2 loss to Kentucky, expectations plummeted for Dan Mullen's first season as the Gators' coach.A month later, No. 11 UF (6-1) is tied for first in the SEC East and a serious contender to make a run at a New Year's Six bow...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Commissioner sounds alarm on meager Hillsborough developer fees, unchanged since 1987

Commissioner sounds alarm on meager Hillsborough developer fees, unchanged since 1987

TAMPA — If a developer wants to tear up more than 100 acres in Manatee County, it costs $20,000 to submit an application.In Pasco County, the fee is $7,000 and it’s $17,500 in Broward County.But Hillsborough County would only charge the developer $1,...
Published: 10/18/18
In Clearwater handicap parking space case, prosecutors want to include shooter’s prior confrontation

In Clearwater handicap parking space case, prosecutors want to include shooter’s prior confrontation

In the case of the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, prosecutors this week formally expressed their intent to use as evidence a prior encounter between Michael Drejka and a man who parked in the same handicap parking space.A motion filed in court...
Published: 10/18/18
Finding a hotel in a hurricane: Some questions to ask

Finding a hotel in a hurricane: Some questions to ask

What is the storm category rating? Concrete block with steel-rebar-reinforced columns is acceptable. Stay away from brick-, wood- or metal-framed structures. They could collapse or be compromised by wind and water.
Published: 10/18/18