Thursday, October 18, 2018
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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: 17 minutes ago
The Daystarter: HSN-QVC merger will cost hundreds their jobs; How did Andrew Gillum handle the hurricane this time?; and by the time you read this the Bucs may have given up another play-action pass.

The Daystarter: HSN-QVC merger will cost hundreds their jobs; How did Andrew Gillum handle the hurricane this time?; and by the time you read this the Bucs may have given up another play-action pass.

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 temps heat up into the 90s, according to the National Weather Service. Expect partly cloudy skies and a 20 perce...
Updated: 6 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,...
Updated: 10 hours ago
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...
Updated: 10 hours ago
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.
Updated: 11 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: 11 hours ago
Attorney Mark Stopa’s foreclosure cases are halted but clients’ checks are being cashed

Attorney Mark Stopa’s foreclosure cases are halted but clients’ checks are being cashed

TAMPA — A bankruptcy judge has ordered a temporary halt to all state and appellate court proceedings in which suspended foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa and his former law firm are counsel of record.The emergency order, effective until Nov. 6,...
Updated: 11 hours 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...
Published: 10/18/18
Florida House District 67 candidates agree education is a priority, but disagree on what to do about it

Florida House District 67 candidates agree education is a priority, but disagree on what to do about it

Democrat Dawn Douglas says charter schools pull money from public education, while incumbent Republican Chris Latvala backed bill that sent construction money to charters.
Published: 10/18/18
Buccaneers-Falcons All-22: Quarterbacks are faking out Tampa Bay’s defense

Buccaneers-Falcons All-22: Quarterbacks are faking out Tampa Bay’s defense

Thank goodness for the Buffalo Bills.Their offense might be the only thing in the NFL right now more unsightly than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. Yes, the Bucs are allowing more points per game than any other team. It might seem as if it couldn&#...
Updated: 4 hours ago