Trevor Dooley, who in 2012 was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of his neighbor after the two fought over skateboarding rules on a basketball court in Valrico, can be released on $100,000 bond while he appeals that conviction, a judge ruled on Wednesday. It has been three years since Dooley began serving his eight-year prison sentence. Dooley's attorney said his client poses no danger to the community.
POLL: NELSON BEATS SCOTT FOR SENATE, MORGAN EDGES PUTNAM FOR GOVERNOR
A new robo poll by Gravis Marketing finds Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson comfortably leading Republican Rick Scott in a hypothetical senate race, and leading Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi. Meanwhile potential Democratic candidate John Morgan, the trial lawyer, edged Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and CFO Jeff Atwater.
GAS PRICES COULD RISE SHARPLY
Gas up as soon as you can, Tampa Bay. Local gas price trackers are predicting prices at the pump will rise by a fair amount per gallon in the next couple weeks thanks to a new OPEC agreement. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to reduce its output by more than 1 million barrels a day, which is intended to curb a global glut of oil, but could drive up prices.
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OLDEST HOUSE IN TAMPA FOR SALE
Built in 1842, the bungalow at 3210 E. Eighth Ave is the oldest home in the three-county area of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco. The owner is offering the building for sale at a price of $45,000. "Its bones are unbelievably strong," the home's owner, Darryl Bethune, said. "... Plus, you're buying a piece of history."
LONGTIME TAMPA BAY BANKER DIES AT 74
Longtime Tampa Bay banker and civic activist David Stone died Wednesday morning after a lengthy illness. He was 74. In a banking career that spanned more than 50 years, Stone was known as a go-to executive to help struggling institutions or those working through management changes.
BILL WOULD MEAN HIGHER TUITION FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS
Heralded as a bipartisan victory when it passed, a Florida law granting in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students could now be in danger. A bill filed Wednesday by conservative Florida Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, seeks to erase that 2014 provision.
WINSTON TO BUCS FANS: THIS BALL IS FOR YOU
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston began his weekly press conference by presenting a game ball to Tampa Bay fans for their support at Raymond James Stadium during the 14-5 win over Seattle on Sunday. The Bucs had their largest announced crowd of the season -- 63,674 -- at RJS against the Seahawks.
RICK SCOTT'S TROUBLED JOBS AGENCY TAPS FORMER TAMPA REP AS LEADER
Enterprise Florida agreed on Wednesday — with Scott in attendance during the entire two-hour meeting — to hire former Tampa state Rep. Chris Hart IV to run the embattled quasi-governmental agency that oversees the recruiting of businesses to relocate to Florida, but turmoil at Enterprise Florida at under the previous director isn't over.
NETFLIX INTRODUCES OFFLINE VIEWING
Netflix subscribers can now download movies and shows to watch even when they don't have an internet connection. The long-awaited offline option announced Wednesday gives Netflix's 87 million subscribers offline access to videos for the first time in the streaming service's decade-long history.
CUPCAKE ATM OPEN IN TAMPA
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The long-awaited cupcake ATM at Sprinkles in Hyde Park Village in Tampa has arrived. In the first week after installation, the bakery chain, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., said it has proven even more popular than anticipated. "It was one of our best-performing cupcake ATMs," said Nicole Schwartz, the company's vice president of marketing. "It was in the top tier of sales."