Sunday, February 18, 2018
News Roundup

Kurt Browning to bring proposals of school district reorganization to School Board for approval

LAND O'LAKES

Browning's reorganization likely not done

School superintendent Kurt Browning will bring a spate of proposals to the School Board next week to cement more of his district reorganization plans. He will ask the board to approve his organizational chart, new job descriptions for chief finance officer and executive directors of administration and support services, and reallocations of several personnel. He has nominated David Scanga and Beth Brown as learning community executive directors, and Tina Tiede as assistant superintendent on assignment. He has named Mark Fox as director of maintenance and is expected to appoint Renalia DuBose as executive director for administration and Olga Swinson as chief finance officer. Interviews for the communications director job are scheduled for Wednesday, so that appointment also could come soon. Browning has said he wants to refocus the district office to better serve schools, and this is part of that plan. More moves are likely.

ZEPHYRHILLS

City doesn't want feedback on mayor

Given the controversial final weeks of former Mayor Steve Van Gorden's term, City Council members have decided not to seek residents' feedback on his job performance. The council on Monday approved a draft of this year's citizen satisfaction survey, leaving in place a question about mayoral approval or disapproval but striking through the part where residents can answer. City Council President Kenneth Compton suggested removing the question about the mayor altogether, but City Manager Jim Drumm said he was concerned doing so would cause respondents to consider the mayor part of the council when answering other questions about elected leaders. Van Gorden, who was elected in April, resigned last month after the council voted to pursue impeachment proceedings against him. He stepped down as principal of Zephyrhills High School in November after allegations of sexual harassment against him.

LAND O'LAKES

Republican Club to meet Jan. 23

The Republican Club of Central Pasco will meet on Jan. 23 to start planning GOP activities for the coming year. Pasco GOP chairman Randy Maggard and executive committee member Gary Willner will discuss the plans for the state Republican Party as well as statistics from the 2012 elections. The club meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information, call Connie Queller at (813) 326-8802.

LUTZ

Grand opening for Legg's new office

State Sen. John Legg will host a grand opening from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 of his new district office, 262 Crystal Grove Blvd. Light refreshments will be served. Guests are asked to bring donations of diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, clothing items and toiletries for clients of local pregnancy centers. RSVP to Becky Zizzo at (813) 909-9919 or [email protected]

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Pinellas Sheriff’s Office accuses 14-year-old of copycat Snapchat school threat

PINELLAS PARK — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office late Saturday said detectives arrested a 14-year-old boy and accused him of posting a threat to a school on his Snapchat account.Edward Charles Osgood, who attends Lealman Innovation Academy, was a...
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Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

1. Was editor of her high school newspaper, president of her 4-H club.2. Started stripping at age 17 in Baton Rouge, La.3. Made her first porn film with a girlfriend.4. Took her stage name from the Motley Crue bassist, who named his son Storm, and fr...
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Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

MUNICH — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an...
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Prominent Republican donor issues an ultimatum

Prominent Republican donor issues an ultimatum

A prominent Republican political donor demanded on Saturday that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style fi...
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Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A red heart-shaped balloon rose above crowd of several hundred people that had gathered at Williams Park on Saturday evening to mourn Wednesday’s school shooting in Broward County and to protest gun violence.Below the balloon, signs ...
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Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orches...
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Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

TAMPA — In the center of the nightclub, between the cigar case and bustling bar, a giant screen blankets the back wall. Usually, ads for drink specials and coming attractions scroll across.But Friday night, a life-size picture of President Donald Tru...
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Man found dead in flaming mobile home

TAMPA — Firefighters found a man dead inside a burned-down mobile home Saturday.Tampa Fire Rescue got a call just after 4:30 p.m. that a single-wide mobile home at the 100 block of East Linebaugh Avenue was in flames.The man’s identity was not releas...
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‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
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Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
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