Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Morris' trial in killings of two officers to be held in Tampa

Morris' trial in killings of two police officers will be in Tampa

Dontae Morris will be tried for the killings of two police officers in Tampa, a judge ruled Friday, not Orlando. Morris, 28, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Tampa Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis, shot to death during a traffic stop in June 2010. The jurors for the trial will come from Orlando, Hillsborough Circuit Judge William Fuente ruled Friday, but the trial will be held in Tampa, according to Bay News 9. Morris was already convicted this year by an Orange County jury of murder for a different 2010 shooting, and he's serving a mandatory life prison sentence. He faces the death penalty if convicted of killing the officers.

Several ways to dispose of old can

If you're wondering what to do with your old garbage can once Hillsborough County starts its new collection system, here's a solution: Leave it at the curb. The county will collect your old garbage can the week of Sept. 23 if you leave a note on it. Otherwise, you can put it inside your new, county-issued garbage cart the week of Sept. 30. Or take it to any of the county's community collection centers. As part of automated collection service starting this month, all county residential garbage customers are getting standardized garbage cans.

Family tied up, robbed by at least two men, deputies say

Authorities were searching for at least two men who tied up and robbed a Riverview family late Thursday night. Christina Weber, 34, woke just after 10 p.m. to see a man hovering over her bed at 11200 Tucker Road, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said. The man covered Weber's head, tied her up with rope and dragged her into the living room. One of the men then pulled a 13-year-old boy out of the room where he was sleeping, bound him with rope and brought him into the living room as well. Deputies said Weber and the boy were held for nearly two hours while the men waited for Charles J. Sanders, 60, to return home. When Sanders walked in the men struck him on the head, tied him up and ransacked the house before taking off in Sanders' silver 2002 Chevy Astro van, deputies said. Inside the house, one of the family members broke loose and called for help just after midnight Friday. Sanders was treated for cuts on his head, but Weber and the boy weren't injured. Deputies were still looking Friday for the two or three men involved in the robbery.

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Joe Henderson: Farewell to Eddie Card, sports enthusiast, gentleman and friend

Joe Henderson: Farewell to Eddie Card, sports enthusiast, gentleman and friend

There was an empty seat in the pew at the back of my church Sunday. It was where Eddie Card used to sit.That’s where I would see Eddie and his wonderful wife, Joan, nearly every week. He would always extend his hand and give mine a firm shake.He woul...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Procession planned for ‘America’s Pastor,’ Rev. Billy Graham

Procession planned for ‘America’s Pastor,’ Rev. Billy Graham

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. He was 9...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Forecast: Warm weather persists in Tampa Bay, but slightly cooler weekend ahead

Forecast: Warm weather persists in Tampa Bay, but slightly cooler weekend ahead

Tampa Bay has broken record high temperatures since Monday, and Thursday should be no different.Happy Thursday! We are rolling through the week and once again temperatures will be near record highs this afternoon. If we break the record high of 85° t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Grapefruit League 2018 day-by-day schedule

Grapefruit League 2018 day-by-day schedule

Here is the 2018 day-by-day Grapefruit League schedule. Check out the Tampa Bay Times’ 2018 Spring Training Guide for stadium locations, contact information, team-by-team schedules, ticket information and more.Thursday, Feb. 22U. of Tampa vs. Philade...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Man rescued after boat swept away, capsizes in Little Manatee River

Man rescued after boat swept away, capsizes in Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — A man was rescued early Thursday morning after Hillsborough County deputies say his boat was swept away by a strong tide and capsized in the Little Manatee River.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call was received ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Daystarter: Rubio taken to task; Romano on the GOP lobby; St. Pete’s World Liquors sign finds new home; what if Rays know what they’re doing?

The Daystarter: Rubio taken to task; Romano on the GOP lobby; St. Pete’s World Liquors sign finds new home; what if Rays know what they’re doing?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• Temperatures peaked Wednesday, but don’t expect cooler air to return just yet. Highs will remain in the mid 80s through next week, according to 10Weather WTSP. And it will re...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Romano: Welcome to Florida, a state more afraid of conversation than guns

Romano: Welcome to Florida, a state more afraid of conversation than guns

Gun advocates are absolutely right about this:A ban on assault weapons will not end school shootings.How do we know?Because there was a federal ban on assault weapons for 10 years, and mass killings persisted. That’s because a ban deals only with fut...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Supercross brings athletes — not just motorcycle riders — to Tampa

Supercross brings athletes — not just motorcycle riders — to Tampa

TAMPA — When breaking down the competitive skill in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series event at Raymond James Stadium, you won’t find an analysis of 40-yard dash times, bench-press weights or vertical-leap measurements...
Published: 02/22/18

Ernest Hooper: Andrew Young, in Tampa for award, holds up crown of inspiration at 85

Theologian and Morehouse College graduate Howard Thurman, a man who influenced many of the nation’s civil rights leaders, once issued a challenge to students at the famed Atlanta school.Over the heads of her students, Morehouse holds a crown that she...
Published: 02/22/18
PolitiFact: Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

PolitiFact: Donald Trump falsely says he never denied Russian meddling

The indictments of 13 Russians detailing how they used Facebook and Twitter to undercut Hillary Clinton and promote President Donald Trump spurred a flurry of tweets from Trump over the Presidents Day weekend."I never said Russia did not meddle in th...
Published: 02/22/18