Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Talk of the bay: Dunedin woman, 82, killed in parking lot accident

Woman killed as truck hits her in parking lot

An 82-year-old woman was killed Monday morning when she was struck by a pickup truck in a parking lot, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Joan Maiocco, a resident of Mediterranean Manors at 2700 Bayshore Blvd. in Dunedin, was walking across the condo parking lot shortly before 9 a.m. when a 1999 Dodge Ram with a dump bed backed up, knocked her to the ground and ran her over. Maiocco died at the scene, deputies said. The driver of the pickup, Vincent Fusari, 62, of Palm Harbor was not hurt. The Sheriff's Office said it was a "low-speed crash" that does not appear to involve alcohol or drugs.

Plan to improve Trop gets council's okay

The City Council on Monday approved a plan to spend $1.3 million for a renovation to Tropicana Field. The 7-0 vote paves the way for a project that features the creation of open-air concessions where a restaurant now exists, and walkways behind the outfield seats. Tampa Bay Rays officials have characterized the project as an upgrade for fans. Team officials had asked the city for the money, which comes from ticket sales and naming rights, because the city controls the account, which has about $2.1 million in it. Other projects, including bathroom overhauls, better lighting and improvements required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, also will be part of the project. The work is expected to be complete before next year's baseball season.

USF boss Genshaft may get big bonus

A sizable performance bonus could be in the cards for University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft as she completes her 13th year in charge of the university. Friday, the USF Board of Trustees Compensation Committee recommended Genshaft get a $122,500 performance stipend this year, according to officials. Per her contract, Genshaft is eligible for up to a $175,000 annual performance stipend. The fate of the remaining $52,500 will be decided by the board chair when the board considers the proposal at its Dec. 5 meeting.

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Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

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RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

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Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

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Updated: 2 hours ago
A solemn display

A solemn display

Associated PressVisitors to Boston Commons in Boston last week pass 37,000 American flags planted to honor every Massachusetts resident killed in war dating to the Revolutionary War. The "flag garden" idea on Memorial Day started in Boston about a de...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the 93-year-old was experiencing low blood pressure and has been hospitalized. Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted just after 2 p.m. Sunday that Bush will likely remain in the hospit...
Updated: 5 hours ago
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

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Updated: 5 hours ago
Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Both southbound lanes of Bayshore Boulevard between W. Barcelona and W. Rubideaux streets are closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break.The repair and roadway restoration work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Sunday but ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

We’re all waking up to the impacts of Alberto: dreary rain, gusty wind, the reluctant change of Memorial Day plans.But while the effects are routine for storm-weathering Floridians, the category of storm Alberto falls into is a little less familiar. ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

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Updated: 8 hours ago