Tuesday, October 16, 2018
News Roundup

Clearwater Marine Aquarium turtle rehab center admits year's first loggerhead hatchling

A 3-inch-long loggerhead sea turtle hatchling swims in a holding tank on Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This is the first loggerhead hatchling of the year admitted into rehab at CMA. The hatchling, named Amaretto, was found this week by a morning turtle nesting patrol in the skimmer of a condo's swimming pool in Indian Shores, and likely lost its way after becoming disoriented by artificial lighting along the beach, said Tess Adams of the aquarium.

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The Daystarter: Cell service still out after Michael, and so is campaigning; Westshore Plaza says goodbye to Sears; check out the Times’ Medicare guide.

The Daystarter: Cell service still out after Michael, and so is campaigning; Westshore Plaza says goodbye to Sears; check out the Times’ Medicare guide.

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The heat is back. Expect temperatures in the 90s, partly cloudy skies with a slim 10 to 20 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Temps could drop slightly...
Updated: 8 hours ago
She dedicated her life to kids. She lost it trying to save them.

She dedicated her life to kids. She lost it trying to save them.

ST. PETE BEACH — Those who knew her said Samar Aboukhdair did everything for kids, and not just her own.So when they heard how the 36-year-old died this weekend, it was no surprise that it was while trying to save her children.The kids survived, but ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
To get to Ybor's spookiest bar, step through the secret bookcase

To get to Ybor's spookiest bar, step through the secret bookcase

The Spookeasy Lounge in Ybor City has a spooky, but upscale Victorian tea lounge vibe and a hidden entrance.
Updated: 12 hours ago
Vagabond spirit guides seamstress on the biker festival circuit

Vagabond spirit guides seamstress on the biker festival circuit

Eileen Ceder, aka "The Slipper Lady," is a snowbird traveling the motorcycle festival circuit. A moccasin maker who also sells fabric patches, she can sew them on right then and there.
Published: 10/16/18
Clearwater tweaks downtown incentive program

Clearwater tweaks downtown incentive program

CLEARWATER — On the heels of intensive meetings with downtown property owners and potential business tenants, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency has tweaked its incentive programs designed to attract businesses that would operate...
Published: 10/16/18
Hurricane Michael: From atop bridges, those inside the destruction talk to the world

Hurricane Michael: From atop bridges, those inside the destruction talk to the world

PORT ST. JOE — Bridges span voids. Traditionally, the gaps are physical barriers, be it rivers, railroads or ravines.After Hurricane Michael, the bridges near Mexico Beach have become portals of sorts, the only place where communication is possible w...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays’ Rocco Baldelli interviews with Rangers

Rays’ Rocco Baldelli interviews with Rangers

Interest in Rays coach Rocco Baldelli as a manager continues to grow, as he interviewed for another opening on Monday, this time with the Texas Rangers.Baldelli, 37, has also interviewed with the Reds, and reportedly with the Twins. The Angels and Bl...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Buccaneers AfterMath: The kicker problem and how to solve it

Buccaneers AfterMath: The kicker problem and how to solve it

On “Separation Sunday” in the NFL, it was gut-check time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They didn’t pass, dropping their third straight game.In a 34-29 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta, the defense struggled to get off the field on thi...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Why the Bucs waited to fire Mike Smith

Why the Bucs waited to fire Mike Smith

TAMPA — Exactly two weeks ago, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter stood at the same podium following an embarrassing 48-10 loss at Chicago and asked this rhetorical question: "We fire Mike Smith. Okay, then what would the next move be?''Well, the Buc...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Judge throws out Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

Judge throws out Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit from adult film actress Stormy Daniels that claimed President Donald Trump defamed her when he suggested she had lied about being threatened to keep quiet about their relationship. Federal District Judge ...
Updated: 10 hours ago