Monday, November 20, 2017
News Roundup

A recap of the week's news

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Editor's note: The following is a recap of the week's news events, in the words of the newsmakers.

"She just came out of nowhere. She's underneath my truck, dad! She's underneath my truck!"

Justin Foster, 17, recalling his phone call to his father after witnessing an SUV strike a girl as she crossed Chicago Avenue in Hudson. Ocean-Leigh McKenzie Marshall, 16, had just left Fivay High when she was hit and sustained serious injuries.

"Just like every good book has a title, this story has a title, and the title is 'I almost got away with it.' "

Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis during opening arguments in the murder trial of William Hurst, 61. A jury later convicted Hurst of killing his wife, Amy Rose, nearly 30 years ago and dumping her body in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's an arcane practice. I supervise employees on a day to day basis . . . and I can't accept a resignation."

Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning during a workshop examining a policy change that would shift that responsibility to his office from the School Board.

"I think it's a shame we have to institute something like this. But we do."

Schools athletic director Phil Bell during a discussion of a policy that could restrict athletic participation of students who switch schools.

"He was a remarkable individual. I look at Barry Glover as the father of criminal justice at Saint Leo (University)."

Dr. Robert Diemer, director of the university's criminal justice graduate program, after Mr. Glover died last week.

"It stinks, quite frankly.'

New Port Richey Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe offering his opinion of the city's development code.

"We've been talking about doing all of these things for a year, so I think this gives us a chance to get moving on them."

New Port Richey City Council member Bill Phillips after listing priorities for spending almost $1 million previously restricted to utilities.

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Top 5 at noon: Adam Matos sentencing begins; Seminole Heights thanks first responders; and more

Top 5 at noon: Adam Matos sentencing begins; Seminole Heights thanks first responders; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:SENTENCING PHASE CONTINUES IN TRIAL OF ADAM MATOS, FOUND GUILTY IN MURDER OF FOURThe sentencing phase begins Monday in the trial of Adam Matos, convicted Friday of first degree murder in the ...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
UPDATED: Crocodile spotted lurking on Florida beach has been captured (w/video)

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Updated: 14 minutes ago
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Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

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Updated: 1 hour ago
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