Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

A tasty idea for HART commuters

A true dining experience for Hillsborough County bus riders going through the Marion Transit Center sounds like a winner.

Not only could they grab a quick snack at a restaurant between transfers, but it could enhance the ongoing north downtown development and complement projects such as the new Metro 510 residences.

Later this month, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority board will consider developing the project on land it acquired in preparation for high-speed rail. The concept deserves exploration because new revenue streams can only help. …

Dr. B. Lee Green, Sean Dickerson and Michael Dove guide Community Conversations, a talk show from 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday on WTBN-AM 570 that's aimed at promoting health in the black community. Its blog ( thecctrio.blogspot.com) offers support to help keep health-oriented New Year's resolutions. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: No, I Didn't Sell My Soul to Satan, But We Did Work Out a Rent-to-Own Deal. …

The clapping hook from the 1976 Rose Royce hit Car Wash remains so infectious you still hear it at sporting events. You can clap with the real deal Saturday when Rose Royce performs at the Tampa Bay Black Heritage's street festival Saturday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. …

My friends at Stageworks Theatre (stageworkstheatre.org) hold their annual gala Saturday night at Centro Asturiano, and this year it's a 1950s sock hop. Call me if you have a pair of penny loafers I can borrow, and buy a ticket if you want to bid on a package that allows you and your friends to have a special dinner with me.

Don't worry, I'm not cooking.

That's all I'm saying.

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Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago

The Daystarter: Women’s March returns to St. Petersburg; PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; Free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 9 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
Published: 01/22/18
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 6 hours ago

nationResearchers work to avoid another 1918 super-flu The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after on...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
Updated: 7 hours ago
‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 8 hours ago