Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Automate, but don't forget Hillsborough's sanitation workers

Hillsborough County will make the move to automated garbage collection in October, but I hope County Commissioner Al Higginbotham follows through on his promise to help workers who are laid off.

Progress waits for no one, and the county couldn't pass on the opportunity to save tax dollars — even though a number of residents expressed concern about workers being let go.

Still, I have the same feeling when that guy with the electric saw outperformed Paul Bunyan and Babe. …

Emcee, speaker, contest judge and now game show host. In my role as a Tampa Bay Times ambassador, I will welcome folks Saturday to "The Times Is Right Kumquat Game Show," a free Kumquat Festival prefestival event presented by the Dade City Chamber of Commerce. It kicks off at 10 a.m. at Calvary Assembly of God in Dade City.

My late grandmother, a Price Is Right fan, would laugh about me emulating Bob Barker. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Smile — It Confuses People. …

It's not too late to put Clearwater Beach atop the USA Today Travel rankings of the state's top beach destinations. Just go to votebeach.com to cast your ballot. Voting ends Wednesday. …

Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Tampa Bay chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are hosting a "Sunday Supper" this Sunday at Beulah Baptist Church, 1006 W Cypress St. in Tampa. A diverse group will gather to honor the military and discuss economic issues. The program begins at 5 p.m. …

Anyone who complains about hot weather in January will get an email from me the next time it's 33 degrees.

That's all I'm saying.

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AOL Instant Messenger is no more, and it’s okay your inner 13-year-old is crying

Saying goodbye to an old friend stings.On the morning of Dec. 15, 2017, AOL Instant Messenger died.Take a moment to allow the 13-year-old inside of you let out a deep sob; think about the bulletin you wish you could post to your MySpace page about ho...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Vology landlord challenges property tax assessment

Vology landlord challenges property tax assessment

LARGO — Eight months after paying $10.15 million for the office building that houses IT services company Vology, a New York company is suing the Pinellas County Property Appraiser and Florida Department of Revenue contending its $5.5 million tax asse...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Three months later, the Pinellas County school district has totaled up the costs of operating 16 schools as shelters for 25,000 evacuees during Hurricane Irma.The district is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for a reimbursemen...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Being your own lawyer: bad idea. People in Tampa Bay do it anyway.

Being your own lawyer: bad idea. People in Tampa Bay do it anyway.

LARGO — Daniel Richards walked into the courtroom in his orange jail scrubs. Carrying a stack of papers, he stood in front of Pinellas Circuit judge Chris Helinger as she glanced at the handwritten documents he filed days earlier."I foresee foul play...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
New video shows cows beaten and burned at Florida dairy farm

New video shows cows beaten and burned at Florida dairy farm

The Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission has released a video from its undercover abuse investigation at a Central Florida dairy farmThe graphic video, with disturbing images of cows cruelly being beaten, speared, stabbed and burned, was shot by...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Pinellas jury: Clearwater man representing himself is guilty of killing his mother

LARGO — A jury found Daniel Richards guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for the fatal beating of his 83-year-old mother.Richards, a 61-year-old who represented himself during his trial, was sentenced to life in prison.On the night of July 17, 2...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, shot dog, hid in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men who ran from deputies and shot a dog were captured after a brief pursuit Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.They ditched the stolen car, ran away on foot, crossed through several yards and then ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District is at a bargaining impasse with its largest work group, about 20,000 teachers and other employees represented by the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association.The two sides, which began negotiations i...
Updated: 1 hour ago

FHP: Overturned vehicle reported on northbound Howard Frankland

ST. PETERSBURG — Drivers should avoid the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge for a while: The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to a report of an overturned vehicle there.The incident was reported on northbound Interstate 275, near mile marker 32,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams

Hillsborough County Swimmer of the Year: Morgan Tankersley, Sr., PlantTankersley defended her state title in the 500 free (4:44.75) and placed second in one of the country’s fastest 200 free races in 1:46.75, 2.07 seconds behind Buchholz junior Isa...
Updated: 1 hour ago