Tuesday, April 24, 2018
News Roundup

Could Derby Lane site become Rays stadium?

Legislators grappling with gambling reform in Tallahassee said last week they want to phase out greyhound racing.

A Derby Lane spokeswoman said the track still wants to run dogs while offering poker and slot machines, but if the track's days are numbered, I can't help but think the Gandy Boulevard location could be the home of a new Rays stadium. It would put the team closer to Tampa and Clearwater, and the elevated six-lane roadway under construction on Gandy from Interstate 275 to Fourth Street will improve traffic. Talk has centered on moving the team to Tampa, but keeping the stadium in Pinellas County allows for an easier political solution. …

Once again, Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) will draw attention to challenges facing juveniles tonight with a rally at 7 at Tropicana Field. The group is pushing for law enforcement to use more civil citations to keep youth who commit non-serious offenses from ending up with criminal records. Do kids really have a second chance if we tie an anchor around their necks? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Life Is An Endless Battle Against Maturity. …

So the U.S. Supreme Court wipes out limits on aggregate political contributions and state House Speaker Will Weatherford champions the decision as a free speech protection. I guess he's not familiar with the great American philosopher P. Diddy, who once eloquently stated, "Mo' money, mo' problems." The decision invites corruption. …

From 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, I'll appear on a panel at the Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center with fellow Tampa Bay Times columnist Dan Ruth and the Tampa Tribune's Steve Otto. Nothing but a party.

That's all I'm saying.

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Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

As former teammates with the Rays and throughout baseball share thoughts and prayers, RHP Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" in a Chicago hospital after suffering a hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurysm on Friday.The White Sox on Monday released th...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 23

Monday’s scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 10, Citrus Park Christian 0Northeast 12, Countryside 5
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Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

TAMPA — A 68-year-old man was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge, according to Tampa police.Officers took James Leon Jackson into custody at 2712 W Nassau St. in west Tampa at about 1 p.m. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Friday....
Updated: 6 hours ago
A new museum will honor America’s lynching victims, including those killed in Tampa Bay

A new museum will honor America’s lynching victims, including those killed in Tampa Bay

In May 1914, a Hernando County grand jury decided not to indict John Davis, a black man accused of attempting to assault a white woman in a hotel. But days after he was released from the Citrus County jail, Davis’s body was found beaten with a ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Mon., April 23, midday:40 874 5140e_SRit69262Mon., April 23, evening:76 974 2849e_SRit78236Fantasy 5Mon., April...
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Waffle House slaying suspect arrested; veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant; more in U.S. news

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested; veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant; more in U.S. news

TennesseeWaffle House slaying suspect arrestedThe mentally unstable white gunman suspected of killing four people and wounding more at a diverse Nashville Waffle House was arrested near his apartment Monday, authorities said. Police and federal agent...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Armenia’s leader quits amid protests; van driver kills 10 in Toronto; more in world news

Armenia’s leader quits amid protests; van driver kills 10 in Toronto; more in world news

ArmeniaLeader quits: ‘I was wrong’Ten days of demonstrations forced the resignation Monday of the man who has led post-Soviet Armenia since 2008. The unexpected resignation prompted the jubilation of tens of thousands in capital Yerevan’s Republic Sq...
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Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

TAMPA — The 1-month-old infant reported missing Monday was found hours later about 300 miles north in Quincy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Sage Cooper was reported to be unharmed, officials said, and Gadsden County sheriff’s ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Saudi-led airstrike at Yemen wedding killed at least 20

SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people including the bride, health officials said Monday, as harrowing images emerged on social media of the deadly bombing, the third t...
Updated: 8 hours ago