Friday, August 17, 2018
News Roundup

Ernest Hooper: Hillsborough transportation initiative needs some super heroes

Hillsborough's latest foray into creating a comprehensive transportation plan remains perilously close to faltering, and while time, reason and positive results from a series of investigations may help, Go Hillsborough needs a super hero boost.

Transportation Avengers may emerge from the business community just in the nick of time. Columbia Restaurants owner Richard Gonzmart and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik have expressed an interest in transportation, with Gonzmart saying he's willing to help pay for mass transit.

I'll let Gonzmart and Vinik figure out who'll be Captain America and who'll be Iron Man, but this community needs them to suit up and a few others to join them. . . .

Seen on a T-shirt: Me? Sarcastic? Never!

Seniors in Service tabbed me to deliver the keynote at its annual breakfast on Oct. 30 at the Renaissance Hotel International Plaza. Come out and salute those who grace us with dedication and awe us with wisdom. Go to seniorsinservice.org/events or contact Robin Ingles at [email protected] to purchase sponsorships and tickets! . . .

I get the honor of introducing not one, but two authors at Saturday's Times Festival of Reading at USF St. Petersburg: Dewayne Staats and Ersula Knox Odom. If you get high on intellectual stimulation, you need to be at this festival. . . .

We love to tell teachers we're entrusting them with our most precious commodity, but we pay them like we're asking them to guard a junkyard. Money isn't the only motivator, but it's time to get real. Give them support, understanding, innovation and more pay, or risk losing the most dedicated among them.

That's all I'm saying.

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Preseason football: Berkeley Prep passing game on point in weather-shortened win

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep did some strange things on offense Thursday night.Instead of wheeling around to hand off, quarterback Josh Youngblood was firing the ball down the field.The Bucs becoming more of passing team?Believe it.By shucking its run...
Updated: 5 hours ago
The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

The Rays finally won a series in Yankee Stadium. Now for some perspective.

NEW YORK — After the Rays exhaled following Thursday's tense-as-they come 3-1 win, they were able to appreciate the significance of what they'd done.For now.And, more importantly, for the future.Really, it shouldn't be that hard. They make thre...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

Rays journal: Rookie Adam Kolarek picks good time for first career save

NEW YORK — There was a lot that went into the Rays hanging on to their 3-1, series-clinching win over the Yankees Thursday.Including the conversation  reliever Adam Kolarek had with himself jogging in from the bullpen with the bases loaded...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

Preseason football: Springstead rolls over Hudson 55-0

SPRING HILL — Preseason games are usually a good gauge of where teams stand entering the season. But even after Springstead's 55-0 win over Hudson on Thursday night, Eagles coach Mike Garofano was cautiously optimistic.He thought dept...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

Pasco deputies arrest 21-year-old in deadly Hudson gunfight

HUDSON — A 21-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge Thursday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, 24 hours after a drug deal turned into a deadly gunfight in an apartment complex parking lot.Anthony Blount of 12424 Hicks Road...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

Deputies: Boy, 13, who once brought a gun to school made threats

The 13-year-old Clair-Mel boy who was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to Dowdell Middle School back in April now faces even more trouble: He is accused of threatening to conduct a shooting attack against the same school on social media, accord...
Updated: 7 hours ago
He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.

He listed a degree he doesn’t have, lacked stated requirements. Still got Clearwater police job.

CLEARWATER — The candidate did not, on paper, meet minimum requirements of the position. He was not the clear choice of the review board. He also listed a degree on his application that he did not really have. But then-Parks and Recreation athletics ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

Florida Bar investigating one of stand your ground shooter's lawyers

The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into one of the lawyers who signed on this week to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities at first called a stand your ground case. A spokeswoman for t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
‘I need help now!’ pleads woman in 911 tape from Florida stand your ground shooting

‘I need help now!’ pleads woman in 911 tape from Florida stand your ground shooting

Even before the 911 operator could ask about the emergency, the caller was screaming."Baby! Oh my God!" she yelled, as the operator tried to calmly ask for the address."I need help now! I need help now!" the caller pleaded, her voice cracking in hyst...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

Deputies: Wesley Chapel man drowns near Gandy Beach

ST. PETERSBURG — A 69-year-old Wesley Chapel man drowned off Gandy Beach on Thursday, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.Sven Torsell of Betts Drive fell into the water just south of the beach at about 1:30 p.m., deputies said. About a half-ho...
Updated: 8 hours ago