Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott wants transparency for VA but not for himself

When Gov. Rick Scott filed suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs for not allowing state inspectors into VA hospitals in Florida, he said the VA was "stonewalling."

He should know. The former Columbia/HCA head once exercised his Fifth Amendment right 75 times in a civil court deposition.

Observers routinely criticize Scott's gubernatorial tenure for operating outside the "sunshine," but now he's criticizing the VA for a lack of transparency?

This act of political gamesmanship would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. Veterans deserve and need a solution, not a governor trying to score political points with the sword of hypocrisy. …

Fast food workers clamor for a wage increase to $15 an hour, but my friend Stanley Gray offers a better solution: above-base compensation.

Every restaurant accepts a loss for waste and theft known as shrinkage. Gray says instead of a simple hourly increase, workers should receive quarterly bonuses for reducing that shrinkage. In other words, earn the increase. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: There Is No Planet B …

Kudos to Hot 101.5 morning host Jayde Donovan, who gave away 22 iPads this month to kids battling pediatric cancer, part of her Apple-A-Day program. …

Patrons of Brady's Backyard BBQ in Safety Harbor will get a treat Tuesday night when Robin Taylor, the son of Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, takes the stage. …

A StoryCorps segment I recorded in January with my old college roommate Mike Sexton airs today on WUSF-89.7 FM. We can't remember what we said, and we're both scared to death.

That's all I'm saying.

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Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Updated: 6 hours ago
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Updated: 7 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

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Updated: 7 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Updated: 8 hours ago
Call her more than just a survivor

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TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
Published: 02/24/18