Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

High-speed ferry proposal raises commuters' hopes

The concept of a high-speed ferry transporting SouthShore residents to MacDill Air Force Base — and eventually taking folks across the bay from Hillsborough to Pinellas — excites me and a lot of other people.

And the Hillsborough County Commission may move a step closer to making the ferry a reality. The board is expected to vote on an interim public-private partnership agreement during its Wednesday meeting and hear plans for a terminal and accessible waterfront park in the SouthShore area. Commissioner Sandra Murman expressed optimism about the proposal at last week's SouthShore Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

But for now, we have to remind ourselves — it's just a concept. A lot of great ideas around here haven't reached fruition. …

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet with Dunedin officials, now that their deal to get a new spring training home in Palm Beach Gardens appears dead. Dunedin shouldn't get cocky, but I wouldn't blame them if they walked in singing Kool Moe Dee's How Ya Like Me Now. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Orwell's 1984 Was A Warning, Not A Manual. …

Can you fill your entire freezer with Thin Mint cookies? Well, Friday and Saturday is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and everyone who likes the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's Facebook page (facebook.com/GirlScoutsWCF) this weekend will have a chance to win a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies: 365 boxes. …

From its savory mac and cheese and cool sandwiches to its overall hip vibe, the Bricks of Ybor may be the district's best-kept secret. Good times for sure.

That's all I'm saying.

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Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

PLANT CITY — Jonathon Adams heard a scream, "like a dog getting run over by a car," then saw a minivan come tearing around the corner with a woman he knew dangling out of the passenger side.It was the start of a deadly sequence of events Dec. 8 that ...
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Column: Tax reform is the right path forward for Florida

In Washington, the tax reform process continues to move steadily forward, increasing the likelihood that Floridians will be able to keep more of their own money next year. While it has been the subject of a great deal of criticism (and outright misle...
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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings...
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Dade City man turns himself in on warrants for Polk armed robbery

Dade City man turns himself in on warrants for Polk armed robbery

DADE CITY — A 25-year-old man wanted in connection with the attempted robbery of a taxi driver in Lakeland turned himself in late Wednesday night after being prompted by his mother, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Edner Dely of Dade Ci...
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Local widowers say baby powder caused their wives’ cancer

Local widowers say baby powder caused their wives’ cancer

Two Tampa area widowers whose wives died of ovarian cancer are suing Johnson & Johnson, joining nearly 5,000 other plaintiffs across the country who blame their illness on the daily use of the pharmaceutical company’s talcum powder.Bryan Isa’s wife, ...
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Pinellas judge: U.S. Army major found incompetent to stand trial can leave Florida

Pinellas judge: U.S. Army major found incompetent to stand trial can leave Florida

LARGO — A Pinellas circuit judge ruled this week that Roman Izzo, a U.S. Army major charged with murder but found incompetent to stand trial after he was injured in a motorcycle crash, can move to Kansas with his family.Izzo was released on $1.5 mill...
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Lawsuit attempts to end conversion therapy ban in Tampa

Lawsuit attempts to end conversion therapy ban in Tampa

TAMPA — A conservative advocacy group is asking a federal court to overturn Tampa’s ban on conversion therapy for minors.The City Council approved an ordinance in March that bars the controversial practice, which tries to change a person’s sexual ori...
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Jabil’s fiscal results top Wall Street expectations

Jabil’s fiscal results top Wall Street expectations

ST. PETERSBURG — Jabil Circuit Inc. beat Wall Street expectations for both profits and revenue Thursday.The St. Petersburg-based contract electronics manufacturer — one of Tampa Bay’s biggest public companies — posted fiscal first-quarter earnings of...
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Deputies: Fleeing suspect shoots, injures dog as he runs through yards

DOVER — While fleeing from deputies, a man shot a dog inside a fenced yard Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said they were attempting to pull over a vehicle that might have been stolen near Milagro Court and Bl...
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Amtrak train strikes, kills 60-year-old woman in Lakeland

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman who was hit by an Amtrak train on Thursday.The woman was struck at 12:30 p.m. in the railroad intersection of Highway 92 East and Fairway Avenue in Lakeland, deputies ...
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