Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Holy oil won't help Children's Board of Hillsborough gain traction

Do you trust an agency head who thought having her office anointed with holy oil would help resolve tensions with board members? The actions of Luanne Panacek, CEO of the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, may seem harmless to some, but the agency needed stability as it reformulates how it funds nonprofit social service agencies. Her actions and the adverse publicity do the exact opposite. It'll be up to the board to define the actions, but if I was Panacek, I would say a prayer. …

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he has the answer to higher gas prices. Nelson, a Democrat from Melbourne, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., are pushing a bill that would "drastically limit the ability of speculators to artificially drive up energy prices." Nelson contends that since the government deregulated oil traders in 2000, speculators have pushed prices beyond the norm.

I couldn't agree more, but if Nelson can get this bill passed in an election year, I'll fill his gas tanks for a month. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Elvis, If You're Out There We Will Find You. USCG Search And Rescue. …

A 2012 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 will be among the items up for grabs when the Pinellas Education Foundation holds its annual auction Friday at the Mahaffey Theater. Organizers hope to draw folks who plan to be downtown for First Friday festivities. For tickets, go to www.pinellaseducation.org. …

I stumbled upon Mozilla Firefox after Facebook told me my current browser was outdated. I excitedly told my young colleagues, and they just looked and said, "You're suppose to be on Google Chrome." Sigh. At this rate, I'll never catch up. Where's my flip phone? And what's Pinterest?

That's all I'm saying.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan makes offer for Wembley Stadium

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan makes offer for Wembley Stadium

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HUD Secretary proposes raising rent for low-income Americans receiving federal housing subsidies

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Rays morning after: Cobb still searching

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Five reasons Palm Harbor University football will be better this season

Five reasons Palm Harbor University football will be better this season

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After Twitter backlash, Jeff Garcia won’t announce any Bucs draft picks

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IAAF rules to limit testosterone levels for female runners

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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: John Clayton breaks down the NFL draft

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: John Clayton breaks down the NFL draft

It's NFL draft day. John Clayton joins Rick Stroud to talk about how many quarterbacks will go early and who the Bucs will take with the seventh overall pick, considering their obvious needs on defense.Plus, the Lightning will face the Boston Br...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: Abundant sunshine, low humidity make for ideal weekend in Tampa Bay

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Suspect identified in string of carjackings from Orlando to Plant City

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Updated: 3 hours ago