Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: Can public pier debate be creative and practical?

The list of ideas grows again for the St. Petersburg pier as the city seeks public input for the fourth time.

We'll see all kinds of intriguing ideas before it's said and done, but practicality can't be ignored.

The city must ensure this doesn't become a project that becomes a drain on taxpayers. Remember, that's how we got here. That should mean less retail, easy access and a sound structure that won't require high-priced maintenance.

WMNF-FM 88.5 let general manager Sydney White go Friday, but I was struck by the station's unvarnished coverage of the dismissal. They gave White a platform to express his unflattering thoughts about the station. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: The More Men I Meet, The More I Love My Dog. …

Vickie Chachere, director, special projects for University of South Florida communications and marketing, has co-authored Jex Malone under the pen name V.C. Stanley. The book is billed as Nancy Drew for a new generation and it is already receiving raves. Chachere will have a book signing at 2 p.m. July 12 in the Temple Terrace Library. …

St. Petersburg gospel group Chosen has earned a national appearance on Bobby Jones Presents, 4 p.m. Tuesday on the Impact Network. …

Can a dad be a wing man for his college-age son?

Out to dinner, my friend learned that the server knew his son from high school. So he tried to spark conversation, but the would-be matchmaker only managed to make his son upset.

Maybe parents can't play the dating game for their kids, but the kids should realize moms and dads bring wisdom. And we do mean well.

That's all I'm saying.

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Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

TAMPA — A Democrat has officially joined the race for Hillsborough County sheriff.Gary Pruitt, a 50-year-old former Tampa police corporal who now works as director of security at a local mall, qualified Friday to challenge Republican Sheriff Chad Chr...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo

Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo

Talia Lavin, whose tweet about a Pasco veteran’s tattoo implied he was a Nazi, has apologized to him and resigned from her position as a fact-checker at the New Yorker magazine.But in another tweet, Thursday evening, Lavin also lashed out at the fede...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

TAMPA — CareSync, a Tampa health care information technology company that raised millions from private investors in recent years, has shut down. The company ceased operations on Thursday, laying off nearly 300 people, according to former employees an...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

At first I thought it was a snake.Because wouldn’t it be typically Florida to come home and find a snake poking its nose out from under your stove? Which wouldn’t be a problem or anything. I would just have to move out is all.But no, the creature th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

This dispatch comes at you from a remote south Georgia lake shore, where the waters remain far more pristine than the waves being made in USF athletics circles.Which is to say, a number of prominent folks are clamoring for Tom Jurich to become the Bu...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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Top 5 at noon: Uncertainty looms for migrant families at the border; the aftermath of Jameis Winston’s suspension; and more

Top 5 at noon: Uncertainty looms for migrant families at the border; the aftermath of Jameis Winston’s suspension; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.AT A MEXICAN SHELTER, MIGRANTS WHO FLED DEATH THREATS PREPARE FOR ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ AT THE BORDERShe fled Honduras with her son after gangs threatened to kill her. Will she reach the U.S.? In a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

ST. PETERSBURG — The 16th annual St. Pete Pride Parade is getting ready to march along the downtown waterfront the second straight year. But many hope to move past the division caused last year when the parade was uprooted from its original hom...
Updated: 2 hours ago