Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

New Florida A&M trustee with Pinellas ties must keep school in forefront

In the same week, Florida A&M University suspended its presidential search, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Glen Gilzean to the FAMU board of trustees.

Hopefully, Gilzean, 30 and a former Pinellas County School Board appointee, realizes FAMU needs an advocate more than ever. Issues facing it are serious and foreboding, given the historical fear that it will some day be merged with Florida State.

FAMU's important role cannot be diminished and needs to be enhanced, not undermined. ...

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida honor four women of distinction Tuesday during a special luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion: Complex Properties' Elise Minkoff, Premier Eye Care CEO Lorna Taylor, Florida Council on Economic Education executive director Robin Warren and Ocala Marion County Domestic Violence Shelter CEO Judy Wilson. ABC's Deborah Roberts delivers the keynote. ...

Seen on a T-shirt: If All Else Fails, Use A Bigger Hammer. ...

The same weekend the racy Spring Breakers, filmed in Tampa Bay, made its national premiere with Disney star Selena Gomez showing a darker side, the Disney Channel debuted a Wizards of Waverly Place special in which Gomez's character, Alex Russo, battles an evil version of herself. I'm guessing that's the evil Alex in Spring Breakers. ...

Kudos to Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon and the players who sparked the Fortune Favors The Bald fundraiser for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation by shaving their heads. Hopefully, the Rays will come out on top when they get involved in close shaves this season. ...

Is it just me, or did someone else think it weird to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on a Sunday?

That's all I'm saying.

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Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

HOUSTON — The Rays brought up several of their top prospects so they can get as much experience as possible.And Monday that included seeing how the relentless defending champion Astros worked their way back from an early four-run deficit to sco...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

HOUSTON — Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella wa...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is pushing back against a social media post implying that a combat-wounded New Port Richey veteran has a Nazi symbol tattooed on his arm.In a tweet Monday afternoon, ICE officials denied the vete...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Protests were held on both ends of Pinellas County on Monday in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum at the U.S. border."Children are not pawns," "No kids in cages" and "I would...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Deadly Sunday for swimmers in bay area waters

Deadly Sunday for swimmers in bay area waters

Two people drowned and another suffered life-threatening injuries in the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.Investigators said all three cases appear to be accidents, but the incidents stand as a reminder that summer, with vacation ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

An Orlando private equity firm has purchased lease-to-own business Rent-A-Center in a deal valued at more than $1 billion.Vintage Capital Management put a bid in for the company on Friday: $15 per share, $1 per share above its previous offer. Rent-A-...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

One of Florida’s biggest draws is also one if its biggest liabilities — its coastline. A new report projects that Florida is at the greatest risk of any state for tidal flooding caused by rising sea levels. And Tampa Bay faces some of the greatest ri...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

SEMINOLE — She was 22 when deputies said a man forced her at knifepoint into the woods off Seminole Boulevard and sexually battered her in February 1987.The case went cold, but now the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said it has arrested the man it ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing bette...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and drove off

Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and drove off

TAMPA — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the driver who fatally struck a pedestrian on Sunday night and then drove off.The incident took place at 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of N Nebraska Avenue and E Linebaugh Avenue.No details a...
Updated: 5 hours ago