Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Oxford Exchange draws a Tampa who's who for lunch

The Oxford Exchange has quickly established itself as Tampa's see-and-be-seen lunch spot.

The dynamic bookstore, coffee shop and restaurant at 420 W Kennedy Blvd. offers a historic feel — people say they don't feel like they're in Tampa anymore — and an open and bright dining area that's drawing a variety of notable personalities. Owner Blake Casper has managed to recapture the lunchtime buzz spot the city lost when Valencia Gardens closed in 2009. …

The League of Women Voters says to vote no on all the proposed amendments on the ballot. Works for me. …

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster wrote that Stu Sternberg bought the Tampa Bay Rays with "eyes wide open," but Sternberg — and everyone else involved — believed attendance would rise if the Rays fielded a winner. It's disingenuous for St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster to gloss over the fact that didn't happen. If the city really wants to uphold its interests, it needs more salesmanship and less legalese. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Eschew Obfuscation. …

When organizers invited me to the Purple Masquerade Zumba Party to raise awareness of domestic abuse and funds for the Family Justice Center, I didn't quite understand the connection between Zumba and domestic abuse. But it all made sense Saturday after witnessing the energy, strength, power and camaraderie of the dancers — assets that help victims emerge as survivors. …

Dunedin teen Nathalie Hernandez was eliminated from The Voice this month, but after hearing her perform at the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & Arts gala last week, I'm certain we're going to hear more from her.

That's all I'm saying.

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Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
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Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
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Woman dies in Plant City after SUV flips off road

PLANT CITY — A Seffner woman died Saturday from injuries sustained when her sports utility vehicle flipped off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection of Tanner Road and State Road 574.Amanda K. Cepeda-Duque, 21, was traveling west on...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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