Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Political posturing may get in way of modifying sentencing statutes

An effort to modify Florida's sentencing laws and sharpen the focus on re-entry and probation programs could mirror other states' successful efforts.

But the change may get lost in 2014 amid a chorus of tough-on-crime election year platitudes. It's a predictable but sad possibility, because the Legislature isn't really tough on crime.

Being tough on crime means dealing with nonviolent offenders in a way that saves tax dollars and leaves prison beds for the truly dangerous. It means funding the state attorney and public defender offices so young lawyers can earn a salary more comparable with their private practice colleagues. It means properly financing the court system.

When a legislator tells you he or she is tough on crime, respond with two words: prove it. ...

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, called out former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker for being quiet on the special election for the late C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat, tweeting Friday: "Rick Baker's silence has hurt the GOP on St. Pete Mayor's race. It is now hurting us in CD 13 Special. Come on, Mayor!" Baker said Saturday he won't run, but it still hurts the GOP. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Eschew Practicality. ...

The next installment of 83 Degrees' Not Your Average Speaker series will focus on the challenge facing military personnel who seek jobs in the private sector. It's from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tampa Firefighters Museum, 720 E Zack St. ...

Be decadent and help the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Come to Friday's Dessert First fundraiser and get sinful treats made from Girl Scout cookies by some of the area's top chefs. Details at www.gswcf.org.

That's all I'm saying.

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NFL policy: Players can stay inside during anthem if they won’t stand

NFL policy: Players can stay inside during anthem if they won’t stand

NFL owners passed a new policy Wednesday with the hopes of moving on from boycotts and political turmoil related to some players protesting by not standing during the national anthem before games.Under the new policy, NFL players are not required to ...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Woman, pushing stroller, struck by vehicle on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

Woman, pushing stroller, struck by vehicle on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

TAMPA— A woman, pushing a stroller, was struck by a vehicle near Bayshore Boulevard and W Knights Avenue, according to the Tampa Police Department.The woman and child were hit by a northbound car at 11:43 a.m. Both were taken to a hospital with serio...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Top 5 at noon: Gasparilla Bowl moving to Tampa; Lee Roy Selmon’s closing in Tampa; and more

Top 5 at noon: Gasparilla Bowl moving to Tampa; Lee Roy Selmon’s closing in Tampa; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:GASPARILLA BOWL MOVING FROM TROPICANA FIELD TO RAYMOND JAMES STADIUMThe Gasparilla Bowl is heading across the bay. The annual college football bowl game is moving from Tropicana Field to Raym...
Updated: 30 minutes ago
Bayport Pier reconstruction on hold as Hernando commissioners grapple with budget shortfall

Bayport Pier reconstruction on hold as Hernando commissioners grapple with budget shortfall

BROOKSVILLE — The concept of a multimillion dollar budget crisis and the reality of one are two very different things, as Hernando County Commissioners learned Tuesday.Faced with an $11.5 million shortfall going into the new budget year, they discuss...
Updated: 1 hour ago
State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

FORT MYERS — Carrollwood Day's first appearance in the Class 3A state tournament ended with a 3-2 loss to Tallahassee North Florida Christian on Wednesday morning at CenturyLink Park.The Patriots (24-4) gave up three runs with two outs in the t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Relative calm before Invest 90L threatens to deluge Tampa Bay this weekend

Forecast: Relative calm before Invest 90L threatens to deluge Tampa Bay this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG — While rain chances will decrease over the next two days, it is only a relative calm before a broad low pressure system moves into the Gulf of Mexico, producing strong storms across an already drenched Tampa Bay for Memorial Day weeke...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays put Jake Faria on DL, call up Vidal Nuno

Rays put Jake Faria on DL, call up Vidal Nuno

The Rays, as expected, are placing RHP Jake Faria on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain that he sustained during Tuesday's game.Somewhat unexpectedly, they are calling up LHP Vidal Nuno to take his place.Nuno, 30, has pitched parts of five seas...
Updated: 1 hour ago
At Bay 3, developers of Tampa’s Armature Works transform old industrial space into new co-work offices

At Bay 3, developers of Tampa’s Armature Works transform old industrial space into new co-work offices

TAMPA — The name of the new Bay 3 co-working space at the Armature Works goes back to World War I, when the red-brick warehouse overlooking the Hillsborough River was the maintenance barn for Tampa Electric’s streetcar system.As the name suggests, it...
Updated: 1 hour ago
CareerSource Pinellas bought a science center. Now the bill is coming due.

CareerSource Pinellas bought a science center. Now the bill is coming due.

In 2014, Tampa Bay jobs chief Edward Peachey sought to save the failing Science Center of Pinellas County.He asked a small panel of CareerSource Pinellas board members to let him acquire the educational center for $100.The Science Center, he said, ha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trash fees to appear on tax bills in the Spring Hill mandatory zone

Trash fees to appear on tax bills in the Spring Hill mandatory zone

BROOKSVILLE — County commissioners knew what they were in for.Inundated with emails and phone calls before Tuesday’s meeting, and facing an unhappy crowd of customers from the county’s garbage hauler Republic Services, county officials tried to get a...
Updated: 1 hour ago