Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Republican campaign to oust 3 justices undermines Florida's balance of power

The state Republican Party now endorses a plan to undermine the checks and balances that sit at the foundation of our state government and are based on the design crafted by our nation's founding fathers.

And that's the perspective of a number of Republicans.

The state GOP is opposing the retention of three state Supreme Court justices seen as fair by the legal community, but too liberal in the eyes of the party. Ignore the hollow arguments made to justify the opposition. It's simply Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders frustrated about not getting their way —ALL THE TIME.

But they're not supposed to. We have three branches to balance power. The idea is to operate within the constraints, not eliminate them. …

It would be thrilling to see Bill Edwards revive the former BayWalk and Jeff Vinik bring new life to the Shops at Channelside, but I'm beginning to wonder if such concepts can succeed outside a theme park setting. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Dogs come when you call them. Cats have answering machines. …

On Sunday, Murv Seymour and Joe Bamford gave fans at the Palladium a preview of their documentary about the Hammond Organ. I'm intrigued. …

Kudos to Flammer Ford, which has put up a 2013 Ford Focus to help the Tarpon Springs High Band raise money to appear in the 2013 Macy's Parade. A $25 donation gets your name in the Nov. 1 drawing. …

The Latin rhythms of Big Night Out have been added to the food and fashion of Thursday's Swanky Soiree at One Progress Plaza in St. Petersburg. Proceeds benefit Brookwood Florida, which helps girls find their way.

That's all I'm saying.

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Man, 20, arrested in killing of Durant High football player

Man, 20, arrested in killing of Durant High football player

Deputies arrested a man late Friday they say shot and killed Durant High School football player Grover Wills.Samuel Morrissey Jr., 20, was being held without bail Saturday at the Hillsborough County jail and faces a second-degree murder charge, accor...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock his phone

Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock his phone

Most people agree what the Largo detectives did at the funeral home was legal. What they diverge on is whether it was appropriate.
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

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Not that Friday's game went as planned, but the Rays ended up with an 8-7 10-inning win, and they're going to trot out the same lineup tonight in hopes of doing it again.RELATED: Rays find a way to prevailLHP Blake Snell will be on the mound for the ...
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A Florida school shooting suspect charged with terrorism says ‘sorry’ to injured student

A Florida school shooting suspect charged with terrorism says ‘sorry’ to injured student

The young man in a white jail jumpsuit, handcuffed and shackled, looked past the throng of reporters pointing microphones toward his face, barely opening his mouth as he answered questions."I shot through the door," he said, looking at a female repor...
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Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Deputies arrested a man they said tackled a woman in February and removed her shorts before fleeing.Robert Mark Hembree Jr., 31, was arrested late Friday. He faces charges of sexual battery and petit theft.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Detectives seek man who a...
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Romano: Okay, now who sounds like a hysterical teen talking about guns?

Romano: Okay, now who sounds like a hysterical teen talking about guns?

The writer of the letter sounds hysterical. Perhaps a little desperate. And maybe that’s just who Marion Hammer is these days.Most of the world knows her as the take-no-prisoners maven of the National Rifle Association who directs Florida politicians...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

A Pasco County man was struck and killed in an apparent hit-and-run early Saturday, police said.Thomas Michael Burdeshaw, 53, who lived on Sundance Drive in Dade City, was hit about 1:45 a.m. on the 36000 block of Blanton Road, police said.Witnesses ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.

Some people are paying for cuddles. And it’s not what you might think.

When Samantha Hess’s marriage ended five years ago, she felt she was lacking a basic human need: Physical touch. As a woman in her late 20s living in Portland, Oregon, she found plenty of men interested in dating, but sexual contact was not what she ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

CLEARWATER — Police are looking for a person who shot and killed a man late Friday at the Melrose on the Bay apartments on Bolesta Road. Ricardo Guzman, 32, called 911 just before midnight and told the operator he had been shot, said Lt. Randall Chan...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

TAMPA — A motorcyclist driving north on Memorial Highway died after he crashed into a guard rail late Friday, police said."The man failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a guard rail," said Lt. Brett Owen. "No other vehicle was involved i...
Updated: 5 hours ago