Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

School shootings lead to greater appreciation of law officers by kids

While advocates argue for a greater sense of security — and opponents insist it's not a true security measure — there's another aspect to the debate about adding armed officers to our elementary schools.

A lot of students have gained a deeper appreciation for deputies and police officers, discovering that behind the badges are men and women who can be kind and caring. Perhaps it's a lesson schools could deliver without the constant presence, thus saving millions, but the value of children learning to see law enforcement in a human light cannot be underestimated. …

My first thought about former legislator Rick Kriseman's decision to challenge St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster — take a number. Don't get me wrong, I think Kriseman will be a formidable challenger, but he won't be the only one.

The fact that people are lining up to challenge an incumbent suggests vulnerability for Foster. He needs a signature achievement — and he needs it soon. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: You Had At Me Woof. …

Groundbreaking for the old federal courthouse's conversion into a boutique hotel occurs this week. It's another boost for downtown Tampa. …

Founded in 2002, the Felder family's MaSquerade party has raised more than $100,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It continues at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Garden Club. The evening will feature casino gaming, a gourmet dinner buffet, and live and silent auction items — including having lunch with a certain columnist. Visit masqueradeoftampabay.org. …

I'm not going to say I rarely do yard work, but when I pressure-washed the driveway, my neighbors came out and stared.

That's all I'm saying.

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St. Pete says waste spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says waste spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

SPRING HILL — A woman who answered the door Friday at the home of Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson said she served for months as a “sex slave” to the elected official. Valerie Surette, who called herself a 30-year-old st...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Deputies: 19-month-old child found in New Port Richey pond has died

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 19-month-old child that was found in a pond on Thursday afternoon has died, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The incident took place at about 12:31 p.m. Deputies and firefighters were called out to a home in the 47...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Racing schedules for 2018-19 parimutuel seasons released

OLDSMAR — Eight is not enough at Tampa Bay Downs, at least when the thoroughbred racing facility on Race Track Road opens its 93rd season July 1.The final card of what will be the Downs' sixth annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing will featu...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE — A gunman who carried a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire Friday in a Florida high school, wounding one student before he was arrested on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said. It...
Updated: 3 hours ago