Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Simple wooden pier would flatten St. Petersburg's profile

In 2004, then-Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella urged his team to a Stanley Cup championship with a simple mantra: Safe is death.

An assessment of the latest Pier proposal from St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster reminds me of the Lightning's success. As Tampa Bay Times staff writer Mark Puente reported Friday, Foster wants to give voters three options in case a referendum halts the proposed Lens in the August election, including the choice of building "a flat wooden fishing pier with only basic amenities."

Options are good, but if we went from the dynamic vision of the Lens to a simple pier, it would represent one of the saddest chapters in the history of Tampa Bay's development. If the Lens gets rejected, city officials need to swallow hard and return to the task of creating a bold signature piece for the city.

Greatness can't be achieved without risks. Safe is death. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My wife is a great housekeeper. She kept the house. …

Ginger Gadsden has announced she will depart WTSP-Ch. 10 at the end of her contract in June after seven years as the morning co-anchor. I understand her desire to have normal hours — I wouldn't have lasted a year getting up at 2 a.m. — but I will miss seeing my friend every morning. …

The Hispanic Professional Women's Association celebrates the Golden Latina Awards Friday night at the DoubleTree Westshore. The gala, which starts at 6:30 p.m., raises money for scholarships. Go to hpwatampa.org for information. …

As summer arrives, Tampa's Riverwalk desperately needs a frozen yogurt vendor.

I recommend Menchie's menagerie of flavors. Have a smiley day.

That's all I'm saying.

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Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
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Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital.Deputies said the crash happened near 17928 Gunn Highway, close to the Keystone Recreation Center.The Sheriff’s O...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
Updated: 2 hours ago
CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
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Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
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She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
Updated: 5 hours ago