Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Special Operations Warrior Foundation helps fill shutdown void

Amid all the rancor about the government shutdown, a point of civic pride has emerged for Tampa Bay.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation drew national attention when it stepped up last week to give $20,000 to the families of two Army Rangers and two service members assigned to special operations units who were killed Oct. 5 in Afghanistan.

The foundation, which has provided a college education to every child who has lost a parent while serving in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations during an operational or training mission, helped fill the void when the shutdown left the families without benefits.

I got excited when Today gave the "Tampa-based" foundation its just due. Kudos. …

Alex Sink may move to Pinellas County and run for retiring U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's job. It's a sign of the Democratic Party's eagerness to win the seat, but Sink — a Hillsborough County resident and former gubernatorial candidate — risks being seen as an outsider and opportunist. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If The Environment Was A Bank, We Would Already Have Saved It. …

Tampa Interbay Rotary holds the Gift of Life Gala on Saturday at the Intercontinental Hotel to provide heart surgery for needy Latin American children. See rotarygiftoflife.com. …

Local breast cancer survivor Bobbie Shay Lee is trying to change the way people look at pink ribbons. She's hoping to inspire consumers to hold agencies and companies that make breast cancer promotions accountable and understand where their money is going. See her petition at change.org.

That's all I'm saying.

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Steve Yzerman: Lightning won’t re-sign forward Chris Kunitz

Steve Yzerman: Lightning won’t re-sign forward Chris Kunitz

As expected, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he does not intend to re-sign veteran forward Chris Kunitz, who will seek his fifth Stanley Cup with a different team next season.Kunitz, 38, brought much-needed playoff experience in his lone...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

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Here’s an intriguing set of facts: Coal produces the same percentage of the world’s electricity as it did 20 years ago. Oil and gas remained about level, too.Same for non-fossil fuel sources. In other words, the massive push towards renewables over t...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Clearwater police search for ‘Bic Bandit’ accused of stealing lighters

Clearwater police search for ‘Bic Bandit’ accused of stealing lighters

CLEARWATER — Police detectives are searching for a man coined the "Bic Bandit" based on reports that he’s stolen dozens of lighters from the same 7-Eleven.According to Clearwater police, the man has swiped the lighters four times in the last month, t...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Column: Three lessons from Trump’s immigration fiasco

Column: Three lessons from Trump’s immigration fiasco

Even though President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reversing his policy of separating families who immigrated illegally at the border, the shards are still being reassembled.We still don’t know what’s happening with the 2,300 children a...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

DADE CITY — A Dade City man was killed and three others were seriously injured after a pickup truck and motorcycle crashed head-on Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Floyd Williamson, 72, of Lakeland, was driving northbound on U....
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

TAMPA — The days ahead were supposed to be bright.For weeks, health care tech company CareSync had been thrown into question as founder and CEO and founder Travis Bond unexpectedly departed, kicking off multiple rounds of layoffs. But that was all in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

TAMPA — A federal judge ordered a 25-year prison term Friday for a man convicted of running an organization that moved large quantities of heroin into St. Petersburg.The sentencing of William Harold Wright punctuated a criminal case that was emblemat...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Georgia detectives on Friday recovered the body of Mitzi Marie Babb, a 43-year-old Hernando park ranger who had been missing since Tuesday.Her boyfriend, arrested Thursday on unrelated charges, has been called a person of interest in her disappearanc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

PORT RICHEY — A 41-year-old Uber driver was arrested Friday after police said he pointed a firearm at another driver because he was annoyed that she was texting and driving.Philip Macchio was driving near State Road 52 and U.S. 19 around 12:30 a.m. F...
Updated: 2 hours ago