Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa Heights renovation project needs one last push

The Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association needs one last helpful push.

Its renovation of the historic Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Palm Avenue into a youth development community center got a boost last month when TV star Ty Pennington and Sears employees helped with repairs.

The four-year public/private partnership also counts the Florida Department of Transportation, the city of Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant, which will install a full kitchen for culinary training, among its contributors.

But it still needs $150,000 for final repairs, including a new roof and fence. Contact Lena Young Green at (813) 407-2376. ...

The bitterness over Martin St. Louis' departure will linger if the Lightning fail to make the playoffs, but the fractured feelings will heal in time and we will celebrate his contributions with a rousing chorus of Louie, Louie. Stay classy, Tampa Bay. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: The Only Thing Tougher Than A Wrestler Is His Mom. ...

Kudos to the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club, which meets at the Science Center of Pinellas County. My friend raved about the kindness members recently showed her 11-year-old daughter when she arrived for a stargazing event. Learn more at www.stpeteastronomyclub.org. ...

The magnitude of the "Bollywood Oscars" coming to Tampa came into focus when the International Indian Film Academy announced Kevin Spacey would appear. Now, I know it's huge. ...

St. Petersburg's red-light cameras may not have been a money-maker, but if they made people slow down and drive cautiously, were they worth the investment? What price safety?

That's all I'm saying.

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As USF-Yuengling bond grows, is SEC’s alcohol stance slowly shifting?

As USF-Yuengling bond grows, is SEC’s alcohol stance slowly shifting?

USF's expanded partnership with Yuengling — including naming rights to the Sun Dome — is only the latest part in an evolving relationship between college sports and alcohol, as my colleague, Joey Knight, wrote on the front page ...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Hometown Pasco for June 22

Hometown Pasco for June 22

We want your news!Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it’s snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. You c...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northwest High grad return home

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northwest High grad return home

ST. PETERSBURG — In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together, dining on hotel room service with family friends Neil and Janet Armstrong.It was four months af...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

One of Florida’s biggest draws is also one if its biggest liabilities — its coastline. A new report projects that Florida is at the greatest risk of any state for tidal flooding caused by rising sea levels. And Tampa Bay faces some of the greatest ri...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
He told his friends his vest was stab-proof and offered to demonstrate. It wasn’t.

He told his friends his vest was stab-proof and offered to demonstrate. It wasn’t.

Five days after his 22nd birthday, Jordan Easton was celebrating with friends at a house in northeast England when he began talking about the vest he was wearing. It was stab-proof, Easton allegedly announced. He offered a demonstration.But the vest ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay gas prices keep falling

Tampa Bay gas prices keep falling

The summer reprieve in gas prices is continuing.After flirting near the $3 mark, Tampa Bay gas prices fell another six cents a gallon over the past week to an average of $2.65 for unleaded, a wide gap with the national average of $2.91 a gallon, acco...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Restaurant review: Chile Verde is serving up very solid tacos in an unlikely spot

Restaurant review: Chile Verde is serving up very solid tacos in an unlikely spot

ST. PETERSBURGThere are a lot of decommissioned gas stations across the country. Some have been reinvented, cleverly made over as upscale restaurants. There’s Big Star in Chicago, Elaia & Olio in St. Louis, Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Va., even Bi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control.Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puert...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

The Lightning re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.Pasquale, 27, split this past season between the Syracuse Crunch and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. He...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Updated: 2 hours ago