Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

Tampa wants residents, businesses to participate in video project

Tampa wants residents, businesses to participate in video project

Tampa leaders are asking residents and businesses for videos that show what's special about their neighborhoods and offer ideas to improve the community. Officials plan to use the "What's Your Vision?" videos as part of the city's InvisionTampa project to write a master plan for an area that includes downtown, Ybor City, an area west to Armenia Avenue and the Nebraska Avenue corridor up to Hillsborough Avenue. Prizes, including lunch with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, will be awarded for the videos with the most views. Instructions and sample videos can be found at Facebook.com/InVisionTampa. The contest ends July 30.

Police say man shot self in chest

Charles E. Pitts stumbled into a St. Petersburg sushi bar late Thursday with bullet wounds to his chest. Police said he had accidentally shot himself. Before the shooting, Pitts, 28, had been at Hiro's Tokyo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar at the Mainstream Station shopping complex on Fourth Street N. Pitts left and then returned "with bullet holes in his chest," witnesses said. Patrons said they saw a gun in Pitts' waistband when paramedics took him to the hospital. Police determined that the shooting was accidental after reviewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses. Pitts is expected to live.

Firefighters to cook up spaghetti

Tampa firefighters will make spaghetti dinners for families today at Club Tampa Palms. The free event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the club, 16402 Tampa Palms Blvd. Firefighters will prepare the food, while law enforcement personnel serve guests. The outreach is meant to increase support for Amendment 9, which would exempt a widow or widower of a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty from paying property taxes. Families do not need to sign up for the event, said Tampa Fire Rescue spokeswoman Debra Sue Warshefski.

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Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Uncertain with all the talk about potentially rebuilding if the Rays would go as far as trading franchise cornerstone 3B Evan Longoria?So is he."I don’t know what to think, really,’’ Longoria said via text message Sunday night as t...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Sunny day floods become new norm

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Tiny snowmen appear in Florida as Sunshine State gets snow

Tiny snowmen appear in Florida as Sunshine State gets snow

The "Welcome to Florida" sign in the northwest part of the state was covered in light snow as winter weather dipped into the Sunshine State. It was part of a winter storm that hit the Deep South over the weekend and left thousands of people without p...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida professional wrestler arrested, charged with battery of his wife, also a professional wrestler

Florida professional wrestler arrested, charged with battery of his wife, also a professional wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Updated: 7 hours ago
Getting around Cuban customs control

Getting around Cuban customs control

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Updated: 8 hours ago
FSU beats Tulane in Tampa, stays unbeaten in basketball

FSU beats Tulane in Tampa, stays unbeaten in basketball

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Struggling Florida citrus growers face tough decisions

Struggling Florida citrus growers face tough decisions

WINTER HAVEN — Although the 2017-18 citrus harvest has barely begun, growers are already planning for the 2018-19 season, and they have critical decisions to make in the coming months that will affect next season’s crop and perhaps others in years to...
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Bucs-Lions journal: Backup lineman was most unlikely of targets

Bucs-Lions journal: Backup lineman was most unlikely of targets

TAMPA — The Bucs’ unlikely comeback to erase a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter was capped by the most unlikely of targets. Tampa Bay tied the game when Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard pass to 305-pound Leonard Wester, a backup lineman who lined ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
New normal: Firefighting at Christmas; U.S. homeless population increases 1st time since 2010; Athletes, celebrities rally for bullied boy; more in U.S. news

New normal: Firefighting at Christmas; U.S. homeless population increases 1st time since 2010; Athletes, celebrities rally for bullied boy; more in U.S. news

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