Tuesday, May 22, 2018
News Roundup

I-275 southbound exit to Dale Mabry will close May 27

I-275 southbound exit to Dale Mabry will close next week

One of the busiest parts of Interstate 275 in Tampa — the southbound exit to Dale Mabry Highway — is about to close for four months. Southbound Exit 41A/B will close starting at 11:30 p.m. May 27, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The DOT says it hopes to reopen the ramp in September. Signs will direct drivers to detour to the Himes Avenue ramp — Exit 41C — just before Dale Mabry instead. But beware: That's a left-hand exit. Drivers will be instructed to turn left at the bottom of the ramp, go south to Cypress Street, then turn right and take Cypress to Dale Mabry. The DOT said that to handle the additional traffic from the detour, improvements to the Himes Avenue exit ramp would be finished beforehand.

Getting on the map at geography bee

A New Tampa student is among the final 10 contestants in the National Geographic Bee being held in Washington, D.C. Ameya Mujumdar, 11, made the final cut after Monday's competition among 54 statewide winners. Ameya plays piano and chess and likes video games, according to the National Geographic Society. He is a fifth-grader at Turner Elementary School. The finals will be held today and the top three finishers take home college scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. How tough are the questions? Here's a sample: What is the term for a part of an ocean or sea that cuts far into the bordering land mass and may contain one or more bays? The answer: gulf.

Scallop season gains three days this year

Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that scallop season will open three days early this year to take in the weekend before the normal July 1 start. So it will open June 28. "The bay scallop fishery is especially important to Florida's Big Bend region and by opening the bay scallop season three days earlier, Floridians throughout this area will have more opportunities to enjoy our natural treasures and provide for their families," Scott said in a news release. This applies to state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The state will consider making this a permanent practice when July 1 does not fall on a Saturday.

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Void the warrant and destroy the records. So says lawyer of Hernando County commissioner up on prostitution-related charges

Void the warrant and destroy the records. So says lawyer of Hernando County commissioner up on prostitution-related charges

BROOKSVILLE — Citing jurisdictional and procedural mistakes, the attorney for suspended Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson is seeking to void the warrant for his arrest on prostitution-related charges and to erase all records of his arrest.I...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
The State You’re In: Laurel? Or Hardy? (Hint: The 2nd one was a Florida man)

The State You’re In: Laurel? Or Hardy? (Hint: The 2nd one was a Florida man)

You may have heard about the Internet imbroglio last week over a recording that some people thought sounded one way and others thought sounded another, aka the "Laurel ? Or Yanny?" contest. The first time I saw that formulation pop up on social media...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

TAMPA — Tampa-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners paid $18.2 million less than three weeks ago for a two-thirds stake in Tierra Nueva, a Miami company with a new idea for coffee, and already it has some big news.Tierra Nueva has inked a de...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Gators, USF announce 3-game football series

Gators, USF announce 3-game football series

In what constitutes a re-affirmation of USF coach Charlie Strong's desire to take on all-comers, the Bulls and the University of Florida have announced a three-game football series beginning in 2022.The Bulls and Gators, who have played only once pre...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Former Tarpon Springs great Atif Austin joins New England Patriots’ staff

Former Tarpon Springs great Atif Austin joins New England Patriots’ staff

Atif Austin has put together an impressive coaching resume at the college level. The former Tarpon Springs football standout and coach has been an assistant at North Dakota State for the past four years, winning Division I-AA national titles three ti...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

All games are tonight at 7 unless noted.Class 8AStrawberry Crest (18-8) at Fleming Island (12-13-1): The Golden Eagles started their season by losing six of seven and they also had an eight-inning tie. They ended the regular season with four straight...
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A fake ‘Zombie Outbreak’ alert alarms Lake Worth residents

A fake ‘Zombie Outbreak’ alert alarms Lake Worth residents

Folks around the Lake Worth area were warned of a zombie outbreak early Sunday morning.The alert, issued at 1:41 a.m., was meant to inform residents about a power outage but had been changed to reference the popular AMC television series The Walking ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Saturday was Jacob Kosinski’s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude....
Updated: 3 hours ago
Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Flood warnings have been extended for the Alafia River in Lithia and the Little Manatee River at Wimauma as the National Weather Service continues to monitor a broad area of low pressure that has a building chance of developing into a tropical system...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Carrollwood Day seniors confident about first state baseball appearance

Carrollwood Day seniors confident about first state baseball appearance

TAMPA — Carrollwood Day held its graduation ceremony on Sunday. For the seniors on the baseball team, there is still some work to do.For the first time in the eight-year history of the school, the Patriots will be playing in the Class 3A state ...
Updated: 3 hours ago