Friday, July 20, 2018
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Morning Watch: Airbnb dealing with Hillsborough County; Charlie Strong arriving at USF; giant holiday whale lands in Largo park

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AIRBNB NEARS TAX DEAL WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP NEARS

After a year-long impasse, the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office and Airbnb are nearing an agreement that would require the peer-to-peer rental company to collect taxes on each night booked through its online portal. A deal could be reached before Tampa hosts the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 9

CHARLIE STRONG TO BE INTRODUCED AT USF TODAY

Charlie Strong will be officially introduced as USF's new head coach during a 10:30 news conference this morning. Strong's USF contract pays him very modestly up front ($500,000 base salary plus $500,000 in other compensation in 2017 and '18), Strong still collects most of the money due him from Texas. His annual compensation from USF jumps to $2.5 million in 2019 — after Texas' financial obligation to him ends — and increases by $100,000 each of the final two years. Follow Joey Knight on Twitter @TBTimes_Bulls for updates.

FENNELLY: IT'S USF WEST AS TAGGART, LEAVITT GET THE BAND BACK TOGETHER IN OREGON

It's like something that might have fallen off late Oregon native Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' bus. Look how the green and gold shimmers! The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Hire. Oregon coach Willie Taggart has hired former USF coach Jim Leavitt as his defensive coordinator. That's right. Now we wait to see what Skip Holtz will do.

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WHALE AND WHEEL ADD NEW VIEW TO HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN LARGO CENTRAL PARK

The fabric and steel installation of a massive, krill-devouring whale is the latest addition to Largo Central Park's annual Holiday Light Stroll, a merry and bright display of more than 2 million lights featuring a 30-foot music- and light-synchronized Christmas tree.

GOLF CARTS ON YOUR STREET? THAT'S UPS DELIVERING PACKAGES

Dozens of UPS workers are delivering packages from the seats of golf carts around Tampa Bay. It's a strategy UPS implemented in warm weather communities to deliver packages quicker and cheaper during the holidays. The fleet of golf carts and PODs have been spotted in communities across the bay area.

NEW COUNCIL FACES OLD CHALLENGES FOR DOWNTOWN TEMPLE TERRACE

The election of two members Nov. 8 brings a new look to the Temple Terrace City Council. They face an old challenge as they take office — resolving two thorny land-use issues that threaten to strain the city's $45.5 million budget.

TOP 10 TV MOMENTS OF 2016

In this cluttered TV climate, what increasingly stands out to me are moments of television, not full seasons or even full episodes. When we think about this past year in TV, certain scenes, characters and plotlines stick out above the rest. Here are 10 television moments from 2016 we can't get out of our head.

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Sarah Paulson, left, as Marcia Clark and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in "The People vs. O.J. Simpson."

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Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
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Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
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Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
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Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Beware of callers saying they’re with the IRS and demanding payments, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office warned Friday.According to a news release from the agency, scammers have been phoning residents across the county this week and trying to trick...
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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Updated: 5 hours ago