Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Morning watch: FAA breakdowns help fuel Allegiant's failures

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

WHEN ALLEGIANT AIR'S PLANES STARTED FAILING MORE AND MORE, THE FAA COULD HAVE CRACKED DOWN. IT DIDN'T.

On Allegiant Air's worst night last year, mechanical breakdowns forced the airline's planes to make one unexpected landing after another. One flight had to land in Mesa, Ariz., after the captain's instrument panel started smoking. Another returned to Las Vegas when the tail compartment overheated. Another circled back to Mesa because one of its power generators started failing. Another diverted to Idaho Falls when a fuel pump malfunctioned. The Federal Aviation Administration collected records on all of the incidents. But it didn't order a single corrective action. Read the full report: Breakdown of oversight

OBAMA VOWS RETALIATION FOR SUSPECTED RUSSIAN HACKING

President Barack Obama is promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America's election process, an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied. "Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be," he told NPR News Thursday. "But Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it." A news conference scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

GOV. SCOTT APPOINTS CONSERVATIVE APPELLATE JUDGE ALAN LAWSON TO FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

[Mary Ellen Klas | Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau]

Gov. Rick Scott appointed C. Alan Lawson to be Florida's next justice of the Supreme Court on Friday, choosing a conservative appellate judge to leave the governor's mark on a moderate court that has been responsible for some of sharpest defeats of his political career.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed C. Alan Lawson to be Florida's next justice of the Supreme Court on Friday, choosing a conservative appellate judge to leave the governor's mark on a moderate court that has been responsible for some of sharpest defeats of his political career. Lawson, who currently serves as the chief judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, fills the seat on the seven-member court that is being vacated by Justice James E.C. Perry, a liberal jurist who is retiring at the end of the month because he has reached the mandatory retirement age. Perry was the fourth African-American jurist to serve on Florida's high court. Lawson is white.

CARLTON: WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS MORE THAN A LOT OF BUBBA

So after all these years — the scandals, the sex tape, that poor slaughtered pig and the overall uncomfortable feeling this could be how the rest of the world sees us — big, bad, embattled Bubba is gone, at least for the moment, Sue Carlton writes. Maybe the reasons the station parted ways are financial. Maybe it's competition. But if somebody finally did get tired of his particular schtick, what could possibly have been the tipping point given all that's happened?

CLEARWATER WOMAN MURDERED WHILE MOTHER SLEPT IN THE NEXT ROOM, WARRANT SAYS

The arrest warrant details the chilling scenario: A mother, woken by a loud noise from her daughter's bedroom. Her daughter, unresponsive on the floor with her boyfriend nearby. A mother's dash to call 911 and return to find the boyfriend had disappeared. Read more about the death of Saniye Salahutdin, 22.

MARCH COLUMN: STATE REP. GRANT GETS DEMOTION BUT HE'S OK WITH IT

The list of state House committee assignments and chairmanships just released by Speaker Richard Corcoran represents an unusually high level of influence for the Tampa Bay area, says Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, even though the after-effects of a two-year-old court case robbed Grant himself of any leadership post.

BEST OF 2016: GREATEST GEEK MOMENTS OF THE YEAR

[Marvel]

Cover image from Marvel's Black Panther: World of Wakanda, written by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey.

Look around at how lucky we are to be nerds right now. In a world filled with division and uncertainty for the future, nothing brings us together quite like adorable talking baby trees, fierce women slaying the superhero game and a hip-hop musical about the 10 dollar Founding Father. Here are just some of the best, wonderfully nerdy things that happened this year.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND: 'THE OA' ON NETFLIX, HOMECOMING PODCAST

The trailer for the mysterious The OA dropped just days before the 8-episode series premiere Friday. Like its secret summer show Stranger Things, The OA looks to dabble in sci-fi, mystery and a little bit of horror. Check out what else we recommend as must-see viewing.

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Hillsborough schools will begin disclosing more data about lead in drinking water

Hillsborough schools will begin disclosing more data about lead in drinking water

TAMPA ­­— The Hillsborough County School District will begin publicly disclosing all locations where it finds lead in schools’ water, not just the samples that tested highest, an official said Tuesday.Detailed results from the testing lab could begin...
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Bucs could use another Tony Dungy to spark culture change

Bucs could use another Tony Dungy to spark culture change

TAMPA —  It seems a little odd, but Tony Dungy is just now being installed in the Bucs' Ring of Honor, two years after his bust was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Leave it to his former team.As if it matters to this man. Dungy...
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Shooter in Clearwater stand your ground case appears before judge

Shooter in Clearwater stand your ground case appears before judge

LARGO — Clad in orange jail scrubs, Michael Drejka made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon via video monitor, one day after he was arrested on a manslaughter charge in the shooting of Markeis McGlockton.The proceeding was brief and perfunct...
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Deputies: Pinellas County jail inmate died during surgery

Deputies: Pinellas County jail inmate died during surgery

ST. PETERSBURG — A jail inmate died Monday while undergoing surgery, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Cesar Gonzales-Espana, 43, had suffered a medical episode at the Pinellas County jail on Saturday, the agency said, and was taken t...
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State Vacuum and ‘Bernie Apestein’ may be waving goodbye to longtime location

State Vacuum and ‘Bernie Apestein’ may be waving goodbye to longtime location

For nearly 40 years, while wearing an eclectic mix of fashion, a mechanical gorilla has stood outside State Vacuum of Tampa, waving hello to Kennedy Boulevard motorists.His name is Bernie Apestein. "That gorilla has been a mainstay" said David Epstei...
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MagneGas reports 200 percent hike in revenue for second quarter

MagneGas reports 200 percent hike in revenue for second quarter

MagneGas Corp., a Pinellas Park firm that makes a gas product used in metal working, reported a 201 percent spike in quarterly revenues on Tuesday. Its net loss increased from $2.2 million in the year-ago quarter to $3.5 million. Magnegas had $2.9 mi...
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United KingdomCrash outside U.K. Parliament treated as terrorismPolice flooded central London streets and cordoned off the city’s government district Tuesday after a speeding car plowed into cyclists and crashed outside Parliament in what authorities...
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A judge saw this video before denying stand your ground claim by Hillsborough sheriff’s son

A judge saw this video before denying stand your ground claim by Hillsborough sheriff’s son

TAMPA — George Zachary Chronister may have feared embarrassment when he used a knife to slash and stab another man during a 2017 brawl.But he wasn’t in fear for his life and well-being, a judge ruled Tuesday.Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nas...
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After Maryland, FSU’s Walt Bell excited to be in ‘family atmosphere’

After Maryland, FSU’s Walt Bell excited to be in ‘family atmosphere’

BRADENTON — New FSU offensive coordinator Walt Bell approached reporters Tuesday morning at IMG Academy seemingly resigned to the fact two subjects would arise: the Seminoles' quarterback derby and the ugly allegations surrounding Maryland...
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