Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Morning Watch: Hurricane season could have been much worse for Tampa Bay

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With 15 named storms, including the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years and a Category 5 monster that buzz-sawed up the east coast, emergency management officials say they're relieved the bay area didn't get hit harder this season. Of the three storms that touched or landed in Florida and caused local emergency management operations centers to activate — Tropical Storm Colin and hurricanes Hermine and Matthew — the Bay area received glancing blows.

ROMANO: A MESSAGE FOR THE MORONS ON OUR ROADS

Three times in the past nine months, tow truck operators have been killed while working on roads in Tampa Bay, John Romano writes. Statistically speaking, that's an outrageous number. Realistically, tow truck drivers say it isn't necessarily shocking. Passing drivers have a legal, moral and commonsense obligation to exercise greater care when passing a tow truck at work on the side of the road — not to mention it has been the law since 2002. That's our legal responsibility.

CANDIDATES FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT NARROWED TO 3, ALL WITH CONSERVATIVE CREDENTIALS

Gov. Rick Scott's goal of reshaping the Florida Supreme Court drew closer Monday as the nominating commission controlled by the governor interviewed 11 candidates and nominated three who demonstrated they are judicial conservatives.

FRENCH LIAISON TO CENTCOM HAS CONFIDENCE IN BROADER COALITION TO FIGHT ISIS

Even as Iraqi forces are bogged down in a bloody fight to recapture Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, a new coalition is being formed to take on the Sunni jihadi group when it finally loses control of the Iraqi city it captured two years ago.

EAGLE HIT BY CAR, NURSED BACK TO HEALTH, SET FOR RELEASE IN CLEARWATER

The American Bald Eagle that was injured after it was struck by a car in Clearwater on Oct 5. will be released into the wild today at Lake Chautauqua Park. The bird has recovered after it underwent surgery on its right wing at Busch Gardens.

An American bald eagle struck nursed back to health after it was hit by a car while feeding in the road will be released back into the wild this morning at a Clearwater park. Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife, Busch Gardens and Nature World Wildlife teamed up to treat the eagle after it was struck Oct. 5 on Countryside Boulevard, next to the Westfield Countryside Mall.

WALL OF WEAPONS APPEARS TO BE MISSING AFTER ROBBERY AT TAMPA GUN STORE

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a brazen smash-and-grab burglary at a gun store early Tuesday. The suspect or suspects smashed the entire glass facade of the Tampa Arms Company, 4023 W Waters Ave., and stole several guns. The store is in the Northwest Plaza about a half mile west of North Dale Mabry Highway.

COLUMN: SPENDING TIME WITH LOVED ONES IS THE BEST GIFT

Stuff can be a good gift option, especially when said stuff is particularly useful or speaks to the heart of a person, entertainment editor Stephanie Hayes writes. But memories can be better than the coolest beer koozie. You can't buy time, but you can buy time with someone. That's what our holiday gift guide is all about this year.

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Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular seaso...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Football: Armwood 24, Jefferson 14

SEFFNER — Armwood is becoming accustomed to winning close games.The Hawks fended off visiting Jefferson 24-14 in a defensive battle that featured a plethora of holding penalties in the second half.Armwood (3-1) earned two rushing touchdowns from juni...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Football: Plant 44, Gaither 34

TAMPA — Seventy-eight points. Eight hundred and 40 yards in total offense. Five players surpassing the century mark in yardage.When the game was over Friday, Plant had the edge in every category — including the scoreboard as the Panthers (3-1) opened...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Football: Robinson 28, Blake 25

TAMPA — Nevermind that Blake scored a go-ahead touchdown with 87 seconds left in the game.Forgive him, but part of Robinson junior Lateef Al-Shaa’ir was hoping it would happen just so it would set up a comeback.And it did.With 24 seconds left in the ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Football: St. Petersburg 23, Gibbs 6

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg’s Aumhryaun Brown’s two touchdowns helped overcome the ejection of quarterback Tonio Shavers as the Green Devils cruised to a 23-6 win against Gibbs on Friday.As time expired during the first half, with the Green Devil...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Football: Plant City 24, East Bay 7

GIBSONTON — Plant City’s high-powered passing game gets most of the attention. But the Raiders’ defense is just as responsible for the team’s unbeaten start.In Plant City’s 24-7 road victory against East Bay in Class 7A, District 9 on Friday, the def...
Updated: 6 hours ago