Monday, November 12, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: John Morgan a strong candidate for governor?; Debra Lafave's new life's story; Mahaffey naming rights for $100K a year; how to get by in Cuba

The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

INSIDERS POLL: MORGAN WOULD BE STRONGEST CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR

Unpredictable, politically incorrect, pugnacious, and very, very rich. Yes, it sounds like President Donald Trump, but it also describes personal injury lawyer John Morgan, who is mulling a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018. Among more than 170 of the most experienced and plugged in Florida politicos, a plurality thinks he'd be the Democrats' strongest candidate.  Here's the full results of our Florida Insider's Poll.

A NEW BIOGRAPHY OF DEBRA LAFAVE

Joe Zuniga figures he was the right person to tell the story of an attempt at a new life by Debra Jean Beasley Lafave — the blonde, blue-eyed, middle-school teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student in 2004. Debra LaFave: A Crown of Beauty for Ashes is Zuniga's first book, . born of the acquaintance he struck up with LaFave a decade ago through his sister. He believes in second chances.

BILL EDWARDS HOPES TO SELL NAMING RIGHTS TO EVERYTHING INSIDE, AROUND MAHAFFEY THEATER

The name on the outside of the Mahaffey Theater isn't changing, but the names of nearly everything inside and around it is up for sale. St. Petersburg City Council members heard the details of a plan on Feb. 2 to  sell naming rights to a dozen spaces on the 98,000-square-foot performing arts venue.

QUESTIONS OVER DEATH OF KIM JONG UN'S HALF BROTHER

It looks like a perfectly staged assassination, straight out of the pages of a spy novel: Kim Jong Nam, the estranged, exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, falls ill at a Malaysian airport, complains of being sprayed with some sort of chemical, and drops dead. But, as with many things about the motives of cloistered North Korea, the unknowns currently far outweigh the certainties.

PLANNING A VISIT TO CUBA? YOU BETTER FIND A GUY TO HELP YOU

[Photo from Diane Persall]

Anyone traveling on their own in Cuba needs to "know a guy."

Could be a woman, but enterprising locals typically offer a guy. Looking for a casa particular, a comfy room rented by friendly, licensed homeowners? Someone knows a guy to make it happen. Want to spin backward through time and Havana in a vintage automobile? Guys arrange that, too.  Steve Persall writes about his recent visit to the island nation.

CAN CHRIS SALE DO FOR THE RED SOX WHAT DAVID PRICE COULD NOT?

Chris Sale wants to win. He said that Tuesday during his press conference following his first official workout as a Red Sox. Repeatedly. "I've said it 157 times," Sale said. That's an exaggeration, but he used the word often when talking about the offseason trade that brought him from the Chicago White Sox to Boston and about joining a team that dealt two top prospects for the left-handed pitcher to, well, win.

RUMOR IS TOP DOG AT WESTMINSTER

Quite a rally for Rumor, and German Shepherds, too. Rumor was crowned America's top dog Tuesday night when, a year after a near miss, she came out of retirement to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

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Hillsborough Sheriff's Office spurns ICE agreement but is still holding immigrants for the agency

Hillsborough Sheriff's Office spurns ICE agreement but is still holding immigrants for the agency

TAMPA — Ten months ago, Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister stood among a dozen or so Florida sheriffs to announce a new arrangement with federal immigration officials to deal with a legal quandary.The new agreement with U.S. Immigration and ...
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The Daystarter: Where we stand on recounts; Will school boards take their case to taxpayers?; Red zone failures key in Bucs loss

The Daystarter: Where we stand on recounts; Will school boards take their case to taxpayers?; Red zone failures key in Bucs loss

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Weekend rewind: Florida recount begins; a tropical wave could strengthen by midweek; and more

Weekend rewind: Florida recount begins; a tropical wave could strengthen by midweek; and more

Catching you up on what happened over the weekend.
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Hooper: ‘Love Through Fear’ to avoid the Thanksgiving debate

With Florida embroiled in a recount controversy and the nation’s political divisions raw, your Thanksgiving meal might come with a side of debate and disdain this year. Jeff Johnson is founder of Love Not Fear, a St. Petersburg-based nonprofit that s...
Published: 11/12/18
PolitiFact Florida: More felons regained right to vote in Florida than population of many states

PolitiFact Florida: More felons regained right to vote in Florida than population of many states

Florida has had one of the toughest processes in the nation for felons to regain their voting rights, but that changed on election night when voters approved amending the state Constitution to restore the right to vote to many felons.How many?News ar...
Published: 11/12/18
Dear Penny: I need a will, but I’ll have nothing left after attorney fees

Dear Penny: I need a will, but I’ll have nothing left after attorney fees

Dear Penny,My wife and I just had twins and have realized that we need to get a will put in place. We started searching for a lawyer and found that it could cost anywhere from $1,000, up to as much as $5,000, to get a will created. We won’t have anyt...
Published: 11/12/18
Editorial: Deadly danger of wrong-way driving

Editorial: Deadly danger of wrong-way driving

The state is taking action to minimize wrong-way crashes
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St. Pete woman killed by stray bullet while she ate breakfast on her front porch

St. Pete woman killed by stray bullet while she ate breakfast on her front porch

A bystander sitting on her front porch was killed by a bullet from across the street Sunday morning.
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Tropical wave in the Atlantic could form into sub-tropical cyclone by midweek

Tropical wave in the Atlantic could form into sub-tropical cyclone by midweek

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Harold Solomon, former chauffeur to the stars and a bedrock greeter of Lakeview Presbyterian Church, dies at 95

Harold Solomon, former chauffeur to the stars and a bedrock greeter of Lakeview Presbyterian Church, dies at 95

This story was originally published on July 29, 2009.ST. PETERSBURG — Every Sunday for the last 25 years, the most reliable greeter at Lakeview Presbyterian Church handed church bulletins to people dressed far more casually than he, always with a smi...
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