Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Old golf courses may get new life; Cuban art comes to Dunedin; why running back carries are meaningless

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

ART CENTER BRINGS CUBAN LIFE TO DUNEDIN

Cuba is a place where food can be scarce but music, dance and the arts are plentiful. In 2015, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's auxiliary group, the Sterling Society, assembled a trip as part of the People to People Cultural Exchange program with the idea of procuring an exhibit down the road. Today, the Dunedin Fine Art Center unveils the fruits of that artful journey in an exhibit called Oye Como Va..

OLD GOLF COURSES GET NEW LIFE, OR NOT

Two abandoned golf courses in Pasco County are in different stages of a possible rebirth. In Zephyrhills, Tampa-based Kolter Land Partners has a contract to purchase the abandoned Hidden Creek golf course outside the city and turn it into a 300-home neighborhood. Meanwhile, plans to turn a Wesley Chapel golf course into a subdivision of up to 400 homes have hit a snag: the neighbors.

STATE OF THE PORT

Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter @SunBizGriffin for updates from the annual State of the Port address with Port Tampa Bay CEO, Paul Anderson. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.

RUNNING BACK CARRIES: MEANINGLESS NFL STATISTIC JUST WON'T GO AWAY

[Associated Press]

It has gone on for far too long, and it has to stop. Today. Right now. We're a divided nation, but a greater purpose demands we band together, regardless of our allegiances. Whether you root for the Giants or the Eagles, the Ravens or the Steelers, the Bucs or the Falcons, it's time to take a stand against NFL commentators' repeated attempts to link running back carries to team wins..

DEWITT: COMMISSIONERS MUST ADDRESS COUNTY'S UNDERFUNDED FIRE-RESCUE SERVICE

So much attention has been focused on the spectacular failures of and lurid stories about the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department, it's easy to overlook the far less sexy issue of the drastically underfunded Hernando County Fire Rescue, Dan DeWitt writes. To put it bluntly, the professionally staffed department the vast majority of county residents depend upon is broke. Actually, it is worse than broke; it's deeply in debt. And it got that way because of the cowardice of commissioners.

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCES AWARDS FINALISTS

The board of the National Book Critics Circle has chosen the 30 finalists for its awards for books published in 2016. After a seven-hour meeting last Saturday, the board also announced the recipients of three additional prizes. Read the full list here.

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Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
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Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputiesí actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputiesí actions justified

TAMPA ó Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriffís deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
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For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal charges tha...
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Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still canít stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still canít stop bad judgment

Itís human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

TAMPA ó Somebody got into Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snivelyís Facebook account, copied her messages and gave them to a newspaper publisher who is a friend of her rivals on the board.The posts discussed politics and power struggl...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Raccoon bites bicyclist, now the Health Department is looking for the victim

TAMPA ó A bicyclist in the Palm River area was bitten by a raccoon Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said.Now the department is concerned the animal had rabies and is searching for the bicyclist."While it is impo...
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Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

It has a name.Subtropical Storm Alberto is crawling into the Gulf of Mexico, an unwelcome guest arriving a week before the official start of hurricane season.The system, which became the first named storm of the year Friday, could bring five inches o...
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Mom service dog has puppies in Tampa airport, while dad service dog looks on

Mom service dog has puppies in Tampa airport, while dad service dog looks on

TAMPA — Travelers killing time at Tampa International Airport’s Gasparilla Bar got an unexpected show Friday when a dog gave birth to eight puppies near Gate F81. The 2-year-old golden retriever, Eleanor Rigby, owner Diane Van Atter, and...
Updated: 4 hours ago