Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Morning Watch: Straz Center parking woes; Clearwater homicide investigation; 'exquisite' dinosaur find; and are Florida's political parties relevant anymore?

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

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TAMPA APARTMENT CONSTRUCTION SQUEEZES STRAZ CENTER PARKING

The construction of a new apartment complex on the northern edge of downtown is causing "major, major traffic problems" for patrons of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, a City Council member says. Parking around the Straz Center has been tight for years, but in recent months the squeeze has gotten worse, Harry Cohen said, because of an apartment project now going up next to the Barrymore Hotel.

POLICE CONDUCTING HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION AFTER WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN CLEARWATER APARTMENT

Clearwater Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead inside an apartment early Friday morning. Police and rescue crews responded to Oakbrook Village Condominium, 2225 Nursery Road, just after 3:30 a.m. after receiving a report of gunshots in the area.

ARE FLORIDA'S POLITICAL PARTIES RELEVANT ANYMORE?

There's an old saying among university faculty members that academia politics is so vicious because the stakes are so low, Adam Smith writes. The expression came to mind watching the impressively Machiavellian maneuvers of assorted Democratic and Republican activists vying to become the next leaders of their respective state parties. These races seem to grow increasingly heated just as the parties become less and less relevant.

TARPON SPRINGS PLANNERS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL DUMP SITE FOR ANCLOTE RIVER DREDGE

Federal engineers have recommended the city use a familiar property to dump silt set to be dredged out of the Anclote River — the same one used during the last dredge in 1998. The 3-acre plot off L & R Industrial Boulevard near Wesley Avenue is one of three the city has looked into, but the only one recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers, the agency responsible for maintaining the channel. They say it's best because it is the largest, easiest to get permitting for and was used successfully in the last dredge.

TELLTALE TAIL SHOWS DINOSAUR FEATHERS IN 'EXQUISITE DETAIL' AFTER 99 MILLION YEARS

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Scientists have discovered the partial tail of a 99-million-year-old baby dinosaur covered in feathers. This was not the first time that paleontologists examined feathers trapped in Cretaceous amber. But without underlying body parts, doubt remained that the plumage once sprouted from dinosaurs.

WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY REPORT DETAILS SCOPE OF MASSIVE RUSSIAN SCHEME

A new report from the international agency that polices drugs in sport put the full scale of the Russian doping scandal into better focus, detailing one of the largest cheating scandals in history and implicating government employees and more than 1,000 Russian athletes who benefited from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests.

SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHED IN STUNNING FALL

South Korean lawmakers impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.

EPILOGUE: PAUL EPPLING, BELOVED ST. PETERSBURG METAL SCULPTOR, DIES AT 67

Through his eyes, Paul Eppling saw the world differently than others. Where most people looked upon scraps of metal and tattered car parts as trash, Mr. Eppling envisioned art. From that junk, Mr. Eppling created metal sculptures, often of various creatures. For decades, Mr. Eppling's artwork has been on display throughout the city, but there will be no more new additions. Mr. Eppling died last week from progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurodegenerative disease. He was 67.

KIRK DOUGLAS TURNS 100 TODAY. TRIVIA AND PHOTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Kirk Douglas in 1960's Spartacus.

In a year when we've lost a lot of beloved celebrities, it feels really nice to celebrate one's life for a birthday instead. Today Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas turns 100. Yes, 100. Take a look back at his life and career in photos.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: 'FROZEN' PREMIERE ON ABC, NEW NETFLIX ORIGINALS

On Sunday, ABC premieres a special television debut of Frozen starring the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristin Bell along with a behind-the-scenes look at its creation after. This is the perfect chance to keep the kids occupied while you wrap holiday presents or dive into that book you've been meaning to start.

TITLE GAMES, WORST TO FIRST: NO. 4: FLORIDA STATE 34, AUBURN 31

Throughout the season, the Tampa Bay Times will rank all 18 previous college football national title games (dating to the start of the BCS era), from worst to first. Today, we reflect on a wild Rose Bowl that helped make Jameis famous.

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Florida may hand out school vouchers to bullied students

Florida may hand out school vouchers to bullied students

TALLAHASSEE — Florida students who get bullied may get taxpayer help to attend a private school.A Senate panel on Monday voted for a bill that would allow students who are victims of bullying, physical attack, robbery and other types of violenc...
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Del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ lands a leading 13 Oscar nominations

Del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ lands a leading 13 Oscar nominations

NEW YORK — Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance "The Shape of Water" fished out a leading 13 nominations, Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director and "Mudbound" cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history as the f...
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Truck carrying frozen chickens catches fire on I-75 in Brandon

Southbound lanes on Interstate 75 were closed in Brandon early Tuesday morning after a semi-trailer carrying frozen chickens caught fire.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 52-year-old Brian Keith Jester, of Venice, was driving southbound near S...
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Five Hernando County educators nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Awards

Hernando County Public Schools has five educators in the running for prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 in the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year awards. The program will give out 17 awards.Travis Bruns and Doug Poteet of Pine Grove Elemen...
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MacDill crews shift from Islamic State battle to join winter fight against Taliban

MacDill crews shift from Islamic State battle to join winter fight against Taliban

Now that the fight against the largely defeated Islamic State is winding down, the U.S. Air Force is turning its efforts toward the Taliban and moving aircraft and crews to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.Crews and a KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refue...
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Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state’s coast.Officials at the National Tsunami Center canceled the warning after a few tense hours a...
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More teacher protests and another charter school approval expected at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting

More teacher protests and another charter school approval expected at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting

TAMPA — This will seem familiar: Teachers are mobilizing to protest outside Tuesday’s Hillsborough County School Board meeting about their frozen pay rates.And this too: A vote is expected on a new charter school.Florida Connections Academy is a virt...
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Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96

Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96

Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley.Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a femi...
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Bill Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he ‘used to be’ comedian

Bill Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he ‘used to be’ comedian

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he "used to be a comedian" and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault ca...
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The Daystarter: Seminole Heights suspect could face death penalty; soggy commute across Tampa Bay; Oscar nominations released today; Lightning shut out Blackhawks

The Daystarter: Seminole Heights suspect could face death penalty; soggy commute across Tampa Bay; Oscar nominations released today; Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• Those Monday evening showers could linger to saturate Tuesday morning’s commute, according to 10Weather WTSP. They’ll move out by the afternoon as a cool — not quite a cold —...
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