Sunday, May 27, 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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Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Both southbound lanes of Bayshore Boulevard between W. Barcelona and W. Rubideaux streets are closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break.The repair and roadway restoration work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Sunday but ...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

We’re all waking up to the impacts of Alberto: dreary rain, gusty wind, the reluctant change of Memorial Day plans.But while the effects are routine for storm-weathering Floridians, the category of storm Alberto falls into is a little less familiar. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

TEMPLE TERRACE — A round of applause from the audience followed the recent vote by the Temple Terrace City Council to negotiate a contract with a company that plans to build and manage luxury apartments in the long-idle downtown redevelopment area.Th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old bicyclist then drove from the scene.Shawn Michael Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts Avenue abou...
Updated: 4 hours ago
FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. M...
Updated: 4 hours ago
A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Published: 05/26/18
Updated: 05/27/18
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Published: 05/26/18