Friday, September 21, 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?

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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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Watch: A southern white rhinoceros calf just a week after being born at ZooTampa

Watch: A southern white rhinoceros calf just a week after being born at ZooTampa

TAMPA — A southern white rhinoceros gave birth to a calf at ZooTampa on Sept. 12, marking the sixth successful birth of the species in the zoo's history. In a news release, ZooTampa said southern white rhinoceroses are a nearly threatened spec...
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Deputies: Spring Hill man set fire to ex-girlfriend’s home in July

Deputies: Spring Hill man set fire to ex-girlfriend’s home in July

SPRING HILL — A 27-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with a July building fire, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Christopher Lamar Jamison of Spring Hill faces 10 counts of attempted murder and charges of arson and agg...
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Hillsborough school district releases list of referendum purchase items

Hillsborough school district releases list of referendum purchase items

TAMPA --- Anderson Elementary School will get two new playgrounds. Chiles Elementary will get carpets and floors. Madison Middle School will get new stage lights and a repaved parking lot.All that, and air conditioning overhauls throughout the school...
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Ryan Fitzpatrick said his only goal was to go 3-0 while Jameis Winston was suspended

Ryan Fitzpatrick said his only goal was to go 3-0 while Jameis Winston was suspended

Before Ryan Fitzpatrick filled the sky with footballs, connecting on deep passes and touchdowns, he was just the guy standing between the Bucs and what looked like a long losing streak after the suspension to quarterback Jameis Winston.But following ...
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Hudson woman accused of sex with boy, 15; he says he may fave fathered her newborn

Hudson woman accused of sex with boy, 15; he says he may fave fathered her newborn

HUDSON — A 26-year-old woman has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery after a 15-year-old boy told deputies he could be father of her newborn child, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.The boy, who has not been name...
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The guys who brought you Tampa’s Armature Works plan high-end offices next door

The guys who brought you Tampa’s Armature Works plan high-end offices next door

TAMPA — Coming soon from the developers who brought you the Armature Works: Heights Union, two high-end office buildings next door to the trendy food hall, event space and co-working complex overlooking the Hillsborough River.Developers said Friday t...
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Franklin on Twiggs restaurant opens in former downtown Tampa Pita Pit location

Franklin on Twiggs restaurant opens in former downtown Tampa Pita Pit location

DOWNTOWN — After a falling out with the Pita Pit corporate offices, Andrew Turek, the former owner of the SoHo location sold the property to Shula Burger and decided to open a new eatery and market called Franklin on Twiggs in the former downt...
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Lightning journal: Adam Erne looks to stick in Tampa

Lightning journal: Adam Erne looks to stick in Tampa

Forward Adam Erne flicks the puck into the net, but he has no time to celebrate.He flips around. Crunch, crunch, crunch. Snow flies off his skates. Erne then squares his body as he arrives in the defensive zone, steps away from the net.Within a secon...
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John Jonchuck will go to trial soon, but first lawyers will fight over an expert witness

John Jonchuck will go to trial soon, but first lawyers will fight over an expert witness

The judge rested her chin in her palm. The prosecutor marched in circles, then threw up his hands and rubbed them across his head.Plans were crumbling before them.The defense team stood in a huddle, whispering frantically. They had just thrust an Ode...
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Hometown Hernando for Sept. 28

Hometown Hernando for Sept. 28

We want your news!Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it’s snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well d...
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