Here's what's happening in the bay area today.
SUSPECT IN FATAL SHOOTING OF TACOMA OFFICER KILLED IN STANDOFF
The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma, Washington, officer was shot and killed by police early Thursday morning, ending a standoff, an official said. Dozen police held positions around a house early Thursday where a suspect accused of fatally shooting a Tacoma police officer hours earlier was barricaded inside.
ROMANO: HOW COMPLICATED CAN BUILDING A SOCCER STADIUM BE? DON'T ASK
For now, talk of a renovated stadium for the Rowdies is mostly a rumor in Tampa Bay, John Romano writes. The question is whether it will soon become a referendum in St. Petersburg. Weeks after the minor-league franchise confirmed it was moving to the United Soccer League next season, the Rowdies have promised a "historic" announcement next week.
RECOVERY BEGINS AS RAINS HELP PUT OUT TENNESSEE WILDFIRES
After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local officials turned to cleanup and recovery efforts even as they battled their own personal crises. Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said discussions were under way about re-opening the resort city as early as Friday, which would give business owners and residents their first look at the damage in a city that has been closed since Monday night.
DEVELOPER IN PRISON, BUT CLEARWATER CONDO OWNERS STILL PAYING THE PRICE
Although the mastermind of the failed Grand Venezia luxury resort project in the Clearwater Cay Development District is serving a 40-year federal sentence for fraud, residents of the 336-unit complex are still paying for his crime. Former developer Dave Clark's company took out a $30 million note for his promised resort in Clearwater, one of 14 Cay Clubs from Las Vegas to the Keys, but a decade after the plan crumbled, residents are still paying back the debt through assessments.
DEADLY STORMS ADD TO DROUGHT, FLOOD AND FIRES PLAGUING SOUTH
The National Weather Service confirms that at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, killing five people in two states. At least a dozen more people were injured early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.
QUIETLY, BROOKSVILLE'S CONTROVERSIAL RED-LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM ENDS
Without much fanfare, considering how much attention they received over the years and how much money they generated, the city of Brooksville's red-light cameras have faded into history.
MILLER: WHERE'S MY FITBIT? SHAME, SHAME
Past experience, or maybe mother's wisdom, tells you that once you stop looking for something you've lost, it will turn up, Michele Miller writes. That's the tactic she was going to use when she relinquished the furious search for her newfangled step counter.