Monday, August 13, 2018
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Morning watch: Suspect in fatal shooting of Tacoma officer killed in standoff

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

[Associated Press]

Bob Wright looks for personal belongings after a suspected tornado ripped through the town of Rosalie, killing three of his brother's family members, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Rosalie, Ala.

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.

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Find A Friend: Paddington the Black Cat

Find A Friend: Paddington the Black Cat

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Habitat for Humanity says it plans to buy back mortgages sold to house flipper

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TAMPA — Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County said Monday that it will seek to immediately buy back 12 mortgages that it had sold to a Tampa company with a history of flipping foreclosed houses. The announcement came a day after the Tampa Bay T...
Updated: 5 hours ago
WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

WWE star, Pasco resident Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

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Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Shooter charged with manslaughter in Clearwater stand your ground case

Frustration and anticipation have packed the roughly three weeks since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot in a case that has reignited the debate over Florida’s stand your ground law.And on Monday, it took a dra...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Hillsborough School District will speed up lead testing, following Times investigation

Hillsborough School District will speed up lead testing, following Times investigation

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District said Monday it will accelerate how quickly it is testing school drinking and cooking water for lead.The announcement came several days after the Tampa Bay Times reported that the district didn’t disclos...
Updated: 7 hours ago
How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

How prosecutors decided to charge Michael Drejka, shooter in controversial stand your ground case

Prosecutors on Monday decided to charge 48-year-old Michael Drejka with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton, a major development in a case that has drawn national scrutiny over Florida’s stand your ground law.CHARGES FILED: Shoot...
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What they’re saying: Reaction to the arrest of Michael Drejka in Markeis McGlockton shooting

What they’re saying: Reaction to the arrest of Michael Drejka in Markeis McGlockton shooting

The arrest of Michael Drejka in the controversial shooting of Markeis McGlockton drew loud approval Monday as a welcome development for family, advocacy groups and local elected officials in Florida.CHARGES FILED: Shooter charged with manslaughter in...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Bulls secondary brimming with Hillsborough talent

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Based on the daily scrimmage periods open to media, the Bulls appear poised to brandish a predominantly Hillsborough County secondary in 2018.Senior Mazzi Wilkins (Plant) and sophomore Mike Hampton (Hillsborough) appear set at the starting cornerback...
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Stand your ground now means we must read the mind of an accused killer

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Today, the liberals are doing a victory dance.And the conservatives are resting easier.Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe has done them all a huge favor by bringing a manslaughter charge against convenience store shooter Michael Drejka.You s...
Updated: 8 hours ago