Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Commission to discuss sewage; Starbucks inside Publix; 'Zombie Cat' gets new home; Bucs' Winston earns honor

Pinellas County Commission Chairman Charlie Justice is expected today to propose creating a sewer task force to tackle problems through the area. The commission is expected to discuss the proposal during the regular meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. in the assembly room at 315 Court St. in Clearwater. Follow reporter Tracy McManus (@TroMcManus) on Twitter for updates.

STARBUCKS WHILE YOU SHOP AT PUBLIX

The Publix on Gandy Boulevard in South Tampa will be among the first in the chain to get a Starbucks. It will replace a cafe already inside the supermarket and operate in a similar fashion to Starbucks that shoppers see in Target and other stores. More Starbucks are expected to be rolled out at other Publix stores as part of the pilot program.

'ZOMBIE CAT' GETS NEW OWNER

Remember Bert, the so-called "Zombie Cat"? In January 2015, he famously clawed his way out of a roadside grave after his owners assumed him dead. Today, the feline is getting a new home following a 20-month legal battle between the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the man who raised Bart and found him "dead" in the street.

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Jameis Winston passed for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the Bucs' 31-24 win at Atlanta Sunday

BUCS QB WINSTON WEEKLY NFC HONOR

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, who passed for 281 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-24 win at Atlanta on Sunday, was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week today. It's a far cry from last year's Week 1, when Winston, the draft's top pick, threw a pick-six and No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota threw four touchdown passes as the Titans walloped the Bucs, 42-14. Check out our quick analysis on how the quarterbacks reversed roles.

LATEST: PTC DISCUSSES RIDESHARE RULES

A decision on regulating rideshare businesses in Hillsborough County, which could determine whether companies like Uber and Lyft remain here, is likely to be delayed until next month. The Public Transportation Commission is expected to discuss regulations, as scheduled, during its meeting at 9 a.m. today. Reporter Chris O'Donnell provides updates online.

GOVERNOR CONTINUES ZIKA MISSION IN WASHINGTON

Gov. Rick Scott today will continue his Capitol Hill tour in search of funding for Zika virus, holding a full day of meetings with Florida lawmakers and several key leaders, including Sen. Mitch McConnell.

FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN CATCHES SOME CUBANS

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, a Gainesville Republican, recently told constituents that he was fishing with his son when they spotted a boat carrying 20 Cuban refugees. He said he called the Coast Guard and tried to slow down the boat. "The Coast Guard showed up and they deported those people back to Cuba," Yoho said to applause. "I'm protecting the sovereignty of the United States of America."

ONE LESS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN FLORIDA

Disgusted with Donald Trump? Had it with Hillary Clinton? You'll have five options on your presidential ballot in Florida, but Evan McMullin won't be among them. The state officially blocked the insurgent independent from the November ballot, saying McMullin failed to comply with a key provision of state election laws: He was not nominated by a national political party at its convention.

MADEIRA BEACH FERRY TO INCLUDE JOHN'S PASS VILLAGE STOP

The city of Madeira Beach is offering the public a new way to get around town: ferries. Beginning next month, Hubbard's Marina will host a ferry service set to run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to nine designated spots around Madeira Beach, city officials said.

[SKIP O'ROURKE | Times]

Teenagers at the Hillsborough County Juvenile Detention Center East. According to a new report, Hillsborough has arrested more juveniles than issuing civil citations than most.

HILLSBOROUGH RANKS HIGH IN ARRESTING JUVENILES VS. CITATIONS

Hillsborough County has a long way to go to increase its use of juvenile civil citation programs — an alternative that experts praise as a more effective and beneficial option to arrest for misdemeanor crimes, according to a new independent study released today. The report highlighted Hillsborough, Duval and Orange counties as among the worst for arresting juveniles rather than using citations.

RAYS, JAYS MEET TODAY IN AFTERNOON MATINEE

The Rays and Blue Jays conclude their series in Toronto at 12:30 p.m. today. The Rays are giving second baseman Logan Forsythe a DH day. And manager Kevin Cash said catcher Bobby Wilson has earned the right for the additional playing time, and that the pitchers like throwing to him. Follow reporter Marc Topkin for game updates.

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Hillsborough fire rescue engine hit while responding to another accident

Hillsborough fire rescue engine hit while responding to another accident

HILLSBOROUGH — A car slammed into the back of Hillsborough County fire rescue truck as it was responding to a separate single vehicle accident Saturday morning.The driver of the black Toyota Corolla became trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters fro...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas deputies: Drunk men disturb peace at candy store, kid’s birthday party on same night

Pinellas deputies: Drunk men disturb peace at candy store, kid’s birthday party on same night

Within about 20 minutes and only 15 miles apart this week, Pinellas deputies responded to complaints of drunk men disturbing the peace outside a candy store and near a children’s birthday party.The incidents occurred Tuesday evening.In the first, dep...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hillsborough detention deputy charged with DUI

Hillsborough detention deputy charged with DUI

HILLSBOROUGH — A Hillsborough County detention deputy was arrested for driving under the influence early Saturday morning. Jose Cruz, 31, was driving his 2011 Ford Ranger in the McDonald’s parking lot at 9870 301 Highway South. Deputies were alerted ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police arrest Dunedin man for shooting pregnant girlfriend, lying about home invasion

Police arrest Dunedin man for shooting pregnant girlfriend, lying about home invasion

DUNEDIN — Authorities on Friday arrested a 19-year-old for shooting his pregnant girlfriend and then lying about a home invasion. Charles Tenpenny was distraught over accidentally shooting his girlfriend 18-year-old Naomi Rosado who was 20 weeks preg...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Bucs training camp questions: How to split the QB reps, position battles and more

Bucs training camp questions: How to split the QB reps, position battles and more

TAMPA — Jameis Winston would like to move forward with his career now that he has accepted the NFL's decision to suspend him three games and apologized — for something — to the Uber driver that the league says he touched in an "inap...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Carlton: Victorious Ybor chickens make Tampa Tampa

Carlton: Victorious Ybor chickens make Tampa Tampa

A city can be judged on its progress by, say, having sleek rail that gets people where they need to go. Or by being home to big-name corporations or impressive sports venues. Or by the sheer number of tall buildings it boasts.At least for today, you ...
Published: 07/21/18
Open office plans are as bad as you thought

Open office plans are as bad as you thought

A cubicle-free workplace without private offices is supposed to force employees to collaborate. To have them talk more face-to-face. To get them off instant messenger and spontaneously brainstroming about new ideas.But a recent study by two researche...
Published: 07/21/18
Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Police identify man killed in shooting at South Tampa McDonald’s

Police identify man killed in shooting at South Tampa McDonald’s

TAMPA — A man died early Saturday after he was shot Friday night in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in South Tampa.Nicholas A. Mortazavi, 20, was pronounced dead about 3:30 a.m., police said.Police responded to the restaurant at 3515 S Dal...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Published: 07/20/18