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David Price’s beloved French bulldog has died: Five things to know about Astro
There were times during David Price’s tenure in Tampa Bay when his dog, Astro, seemed a bigger celebrity than the Cy Young-winning pitcher himself. The French bulldog was a fixture at Price’s side and a social media star in his own right. He had a custom jersey and bobbleheads made in his likeness. On Wednesday, the two said a final goodbye. Price announced on Twitter that Astro has died, writing that his companion “took his last nap today.” Here are five things to know about Astro.
Climate change is going to cost Florida a lot of money
For the state of Florida, adapting to climate change is going to be complicated, revolutionary and very, very expensive. But so far at least, Tallahassee hasn’t invested much in protecting the most vulnerable state in the nation from rising seas. Gov. Ron DeSantis, who campaigned on a promise to address red tide and harmful algae blooms, has won initial praise from environmentalists for stepping above the low bar set by his fellow Republican predecessor, Rick Scott, a climate change skeptic who is now a U.S. senator.
Kriseman: Another Rays MOU wouldn’t be free
In an hour-long interview last week, St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman touched on issues including the Tampa Bay Rays, the Science Center of Pinellas, the fate of rail lines in downtown St. Petersburg and his recent work trip to Hawaii. Kriseman spoke to the Tampa Bay Times in his temporary office inside the old St. Petersburg Police Headquarters, as City Hall is being renovated. The biggest issue in the city right now, or at least the one creating the most buzz, is the fate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Troopers: Pasco deputy in unmarked patrol car hits, kills woman walking across U.S. 19
A Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy in an unmarked patrol car struck and killed a Port Richey woman who was walking across U.S. 19 Wednesday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The collision occurred around 9 p.m. as Deputy Daniel Daugherty, 29, was heading north on U.S. 19 near Johnson Road in a 2015 Dodge Charger, the Highway Patrol said. Daugherty struck Regina C. Breslin, 62, as she was walking across the intersection and entered the path of the car, the Highway Patrol said.
Developer plans huge mixed-use apartment project in Brandon
An Atlanta company plans a 660-unit apartment community on one of the largest undeveloped parcels in fast-growing Brandon. Called Brandon Town Center, the project on 55 acres at the northeast corner of Brandon Parkway and South Lakewood Drive is to include three-story dwellings with one-to three-bedrooms and attached garages. It also will have 75,000 square feet of mixed-used buildings and stores.