Five people are dead, including two children ages 9 and 10, after a fiery multi-car crash Wednesday night on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, investigators say. The driver of a Volkswagen was speeding and lost control, crossing over the median and hiting a Toyota Sienna minivan nearly head on, intestigators say.
FORMER JEFFERSON HIGH FOOTBALL STANDOUT KILLED IN CRASH
Max Holloway, a former Jefferson High football standout, was killed early today in Lutz after deputies say he lost control of his car and slammed into a home. Holloway, 26, who also played three years at Boston College, was driving westbound on Lutz Lake Fern Road around 2:28 a.m. when he failed to follow a curve and veered off the road, deputies said.
BANKER BRIAN LAMB HEADING TO CINCINNATI AFTER PROMOTION
Brian Lamb, a former USF basketball star who went on to successful banking career in Tampa is on the move. Lamb, regional president of Fifth Third Bank, chairman of the USF board of trustees, is taking a new job at his banking company's headquarters in Cincinnati. As chief corporate responsibility and reputation officer, he becomes one of the dozen most senior policy-setting executives at one of the country's top 20 banking institutions.
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MASSIVE GRAFFITI TAG REVEALED DURING DEMOLITION WORK
When demolition crews ripped down the "cheese-grater" grillwork encasing downtown St. Petersburg's old Pheil Hotel this week, they uncovered more than the building's original brick facade. They revealed a secret hidden in the heart of the city: Letters a story high that spelled out "AV8R" across the eighth story of the 11-story building. It may very well be the largest "tag" — a graffiti artist's personal signature — ever spotted in the city.
FROM HOWL-O-SCREAM TO LOWRY PARK ZOO, SCARE ACTORS SHARE SECRETS
It's the height of the season right now for "scare actors," the creeps, ghouls and zombies working by the hundreds at theme parks, haunted houses and even the zoo this Halloween. Many of these monsters are aspiring actors and comedians, but many also have pretty dull day jobs. They generally make minimum wage for the short-term gigs, but it's more about experience than money.
SPORTS 'CAN BIND A NATION,' EX-LIGHTNING EXEC TELLS USF STUDENTS
The negative headlines coming out of the National Football League are symbolic of the times we live in, a top league executive said Wednesday night during a visit to the USF. Players kneeling in protest of racial inequality during the national anthem. Domestic violence. Concussions that may affect players' future health. These are some of the issues Tod Leiweke now tackles after leaving a key executive position with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year for NFL headquarters in New York.
WORST OF RED TIDE SEEMS OVER IN PINELLAS
Since Sept. 27, eight city workers have hand-scooped and raked fish killed by Red Tide and hauled the smelly catch to the county's landfill to be burned in an incinerator. Treasure Island Public Works Director Mike
Helfrich estimates 190 staff hours were dedicated to the effort at a cost of about $5,000. Now, he thinks — and hopes — the worst is over.
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