Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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News at Noon: Five dead in fiery East Tampa crash; ex-Jefferson athlete killed when car hits house; banker Lamb headed to Cincinnati; huge graffiti tag revealed

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.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

A large graffiti tag spelling "AV8R," was revealed when workers removed the grillwork of the old Pheil Hotel on Central Avenue.

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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OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Chris Groner and his wife Shelby, both are 24, standing with her dogs Sassy (left), and Harley (right) on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, recently bought their first home in the Carrollwood neighborhood in June. "We're really happy with our home," Chris said.

MILLENNIALS IN TAMPA BAY ARE STARTING TO BUY HOUSES AND THAT'S GOING TO REVOLUTIONIZE REAL ESTATE

When Michael Berry first moved into Tampa's Madison at Soho condos, he liked being smack in the midst of the lively bar and restaurant scene on South Howard Avenue. That was two years ago. Now Berry is 26, about to turn 27 as is his fiance, Alicia Kais. And with a dog and boat, they're joining thousands of others in their generation in a quest that could revolutionize America's residential real estate business.

USF TO REVEAL NEW DETAILS OF $134M STUDENT HOUSING VILLAGE

Though construction has begun on the University of South Florida's $134 million student housing village, it hasn't had a name. That name will be revealed today, along with renderings of the finished project, at an "unveiling celebration" hosted by USF System President Judy Genshaft. We'll have more details after the 3:30 p.m. ceremony in the Marshall Student Center.

RAPPER GETS 180 DAYS IN JAIL FOR KICKING FAN IN LAKELAND

Rapper Kevin Gates has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after being convicted of kicking a female fan at a Lakeland concert last year. A Polk County jury found Gates guilty of battery after he was captured on cellphone video kicking 19-year-old Miranda Dixon at Lakeland's Rumors Nightclub, where he performed last August.

OLDSMAR TO DISCUSS RAYS STADIUM PLANS

Whether anyone else is convinced remains to be seen, but the city of Oldsmar will show it's serious about landing a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium when it reveals to the public a master plan developed by an architectural firm. A 2 p.m. news conference is scheduled at the Oldsmar Council Chamber, 101 State Street W. The presentation will be made by Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis and Francisco Semsch, president of FSA Inc. architects. Check tampabay.com afterward for a report.

ST. PETERSBURG TO DISCUSS SEWAGE

The St. Petersburg City Council is set to discuss the sewage crisis at a 1:30 p.m. meeting. The council members expect to be briefed on Mayor Rick Kriseman's funding priorities for addressing the problem. Follow Mark Puente at @MarkPuente for updates.

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