Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: For 30 years, Pinellas' best school was in a black neighborhood; then the school board stepped in

Just seven years ago, a black neighborhood in St. Petersburg was home to the most sought-after public school in Pinellas County. Then the School Board shut it down, citing cost, and moved it to one of the whitest neighborhoods in the county. Read the investigation, the final installment of the Failure Factories series.

The year 2015 has been a dynamic one on the Tampa Bay real estate scene. Big projects have been announced, home values have climbed, the area is in a full-bodied recovery from the recession and housing crash. Here's a look at what's happened to some of the people and places we wrote about in covering the many-angled real estate business.

John Wilson, who retired from Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 last November, is part of a wave of TV anchors in the area who have gone off the air since last fall, taking years of experience and local knowledge with them. That affects the news viewers get, industry followers say.

Yep you read that headline right — politicos tell falsehoods even about Christmas. So let's take a walk back into the PolitiFact archives and recap some of the best whoppers about Christmas.

When Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn attended a local fundraiser in support of Hillary Clinton, a political action committee that targets Democrats went looking for evidence he misused his office. It didn't find what it was looking for.

A fire station serving three cities and a chunk of unincorporated Pinellas County is getting an overdue upgrade in a different location. After years of negotiations, fire Station 43, currently housed in a former gas station built in the 1960s, is moving from Indian Rocks Road to two lots off Bayway Avenue.

A 23-year-old Tampa man was one of four people killed in a fiery car crash in Polk County, authorities said. Jim Alan Bass, Jr. was driving on U.S. Highway 98 about 11:15 p.m. last night when a westbound Toyota 4Runner veered into the eastbound lanes. After a near head-on collision, the Pacifica burst into flames and the 4Runner rolled over, ejecting the driver.

A unitarian minister sees local solutions to global problems. How a humanitarian worker and faith leader decided to make Clearwater a place to continue her work.

Are you sick of cooking for your family this holiday? Get out of the house, hit the tables and then check out the Marc Murphy-helmed Grey Salt restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The breezy 240-seat Mediterranean spot takes the place of the casino's Green Room. Prices and atmosphere decidedly more approachable than nearby Council Oak, even after a challenging night at the slots.

Steve Persall's review of The Hateful Eight is, fittingly, one of loathing. The film features big name stars, but doesn't have much else of substance. As a Wyoming stagecoach stop turns refuge in a blizzard, Kurt Russell, his prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a Confederate general (Bruce Dern) turn against one another. Read all reviews for movies this Christmas season and find the film for you this weekend.

Tom Jones doles out gifts to the Tampa Bay sports scene. See which athletes cleaned up this Christmas season, from the Rays to the Lightning.

As soon as the Bucs found themselves eliminated from playoff contention Sunday night, the offensive line quickly shifted its focus to a new motivation: Making Doug Martin the first Bucs player to lead the NFL in rushing.

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Mazzaro’s gets ready to reopen

Mazzaro’s gets ready to reopen

day after an electrical fire broke out in its dry goods warehouse Friday night.Dominic Horwath, a grocery manager at Mazzaro’s on 22nd Ave. N, said staffers spent Monday and the weekend moving things into other warehouses.The damage from the fire at ...
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Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

SEMINOLE — She was 22 when deputies said a man forced her at knifepoint into the woods off Seminole Boulevard and sexually battered her in February 1987.The case went cold, but now the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said it has arrested the man it ...
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WashingtonPentagon suspends August drills with South KoreaThe Pentagon on Monday formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump’s nuclear summit with Nort...
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St. Pete heroin dealer delays sentencing by firing another lawyer

St. Pete heroin dealer delays sentencing by firing another lawyer

TAMPA — William Harold Wright was supposed to learn his punishment Monday for bringing massive shipments of heroin to the streets of St. Petersburg.Instead, the convicted drug dealer once again ditched his attorney and declared his innocence, cutting...
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For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

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Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

CF Kevin Kiermaier is here in Houston and will work out with the Rays today, and said that if all goes well he will be activated on Tuesday.That would be a couple days ahead of his most recent timetable, which had him slated to return to Friday.Kierm...
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Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

ST. PETERSBURG — In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together, dining on hotel room service with family friends Neil and Janet Armstrong.It was four months af...
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Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is pushing back against a social media post implying that a combat-wounded New Port Richey veteran has a Nazi symbol tattooed on his arm.In a tweet Monday afternoon, ICE officials denied the vete...
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Column: Fane Lozman’s long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Column: Fane Lozman’s long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Fane Lozman, a consummate citizen-critic of local government affairs, exercised his First Amendment right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The government in this case was the city of Riviera Beach.He was led off in handcuffs ...
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