Two days before the Bucs' home opener, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested early today on Interstate 275 near State Road 60 on charges of misdemeanor DUI and violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a 2013 DUI arrest in Washington. An arrest report states that Seferian-Jenkins was observed to have glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol and was "agitated," with slurred speech and leaning on objects for balance. He declined to provide a breath sample to measure his blood-alcohol level.
CHARLOTTE CURFEW ENDS AFTER THIRD NIGHT OF PROTESTS
A mostly peaceful night of demonstrations in Charlotte's business district, watched over by the National Guard, called on police to release a video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man by a police officer. Meantime, in Oklahoma, a decision to charge a Tulsa police officer with manslaughter in the shooting death of a black man may prevent unrest in a city with a long history of tense race relations.
KRISEMAN TAKES CRITICISM OVER SEWAGE AT COUNCIL MEETING
With a state investigation under way and possible federal action looming, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman faced harsh music at City Hall on Thursday, making a rare, extended appearance at a regular City Council meeting to hear often fierce criticism from council members and the public.
SCIENTISTS FIND OIL FROM 1979 MEXICO SPILL SIMILAR TO DEEPWATER HORIZON
For 40 days, USF scientists aboard a research vessel trolled the Gulf of Mexico for signs of the past, hoping to discover hints of the future. Now their ship has landed back in St. Petersburg, full of sediment samples and slivers of fish. They think those items will help them predict the long-term effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
[ALEX LEARY | Times ]
AT USF, CLINTON'S CHALLENGE WITH YOUNG VOTERS STANDS OUT
Hillary Clinton, 68, has a problem with young voters -- unable to summon the excitement instilled by the man she wants to replace, President Barack Obama. USF students largely favor Clinton over Donald Trump, but spend a couple hours on campus, and the lack of enthusiasm is palpable. There is talk of third-party candidates. Or simply not voting.
YACHT CLUB ALCOHOL REQUEST WINS INITIAL CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL
Tampa City Council late Thursday approved a rezoning and an alcoholic beverage request by the Tampa Yacht & Country Club to allow alcohol in areas where the club has served drinks for decades, though no one can say it ever got permission to do so. The approval came about 11:30 p.m. after a three-hour hearing during which the requests were attacked by several of the 112-year-old club's members but defended by many more.
HOW DO YOU TRANSFORM A DOWNTOWN WITH SUCH LITTLE HISTORY?
It's one thing to decide which building goes where when mapping out a $3 billion new district for downtown Tampa. But it's another challenge entirely to create a sense of place and identity that has been lacking in downtown Tampa for decades when there isn't much history in that part of town. That's the problem facing James Nozar, the man in charge of Strategic Property Partners' plan to build a 53-acre urban core for Tampa from the ground up.
LATEST HOSPITAL CHAIN THAT OWNS BAYFRONT HEALTH NEEDS BAILOUT
Independent several years ago, the nonprofit and financially pressed Bayfront Medical Center in 2012 sought greater security by selling most of itself to for-profit Health Management Associates, and became Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Less than a year later, a weakened Health Management was in turn gobbled up by Community Health Systems, which is likely to be bought out soon in the fluid health care industry. The constant turnover is not what Bayfront anticipated for its future.
[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
WHAT HAPPENED TO CENTRO YBOR, BAYWALK AND CHANNELSIDE BAY PLAZA?
Nearly two decades ago, real estate developers wanted to build open-air shopping centers in Florida, and in 2000-2001, Centro Ybor, BayWalk and Channelside Bay Plaza opened in the Tampa Bay area. But in the 16 years or so since they opened, each has suffered more than they've flourished, and the Channelside complex could be bulldozed to make room for a new waterfront development. Analysts say these ambitious retail developments failed because they were unable to adapt as shopper preferences changed and the market took a turn for the worst.
USF'S BIGGEST GAME EVER? IT MIGHT BE
One could argue Saturday's contest against Florida State — the 230th in USF history — is the program's most important. Ever. Yep, more significant than the 21-13 home win against West Virginia in 2007, and more landscape-altering than the 17-7 triumph at FSU in 2009. Why? Several reasons, really. The Times' Joey Knight offers four.
LEPROSY FOUND IN CALIFORNIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT
A case of leprosy, extremely rare in the United States, has been diagnosed in a Southern California elementary school student, sending health officials scrambling to reassure parents and the public that the disease is hard to transmit and easy to treat.
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