Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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The Morning Watch: Less talk and more action on sewage issues. St. Petersburg City Council urges mayor

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

NO MORE TALK: COUNCIL TELLS MAYOR'S STAFF IT'S TIME TO FIX ST. PETERSBURG SEWAGE MESS

After two hours of peppering the city's top sewage official with questions, St. Petersburg City Council members said they're tired of Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration flip-flopping on how to solve the sewage crisis. The council said it wants the city to come up with an action plan — even if it costs taxpayers' money.

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JUDGE FEARS 25,000 VOTERS WON'T BE ELIGIBLE FOR NOV. 8 ELECTION

A federal judge is demanding an explanation from state officials at a hearing today about a backlog in the number of newly registered voters who haven't been verified in time so they can vote in Florida's election. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker has been tracking the number of unverified applicants, which on Thursday was nearly 25,000 out of 125,000 who registered during a weeklong extension the judge granted after Hurricane Matthew this month.

GHOSTLY WARNING: DEAD GANGSTER MA BARKER DOESN'T WANT HER HOUSE MOVED

Donald J. Weiss has quite a ghost story to tell. The 63-year-old retired police patrolman from upstate New York moved to Ocala several years ago and visited the house where gangster Ma Barker had been killed. What he found, Lane DeGregory writes, was truly spooky.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Xavier Johnson, 17, found his life altered forever in May 2015; when a tubing accident resulted in a traumatic brain injury. After emerging from a three-week coma, the Sunlake High football player was unable to walk or speak. Confined to a wheelchair, he began a rigorous regimen of physical therapy and now is back to school part time, where he enjoys socializing in the commons area between classes. Here, Johnson (center) cavorts with friends, Andrew Riddle, 18, (left) and Eddel Edouard, 17 (right).

BACK AT SCHOOL, SUNLAKE HIGH STUDENT SEEKS NORMALCY AFTER TUBING ACCIDENT

Once a top athlete and honor student at Sunlake High School, Xavier Johnson, 17, found his life altered forever in May 2015, when a tubing accident on East Lake resulted in a traumatic brain injury. After emerging from a three-week coma, the Sunlake football player was unable to walk or speak. This fall, however, Johnson can be found in another important place: the classrooms and common areas of Sunlake High, where he is taking two classes.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND

Halloween tends to bring out the spooky and scary across the airwaves, but those who prefer not to opt for terror can take comfort in The Great Pumpkin. From 'Good Girls Revolt' on Amazon to The History Chicks podcast, we guide you through the weekend offerings.

STATE IN A SNAP: GATORS ON THE GROUND, FSU LINE LIMITS AND MORE

The ground game seems especially pivotal in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. The team with the most rushing yards has won 10 consecutive games in the Florida-Georgia series. The victor has outrushed the loser 2,119-929 in that span, and the Gators have rushed for at least 200 in each of their last four wins in the series. Look for UF to get sophomore Jordan Scarlett involved early. Matt Baker sizes up this weekend's matchups.

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MacDill says its economic impact jumped 8 percent in three years

MacDill says its economic impact jumped 8 percent in three years

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base has long been a key driver of the Tampa Bay economy, spending billions on payroll, construction and retiree pensions.But just how much of a powerhouse the base is depends on how you look at the numbers presented Wednesd...
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TECO prepares to open solar farm in Balm

TECO prepares to open solar farm in Balm

BALM — Tampa Electric will open one of four new solar projects planned for Hillsborough County next month, with a goal of generating enough electricity for 12,000 homes in the area.TECO constructed its Balm Solar project on 548 acres in south Hillsbo...
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Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

It is real news that the Hillsborough County School District said this week it will accelerate testing for lead in drinking water and release the results after the Tampa Bay Times reported testing would take years and that until we asked families wer...
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Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

TAMPA — Hillsborough County has followed the city of Tampa in cracking down on illicit services like prostitution by moving to regulate massage parlors and bathhouses.County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a law restricting the ope...
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Corbett Prep marks 50th year with compassionate stories, family love

Corbett Prep marks 50th year with compassionate stories, family love

TAMPA — Sammi Borosh sat Tuesday afternoon in one of those tiny chairs for kindergartners and looked across the table at four of her former teachers — and her eyes misted.Borosh said she loved those four ladies and she loved the school where they tau...
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Bucs receivers come out ‘smoking’ hot against Titans

Bucs receivers come out ‘smoking’ hot against Titans

NASHVILLE — DeSean Jackson turned Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler around and hauled in a deep pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during one-on-one drills. Mike Evans leaped over Logan Ryan, plucking the ball with two hands off the top of t...
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Stand your ground shooter has three-lawyer team

Stand your ground shooter has three-lawyer team

LARGO — Three lawyers have signed on to represent Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in what authorities initially deemed a stand your ground shooting.Whether Lysa Clifton, John Trevena and Bryant Camareno will use that de...
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Brooksville pastor challenges longtime principal trying for reelection to Hernando’s District 5 School Board seat

Brooksville pastor challenges longtime principal trying for reelection to Hernando’s District 5 School Board seat

Hernando County School Board District 5 incumbent Susan Duval seconded the motion to fire superintendent Lori Romano on June 12. And that’s why Joe Santerelli said he filed to run against her about a week later.A week after that, the local pastor spo...
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Candidates for Hernando’s District 3 School Board seat talk mental health, technical education

Candidates for Hernando’s District 3 School Board seat talk mental health, technical education

As Hernando County School Board member Beth Narverud makes her run for a spot on the County Commission, three hopefuls are running to fill her District 3 seat.One is Jimmy Lodato, a Tampa native and 19-year Hernando resident. Retired from a career in...
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