Saturday, December 16, 2017
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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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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital early Saturday afternoon.Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on Gunn Highway...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program inve...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
Updated: 4 hours ago
CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
Updated: 7 hours ago
She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
Updated: 7 hours ago