Thursday, April 19, 2018
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The Morning Watch: Officials say they were 'unfairly targeted' in St. Petersburg sewage probe

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GOOGLE EXPRESS DELIVERY SERVICE LAUNCHES IN FLORIDA AND TAMPA BAY TODAY

Google is the latest tech company jumping on the online delivery bandwagon in Tampa Bay. Google Express will launch today in Florida and nine other states as part of a nationwide expansion. Google Express allows users to order items from stores like Costco, Whole Foods Market, PetSmart, Kohl's and dozens of other brands with a phone app or laptop and have it delivered in two days.

OUSTED ST. PETERSBURG SEWER OFFICIALS AT CENTER OF PROBES SAY THEY HAVE BEEN UNFAIRLY TARGETED

Ousted senior St. Petersburg officials released statements late Monday, with the city's former public works administrator claiming Mayor Rick Kriseman threw them to the wolves to save his own skin during the city's ongoing sewer crisis. Mike Connors, who officially retired last year as public works administrator after a series of miscues involving sewage overflows, offered an impassioned defense of Steve Leavitt and Tom Gibson, two high-ranking officials in charge of sewer issues who were placed on unpaid leave last month by Kriseman.

DEATH PENALTY UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDS PINELLAS RETRIAL OF EX-JABIL EXECUTIVE IN 2008 DOUBLE MURDER

After a Florida Supreme Court ruling that the state must now have unanimous juries sentence defendants to death, the state and defense are grappling with how to move forward in the case involving former Jabil executive Patrick Evans. Last November, his conviction and death sentence for the 2008 murders of his estranged wife and her friend were overturned, and now the case is scheduled for retrial Oct. 31. Once again, the prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

WITH TWO WEEKS TO GO, HOW DOES 2016 COMPARE TO PAST ELECTIONS IN FLORIDA?

Polls in Florida show Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump. But beware 2012. Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary takes a look back,/a> at how 2008 and 2012 transpired, and what lessons we might learn in 2016.

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA STUDENT ADMITS TO TAKING NEWSPAPERS REFERENCING ALLEGED RAPE

Staffers of the University of Tampa's newspaper, the Minaret, think last week's front-page story referencing an alleged rape at a University of South Florida fraternity sparked the theft of $1,300 in papers. A student turned himself in on Monday and admitted to the theft, UT officials said. His case was forwarded to the school's internal student conduct process.

Courtesy of the Shala family

Elhame Shala, left, and husband Raif greet former President Bill Clinton after his speech on Oct. 11 in Safety Harbor.

NEARLY TWO DECADES LATER, ALBANIAN FAMILY THANKS BILL CLINTON FOR HELPING BRING THEM TO AMERICA

In 1999, the Shala family met former President Bill Clinton when he visited their refugee camp after war had pushed them out of Kosovo. Soon they were on their way to the United States, to Safety Harbor, and this month Raif and Elhame Shala finally got to thank the man who they say saved their entire family.

INTERVIEW: JENNIFER WEINER TAKES ON NEW GENRES WITH KIDS' BOOK, MEMOIR

When bestselling author Jennifer Weiner appears Wednesday at the Schaarai Zedek luncheon in Tampa, she'll be talking about her new books — both of them. Since 2001, Weiner has published 12 novels for adult readers, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes and Who Do You Love? But now she has switched gears this year and published her first book for kids, and she discusses the transition with book editor Colette Bancroft.

FENNELLY: TIME TO GET EXCITED ABOUT THE BUCS? MAYBE

Okay, so maybe columnist Martin Fennelly was the only one waiting for the Bucs to arrive from San Francisco to One Buccaneer Place at 2:38 a.m. Monday morning following their win against the 49ers. It may be too early for welcome parties, but this was still an impressive win nonetheless, Fennelly writes.

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Joe Henderson: Boycott Starbucks? Take a deep breath, folks

Joe Henderson: Boycott Starbucks? Take a deep breath, folks

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from someone doing job-related background checks on a friend of mine. He wanted to meet face-to-face, so we did what many other people do in that situation. We picked a Starbucks that was near to both of us. I’...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Expect warm weather, clear skies and a slight increase in humidity across Tampa Bay in the next few days, before an incoming cold front raises the chance for rain.Temperatures this morning are in the low 60s with a little bit of damp air. The dry air...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Downtown’s success creates noisy problem for St. Petersburg

Downtown’s success creates noisy problem for St. Petersburg

Times Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown’s rapid growth has not been without tension between its residents and the businesses and events that draw exuberant crowds. The city, which has been attempting to amend its noise ordinance o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Lightning one win away from advancing; Steve Persall rides off into retirement; talking ‘St. Pete Pier’ funding; meet the Times’ new business columnist

The Daystarter: Lightning one win away from advancing; Steve Persall rides off into retirement; talking ‘St. Pete Pier’ funding; meet the Times’ new business columnist

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’s more of the same with sunny skies and warm temperatures today. It’ll be a bit cooler at the beaches around the mid-70s, but east of Interstate 75 it will be in the mid to upper 8...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hillsborough targets bilingual teachers’ aides in latest school cuts

Hillsborough targets bilingual teachers’ aides in latest school cuts

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District, with a large and growing population of children from foreign cultures, is reducing the ranks of teachers’ aides who help them master the English language.Next year’s workforce will have about 164 fewer...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Everybody loses in a trade war, Canadian chamber CEO warns Tampa officials

Everybody loses in a trade war, Canadian chamber CEO warns Tampa officials

TAMPA — President Donald Trump has tweeted "trade wars are good, and easy to win."Don’t believe it, the president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce told Tampa business and political leaders on Wednesday."We share more with you than with anybody els...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Trademark makes it official: Call it the St. Pete Pier

Trademark makes it official: Call it the St. Pete Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — Today the City Council is set to approve a $15 million construction contract and additional money for the next phase of the new Pier District expected to open in the fall of 2019.But even as council members get ready to commit hundre...
Published: 04/19/18
Pinellas to enlist Sandy Hook group in its quest for safer schools

Pinellas to enlist Sandy Hook group in its quest for safer schools

LARGO — Starting soon, Pinellas County public schools could be using a nationwide violence prevention program founded by families of those killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December 2012.The nonprofit group Sandy Hook Promise, with ...
Published: 04/19/18
Teen, 16, killed in Hernando crash; 17-year-old critically injured

Teen, 16, killed in Hernando crash; 17-year-old critically injured

BROOKSVILLE — A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old boy critically injured after their car was struck by a pick-up truck at the intersection of U.S. 19 and Country Road on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The cras...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning stands up to Devils, pushes its way to 3-1 series lead

Lightning stands up to Devils, pushes its way to 3-1 series lead

NEWARK, N.J. — Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Taking Care of Business shook the walls of the Lightning locker room not long after it dispatched the Devils in Wednesday's Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.The 3-1 win was sparked by Nikita K...
Updated: 8 hours ago