Monday, July 16, 2018
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The Morning Watch: Pinellas to discuss wastewater woes today

Here's what's happening around the bay area:

PINELLAS TO DISCUSS WASTEWATER WOES

State Sen. Jack Latvala will hold another meeting of the Pinellas County legislative delegation to discuss the county's wastewater woes. At the September meeting, St. Petersburg officials were asked about that city's sewage crisis. The meeting will be held from 9-11 a.m. today at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, 501 6th Ave. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection plans to make a presentation and the public is invited. Follow @MarkPuente for updates.

TRUMP DITCHES MEDIA — THE PUBLIC'S EYES AND EARS — AGAIN

President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days, moving about the nation's largest city without a pool of journalists on hand to ensure the public has knowledge of his whereabouts.

DRONES COMING TO DISNEY?

Disney is holding a major announcement today about a new attraction, with all indications that it involves possible plans for a drone show — perhaps in Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney. Sharon Kennedy Wynne is there and will have the latest; follow her @SharonKWn for the latest.

PEDIATRIC HEART PATIENT FINDS NEW ROUTE THROUGH SCOUTING

(Photo Courtesy Linda Reitz-Stansberry for Coffee House Studios)

Tyler Lavrinc's parents, James and Teresa, help him with pins at his Eagle Scout Ceremony.

When Tyler Lavrinc was 12, his best friend asked him to come to a Boy Scout meeting with him. Since then, the experience has led him to white water rafting, competing with shotguns, kayaking and camping under the stars without a tent. And recently, the young boy from Clearwater who couldn't do so many things has reached a new pinnacle, earning his Eagle Scout badge.

UKRAINE TURNS TO TAMPA GROUP FOR HELP SETTING UP NEW COMMANDO HQ

Commando forces in the Ukraine were decimated during fighting in 2014 against pro-Russian insurgents and so-called "little green men" — masked Russian commandos in unmarked army uniforms. So when it came time to rebuild and adjust to modern warfare, Ukraine officials turned for help to the non-profit Global SOF Foundation, a Tampa-based special operations advocacy group.

ARMED SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN THEFT OF FEMALE STUDENT'S JEWELRY ON USF CAMPUS IN TAMPA

University of South Florida Police are seeking the public's help in finding two armed men suspected of stealing a student's jewelry on the Tampa campus Tuesday night. Police say the suspects took the female student's jewelry after approaching her near the Interdisciplinary Science Building around 9:15 p.m.

SEN. BILL NELSON TRYING TO BLOCK OIL DRILLING BILL

Sen. Bill Nelson is corralling opposition to a bill he says would incentivize oil drilling off the coast of Florida. "I'm going to block it," Nelson said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.

FSU DEFENSE HAS STRUGGLED AGAINST UP-TEMPO TEAMS LIKE SYRACUSE

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been happy with his defense's progress over the past month, but a true indication of how much improvement the unit has made could come Saturday at Syracuse. The 17th-ranked Seminoles (7-3, 4-3 ACC) have struggled against teams that run up-tempo offenses. The Orange (4-6, 1-5) come until the game averaging 79.3 offensive plays per game under first-year coach Dino Babers, which is an average of 16 more plays per game than last year. The Orange also averages one snap every 21.4 seconds on offense.

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Jimbo Fisher: ‘I love Jameis…unfortunately he made some bad decisions’

Jimbo Fisher: ‘I love Jameis…unfortunately he made some bad decisions’

ATLANTA — Jimbo Fisher defended every step of the way at Jameis Winston at Florida State, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he continues to back his former quarterback, even though both have moved on.Fisher, now the coach at Texas A&M, sa...
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SEC media days: Jimbo Fisher on leaving Florida State, Aggies title talk

SEC media days: Jimbo Fisher on leaving Florida State, Aggies title talk

ATLANTA — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said he had "no intentions of ever leaving Florida State," but the situation with the Aggies (including its administration and support) led him to leave for College Station.Fisher was the first coach ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago

Pasco Political Notebook

Hunter, Murphy speak to Democratic ClubThe Trinity Democratic Club will host candidates Chris Hunter (running for U.S. Congress in District 12) and Amanda Murphy (running for state Senate in District 16) as guest speakers at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. ...
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What DeSean Jackson needs to break a Jerry Rice NFL record

What DeSean Jackson needs to break a Jerry Rice NFL record

We're close enough to the 2018 NFL season that we can start talking about records that could be broken in the normal course of the Bucs' season ahead.DeSean Jackson has a chance to break one of Jerry Rice's career NFL records. No, not the 197 career ...
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Giant pork pile awaits Americans as trade wars risk exports

Giant pork pile awaits Americans as trade wars risk exports

Donald Trump’s trade wars are making pork a bargain.American production is poised to reach an all-time high this year, and output is forecast to surge again in 2019. The supply boom comes as tariffs from China and Mexico threaten to curb export deman...
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FHP: Tampa motorcyclist fatally struck by driver who ran red light

A Tampa motorcyclist was killed Sunday night after he was struck by a driver who ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Brian William Lester, 54, was turning left onto southbound Interstate 275 around 9 p.m. when Ruth Sanchez-Arias,...
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Live from Washington: Rays set for All-Star activities

Live from Washington: Rays set for All-Star activities

LHP Blake Snell, C Wilson Ramos and manager Kevin Cash are all in Washington representing the Rays at the All-Star Game.Snell is the on the active roster after being added Friday as a replacement  and is expected to pitch an inning for the AL te...
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Hernando Religion Calendar for July 20

BrooksvilleProvidence Church is offering a free weekly water-themed Kid’s Summer Fun Series that features Biblical stories, worship music and activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Hernando County S...
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Jared Kushner’s family firm accused of pushing out rent-stabilized tenants

Jared Kushner’s family firm accused of pushing out rent-stabilized tenants

NEW YORK — The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Tenants say it started early in the morning and went o...
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FCC chairman has ‘serious concerns’ about Sinclair-Tribune merger, could seek to block deal

FCC chairman has ‘serious concerns’ about Sinclair-Tribune merger, could seek to block deal

WASHINGTON - Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media has raised "serious concerns" at the Federal Communications Commission about the amount of control the combined company would have over the U.S. television market...
Updated: 2 hours ago