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The Morning Watch: What motivated Bucs receiver Mike Evans to sit during the national anthem?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) became the object of fury for refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of Donald Trump's election. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) became the object of fury for refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of Donald Trump's election. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

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

WHAT MOTIVATED BUCS' MIKE EVANS TO SIT DURING ANTHEM TO PROTEST TRUMP?

Still lots of chatter over Bucs receiver Mike Evans' decision to protest Donald Trump's election by sitting during the national anthem on Sunday. To understand Evans' decision, it helps to know something about Evans, geographically, emotionally, biologically, Rick Stroud writes. Meanwhile, columnist John Romano writes Sunday's game was neither the time, nor the place, for Evans' protest.

YBOR CITY ALTERCATION RESULTS IN DRIVER CRASHING INTO BAR, INJURING ONE

Tampa Police are seeking the driver of a car who fled after crashing into The Bad Monkey bar following an altercation with a group outside early Tuesday morning. The driver accelerated and struck one of the individuals, injuring the victim's leg, before crashing through the front door, police said.

YBOR CITY COULD GET SLICE OF REDEVELOPMENT CASH THAT'S BEEN GOING TO DOWNTOWN TAMPA

[Times files]

The industrial site known as the Gas Worx, along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway between Channelside Drive and the Nick Nuccio Parkway, might be moved out of the downtown Community Redevelopment District so that any increase in tax revenues from future developoment there would help nearby Ybor City.

After a year of concern, uncertainty and study, the Tampa City Council appears ready to tweak its community redevelopment plans in a way to help Ybor City. Specifically, Ybor City business leaders would like a slice of the new property tax revenue expected to be generated by the future development of the old Gas Worx property. In June, Ybor City investor Darryl Shaw paid $10 million for the 7.6-acre industrial site. Check for a story at 9 a.m. today here.

BOWEN: MARIANO GOES FROM COLLEGE CLASSES TO LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS

Amanda Murphy is packing boxes. Amber Mariano is packing for Tallahassee. That is the aftermath of Election Day when voters in west Pasco packed their own partisan political punch, C.T. Bowen writes. Mariano, the 21-year-old daughter of Pasco Commissioner Jack Mariano and a third-year political science student at the University of Central Florida, takes the oath of office next week to represent Florida House District 36.

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Raise a glass to Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch.

10 RECIPE IDEAS FOR HOLIDAY PARTY PUNCH

Get out your Christmas sweaters and festive dinnerware: Holiday party season is coming up fast. And hosts know how stressful this time of year is. From menu planning to DIY decorations, there's enough to do. Save yourself from bartending all night and provide a large bowl of punch, Brittany Volk suggests.

WOULD YOU SPEND $400,000 FOR A $30,000 A YEAR JOB?

The numbers are still being tallied, but it is clear that at least four candidates running for seats in the Florida House spent more than $400,000 each on winning positions that will pay them about $30,000 each. Jeremy Wallace breaks down the top five spenders for Florida House seats as of Tuesday morning.

The Morning Watch: What motivated Bucs receiver Mike Evans to sit during the national anthem? 11/15/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:06am]
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