Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

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

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

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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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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.

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Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the 93-year-old was experiencing low blood pressure and has been hospitalized. Spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted just after 2 p.m. Sunday that Bush will likely remain in the hospit...
Updated: 1 hour ago
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

TRINITY — No one was hurt Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a rehabilitation center.According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, Trinity Regional Rehab Center at 2144 Welbilt Blvd. is running on generator power after the blaze broke out about 10:30 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Both southbound lanes of Bayshore Boulevard between W. Barcelona and W. Rubideaux streets are closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break.The repair and roadway restoration work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Sunday but ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

We’re all waking up to the impacts of Alberto: dreary rain, gusty wind, the reluctant change of Memorial Day plans.But while the effects are routine for storm-weathering Floridians, the category of storm Alberto falls into is a little less familiar. ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

TEMPLE TERRACE — A round of applause from the audience followed the recent vote by the Temple Terrace City Council to negotiate a contract with a company that plans to build and manage luxury apartments in the long-idle downtown redevelopment area.Th...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old bicyclist then drove from the scene.Shawn Michael Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts Avenue abou...
Updated: 6 hours ago
FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. M...
Updated: 6 hours ago
A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 8 hours ago