Sunday, September 23, 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

[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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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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USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

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Christine Blasey Ford reaches deal to  testify at Kavanaugh hearing

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Stolen smokes: Florida man gets 20 years for cigarette theft

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Updated: 3 hours ago
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Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

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Deputies: Driver kills Brandon cyclist, 73, in hit-and-run

Deputies: Driver kills Brandon cyclist, 73, in hit-and-run

BRANDON — A cyclist died in what authorities said is a hit-and-run crash, according to the Hillsborough County Sherrif’s Office.John Dilgard, 73, was riding a mountain bike southbound on Kings Avenue S about 12:42 a.m., the agency reported.A vehicle ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: Car runs red light, killing woman on motor scooter in St. Petersburg

Police: Car runs red light, killing woman on motor scooter in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman died after a driver ran a red light on 5th Avenue N and hit her motor scooter early Sunday morning, police reported.Vallis Ann Oswain, 58, was driving the scooter northbound on 8th Street N about 2:22 a.m. She also carried a ...
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Weather: Expect a sunny Sunday, with clear evening ahead

Weather: Expect a sunny Sunday, with clear evening ahead

It may be the first weekend of fall, but it’ll still feel like the dog days of summer in Tampa Bay. The forecast predicts a sunny Sunday, with a high near 95 degrees and a low of 74. There is a 60 percent chance of rain.Tonight, expect a mostly clear...
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Vehicle crashes into Tampa Havoline Xpress Lube, sets building ablaze, fire officials report

Vehicle crashes into Tampa Havoline Xpress Lube, sets building ablaze, fire officials report

TAMPA — A vehicle crashed into a Havoline Xpress Lube early Saturday morning, sparking flames that engulfed the structure, fire officials reported.According to Tampa Fire Rescue, multiple people called 911 about 2:40 a.m, reporting the fire on the 50...
Updated: 4 hours ago