Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: A good day for umbrellas, raincoats and boots as Hillary Clinton visits St. Pete

Heavy rain and potential flooding is on the radar for the next few days, and some counties could see 6 to 12 inches of rain overall, according to 10Weather WTSP. Expect early storms today and cloudy skies at least through Wednesday. Highs will hover in the mid-to-upper 80s.

• Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be in St Petersburg this afternoon to "outline her plan to make the biggest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II during her first 100 days in office." The event is set for The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North, St. Petersburg. It starts at 3:30 but doors open at 1:30. Members of the public interested in attending should RSVP here. Follow Times political editor Adam C. Smithon Twitter (@adamsmithtimes) for coverage.

• Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set to deliver an economic speech today to the prestigious Detroit Economic Club in his effort to step past his spats over the past 10 days with the Muslim American parents of a slain Army captain and the leaders of a Republican Party he has promised to unite. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will address the club on Thursday.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week around Tampa Bay, including country superstar Brad Paisley in Tampa and Fetish Con returning to the Hilton in downtown St. Petersburg.

• No boat, no problem. There are plenty of fishing piers around Tampa Bay, and many of them are free and open for long stretches of the day (if not 24/7). Look for a rundown of some of the best later this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

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Column: No-win fishery bills would undermine businesses and innovation

The federal government delivered good news for anglers this week. Under newly approved two-year pilot programs, Florida and the other Gulf Coast states will manage red snapper fishing for private anglers. This means states can test ways to improve ac...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

PLANT CITY — Many remembered Durant High School football player Grover Wills, 18, for his talent on the field, but almost as many remembered his penchant for bursting into dance and song. After practice or on team trips, Wills would mesmerize those a...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested midday Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of operat...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Child, 3, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Child, 3, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Deputies said they were dispatched to a pond behind a home in the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive on Thursday afternoon.It appeared the child wandered off and that the incident was accidental, deputies said. An adult caretaker was watching the child, ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

CLEARWATER — A longtime IBM executive is becoming the new leader of Tampa Bay’s largest public company. Tech Data announced Richard "Rich" Hume as its new CEO effective June 6. Hume joined Tech Data two years ago and is currently the chief operating ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg Police on Thursday closed two assisted living facilities, citing "deplorable conditions," including no running water. The facilities are run by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health, located at 3434 Second Ave. S and 3418 Second Ave. S, accordin...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver from Pinellas Park walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevy Camero along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he lo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Column: Some facts and figures you might not know about civil rights restoration in Florida

After U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Florida’s process for restoring felons’ civil rights was unconstitutional in early February, he allowed me to file a friend of the court brief to assist the court as it considered possible solutions. The br...
Updated: 1 hour ago