Carl Lisciandrello, Senior Digital Editor

Carl Lisciandrello

Senior Digital Editor

I’m an early riser who fills you in on what's been happening while most of you were sleeping, and passionate about bringing you stories that will both inform and entertain you. I’m here to help you start your day off right. Have a tip? Let me know. I graduated from the University of Florida and joined the Tampa Bay Times in May 2016 after working for nearly 30 years at The Tampa Tribune and, before that, the Clearwater Sun, so Tampa Bay is in my blood. If you run into me, I’ll likely be near a beach, at church, anywhere near downtown Safety Harbor, or enjoying a cigar with my buddies.

Study: Diet drinks increase older women's risks for stroke, heart disease

Older women who drink diet sodas or artificially sweetened fruit juices run a higher risk of stroke and heart disease, according to a study released on Feb. 14, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Coca-Cola]
Older women who drink diet sodas or artificially sweetened fruit juices run a higher risk of stroke and heart disease, according to a study released Thursday.

Forecast: Warming trend continues in Tampa Bay through weekend

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Warmer temperatures and pleasant conditions will extend from Friday and into the weekend with high pressure firmly intact over the Tampa Bay area.

Two escape injury as fire destroys their Clearwater mobile home

Clearwater Fire & Rescue firefighters at the scene of a blaze that destroyed a home at the Japanese Gardens Mobile Home Park on Wednesday night. [Clearwater Fire & Rescue]
The fire took place Wednesday night and investigators blame it on a clogged dryer vent.

Forecast: A quick Valentine's Day chill in Tampa Bay ahead of a warm weekend

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A chilly start will lead to a warm afternoon as high pressure takes hold over Tampa Bay, producing a clear and pleasant Valentine's Day.

Forecast: Wet morning in Tampa Bay yields to clearing skies, cooler temperatures

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Commuters will have to deal with slight rain and wet roads as a cold front moves through the Tampa Bay area, generating brisk winds and cooler temperatures ahead of a pleasant Valentine's Day.