Monday, October 15, 2018

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John Martin, Senior News Researcher

John Martin, Senior News Researcher

John is a native of Tampa who grew up in Seminole Heights. He is an honors program graduate of the University of Tampa, where he received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1986. He studied journalism and psychology at the University of Florida, and received a master's degree in library and information science from the University of South Florida in 1993. He joined the Times in 1995. In 2000, he was a member of the Times reporting team that won the American Society of News Editors' Jesse Laventhol Prize for deadline news reporting, for the Times coverage of the Radisson Hotel shootings.



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The Daystarter: How Cape San Blas weathered Michael; Medicare’s first day of open enrollment; Bucs stumble in Atlanta

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have partly cloudy skies today, according to the
Published: 10/15/18
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The Daystarter: Tropical Storm Watch for Tampa Bay as Michael targets Panhandle; how Andrew Gillum’s Miami childhood shaped his views; Shine Mural Festival this week

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll see scattered to numerous thunderstorms today,...
Published: 10/08/18
Sebastian the Ibis was celebrating the last time Miami met Florida State, when the Canes held rallied for a 24-20 win in Tallahasse. They meet again Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. game at Hard Rock Stadium that will be televised by ABC. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times

College football picks for Week 6: Times staff predictions

The Canes are the concensus pick over Florida State.Same for LSU over the Gators.And USF will roll over UMass in Amherst.At least those are the predictions of the Times college football coverage teams in their Week 6...
Published: 10/04/18
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws during the second half against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 30, 2018, in Chicago. [Associated Press]

The Daystarter: Local FBI agent discusses Kavanaugh investigation; spate of weekend shootings across Tampa Bay; about that ‘horrific’ Bucs loss in Chicago

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Expect an unseasonably hot start to October today, with...
Published: 10/01/18
Florida State coach Willie Taggart is seen on the sidelines during the first quarter against Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in Tallahassee. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

College football picks for Week 5: Times staff predictions

Florida State goes to Louisville on Saturday as a 6.5-point favorite but still in search of its first victory over a Power 5 opponent under new coach Willie Taggart.Dan Mullen goes back to Starkville for the first time since leaving...
Updated one month ago
Florida State University was the scene of an incident during a Boys State session four decades ago where organizers diverted attention from an assault on a female student. [Times files]

How 'red-blooded American boys' got a pass after an assault long ago at Boys State

When I was 16, some of my teachers coaxed me into attending American Legion Boys State at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Hundreds of other boys from around Florida were there, as well.During that week, one of the Boys Staters...
Updated one month ago
A floating silt fence barrier can be seen Friday in the harbor at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg. The barrier was put up to keep the thousands of fish killed by Red Tide from entering the harbor. Residents are asking for instruction for building such barriers to keep Ride Tide's deadly, and smelly, toll out of local waterways. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]

The Daystarter: Building a wall against Red Tide; PolitiFact on a proposed $1 billion tax hike; Dungy goes into Ring of Honor

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms,...
Updated one month ago
MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the fourth quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 16, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

The Daystarter: FitzMagic strikes again for Bucs; DeSantis veers into the absurd; fact-checking Trump’s Puerto Rico claims

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll see scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms,...
Updated one month ago
Blake Barnett (11) and the USF Bulls face Illinois Saturday in Chicago. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

College football picks for week 3: Times staff predictions

USF is in Chicago to face Lovie Smith and the Illini.UF is playing host to Colorado State in the
Updated one month ago
Mayor Mel Jurado addresses the public during a recent city council meeting at Temple Terrace City Hall. A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Jurado's Ph.D. is from a diploma mill and that she does not have a master's degree in sports medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as she listed on two applications to government agencies.   [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]

In Temple Terrace she's Dr. Mel, but the mayor's Ph.D. came from a diploma mill

TEMPLE TERRACE — For years, Temple Terrace Mayor Mel Jurado has tied her identity to her academic credentials.
Published: 09/10/18
Updated: 10/04/18