Tuesday, August 14, 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.



LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
 Dead crabs were spotted in Hillsborough Bay along Bayshore Boulvard near Bay to Bay Boulevard. [Sunday August 12, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

The Daystarter: School starts today in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando; are dead crabs a sign Red Tide has reached Tampa Bay; when Taylor Swift played the St. Pete Pier

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have scattered showers and thunderstorms near the...
Published: 08/13/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
The family of Markeis McGlockton sits in the front pew during a rally at the St. John Primitive Baptist Church. Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, President and Founder of National Action Network spoke during a rally protest the killing of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed Black man shot to death earlier this month, on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

The Daystarter: Sharpton, candidates call for stand your ground repeal; Meyer had a mess at Florida, too; Putnam and Big Sugar

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. 
Published: 08/06/18
This waterfront home in Dunedin price at $3-million has an Egyptian-themed theater and several other unusually decorated rooms. (Your Digital Pro)

The Daystarter: Lawsuit targets Florida’s prepaid college plan; trade deadline ‘unsettling’ for Archer; Trump rally promises to go off script

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We can expect partly cloudy skies with scattered to...
Updated one month ago
A lionfish on display at the Florida Aquarium. [Times files]

The Daystarter: Will ‘Lionfish Challenge’ put dent in invasive species?; Amazon Prime Day today; Rays lose their most valuable trade chip

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Temperatures will again peak around 90 along the coast...
Updated one month ago
Four radiology technicians allege that rules aren't being followed in scheduling tests at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
 (2014)]

The Daystarter: Allegations against Haley VA Hospital; Ramos an All-Star, but Snell not; latest on Thai cave rescue

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have a mostly sunny start with scattered afternoon...
Updated one month ago
At the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the average GPA of a student entering last fall was 3.8. Now -- as the school merges with its sister university in Tampa, and with pressure to maintain

The Daystarter: USF tightens admissions standards; Eckerd addresses foster care failures; Rays finish homestand 8-1

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• As we approach the 4th of July, we’ll see the usual mix...
Updated one month ago
HCSO deputy and motorist suffer minor injuries after vehicles collide

HCSO deputy and motorist suffer minor injuries after vehicles collide

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County Sherrif’s deputy and another motorist suffered minor injuries after their vehicles collided just before 5 p.m., the agency reported.Deputy Eric King, 41, was driving his marked Dodge Charger north on MacDill Avenue...
Updated one month ago
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FHP: Tampa man dies after car overturns into retention pond

By John MartinTimes Staff WriterA 71-year-old motorist was fatally injured Sunday afternoon when his car overturned into a retention pond, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Authorities said Lawrence James McKiernan of Tampa...
Updated one month ago
MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) hit a walkoff homerun during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on June 24, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla.  The Rays won 7-6.

The Daystarter: Arrest made in New Tampa hit-and-run; who will pay for their name on proposed Rays park in Ybor?; Rays complete series sweep of Yankees

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. 
Updated: 2 months ago
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Joe Sarraccino wrestles

The Daystarter: Are Democrats nervous about Nelson’s chances versus Scott?; neo-Nazi leader’s video from prison causes concern; "toilet-to-tap" makes comeback; plus St. Pete Pride this weekend

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• It’ll be partly cloudy with scattered showers and...
Updated: 2 months ago