Monday, April 23, 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.



The Daystarter: Scott touts term limits in D.C.; Hillsborough teachers get day in court; All Children’s Heart Institute had ‘challenges’; Lightning tickets on sale today

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have highs today ranging from the lower 80s to...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  During severe thunderstorms that swept through the Tampa Bay area Sunday, a large tree toppled and pierced the roof of a home on 14th Avenue South in St. Petersburg.

The Daystarter: 60 Minutes investigates Allegiant Air; cooler, drier weather to start your week; Rays get swept by Phillies; Kenny Chesney in Tampa

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our...
Published: 04/16/18
American Stage actors Dequan Mitchell and Matthew McGee rehearse for upcoming American Stage in the Park performances of The Producers. Director Rye Mullis, right, watches. The State of Florida's new budget contains drastic cuts in funding to the arts nonprofits, including American Stage. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

The Daystarter: Rick Scott’s ‘big’ announcement today; Devils next for Eastern Conference champion Lightning; arts groups scramble after budget cuts; sprawl a concern ... until this lawyer appears

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today 
Published: 04/09/18
Police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting at E 28th Avenue and N 15th Street. No officers were injured. [Sunday April 1, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

The Daystarter: Debate over driverless cars; Georgia fugitive killed in gun battle with Tampa police; training new school resource officers; get ready for Villanova, Michigan

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our...
Updated one month ago
University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, left, gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office in 2011. That year, Florida lawmakers declined to pass a measure that would have pushed more kids to get the vaccine. A similar measure failed to get any traction this year. Doctors and researchers say the vaccine can save lives and has been proven to be extremely safe, despite online misinformation that has tried to convince the public otherwise. [JOE RAEDLE   |   Getty Images]

The Daystarter: Stormy Daniels speaks on ‘60 Minutes’; Immigrant Protection Plan for detainees; HPV vaccine controversy; Leonard Hamilton’s FSU meltdown

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today• Our week will begin with partly cloudy skies and a chance...
Updated one month ago
Two thousand public housing residents were uprooted from West Tampa. Here’s where they went

Two thousand public housing residents were uprooted from West Tampa. Here’s where they went

TAMPA — North Boulevard Homes was old, crime-ridden and dilapidated; it was also Willistine Zimmerman’s world.She had friends close by and a porch to sit on for conversation and company.
Updated one month ago
Tampa Police Officer Tommy Baden holds pieces of a naloxone kit used to revive victims of opiod overdose. The department started distributing the kits to patrol officers in November and is one of several agencies in the Tampa Bay area to do so. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

The Daystarter: More police administering overdose antidote; more record-high heat possible; Woodstock singer Melanie seeks Tampa Bay home; Yzerman says overpaying at trade deadline won’t guarantee Cup

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• An unseasonably warm week beckons, with...
Updated: 2 months ago
St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

St. Petersburg police arrest Bob's Carpet and Flooring heir, several others, in death of 22-year-old woman found in alley

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested several people, including a son of a prominent flooring store chain’s late founder, as part of an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in an alley last...
Updated: 4 months ago
Built in 1910, the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. factory speaks to an era when about 150 cigar manufacturers called Tampa home. Even with those days long gone, Tampa is still known as the Cigar City. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]

Tampa’s surviving cigar factories a link to Cigar City past

TAMPA — Take a drive today through parts of Historic Ybor or West Tampa, and you’d be excused for thinking they’re everywhere. About two dozen cigar factories, constructed of brick and typically three or four stories, seem to dot every street corner...
Updated: 5 months ago