Monday, September 24, 2018

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Langston Taylor

Langston Taylor

Langston is a data and general assignment reporter in St. Petersburg. He first worked for the Times as an intern in 2016. A Silver Spring, Md., native, Langston graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a degree in multimedia journalism.



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Police: Car runs red light, killing woman on motor scooter in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURGCar runs red light, killing woman on motor scooterA woman died after a driver ran a red light on 5th Avenue N and hit her motor scooter early Sunday morning, police reported.Vallis Ann Oswain, 58,...
Published: 09/23/18
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Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

TAMPA — A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash on Bayshore Boulevard, police reported.About 3:10 p.m., the motorcyclist was driving southbound, according to the Tampa Police Department. At the same time, a driver in a Jeep Cherokee...
Published: 09/23/18
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Deputies: Driver kills Brandon cyclist, 73, in hit-and-run

BRANDON — A cyclist died in what authorities said is a hit-and-run crash, according to the Hillsborough County Sherrif’s Office.John Dilgard, 73, was riding a mountain bike southbound on Kings Avenue S about 12:42 a.m., the agency...
Published: 09/23/18
Firefighters hose down a Havoline Express Lube on E Sligh Avenue in Tampa. There were no injuries reported. [Courtesy Tampa Fire Rescue]

Vehicle crashes into Tampa Havoline Xpress Lube, sets building ablaze, fire officials report

TAMPA — A vehicle crashed into a Havoline Xpress Lube early Saturday morning, sparking flames that engulfed the structure, fire officials reported.According to Tampa Fire Rescue, multiple people called 911 about 2:40 a.m, reporting the fire on...
Published: 09/23/18
Jahconus Sevilla fixes his Black Panther costume in the Cospital Cosplay Repair center during the annual MegaCon Tampa Bay at Tampa Convention Center in Tampa on Saturday. The Cospital offers self-serve stations and expert help for people whose costumes have torn fabric, broken props and more. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times

Where MegaCon Tampa Bay cosplayers go when their outfit breaks: the ‘Cospital’

TAMPA — Imagine spending hours of labor, or an arm and a leg, on a costume of your favorite character and traveling across the country for a convention — only for it to tear or break or come apart when you get there.It’s a nightmare scenario...
Published: 09/22/18
See all released emails between the NRA’s Marion Hammer and the Florida Department of Agriculture

See all released emails between the NRA’s Marion Hammer and the Florida Department of Agriculture

Marion Hammer, the chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association in Florida, communicates regularly with Florida officials on everything from gun legislation to spam phone calls, a set of released emails has revealed.Read more:...
Published: 09/21/18
[Photo illustration by Ron Borresen | Tampa Bay Times]

How is Florida doing after 20 years under GOP rule?

Republicans have controlled Florida’s governor’s office and Legislature since 1999.When voters consider their choice in this year’s governor’s race, how they perceive the last two decades will be...
Published: 09/21/18
NRA blasts Bill Galvano over donation from gun-control group: ‘Our Second Amendment rights were sold’

NRA blasts Bill Galvano over donation from gun-control group: ‘Our Second Amendment rights were sold’

Incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is getting hit from the right over a donation to his political committee from the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund.The pro-gun control organization gave $200,000 to Galvano's...
Published: 09/17/18
Ron DeSantis gives his victory speech during the Ron DeSantis for Governor Election Night Party in the Sebastian Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek on Aug. 28 in Orlando. (TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times)

DeSantis says he won’t accept sugar money. He was endorsed by a group fueled by it.

Normally it would hardly be noteworthy that the Associated Industries of Florida endorsed the Republican candidate for governor. The powerful business group endorsed all the Republicans running for statewide cabinet positions last...
Published: 09/17/18
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St. Petersburg motorcyclist, 30, dies after crash, police report

ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcyclist died after crashing into a truck on Park Street N on Saturday night, police reported.About 5:25 p.m., Michael Aaron Baker, 30, was riding a 2018 Yamaha northbound on the road, according to the St. Petersburg...
Published: 09/16/18