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Molly Moorhead, Times Staff Writer

Molly Moorhead

Molly Moorhead joined the Times in 2002 and spent nine years writing about Pasco County, covering city government, the Sheriff's Office and the courts, and writing occasional human interest columns. In 2011, she joined the national staff of, checking political claims from Washington and the 2012 presidential election. She returned to the Times' Pasco operation as editor in June 2013, and is currently the breaking news editor for She is a native of St. Petersburg and graduate of the University of Florida journalism school. She lives with her husband and son in San Antonio.

Phone: (813) 226-3371


Twitter: @MollyMoorhead

  1. Federal College Scorecard provides pocketbook data on Tampa Bay higher education


    The College Scorecard, an online tool to help families assess and compare colleges and universities in areas like cost, graduation rates and student debt, rolled out last month with new updates and more information.

    The scorecard is an Obama administration project that puts troves of federal data about American colleges and universities online in a searchable format. It has been scaled back from President Obama's original promise of rating schools based on affordability and return on investment — a contrast to other private rankings that emphasize prestige and endowment size. ...

    CHERIE DIEZ  | Times]
  2. From USF to Sun City Center, Playboy has ties to Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    It's a little harder to recognize America's cultural landscape after you read this headline: "Playboy to Drop Nudity as Internet Fills Demand."

    (Which might also be read as "Playboy to Drop Nudity Blah Blah Blah.")

    But the words mean what they say. The venerable men's magazine announced it will stop publishing photos of naked women, its response to the ubiquity of Internet pornography as well as the evolving habits of news consumers. ...

    In a Pinellas courtroom in 1983, an exotic dancer bent over in front of Judge David Demers to defend her outfit in a trial charging her with violating the county's nudity ordinance. The photo appeared in Playboy later that year. [Times files]
  3. Man charged in transgender woman's slaying a person of interest in second Tampa homicide


    TAMPA — The man accused in last week's shooting death of a transgender woman also is a "person of interest'' in a second slaying that happened Sunday, according to Tampa police.

    Keith Lamayne Gaillard, 18, is being held in the Hillsborough County jail on a first-degree murder charge in the death of India Clarke, whose body was found July 21.

    Gaillard also is being looked at in the homicide investigation of Tyrone Sean Davis, who was found dead Sunday in Temple Crest Park. Davis' family said they believe he was gay....

    Keith Lamayne Gaillard, 18, is charged with murder in the death of India Clarke.
  4. Supreme Court vacates death sentence of Pasco man convicted in Land O'Lakes murder


    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday vacated the death sentence of a Pasco County man convicted of killing his onetime girlfriend in 2006 and ordered that he be set free.

    The court said the state's case against Derral Wayne Hodgkins was "purely circumstantial" and skewered prosecutors for mischaracterizing crucial DNA evidence.

    Bjorn Brunvand, the Clearwater defense attorney who defended Hodgkins in his 2011 trial, praised the ruling....

    “I’m ecstatic that they had the courage to rule in his favor,” said defense lawyer Bjorn Brunvand.
  5. New Pasco Times debuts May 2


    The Pasco Times is about to become a "newspaper within a newspaper."

    Beginning May 2, we will introduce a reimagined Pasco Times, a weekly Friday section that will bring a more analytical and insightful look inside government, business, economic development, schools, crime and more. We'll tell stories of interesting characters in our community and keep you in the loop about upcoming events. ...

  6. Arnades left lasting legacy in San Antonio

    Human Interest


    Charles Arnade used to drive to the post office dressed in a Speedo, mesh tank top and flip-flops. He'd emerge engrossed in his mail and begin to walk home, forgetting about his car parked nearby with the engine running.

    That story about the venerable Dr. Arnade was shared by his son Tim, who returned to San Antonio last weekend with his siblings to pay tribute to their mother, Marjorie, who died almost a year ago. Dr. Arnade, a Fulbright scholar and charter member of the USF faculty, died in 2008, a year after the couple sold their stately white house overlooking the city park....

  7. Jan Glidewell, Times' colorful North Suncoast columnist, dies of cancer


    DADE CITY — Jan Glidewell rolled into the St. Petersburg Times newsroom, a high school dropout with an unapologetic swagger. He was hired against the advice of the paper's executive editor and retired 30 years later a local icon.

    He reported on serial killers and hookers, dirty politicians and kidnapped children. When he became a columnist, readers on the North Suncoast found an unlikely breakfast table companion, a nudist hippie airing liberal political commentary and tales of his five marriages....

    Jan Glidewell spent a week in July 1986 paddling a canoe alone from Lacoochee in northeast Pasco County to Dunnellon in Marion County.
  8. Pasco officials support Rep. Mike Fasano's hope to be tax collector


    Rep. Mike Fasano's popularity with his constituents was starting to look like a disadvantage after he announced his interest in becoming Pasco's next tax collector.

    Fasano said last week that he would like to replace Mike Olson, who died last month after 32 years in office, prompting numerous emails from residents beseeching him to keep his job in the Florida House.

    "We need you up in Tallahassee to be a voice for the people of Pasco County," one email read....

  9. Judge recommends denial of permit for Angelo's landfill near Dade City


    A judge dealt another blow Friday to the company seeking to build a politically unpopular 30-acre landfill near Dade City.

    The administrative law judge, Bram Canter, wrote in a 50-page recommendation that Angelo's Aggregate Materials' permit application be denied by the state Department of Environmental Protection, which already rejected the permit once based on concerns over sinkholes.

    Canter wrote that without an adequate geotechnical investigation, Angelo's failed to insure that the integrity of the structural components of the proposed household garbage landfill would hold up and not pollute the environment....

  10. Truck wreck snarls southbound Interstate 75 near Dade City


    DADE CITY — Truck driver Dexter Youngblood was making a familiar trip to Largo to deliver a load of medical equipment Tuesday morning.

    It was just after 5 a.m. and the road was still dark. He stopped when a semitrailer truck ahead of him halted.

    That's when another truck's headlights caught his eye in the rearview mirror. It was barreling down on him.

    "I'm dead," Youngblood thought to himself. "I knew it was over."...

    The Tuesday accident backed up southbound I-75 traffic for miles.
  11. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor to Gov. Rick Scott: Veto the budget, call lawmakers back to expand Medicaid


    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, said she hopes Gov. Rick Scott will veto the state budget and call legislators back to Tallahassee to come up with a plan to expand Medicaid.

    Speaking Thursday to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, Castor said Scott should use his "political chops" to force a solution on Medicaid. The governor surprised many when he came out in favor of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a law he actively campaigned against. Now he's taking criticism from the law's backers for not trying harder to sway Florida House members who have fought accepting federal money to get health coverage for more uninsured Floridians....

  12. Sen. Marco Rubio talks immigration at Pasco Republican gathering

    State Roundup

    PORT RICHEY — Speaking to 600 diehard Pasco Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday night cast the sensitive work of immigration reform as a national security issue that can't be ignored.

    "We have to deal with the people who are here now, and I want to know who they are so I can run them through a background check and a national security check," Rubio said in his keynote speech at the local party's annual Reagan Day dinner fundraiser....

    Pasco GOP state committeeman Bill Bunting, right, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio applaud opening remarks at the Pasco GOP's annual Reagan Day Dinner Tuesday at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.
  13. Protesters to greet Marco Rubio at Pasco Reagan Day Dinner tonight


    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will headline tonight’s Republican Party of Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner in Port Richey.

    The event, which has been sold out for weeks, is at 6 p.m. at Spartan Manor. Rubio is expected to speak after dinner.

    But protesters will be out at 5:30 p.m. to greet the crowd. The Pasco Democratic Party and the Pasco chapter of the National Organization for Women announced that they will protest, citing Rubio’s recent votes against new background checks on gun purchases and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act....

  14. PolitiFact: Sorting out the truth in aftermath of gun vote


    As Sandy Hook Elementary parents watched from the balcony, a bipartisan effort to expand background checks on gun sales died Wednesday on the U.S. Senate floor.

    Reaction from all sides was intense. Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who nearly died from a gunshot to the head in 2011, wrote an impassioned op-ed, charging that senators "gave into fear" and ignored the will of the public....

    President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden after Wednesday’s gun vote. He is joined by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden and Newtown family members.
  15. PolitiFact: Sorting the facts on Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba trip


    It was the trip that inspired both a congressional inquiry and a rap song.

    When pop star Beyonce and husband, the rapper Jay-Z, traveled to Cuba last week, their getaway ignited a storm of news coverage and questions — because of the couple's celebrity status, but also because of the five-decade-old political stalemate between Washington and the Communist island nation.

    Under the United States' longstanding trade embargo, Americans are prohibited from traveling to Cuba for simple tourism. In most cases, they need a license from the U.S. government permitting visits for educational, research, journalistic or missionary work. As reports trickled out of the stars salsa dancing till dawn, two Florida congressional members fired off a letter to President Barack Obama's administration, blasting the trip and invoking the Castro regime's oppression of Cuban people....

    Beyonce and Jay-Z toured Old Havana. Jay-Z addressed the trip to Cuba in Open Letter, a rap song he released Thursday.