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Molly Moorhead, editorial writer

Molly Moorhead

Molly Moorhead, 38, is a native of St. Petersburg and graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She came to the Times in 2002 as a reporter in Pasco County, where she covered city government, the Sheriff's Office and the courts and wrote occasional human interest columns. In 2011, she joined the national staff of PolitiFact.com, checking political claims from Washington and the 2012 presidential election. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg and have one son.

Phone: (727) 893-8695

Email: mmoorhead@tampabay.com

Twitter: @MollyMoorhead

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  1. 20 years ago today: ValuJet Flight 592 crashes in Everglades, killing all 110 aboard

    Accidents

    ValuJet Flight 592 almost made it back to Miami.

    The airliner, bound for Atlanta, was 100 miles into its journey when the pilots reported at 2:14 p.m. they had smoke in the cockpit and were turning around.

    But 11 minutes after takeoff, the plane with 110 souls aboard slammed into the Everglades about 15 miles northwest of Miami International Airport, gouging a crater in the muck that quickly filled with water, fully submerging all but shards of the aircraft....

    Families of the 110 passengers and crew killed in when ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades left flowers and mementos to mark the 20th anniversary of the crash at a memorial near Miami on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  2. Here's your special Mother's Day edition of Crime Stoppers rewards

    Crime

    Catch a fugitive, take Mom to brunch!

    Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, which offers reward money for information about unsolved crimes, put out a call Friday for tips about five people wanted by law enforcement across Tampa Bay.

    But, this being Mother's Day weekend, the news release tied that potential $3,000 windfall to the universal desire (obligation?) to spoil Mom.

    "Could you use some extra cash to treat your mother for Mother's Day? Do you know where a Wanted Fugitive is hiding? If so, call Crime Stoppers and we can help," it said....

    Daniel White, 35
  3. To Sanders' nonwhite supporters, #BernieMadeMeWhite resonates

    National

    Hillary Clinton can't attract young voters, and Bernie Sanders can't win minorities.

    Those two themes have been reported and repeated about Democratic presidential contests throughout the primary season. But after Sanders picked up wins over the weekend in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington — all states with sizable minority populations — a unified pushback took hold against the notion that he draws only white voters....

  4. Once, in 2008, Trump University came to Tampa

    National

    Trump University shut down sometime in 2011, but it's a popular topic again during the presidential campaign in 2016.

    But what the heck was it?

    First of all, not an actual university. It was a business venture started by Donald Trump, who promised to share his winning strategies in the world of high-end real estate through seminars and courses. Some participants paid as much as $35,000 to get in the game....

    A newspaper ad in 2008 touted the opportunities promised by Trump University. [Times files]
  5. John Oliver unloads on Donald Trump, packing PolitiFact, Tampa into his argument

    National

    The Internet is full of "epic takedowns" by pundits denigrating politicians and their stances. The degree to which any such takedown qualifies as "epic" is, of course, in the eye of the beholder.

    But opponents of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump are fired up this week over John Oliver, who spent 21 minutes pillorying the brash billionaire on his HBO show "Last Week Tonight."

    The segment uses juvenile comedy — Oliver makes hay with jokes about Trump having short fingers and flashes an image of him with his feet on fire — to make an altogether serious argument that the Republican's candidacy has gone far enough and he would be dangerous as president....

    Donald Trump held a news conference in 2005 at the site where Trump Tower Tampa was to be built in downtown Tampa on Ashley Drive. Standing behind him was then-Mayor Pam Iorio. Trump ended up backing out of the project, which was never built. [Times files]
  6. President Obama takes court nominee case to SCOTUSblog

    Politics

    POTUS wrote an op-ed in SCOTUSblog on Wednesday.

    True story.

    POTUS stands for President of the United States. It's an acronym that dates back to the days of the telegram. SCOTUS is Supreme Court of the United States. But maybe you already all knew that.

    SCOTUSblog, though is a little more obscure. It's a wonky Washington blog that chronicles Supreme Court rulings and other news about the court. Known for delivering quick, accurate legal analysis of major decisions, the blog launched into greater prominence in 2012 with the 5-4 ruling upholding Obama's health care law. While cable networks fumbled with what the majority opinion actually said, SCOTUSblog got it right....

  7. Your Outfit Monday: Reunited (with boots) and it feels so good

    Blog

    Times assistant metro editor Molly Moorhead had a boots success story that was too good not to be told. Please enjoy this edition of Your Outfit Monday.

    First, let me back up. 

    Way back in the winter of 2013, I needed brown boots. Like, needed needed. I won the footwear lottery when I found some delicious chocolate brown suede beauties from Anthropologie. Regular price: $278. Sale price: $105. On the Anthropologie scale of unattainability, that's like finding them on the side of the road. I strutted and beamed through the 11 days a year of boots weather we get in Tampa Bay.

    Fast forward through life, and I sorta, kinda forgot about my boots. Hey, I had other stuff going on! Like being pregnant. Through the fall of 2014 I was great with child. I was not wearing boots. I was not wearing anything but slipper-like flats that contained my chubby feet and kept my waddling, unbalanced form upright. ...

    Today, we're skipping through the office together in a knee-length black skirt from StitchFix and a whimsical collarless blouse also from StitchFix. (Highly recommend StitchFix, btw. Do it. Take the leap.) I had some misgivings about the black-brown pairing, and then decided to emancipate myself from such thinking.
  8. Da Vinci, van Gogh and now Chihuly: Art thieves strike everywhere

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was just gone, the delicate glass masterpiece likely slipped inside an overcoat or dropped into a handbag.

    Dale Chihuly's Cobalt and Lavender Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Handles was discovered missing Monday from his collection on Beach Drive. The work, just 8 inches tall, is valued at more than $20,000....

    Chihuly Collection executive director cradles the glass work that had been stolen from the St. Petersburg gallery. [LARA CERRI | Times]
  9. Thirteen years ago today, we all rejoiced 'Bucs win!'

    Bucs

    It's been a rough few months — okay, years — for Tampa Bay Bucs fans. Lost games. Lost seasons. Fired coaches.

    Even the good (signing the No. 1 draft pick, Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston) has happened in the shadow of bad (while he was the focus of a protracted sexual assault investigation)....

    The St. Petersburg Times front page declaring the Bucs' victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. [Times files]
  10. Presidential campaign music: a brief history

    National

    Bernie Sanders' campaign released a new ad in the waning days before the Iowa caucuses using Simon & Garfunkel's anthem America as its soundtrack. The ad has no narration, just video of regular folks working on farms, talking around the dinner table and interacting with the presidential candidate as the song plays and its signature lyrics "They've all come to look for America" appear.

    Candidates have gone to the musical well for decades to connect with voters. Some pairings have become part of our political lore. Some have led to cease and desist orders....

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders hugs a member of the audience after speaking at a county meeting at U.M.B.A. Hall in Pottawattamie, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
  11. QUIZ: Are you smarter than an honors college student in civics, current events?

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth is teaching a civics course in the Honors College at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

    To kick off the semester, Ruth gave his students a 20-question diagnostic quiz — to "assess the health of the patient," as he put it. The quiz, he said, tells him how much the students already know (or don't know) about the functions of democracy, what's happening in government at the state and national levels, as well as general interest events in the news lately....

  12. Florida's death penalty has a long, tortured history

    Criminal

    In Florida, even the death penalty is very ... Florida.

    Renegade. Immune to national trends. Often tested, never defeated.

    Until this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida's unique capital sentencing system, saying the state gives too much power to judges, and not enough to juries, to sentence someone to death. The ruling threw Florida's nearly 400 death row cases into disarray....

  13. Lottery winners among us

    Nation

    Wednesday's Powerball drawing, worth more than $1.5 billion, or roughly how much Donald Trump spent on hair products last year, has Tampa Bay residents lining up for tickets and dreaming of embarrassingly large yachts.

    Yes, the odds of winning are long.

    Long, like the distance from Pluto to the sun.

    But somebody's going to beat the odds, and plenty of times, that somebody has been one of our neighbors....

    Reggie Harvey, who split an $83 million dollar  jackpot with co-workers at Whispering Pines Nursing Center in New Port Richey in 2000, informed two of the other winners via telephone who were away on a cruise as his wife, Alexis, poured champagne. The couple later retired in Louisiana. [Times files]
  14. From the archive: Abraham Shakespeare, a lottery winner who lost everything, including his life

    Human Interest

    Lottery history is riddled with rags to riches — and back to rags — tales of people who struck gold only to see it all slip away.

    Wednesday's Powerball jackpot, likely to exceed $1 billion, has us thinking back on winners whose luck didn't stick....

    Hillsborough County Sheriff officers walk around in the backyard of the home where they found the body of Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare, Feb. 2, 2010. The property on State Road 60 belongs to Shar Krasniqi, thought to be the boyfriend of Dorice "DeeDee" Moore of Lakeland, a person of interest in Abraham's disappearance.WILLIE J. ALLEN JR., Times]
  15. Federal College Scorecard provides pocketbook data on Tampa Bay higher education

    College

    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]