10/07/15 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — A 25-year-old construction worked died Wednesday morning when he was run over by a bulldozer at a construction site north of Gandy Boulevard, St. Petersburg police said.
Authorities responded to the site, at 10980 Oak St. NE, where construction company API Services was clearing land for future apartments, police said.
The name of the worker who was killed would not be released until family could be notified, police said. The man has worked for API Services for three months. His brother also works for the company, police said....
In Goolsby's novel, I'd Walk With My Friends if I Could Find Them, the reader meets Wintric, Dax and Torres, all soldiers in Afghanistan. It's less a story about the battlefield and more a story about life before, during and after, away from it. Goolsby, 37, is an active duty Air Force officer and has worked at the Pentagon in the Office of Personnel and Readiness, advocating for wounded warrior care, sexual assault prevention and mental health care. The author lives in Tallahassee with his wife and three children and is currently working on his Ph.D. in creative writing at Florida State University. He will be a featured author at this year's Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 24 at USF St. Petersburg. ...
I thought I finally had persuaded my parents, ages 83 and 91, to put down a deposit at an assisted living facility in Raleigh, N.C., where they live.
But before they mailed the check, a thick brochure from Cunard Cruise Line landed in their mailbox.
"I've decided instead of sending this money to Whitaker Glen, I want us all to go on the Queen Mary 2 this summer," my mother told me one night on the phone....
Journalist John Thomas, the weekend morning anchor for Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28, is off the air.
It's unclear at this time if Thomas is no longer with the station or if his absence is temporary. Thomas, who has worked for the ABC Action News affiliate in Tampa Bay since 1999, deleted all of his social media accounts linked to the Scripps owned WFTS station this week. His profile was also deleted from the Ch. 28 news website. His personal Twitter account (@JohnThomasTV) remains active....
10/07/15 Local Government
BROOKSVILLE — On the heels of a particularly nasty budget resolution with Sheriff Al Nienhuis last month, the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday will again take up the controversial issue of changing the way the sheriff's operations are funded.
Nienhuis was not aware of the plan to resume discussions of forming special taxing units that would fund his budget when the Times called him for comment this week. Notice of the issue appeared in two legal advertisements in the newspaper last week....
Expectations for a hotel stay are simple: clean rooms, free wifi, all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Don't count on any of these amenities in Ryan Murphy's next installment of American Horror Story: Hotel.
Hotel has a "Hotel California" feel with nods to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Dante's Inferno. And with a 10 commandments-inspired serial killer on the loose, a touch of Seven....
10/07/15 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — A 14-year-old boy was knocked over on his bike by a slow-moving car outside Northeast High School on Wednesday morning, according to police.
Officers responded to the school about 6:45 a.m. Police said the driver, a 16-year-old student, was exiting the property, and the boy was riding east on the sidewalk of 54th Avenue N. His injuries were not life-threatening, investigators said, but he was taken to All Children's Hospital so doctors could check on him....
TAMPA — Students returned to Chamberlain High School on Wednesday morning, 24 hours after 17-year-old Alexis Miranda was struck and killed while walking to campus across Busch Boulevard.
The girl's death has brought scrutiny to the traffic conditions on Busch, where police say a Cadillac traveling in the center turn lane struck Miranda about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. She died at the scene. The Cadillac's driver, Belovedofgod Chiza Ndegwa, 33, had not been charged as of early Wednesday morning....
TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioners will try today to figure out a way forward for the Go Hillsborough Initiative, the county's transportation plan that has come under heavy scrutiny and has commissioners waffling.
Wage theft, lobbying and an internal audit of the Social Services Department are also on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting....
A St. Pete Beach woman died early Wednesday when she was hit by a car on Blind Pass Road, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Michelle Marie Denney, 47, was crossing west to east near 78th Avenue when she was hit by a 2004 Ford Focus, deputies said. The driver, David J. Adamson, 48, of Treasure Island, was headed north shortly after midnight. Investigators said Denney was not using a crosswalk and may have been drinking before the crash....
Your DayStarter: Today's weather (awesome!), new swing-state presidential poll results (includes Florida) and two new movie reviews ('Pan' fails to fly)10/07/15News
• If you thought Tuesday's weather was nice, Wednesday should be very nice indeed, with clear skies and highs in the upper 80s. Of course, rain may be ahead for the weekend, according to WTSP 10Weather.
• Get your political fix early with a glimpse at which presidential contenders are leading the way in Florida and two other pivotal states: Ohio and Pennsylvania. Results of the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll will be released at 6 a.m. The latest Q Poll is focused on those three states because of the huge role they play in the Electoral College. Check out tampabay.com/politics and follow @LearyReports for details....
10/06/15 TV and Radio
Baseball playoffs NL wild card game: Cubs at Pirates 8 p.m. TBS; 620-AM College volleyball Texas at Baylor 7 p.m. ESPNU Arkansas at Kentucky 8 p.m. SEC Michigan State at Nebraska 8 p.m. Big Ten Tennessee at LSU 9 p.m. ESPNU Golf Presidents Cup 10 p.m. Golf High school volleyball Manatee at Newsome 7 p.m. BHSN NBA preseason Hawks at Cavaliers 7 p.m. NBA Kings at Suns 10 p.m. NBA NHL Rangers at Blackhawks 8 p.m. NBCSN Sharks at Kings 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
LAND O'LAKES — A 22-year-old man died Tuesday night in a motorcycle crash on the Suncoast Parkway in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The motorcyclist, Christopher B. Falter Jr., of Masaryktown, was headed north, south of State Road 52, at about 8:10 p.m.
The motorcycle left the road for unknown reasons and collided with the median cable barrier. Falter was ejected and died at the scene....
10/06/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Of all the numbers generated, crunched and sabermetricized throughout a baseball season, the most telling from the Rays' disappointing year might be a single digit:
That was the margin between the runs they scored (644) and the runs they allowed (642). And that was the difference between being in the playoffs and sitting in the Trop on Tuesday talking about what might have been. And that will be their primary area of concentration for their offseason plans....
10/06/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — The amount of skill on the Lightning power play is stunning.
There's Steven Stamkos, one of the world's top goal-scorers and snipers. Then there are the Triplets, the league's most dynamic line last season with Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. And that's just one unit.
"It's hard to defend in practice," center Brian Boyle said. "It's like when you're a kid and your older brother won't let you play with the ball, you're out there chasing the puck around."...