Hundreds evacuated from Hilton Clearwater Beach after small fire causes entire building to lose power07/28/15Fire
A small fire in an electrical panel caused the Hilton Clearwater Beach to lose power early Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of guests, according to authorities.
Firefighters responded to the hotel at 400 Mandalay Ave. about 3:30 a.m. Spokesman Rob Shaw said the fire may have been the result of overnight storms.
No one was hurt. No further information was immediately available....
TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board is scheduled to vote today on whether to take formal action against a Potter Elementary School teacher who is accused of duct-taping a kindergarten student's eyes.
Lindsay Blanc, 29, is to be suspended without pay pending termination, according to the meeting agenda. As there is a verified finding of "bizarre punishment" from the Hillsborough County sheriff's child protective investigative union, the board likely will uphold the administration's recommendation....
07/27/15 TV and Radio
Baseball Tigers at Rays 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Nationals at Marlins 7 p.m. FSF Yankees at Rangers 8 p.m. FS1 A's at Dodgers 10 p.m. MLB Soccer Champions Cup: Chelsea vs. Barcelona 8 p.m. FS2, ESPND Mexican Cup: Oaxaca at UNAM 10 p.m. Galavision Champions Cup: Club America vs. Benfica 10 p.m. FS2, ESPND Softball USSSA Pride at Chicago 8 p.m. CBSSN Special Olympics Day 3 events 7 p.m. ESPN Tennis ATP: German Championships 5:30 a.m. Tennis World Team Tennis: Boston at Philadelphia 7 p.m. Tennis
07/27/15 The Heater
Rays vs. Tigers
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $7-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
RAYS: RH Jake Odorizzi (5-6, 2.85)
TIGERS: LH David Price (9-3, 2.31)...
07/27/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — That wasn't so hard, was it?
The Rays rapped a few timely hits, including a pair of homers by rookie catcher Curt Casali. They pitched a strong game, Nathan Karns taking a shutout into the seventh and the bullpen taking it from there. They played some good defense, Evan Longoria making the best of a handful of highlight plays.
And, they won, beating the struggling Tigers 5-2 on Monday....
07/27/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi said a long talk with manager Kevin Cash left him feeling better about getting to stay in games longer.
Odorizzi was unhappy about being lifted from his last start on Wednesday in Philadelphia for a pinch-hitter after five innings (83 pitches) with a 3-2 lead, and he said so afterward.
The Rays have employed that plan a number of times, though usually with the lesser established starters than Odorizzi and ace RHP Chris Archer. The premise is to keep the starters from facing hitters for a third time, though the explanation is usually that the relievers provide better matchups....
TAMPA — Da'Quan Bowers will get at least one more chance to show the Bucs, and the NFL, he is worth another look.
The Bucs re-signed the defensive lineman, who hadn't garnered much attention as a free agent, to a one-year contract Monday, four days before players report to training camp. The deal includes no signing bonus or guaranteed money.
A second-round pick by the Bucs in 2011 after leading the nation in sacks at Clemson, Bowers hasn't lived up to lofty pre-draft expectations. In four seasons with Tampa Bay he has played in 50 games, including 10 starts, and recorded seven career sacks. For that, Bowers was paid $3.885 million....
On a rainy Saturday morning at Skyway Park near the airport in Tampa, 41 young football players, ranging from fourth grade to high school, took part in the Bucs' first-ever "Cannonfire QB Clinic" youth camp, part of the team's new football development program.
The community outreach effort is an extension of the Bucs' marketing department and includes director Darrell Taylor, who has a background with the Boys and Girls Clubs in Orlando, and Chris Leak, the starting quarterback on Florida's 2006 national championship team and the Gators' receivers coach last season....
07/27/15 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — David Price is happy to be back at Tropicana Field again, starting tonight for the Tigers against his former Rays team.
It's just that circumstances could be better.
For the second straight year, Price takes the Trop mound for a last-week-of-July start amid significant speculation he will be traded.
"It's not something you look forward to," he said.
Though Price is expected to leave Detroit as a free agent after the season, he said he hopes to stay for now and that the disappointing-thus-far Tigers can make it into the playoffs and win the World Series....
TAMPA — The NFL brand is strong in Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who has commemorated being drafted No. 7 overall last year with a tattoo on his right arm.
Evans posted a photo on Instagram showing off the new art, which has a large NFL shield logo with the words "2014 1ST RD. 7TH PICK" underneath.
He got the tattoo at a shop in his hometown of Galveston, Texas, spending five hours in the chair Saturday with tattoo artist Gotti Flores....
TAMPA — Laura Harris, host of the Now Tampa Bay on WFTS-Ch. 28, has taken on another role as co-anchor of the station's 5:30 p.m. news broadcast alongside Brendan McLaughlin.
Harris, an Emmy Award winner, has been with the station three years, first as a reporter, then as a host of the 4 p.m. Now Tampa Bay program since its debut last fall. Her new position fills the space left by anchor Linda Hurtado, who left the ABC affiliate in May....
An Allegiant Air flight ran dangerously low on fuel last week as it circled an airport in North Dakota that was actually closed so the Navy's Blue Angels could practice for a forthcoming air show.
The pilot told the tower on Thursday that he didn't have enough fuel to make it to a back-up airport, so he was forced to declare an emergency to clear airspace for a landing at Fargo's Hector International Airport, according to a recording of air traffic between the pilot and tower available on the website LiveATC.net....
07/27/15 Local Government
Outrage flared across the Internet last week after a Facebook video of a Pinellas County bureaucrat warning two residents about a backyard barbecue went viral.
In less than a week, the video racked up nearly 4.2 million views, escalating what would have been a run-of-the-mill code complaint into an Internet meme symbolizing government overreach for millions. As social media lit up, county officials held a Monday news conference to explain their side....
TAMPA -- Police are still investigating the slaying of Tyrone Sean Davis, 46, whose body officers found in Temple Crest Park early Sunday.
Davis was arrested in 2005 on a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior on a minor under 16 years old. He spent approximately three months in prison for that offense and was a registered sex offender.
Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said police have found no connection between Davis' status and his death. A motive has not been determined and the investigation is open, she said....
TAMPA — A jury went to work Monday to decide whether or not Dontae Morris is guilty of a fourth murder.
More than five years after Morris committed one of Tampa Bay's most notorious crimes — killing two Tampa police officers — the panel of 12 men and woman started deliberating whether he also killed Derek Anderson, who was fatally shot on May 18, 2010.
If the jury find Morris guilty of first-degree murder, the court will then start the sentencing phase of the trial. That could net Morris, 29, his third death sentence....