A Tampa Day School principal was arrested Thursday after authorities said he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old male student he had befriended, according to an arrest report.
James Jerome Larkin, 63, of Tampa, the middle school principal at Tampa Day School, was charged with lewd or lascivious molestation on a child 12 or older, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report said.
According to the arrest report, Larkin befriended the student and acted as a surrogate father for him, accompanying the child on recreational activities. Larkin babysat the boy and his siblings while the student's mother was out of town March 7, the report said. ...
PINELLAS PARK — East Lake decided it would not go quietly for the rest of the season.
In Thursday's Class 7A, District 9 title game, the Eagles pitched, hit and darted around the bases. The team that struggled for traction through a miserable late regular-season stretch against district opponents regained its grip with a 8-7 victory over rival Countryside.
"I'm so proud of the way the team came back and played well the last few games," East Lake coach Kristie Delk said....
Federal offices and federal courts will be open today.
Pinellas County government will be open today.
Clearwater government will be open today.
St. Petersburg government will be open today.
All Pinellas County Public Schools are closed today for a school-based Professional Development Day.
Eckerd College is closed today...
04/17/14 The Heater
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
RAYS: LHP Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00)
YANKEES: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.86)...
04/17/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — It was Derek Jeter's last, first appearance of the season at Tropicana Field on Thursday as the Yankees captain takes his farewell tour. He received a standing ovation from many in the crowd as he walked to the batter's box. But before reaching the plate, he already was home.
Jeter, 39, has a 38,000-square-foot mansion on Davis Islands, and playing the Rays 19 times per season in the AL East, he has many admirers among Tampa Bay coaches and players....
RIVERVIEW — Anna Montgomery and Bailey Sullivan are best friends who train side-by-side for every race. And in Thursday's Class 4A, District 7 meet, the duo's inseparability earned the Plant girls a championship.
Newsome led Plant most of the meet until Montgomery and Sullivan finished first and second, respectively, in the 3,200 meters, crossing the finish just nine-hundredths of a second apart. Plant freshman Laura Jones finished third. ...
04/17/14 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Cedric Paquette was of two minds after Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
The Lightning rookie center wanted to forget his defensive blunder that led to the winning goal.
"I tried to think about anything else," he said Thursday.
At the same time, "it's a play you have to remember because you don't want to make it again."...
As far as 10-year coach Eve Soto-Suarez knows, Jefferson went into Thursday's final having never won a district championship. But against Chamberlain in the 6A-9 final at Blake, Jefferson took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and pitcher Nikki Lopez held on to deliver the first title in school history.
The Chiefs (20-3, 13-2) scored their only run in the third inning before two hits and a walk loaded the bases for the Dragons (14-6, 13-2) in the fourth. That's when Justine Fernandez hit a two-run double, which gave Jefferson a lead it never relinquished. ...
04/17/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — Say this for the Rays batters — and maybe for the entire ballclub at this early stage of the season — it felt like they hit something Thursday night against the Yankees.
After watching ace David Price get ambushed for four runs and three extra-base hits in the first 11 batters, the Rays then did something that crystallized their recent struggles when Sean Rodriguez hit into an around-the-horn triple play....
04/17/14 Tennis Preps
CASSELBERRY — Canterbury's Evan Holvoet wasn't sure he could make it to the Class A individual state tournament. In the district final, he faced Shorecrest's Peter Litsky, whom he had never beaten.
Holvoet broke through and carried the momentum into this week's state tournament. The unseeded senior had to win four matches to earn the first-place medal. In the final Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park, he defeated Miami Country Day's Shaun Berman 7-5, 6-1....
Historians study the past so they can understand it. But when pundits start talking history, you can bet that they are likely using the past to talk about the present.
A new book by former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., features his conversations with average Americans about the country's founding principles. DeMint now heads the Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank and advocacy group....
04/17/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the city's inaugural and much-anticipated BLUE Ocean Film Festival were looking for more than just a nice proclamation when they went before the City Council last week.
They also were expecting a check.
Unbeknownst to current city leaders, the last administration promised more than just the use of some city facilities for the festival, considered one of the world's largest environmental documentary film events....
04/17/14 Tennis Preps
CASSELBERRY — While Tampa Prep's hopes of a girls team championship ended Wednesday, it had two players alive for Class A individual titles Thursday at Red Bug Lake Park.
In the No. 1 singles final, Paige Leavy lost 6-2, 6-4 to Allegra Hanlon of Miami Ransom Everglades.
"I know it's kind of a cliche, but it really was a closer match than the score makes it look," Tampa Prep coach Chris Cary said. ...
04/17/14 Human Interest
Why we spring ahead
Why do we change to daylight- saving time in the United States before spring actually begins, whereas in Europe they do it 10 days after? Are we more advanced in our calculations?
The start of daylight saving time (DST) in the United States was moved up about one month as part of the 2005 Energy Policy Act. That extended DST from early March to late October, instead of early April to late October. One of the purposes of extending DST was to cut energy usage, figuring that if days are longer, Americans will use less power to light their houses at night. Researchers have found, however, that longer days have increased the demands on cooling homes during summer months....
Citrus County sheriff's detectives have arrested a man on charges that he suffocated his crying 1-old-year old son so he could continue to play video games.
Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, was arrested Thursday on charges of third-degree murder and willful child neglect. He was jailed without bail.
Sheriff's officials said rescuers were sent to Wygant's home Thursday morning because of a report of a child not breathing, The boy, Daymeon Wygant, was taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead....