04/20/14 Human Interest
By LANE DeGREGORY
Times Staff Writer
He skipped his last class Thursday, raced up three flights of stairs at the back of his high school, into room 302, where he had stashed the flowers and his fishing pole.
His friends already were there helping: Shannon on the floor, coloring a poster. Brendan, who was going to hold it. Matt had brought the bullhorn....
GAINESVILLE — As former Florida Gators cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy prepares for next month's NFL draft, legal troubles he incurred last month are at the forefront of a police investigation.
The Gainesville Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the suppression of an arrest warrant against Purifoy after he was accused of drug possession, the Gainesville Sun reported Saturday....
Travolta coming for IIFA awards
First it was for The Punisher. Now it's for Bollywood. Actor John Travolta will be returning to Tampa this week to be part of the International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual Weekend & Awards, IIFA announced Saturday on Twitter. "Come Face/Off with him @IIFA," the organizers posted, without providing details yet of what he'll be doing at the awards, or whether the events involving him will be open to the public. Travolta starred in the 1997 movie (Face/Off)referred to in the tweet. In 2003, he was in Tampa filming parts of The Punisher, an action drama....
ORLANDO — For the second time this season, the Storm put up plenty of points against the rival Predators.
For the second time, it wasn't enough.
Tampa Bay (3-3) lost to Orlando 77-65 on Saturday night at CFE Arena on UCF's campus. The Predators (4-2) took the South Division lead by a game and have won the first two meetings in the season series.
The Storm trailed 41-32 at halftime, but the team's offense came alive early in the second half. Dexter Jackson's 11-yard touchdown reception from Randy Hippeard opened the scoring in the third quarter....
04/19/14 TV and Radio
Baseball Mariners at Marlins 1 p.m. FSF Cardinals at Nationals 1:30 p.m. MLB Yankees at Rays 1:30 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Orioles at Red Sox 7 p.m. ESPN, ESPND; 620-AM College baseball Georgia at Florida noon ESPNU Vanderbilt at Arkansas 1 p.m. ESPN South Carolina at Auburn 2 p.m. BHSN Kansas at Oklahoma State 2 p.m. FS1 College softball Syracuse at Florida State 3 p.m. ESPNU Golf PGA Europe: Malaysian Open (taped) 6:30 a.m. Golf PGA: RBC Heritage 1 p.m. Golf PGA: RBC Heritage 3 p.m. Ch. 10 Champions: Greater Gwinnett Championship 3 p.m. Golf LPGA: Lotte Championship 6:30 p.m. Golf NBA playoffs, conference quarterfinals West, Game 1: Mavericks at Spurs 1 p.m. TNT East, Game 1: Bobcats at Heat 3:30 p.m. Ch. 28; 1250-AM East, Game 1: Wizards at Bulls 7 p.m. TNT West, Game 1: Blazers at Rockets 9:30 p.m. TNT NHL playoffs, conference quarterfinals East, Game 2: Flyers at Rangers noon Ch. 8 East, Game 2: Red Wings at Bruins 3 p.m. Ch. 8 East, Game 3: Lightning at Canadiens 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 970-AM West, Game 2: Kings at Sharks 10 p.m. NBCSN Soccer EPL: Liverpool at Norwich 7 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Arsenal at Hull City 9 a.m. NBCSN EPL: Manchester United at Everton 11 a.m. NBCSN Mexican: Guadalajara at Pumas 1 p.m. Univision Tennis Fed Cup: France at United States 2 p.m. Tennis ATP: Rolex Masters final, Wawrinka vs. Federer (taped) 8 p.m. Tennis
At a recent meeting of the Pinellas County School Board, Lisa Grant sat down to give a presentation on the education of students with disabilities.
Grant, the district's new director of exceptional student education, did not have good news. The graduation rate for these students is 10 percentage points below the state average. Most every other large district fared better.
"In almost every area, we are sixth, seventh or fifth," Grant told the board. "In almost no area are we first, second or third."...
04/19/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — First, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser couldn't say anything when Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo called at midnight Friday with words of his first promotion to the big leagues.
"Speechless," Riefenhauser said. "That was the only word that came to mind. I couldn't even process it all at the time."
Then he had plenty of talking to do, calling his parents at their New York home and telling them to book flights for themselves, and their three other kids, to Tampa for Saturday morning....
ST. PETERSBURG — The Mainsail Art Festival brought art lovers to Vinoy Park on Saturday.
The 39th annual two-day festival features more than 250 exhibiting artists from all over the U.S. and specializing in mediums including: ceramics, fibers, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.
Mainsail continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m....
04/19/14 The Heater
Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time
Promotion: Joe Maddon Hoodie Drawstring Bag, for kids 14 and under
Mainsail Arts Festival: This annual festival is one of the area's best outdoor shows with more than 250 artists on display. Today features music by Shaun Hopper (1-2 p.m.), Come Back Alice (2:15-3:30 p.m.) and TC Carr and the Bolts of Blue with Josh Nelms (3:45-5 p.m.). It starts at 10 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.
Family Favorites Film Series: Kids get to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. This week it's The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio, learning life lessons from Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). Rated PG. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 12 and younger. (813) 274-8982....
04/19/14 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — An Easter egg hunt, sponsored by HONNA, the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, took place Saturday at Coffee Pot Park.
The event included an egg hunt, bounce house, snow cones, prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
04/19/14 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — So a guy walked into the Trop on Saturday and found himself having the most unexpected conversation:
Who among the suddenly potent Rays hitters had the biggest night in the 16-1 win over the Yankees that featured five home runs?
Was it Wil Myers, who looked as if he got his groove back after a rough start in hitting his first two homers of the season?
Was it Ryan Hanigan, who, similarly on track after an 0-for-18 skid, also hit two homers as part of a career-high six-RBI night?...
04/19/14 Lightning Strikes
In the playoffs, getting secondary scoring is a primary goal.
Typically, Lightning coach Jon Cooper says, the top lines cancel each other out, with role players — unsung heroes — often making the difference in a best-of-seven series.
The Canadiens' depth has been evident in taking a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay in their Eastern Conference first-round series — with seven players (and all four lines) represented in Montreal's nine goals — and Cooper made one thing clear about those role players....
04/19/14 Human Interest
TAMPA — Hundreds attended the opening of the Northwest Skate Park at Jackson Springs on Saturday.
The park, at 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Tampa, has a full pipe, hubba ledge, granite rails, manual pad, pole jam and other California-style features.
Admission is free. Helmets are required and children under 12 must have elbow and knee protection.
The park will be closed today, but regular hours will be 2-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 2-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays....
04/19/14 The Heater
LHP Matt Moore's life, at least in the short term, will change extensively after Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery on Tuesday.
Moore's entire focus, at age 24, has to shift from winning games on the mound to "beating" the yearlong-plus rehab process, his competitiveness channeled to what, especially for the first few months, will be very mundane drills.
"The surgery is about 10 percent of it, and the rehab process is the remaining 90 — it's everything to this," Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "And that's what gives you great peace of mind, is that we know how hard Matt works and we know how badly he wants to get back. And that coupled with a tremendous training staff gives us great optimism for how well he'll bounce back next year."...