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Langston Taylor - Data and General Assignment Reporter

Data and General Assignment Reporter

I write words. Sometimes they're in code. I'm a Maryland native who first worked at the Times as a reporting intern in 2016. Now, my job is to dive into data to find news affecting Tampa Bay or all of Florida. That could mean following money or counting followers. I also build tools that make data and documents easier for our readers to understand. I'm on my phone too much, and you can @ me any time with story ideas or NBA highlight tapes.

  1. Nicole Kristine Gaskins, 45, died Monday in a single-car crash on I-275. The Wesley Chapel woman was a mother of two.
    Wesley Chapel mother Nicole Kristine Gaskins, 45, died Monday when her car drifted off of Interstate 275 and crashed.
  2. Hillsborough County Director of Pet Resources Scott Trebatoski holds a rescue puppy as a line forms to apply to adopt one of 300 dogs rescued from a puppy mill in September.
    Officials rescued more than 300 dogs from a puppy mill in September.
  3. St. Petersburg voters decided to keep two incumbents on the City Council (from left: Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Ed Montanari) and elected two new members (Deborah Figgs-Sanders, Robert Blackmon).
    Voting and demographic data reveal another layer about the dynamics of the race.
  4.  Mexico Beach, one year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Michael.
    One year later, Mexico Beach is still recovering from the Category 5 storm.
  5. Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. talk during a break Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    34 percent of Floridians picked the former vice president. Background checks for gun sales saw overwhelming support.
  6. Florida's Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    Democrats hoped to force the body to convene but faced long odds.
  7. In this Oct. 22 photo, people gather around the Ben & Jerry's "Yes on 4" truck as they learn about Amendment 4 and eat free ice cream at Charles Hadley Park in Miami.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    A study of 48 counties finds Legislature’s law ‘will severely limit’ effect of Amendment 4. But a prominent advocacy group thinks the numbers are off.
  8. What do the candidates in your district think about the Rays stadium, affordable housing and more?
  9. (Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
    Which ZIP code received the most pills? Which corporations distributed them? Which politicians do they support?
  10. People attending in 2018 NOPE (Narcotic Overdose Prevention Education) of Pinellas' 10th Candlelight Vigil hold candles while Gibbs High School's choir Vox Nova sings. The vigil is to remember those thousands within the Tampa Bay Community that have been lost to opioid abuse. Fatality Numbers continue to rise, with more lives being lost to overdose than car accidents and homicides combined according to a release from the Pinellas Sheriff's Office. About 850 people attended the vigil listening to 12 speakers, five of whom lost family members to opioids. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
    New data shows extent of Florida’s opioid epidemic from 2006 to 2012 and the role that major grocery stores and chain pharmacies played in fueling the crisis.