Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.
2019 NFL draft: Buccaneers targets for Day 2
Now that the Bucs have made their choice of LSU linebacker Devin White with the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft on Friday (a pick sports columnist Martin Fennelly says the Bucs might regret with Josh Allen still available), it's time to focus on Day 2. Here are some potential targets, and be sure to check back with tampabay.com throughout the day for live blog updates and the latest on Rounds 2 and 3. And, if you missed it, here's more on Bucs fan Kacey Reynolds' remarkable Make-A-Wish draft journey, which continues with a trip to Tampa.
Homegrown millennials are returning to Tampa Bay. Here's why.
Not long ago, once the lost young professionals, it was hard to lure them back, business columnist Graham Brink writes. The area didn't have enough good jobs, and our downtowns lacked energy. Other cities boasted more intellectual heft, including an abundance of millennials with college degrees. He explains why this is changing and tells the story of a couple that talked about setting up roots in New York City and Charlotte, too.
Tampa's comeback was Bob Buckhorn's story, and he stuck to it
Going into the election for Tampa mayor eight years ago, conventional wisdom didn't give Bob Buckhorn a prayer, Richard Danielson and Charlie Frago write. He was a three-time loser, having failed in runs for the Legislature (1992), the mayor's office (2003) and the Hillsborough County Commission (2004). By any standard political reckoning, the last defeat, to former professional wrestler Brian Blair, should have ended Buckhorn's career in politics. It didn't, and after an eight-year run as mayor that ended this week, Buckhorn has channeled his priorities, passion and pugnaciousness into a narrative about how Tampa has risen after the Great Recession knocked it flat.
Is Clearwater parking lot shooter's history of gun threats relevant? A judge is set to decide.
A judge is set to hear arguments today at 1:30 over whether prosecutors can use prior confrontations involving road rage and gun threats in their case against Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka. One of two encounters occurred last spring at the same Sunset Point Road convenience store where Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton on July 19, according to a court document filed in October. Drejka's defense team asked the judge to exclude both incidents, arguing in a motion that they're irrelevant and violate Drejka's due process rights. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.
The St. Pete Pier, now with a price tag of $87 million, has a new opening date in the spring of 2020
Taking the path of many construction projects, the 26-acre Pier District has meandered past its original completion date, buffeted by the vagaries of weather, surprise encounters with long-buried pilings and seawalls and other unforeseen circumstances. The vaunted world-class destination of the city's aspirations, once scheduled to be finished early this year, then targeted to fall, and now with promises of "substantial completion" in December, won't be ready to welcome visitors until the spring of 2020.