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News at noon: Forgotten? More like ignored, say people who remember stories of bodies at Zion Cemetery; trial in Clearwater parking lot shooting nears the end; and more

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Published Aug. 23, 2019
Updated Aug. 28, 2019

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Forgotten? More like ignored, say people who remember stories of bodies at Zion Cemetery

Barbara Feliciano believes human remains found near a storefront along the 3700 block of North Florida Avenue the summer of 1953 had emerged from Zion Cemetery, an early 20th century African-American burial ground that once occupied 2 ½ acres now split between that storefront land and a section of Robles Park Village. It appeared the cemetery had been lost or forgotten until it was revealed again with the publication of a special report June 23 in the Tampa Bay Times. But now, with stories surfacing from Feliciano and others, historians and activists are using a different word to describe what happened to Zion Cemetery — ignored.

Trial in the Clearwater parking lot shooting: Day 5, nearing the end

A second day of testimony in the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka, accused in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, wrapped up with conflicting views on how the drug MDMA might have affected shooting victim Markeis McGlockton. Signs of MDMA were found in McGlockton’s system. Judge Joseph Bulone said it’s possible the trial could wrap up today. The defense had two expert witnesses to present. After that, the jury will hear closing arguments, then begin deliberations. Each day, our trial coverage team is blogging live events straight from the courtroom.

That tropical disturbance could soak Florida and its chance of becoming a depression is high

That tropical disturbance over the Bahamas now has a 70-percent chance of becoming a depression by early next week, but forecasters said it could happen even sooner. And it’s setting up Florida for another rain event. The system is now just east of the Florida keys, making its way east from the tip of the Bahamas. Currently, it’s only a weak area of low pressure, but it’s producing a large area of cloudiness and storms. It could organize into a tropical depression as it moves over Florida and up the Atlantic coast.

Old rivalries may be on the chopping block in a revamped prep football landscape

Armwood and Plant, which meet in tonight’s season opener, are the only two area high school football programs to make a state title game appearance in the past three seasons. Both teams are primed for another championship run, but their paths, along with several other local schools, are decidedly different after the Florida High School Athletic Association revamped the state’s districts, regions and classifications. The new landscape means more travel in some districts. New rivalries will form. Older ones remain intact. The shakeup also gives some teams legitimate chances of either winning a title outright or making the playoffs after being placed in more favorable districts.

Taylor Swift’s Lover album is out. Here’s an analysis of the lyrics

Taylor Swift’s seventh album, Lover, was released at midnight Friday, delivered immediately into the hands of waiting Swifties who had spent months volleying potential names and themes. The Times’ Tara McCarty will leave reviews to the critics. But you might remember that she’s the person who spent three years analyzing the lyrics in 99 Taylor Swift songs, trying to unlock meaning in the words. Read Look What Taylor Swift Made Me Do here for a refresher. After last year’s project, she felt compelled to add the new album to the count. She found a few surprises.

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  2. Death row inmate James Dailey, left, awaits execution for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in Pinellas County. His co-defendant, Jack Pearcy, now says he alone killed the girl. A judge wants to hear his testimony at a March 5 hearing.
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  4. Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D., Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Office of the Governor in 2019.
  5. A section of the Robles Park Village public housing complex was built on top the forgotten Zion Cemetery.
  6. Tampa Fire Rescue units arrived at 1011 E 23rd Ave. and put out the fire that consumed this two-story house. The fire was started by a man who trapped himself inside, officials said, and later died of his injuries.
  7. Violinists, Patricia Quintero, RubŽn Rengel, Alex Gonzalez and Emilia Mettenbrink, with the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra from Detroit, perform at the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum Thursday/
  8. Tampa City Council chairman Luis Viera said Mayor Jane Castor's decision to add a second ambulance to Station 13 in North Tampa will improve emergency services for his constituents.
  9. A rendering of the new Ulta created by Hennon Group Architects and included in the permits for the building filed with the City of Tampa.
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  11. Debbie and her husband Michael, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, fish from the Dunedin Causeway Thursday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission extended the period of catch and release for several species of fish along the west coast of Florida.
  12. Shirley Elizabeth Rayner, 52, of Tarpon Springs, is facing a charge of elderly exploitation. Deputies say she forged or altered checks belonging to a 97-year-old woman she was hired to help.