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FLORIDA GOVERNOR ELECTION BETWEEN ANDREW GILLUM AND RON DESANTIS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you haven't been following the Florida governor's race all that closely, don't worry. We're here to fill you in. Here's a quick cheat sheet to catch you up on the race before you head to the polls. (Election day is Nov. 6, but you can vote early or by mail! Click here to find out how.)
WRONG-WAY DETECTION COMING TO HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE AFTER TWO CRASHES IN TWO WEEKS
The Florida Department of Transportation Friday announced it will launch a pilot project to detect wrong-way drivers on the Howard Frankland Bridge. The announcement comes on the heels of two wrong way crashes on the bridge, one on Thursday that left two drivers hospitalized and another two weeks ago in which a man died when he made a U-turn and hit another vehicle head-on.
TIME CHANGE SHOWS HOW TIMES ARE A CHANGING IN THE CLOCK REPAIR BUSINESS
Built around the year 1500 — about 140 years before Galileo even conceived the pendulum system — the large, rusty timepiece with exposed gears that is Boyd Clocks’ storefront centerpiece is thought by some to be the oldest clock in the Western Hemisphere. It never had hands or numbers. Its bell simply rang on the hour. To maintain accuracy, the clock had to be reset at least twice a day. "This was a seed in the evolution of machinery," said clock repair shop owner David H. Boyd, 57, who has the antique ticking again. "This started it all. It’s a much different world now." Consider the end of Daylight Saving Time, which happens this Sunday at 2 a.m. For much of the 20th century, people had to manually reset their clocks to match the hour change. But what’s the point these days, asks Boyd, who said no one uses clocks to actually keep time any more.
FREE REUSABLE CUPS? STARBUCKS CHANGES UP THIS YEAR'S RED CUP SEASON FOR HOLIDAY DRINKS
The Starbucks on Fourth Street N in downtown St. Petersburg was doling out free red plastic reusable cups on Friday as the coffee giant launched its holiday beverages. Patrons who ordered "grande" (medium) holiday drinks — peppermint mocha-whatevers, gingerbread-what-cha-ma-call-its — are being gifted the red plastic cups, which also allow discounted refills for the rest of the holiday beverage season, while supplies last at participating stores.
POLICE CHECK FOR SPEEDERS A DAY AFTER SEVEN WERE INJURED AT A TAMPA SCHOOL BUS STOP
Police were checking drivers’ speeds along E Bougainvillea Avenue on Friday morning, a day after a car plowed into seven people as they waited at a school bus stop. An officer parked in his patrol car trained a radar gun on passing traffic near the intersection with Marvy Avenue, where Brian Darnell West, 47, drove his silver Ford Escort into a group of five children and two adults about 8 a.m. Thursday, Tampa police said.