News at noon: All Children's Hospital hires new interim president; plans for downtown St. Pete condo project scrapped; and more

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Published Feb. 8, 2019

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All Children's Hospital hires new interim president

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital has named a new interim president. Tom Kmetz, who retired last year as head of women's and children's services at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, will take over on Feb. 18. Johns Hopkins plans to hold a national search for a permanent replacement. The change in leadership follows a Tampa Bay Times investigation that found a sharp rise in deaths and complications in the hospital's heart surgery department. At least eight hospital employees warned supervisors about problems with the program's surgeries, the newspaper reported in November. But the hospital's leaders waited more than a year to take aggressive action to curtail the harm.

Plans for downtown St. Pete condo project scrapped

Plans for a 13-unit condo project in downtown St. Petersburg have been scrapped and the property on Fifth Street S is on the market for $1.3 million. Blue Night Owl LLC paid $850,000 last year for the property, now the site of a house built in 1910 and converted to apartments. Developer Julie Kessel planned a mid-rise project, named 357 on Fifth , with condos priced from $500,000 to $1.35 million. She decided to pursue other opportunities, Realtor Nick Janovsky said, adding that the site near the new Avanti and Beacon apartment complexes would be prime for a larger project than what Kessel planned.

Citation says Spring Hill driver had faulty brakes when she crashed into Beef O' Brady's

State troopers have issued a citation to the woman behind the wheel of a car that plowed through the front of a Beef O' Brady's on Tuesday and injured her and five customers. Barbara Markowski, 65, of Spring Hill received an improper and unsafe equipment citation after troopers determined the brakes on her 2007 Saturn sedan were malfunctioning. The crash happened about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Barclay Crossing Shopping Center at Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Avenue. The Saturn was travelling east on Spring Hill Drive when Markowski lost control. She went over the median and westbound lanes, onto the shoulder and through a flower bed. She side-wiped a truck, struck a parked car and then rammed through the front of the plaza's Beef O' Brady's location, striking customers inside and outside.

The old Steve Spurrier is back in business

Stephen Orr Spurrier, 73, is back where he belongs, feeling frisky again, as if it was Florida-Florida State week, only he coaches the fledgling Orlando Apollos of the just as fledgling Alliance of American Football (AAF). Orlando makes its debut Saturday night when it hosts the Atlanta Legends at Spectrum Stadium, UCF's Bounce House. The irrepressible Spur Dog has a hop in his step, even on a bad knee and coming off back surgery just three months ago, Martin Fennelly writes. Spurrier doesn't need money, though Orlando is reportedly paying him $500,000 for this season, his kind of ball season, no recruiting, no drafts, no nothing."Five months," Spurrier said. "It's perfect for me."

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British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

British actor Albert Finney, the Academy Award-nominated star of films from Erin Brokovich and Big Fish to Tom Jones and Skyfall, has died at the age of 82. Finney's family said Friday that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side." Finney was a rare star who managed to avoid the Hollywood limelight for more than five decades after bursting to international fame in 1963 in the title role of Tom Jones. Although Finney rarely discussed his personal life, he told the Manchester Evening News in 2012 that he had been treated for kidney cancer for five years, undergoing surgery and chemotherapy.

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