Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.
Are active-shooter drills and lockdowns traumatizing students?
Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn't real. The drills began taking shape after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. But 20 years later, parents are increasingly questioning elements of the practice, including whether the drills traumatize kids. The backlash underlines the challenges administrators face in deciding how far to go in the name of preparedness.
Rick Scott won’t put his wealth in a blind trust anymore
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott will no longer keep his vast wealth in a blind trust, like he did during his eight years as Florida’s governor. Instead, Scott said he will report his assets to the public in annual financial disclosure forms required of all members of Congress. Scott, the former head of a health care company before a scandalous exit, was the wealthiest governor in state history. His state financial disclosure report — filed late on a Friday evening last June — showed Scott had a net worth of more than $232 million at the end of 2017.
Pinellas Park High shooting, 31 years ago today, a ‘precursor’ to gun violence in schools
Eleven years before Columbine, 24 years before Sandy Hook and 30 years before Parkland, a school shooting rattled students and faculty in Pinellas County. Thirty one years ago today, three faculty members at Pinellas Park High School were shot. Two were injured. One died. It all happened in front of hundreds of students in a crowded lunchroom. The tragedy at Pinellas Park High School was only the fourth school shooting to ever happen in Florida. There had never been a school shooting in the Tampa Bay area before, and there has never been one since.
Rays will limit workload for two-way prospect Brendan McKay
In an effort to aid two-way prospect Brendan McKay’s development as a pitcher and a hitter the Rays have decided he no longer will play the field. By limiting McKay to DH duty rather than playing first base, the Rays feel he can simplify his pre-game schedule; focus on his performance at the plate, which has lagged behind his work on the mound; and, they hope, stay healthier after being sidelined twice last season with oblique injuries.
Heart reunion tour will hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa
Last summer, Heart singer Ann Wilson told us she thought she and sister Nancy Wilson would play together again someday. She just didn't know when. Guess that day wasn't as far-off as everyone thought. After a three-year hiatus bought on by familial discord, Heart is getting back on the road this summer and coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Sweetening the deal is an opening slot by another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.