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RAYS CLOSE THE UPPER DECK AT TROPICANA FIELD, SHRINKING BASEBALL'S SMALLEST SEATING CAPACITY
Pitching to create a more intimate atmosphere at Tropicana Field, the Rays announced Friday they are closing the stadium's upper deck for next season, part of a reconfiguration plan that will reduce the dome's capacity by about 5,000 to 6,000 seats. In announcing a number of stadium improvements — the most notable of which is creating a new seating and socializing area beyond the left field fence — the Rays will shudder the Trop's often sparsely populated 300 level upper deck from foul line to foul line. The party deck above left field will remain. While closing the upper deck removes the least-expensive tickets from the Tropicana Field seating bowl, the cheapest price point will remain but be shifted to other sections of the stadium.
POLICE IDENTIFY THREE KILLED IN TARPON SPRINGS; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN OHIO
Tarpon Springs police have identified a couple and their adult son as the victims of a grisly triple homicide discovered on New Year's Day and said a 25-year-old man suspected in the slayings is in custody in Ohio. The suspect, according to investigators, is married to the couple's daughter, who is missing. Richard Ivancic, 71; Laura Ann Ivancic, 59; and Nicholas Ivancic, 25, were found dead inside a home at 1954 Juanita Way on Tuesday, according to authorities. Jamie Ivancic, 21, is missing "under suspicious circumstances," according to authorities. Her husband, Shelby John Nealy, was taken into custody in Lakewood, Ohio, police said, and is a suspect.
HURRICANE IRMA STUDY LINKS PRE-STORM HYPE TO POST-STORM TRAUMA
Preparing for Hurricane Irma was stressful enough. But new research shows that Floridians who were constantly immersed in the news coverage leading up to the Category 4 storm that rocked the state last year were more at risk of post-traumatic stress and other negative mental health outcomes. Researchers from the University of California Irvine are the first to study individuals in the hours before a hurricane hit their community. The team were able to track more than 1,600 Floridians before and after Hurricane Irma to study the effects of news media coverage leading up to the landfall of the storm and its mental health effects in the aftermath. The results of this longitudinal study were published in JAMA Network Open Thursday.
BRENT GRIMES SAYS BUCS 'DISRESPECTED' HIM WITH LOW PAY OF $7 TO COVER TOP RECEIVERS
If you think Bucs cornerback Brent Grimes looked like someone who really didn't want to be on the football field at times last season, he says that's because it's true. Grimes said it was "disrespectful" that Bucs coaches asked him to shadow the Steelers' Antonio Brown and other top receivers because he was only making $7 million when cover corners make $12 to $14 million per year. "That's not right," Grimes said on his wife Miko's latest podcast, IHeartMiko. "That's disrespectful and it (expletive) up my whole vibe for the whole year, to be completely honest." For more than 45 minutes, Grimes had a laundry list of complaints about the Bucs coaching staff, from defensive coordinator Mike Smith insisting on playing man-to-man coverage to the way defensive backs coach Jon Hoke wanted him to play the run.
FOREIGNER RE-RECORDS CLASSIC HIT TO BENEFIT SHRINERS, FILMS VIDEO IN TAMPA BAY
Nearly 35 years after being penned in a late-night writing session, one of the best selling and most enduring songs of the '80s has been given new life and, in turn, is helping give life to children around the world. Foreigner, one of the all-time best selling bands in the world, has re-recorded its massive 1984 single I Want to Know What Love Is and gifted the new version’s rights to Shriners Hospitals for Children. An accompanying music video was shot exclusively in the Tampa Bay area and released Jan. 1. “There is a spiritual undertone to I Want to Know What Love Is,” Foreigner founder Mick Jones said. “When you apply the lyrics to a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children, it brings a while new meaning to the song.”