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BIG MONEY BRINGS IN FEW EXTRA VOTERS IN ST. PETE PRIMARY
The amount of cash raised and spent leading up to Tuesday's mayoral primary by the top two candidates was staggering, and the race isn't even over yet. But what has all that dough bought them? We break it down.
HURRICANE HARVEY SHOWS HOW WE UNDERESTIMATE FLOODING RISKS IN COASTAL CITIES, SCIENTISTS SAY
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, an event deemed "unprecedented" by the National Weather Service, catastrophic floodwaters have swept the Houston metropolitan area. The flooding can be attributed to a combination of long-lasting rains, which pumped extra water into the coastal waterways, and storm surge, which prevented the excess water from draining back into the ocean — a devastating set of simultaneous effects. Hurricane expert Jeff Masters, co-founder of meteorology website Weather Underground, called the phenomenon "compound flooding" in a recent interview with Scientific American. "The water piles up from both sides," Masters told the publication.
POLITIFACT: ARPAIO FALSELY TIES CONVICTION TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
President Donald Trump's pardon of convicted former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio drew an immediate tweet of gratitude from the man he spared from a six-month jail term. There is no question that Justice Department officials under President Barack Obama investigated and joined in legal proceedings against Arpaio, but were they driving the court process that led to his conviction on contempt of court? The court record and legal opinion say Arpaio is pointing at the wrong people, PolitiFact has found.
VINIK-CASCADE TEAM UNVEILS PLANS FOR 500-ROOM HOTEL IN WATER STREET TAMPA
Water Street Tampa's plans for the southern end of downtown continued to come into focus Wednesday as the developer for the $3 billion project unveiled the most detailed description yet for its planned 500-room hotel. Check out the details here.
RIVER RIDGE'S MICHAEL WEBSTER KICKING FOR A CAUSE
Michael Webster knows there is pressure with every kick. This season, the River Ridge senior wants his kicks to mean even more. Webster is accepting donations and pledges for each extra point and field goal he makes to benefit childhood cancer research through the Kick It program sponsored by the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Webster's goal is to raise $10,000 this season. The quest is personal. Webster's grandmother, Regina Corke, was diagnosed two years ago with Stage IV lymphoma. Throughout treatment, she continued to attend Webster's games.
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