Friday, October 19, 2018

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Wrong-way driver identified in fatal Howard Frankland crash; alcohol suspected

Wrong-way driver identified in fatal Howard Frankland crash; alcohol suspected

A Pinellas Park man was killed when he drove the wrong way on the Howard Frankland Bridge and struck another vehicle head-on, forcing all northbound lanes to close.
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Hurricane Michael: What if it had hit Tampa Bay?

Hurricane Michael: What if it had hit Tampa Bay?

Hurricane Michael barely grazed the edge of the Tampa Bay area on its way to flattening the small towns of the Florida Panhandle.But what if Tampa Bay had been its target? What if the strong Category 4 storm had slammed into Belleair Shore instead of...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Leader of Clearwater’s strong mayor initiative goes to work for prominent Scientologist

Leader of Clearwater’s strong mayor initiative goes to work for prominent Scientologist

CLEARWATER — The chairman of the group backing Clearwater’s Nov. 6 strong mayor referendum began a job this month with a company owned by a prominent Church of Scientology donor that focuses on local and state government education.Zach Thorn, 29, had...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

Congress provides an opportunity that might help finance a new Rays stadium

TAMPA — Whatever work is under way on financing a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium remains hush-hush for now as the clock ticks toward Dec. 31.That’s the day the window closes on a three-year deal with current host St. Petersburg allowing the team to explo...
Updated: 4 hours ago
St. Petersburg is vying to be gay tourism capital of Florida

St. Petersburg is vying to be gay tourism capital of Florida

Move over Fort Lauderdale. St. Petersburg is on a mission to become Florida’s gay tourism capital. Monthly reports and surveys by Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater show the Sunshine City could already be on its way: 4.1 percent of respondents in the Ma...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Some of these Florida amendments aren’t worth your time

Some of these Florida amendments aren’t worth your time

For such a sacred document, we seem to give little thought to scribbling on, erasing and haphazardly expanding the Florida Constitution.Since a revised version was established in 1968, Florida voters have been asked to consider more than 175 differen...
Published: 10/18/18
Bucs QB Jameis Winston gives, and other teams tend to take away

Bucs QB Jameis Winston gives, and other teams tend to take away

TAMPA — Jameis Winston put up gaudy passing numbers in his first start of the season last week, placing the Bucs within one play of a comeback win over the Falcons.But instead of his Winston's four touchdowns and nearly 400 passing yards, his t...
Published: 10/18/18
Michael Drejka wants to fire one of his lawyers

Michael Drejka wants to fire one of his lawyers

LARGO — Michael Drejka has moved to fire one of his defense attorneys, writing in an affidavit that lawyer Lysa Clifton solicited him in jail the day after his Aug. 13 arrest and refused his request that she withdraw from the case.The affidavit, sign...
Updated: 5 hours ago
HSN to cut hundreds of workers as it merges with QVC under new ‘QXH’ business unit

HSN to cut hundreds of workers as it merges with QVC under new ‘QXH’ business unit

ST. PETERSBURG — Hundreds of HSN employees are losing their jobs as their parent company combines the local shopping network with long-time rival QVC under one operation with shared resources. HSN and QVC will maintain their brand identities, ...
Published: 10/17/18
Updated: 10/18/18
After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

After Hurricane Michael, a hunt for surviving oysters in Apalachicola

APALACHICOLA — T.J. Ward’s phone rang. Service had improved in the days since Hurricane Michael. "Get another scrub brush and a squeegee,"he told his sister. "The littlest one you can find." The retail shop of the Ward family’s 13...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Surveillance video shows Lakeland city commissioner shooting alleged shoplifter

Surveillance video shows Lakeland city commissioner shooting alleged shoplifter

LAKELAND — For more than a week, details in the case of a Lakeland city commissioner who fatally shot an alleged shoplifter came mainly from police accounts. Then, on Monday, Lakeland police released surveillance video that gives the public an up-clo...
Published: 10/15/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rick Stroud previews Bucs-Browns

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rick Stroud previews Bucs-Browns

Rick Stroud previews Sunday's Bucs-Browns matchup, as Tampa Bay looks to get back to .500 and new coordinator Mark Duffner takes the reins of the defense.Plus, we get a scouting report from Cleveland on Browns QB Baker Mayfield. And, the Lightning fi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
UConn is just awful, a positive at FSU and more state college football nuggets

UConn is just awful, a positive at FSU and more state college football nuggets

FSU bright spotAs rough as Florida State's 3-3 start has been, its run defense has been one of the best in the nation. The Seminoles are seventh nationally in yards per rush allowed (2.76) and held Northern Illinois to only six yards — the best...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USF kicker Coby Weiss  emerges as clutch ‘cast’ mate

USF kicker Coby Weiss emerges as clutch ‘cast’ mate

TAMPA — There's no skirting the laws of physics and gravity. All kickers, regardless of the amount of horsepower harnessed in their respective quads and calves, have a ceiling.For most, it's a sobering reality. For USF walk-on Coby Weiss, ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning cap off five-game homestand with 3-1 win over Detroit

Lightning cap off five-game homestand with 3-1 win over Detroit

TAMPA — The Lightning was a broken record in training camp, repeating how it needed to start the season strong. Last season's 15-2-2 start was the best in franchise history and launched it toward a playoff run. The Lightning wanted to do that a...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Carlton: How a shortage of candor could tilt a commission race (Bribery scandal? What bribery scandal?)

Carlton: How a shortage of candor could tilt a commission race (Bribery scandal? What bribery scandal?)

In one of the most interesting local races around, first-time candidate Mariella Smith, a Democrat, looks like she’s got a longtime politician on the ropes.But forget, for a minute, that Smith’s opponent is veteran Republican Hillsborough County Comm...
Published: 10/19/18
Police Chief Brian Dugan on race and policing in Tampa: ‘Let’s rip the band-aid off’

Police Chief Brian Dugan on race and policing in Tampa: ‘Let’s rip the band-aid off’

TAMPA — Police Chief Brian Dugan and City Council chairman Frank Reddick sparred at a City Council meeting Thursday over citations police are issuing to black bicyclists.Dugan defended his officers, insisting that racial targeting is not involv...
Published: 10/18/18
Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

Florida education news: Sales tax, scholarships, ballot language and more

SALES TAX: With limited funding, the campaign for a Hillsborough County schools sales tax increase relies on parent volunteers to get the word out. If approved, the revenue will pay for air conditioning repairs, among other construction and main...
Published: 10/16/18
Tampa's Riverwalk among finalists for 'Great Places in America'

Tampa's Riverwalk among finalists for 'Great Places in America'

The vote to decide if Tampa Bay's Riverwalk is one of the greatest places in America has begun. Ending Nov. 2, people have to decide if the Riverwalk is the best downtown destination.
Published: 10/18/18
In Cape San Blas, a wary walk to find out what Michael left behind

In Cape San Blas, a wary walk to find out what Michael left behind

CAPE SAN BLAS — On the kind of sunny, no-clouds-in-the-sky day that usually brings tourists and dogs to frolic on the sand dunes, residents instead trekked over broken asphalt, alongside a leveled beach, on a pilgrimage to find out what was left.The ...
Published: 10/15/18