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Jack Evans - Pinellas County Reporter

Pinellas County Reporter

Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

  1. The city said Wednesday that a "cybersecurity incident" had prevented access to city emails and some online services.
  2. Hurricane Ian damaged the sign outside the County Center building in downtown Tampa, but the Tampa Bay area ducked the full force of the deadly storm. [
  3. Tony Simpson, of Valrico, right, helps his neighbor, Michael Zeman, get his vehicles and trailer out of a flooded road near the 4400 block of River Drive on Friday.
  4. The uprooted Wishing Tree in the Dali Museum garden that was pushed over by strong winds from Hurricane Ian on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Winds have uprooted the ficus tree several times since it was planted in 2011.
  5. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was direct in offering advice to residents in the face of Hurricane Ian: "Get out right now."
  6. Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton said the reduction of the county-wide property tax rate for the next year — approved with the next year's budget by the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday — marked just the second time in 35 years that the rate has been lowered two years in a row.
  7. An aerial view of the Howco Environmental Services plant, on 43rd Street S between 8th Ave S and 9th Ave S, and other parts of St. Petersburg's Childs Park industrial corridor, with homes in the neighborhood pictured in the background in February. After the city and neighborhood association's awareness-raising campaign about persistent odors associated with the corridor, State Sen. Darryl Rouson has called for a state investigation into the source of the smells and increased air-quality monitoring.
  8. Fort De Soto Park's beach could soon be cigarette-free, should Pinellas County Commissioners move forward with a ban on smoking on the beach and dunes.
  9. This home at 1414 Tallahassee Drive in Tarpon Springs was purchased last year and has an estimated market value of $300,711. The owners face a $5,106 tax bill, well more than twice as much as the owners of the similar-sized and valued house on the block behind theirs that was purchased in 2012. The difference comes courtesy of the way Florida calculates property taxes on primary residences.
  10. The home at 1121 23rd Ave N. (left) and the home at 1111 23rd Ave N. (right) in St. Petersburg are similarly sized at under 1,000-square-feet, but have vastly different property tax bills. The house at 1121 has a market value of $281,553 and has a proposed tax bill of $4809.26. The home at 1111 has a market value of $274,230 and has a proposed tax bill of $772.82.
  11. A tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean has a 40% chance of developing into a depression by the middle of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  12. One person was killed and two injured in an early Saturday morning shooting on N Nebraska Avenue, Tampa police said.
  13. Two tropical disturbances, one in the Atlantic and one in the Caribbean, have low odds of developing, meteorologists said Saturday.
  14. New Hillsborough County State Attorney Susan Lopez, right, told staff last week that she was reversing a presumption of non-prosecution policy established by her ousted predecessor, Andrew Warren. Some experts and local leaders worry the change, which regards nonviolent misdemeanors, will disproportionately affect poor people and people of color.
  15. Tampa General Hospital is one of four health care providers — along with BayCare, Tampa Family Health Centers and Suncoast Community Health Centers — that serve those on the Hillsborough County health care plan. Though the plan expanded in December, participation has not grown, and the program has room for thousands more.
  16. Akile Anai, director of agitation and propaganda for the African People’s Socialist Party, of which the Uhuru Movement is a part, addresses the media during a news conference at the Uhuru House, 1245 18th Ave S., on Thursday.
  17. Affordable housing activists walk inside Tampa City Hall to listen to a Tampa City Council staff report on rent stabilization on Feb. 24, 2022. Council members on Thursday voted to move forward with a plan for a ballot measure that would direct the city to declare a housing emergency and, in turn, allow it to limit rent increases.
  18. An aerial view of part of the Childs Park industrial corridor, including the Howco Environmental Services oil recycling plant, and adjacent homes. A longstanding odor problem tied to the industrial area has raised worries about air quality and health effects, and the corridor in general has been a point of concern documented by the city for decades. Neighbors' recent work to tackle the smells and raise awareness are reflected in a new city report.
  19. By signing up for a Tampa-based drug trial for a prospective Alzheimer's treatment, Karen Kistner, 69, of Largo and other participants were able to learn whether they have a biomarker that researchers believe could indicate future Alzheimer's development. Experts believe the blood-testing for biomarkers could revolutionize Alzheimer's medicine in coming years.
  20. SeaTrek, an "underwater walking tour," will open July 23 at the Florida Aquarium. Aquarium officials say the main goal of the attraction is to give children from underserved communities a water experience they may otherwise never have.
  21. "Young people have been asking for (sterilizations) all along," one expert said — but doctors have often posed an obstacle, especially for young, childless women. Will a spotlight on sterilization after the fall of Roe change that?
  22. Dr. Doug Stein applies lidocaine before performing a vasectomy in his Tampa office. [Times (2009)]
  23. An aerial view of the Howco Environmental Services plant, on 8th Ave S between 43rd Street S and 44th Street S, with homes in the Childs Park neighborhood pictured in the background on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Pollution is so bad in the Childs Park neighborhood that Fairmount Park Elementary had to rush kids inside during recess a year or so ago. The NAACP is teaming up with the Childs Park Neighborhood Association and the Sierra Club to launch a "Smell something, say something" campaign for this years-long problem.
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