Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

Florida’s teacher shortage is ‘real, and it’s going to get worse,’ State Board of Ed member worries

As millions of Florida's school children returned to classes this week, many schools struggled to find enough teachers greet and teach them."We are very concerned about the growing teacher shortage," Cathy Boehme of the Florida Education Associa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
In Spring Hill, 9-month-old baby boy dies after being left in car

In Spring Hill, 9-month-old baby boy dies after being left in car

SPRING HILL — A 9-month-old infant died Friday after the boy was left in a hot car at the family home, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Keyton O’Callaghan was found in a car seat inside the vehicle at about 11:30 a.m. by his father, ...
Published: 08/17/18
Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

Pinellas releases videos it will show kids before active shooter drills in schools

The Pinellas County school system has released three videos it plans to show students in the coming days in preparation for the "active assailant drills" that are to begin soon in schools.Kindergarden through second grade:Grades 3-5:Middle and high s...
Published: 08/17/18
Tampa ranked third best city in U.S. to retire; St. Petersburg is 23rd

Tampa ranked third best city in U.S. to retire; St. Petersburg is 23rd

Tampa Bay has been named one of the best places for people to retire in the United States, according to a new ranking by credit-monitoring website WalletHub .The financial advice website released its ranking after comparing data collected from more ...
Published: 08/15/18
What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit begs the question.

What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit begs the question.

LARGO — Everything is on clearance inside Tampa Bay’s only Safeway grocery store. Patio furniture, 40 percent off. Beach chairs, too. Most grocery items are 30 percent off; the entire liquor store is 20 percent off.The discounts will probably get ste...
Published: 08/17/18
Remember all that Rays hate?

Remember all that Rays hate?

BOSTON —Nope, this is not going to be the worst Rays team of all time, as a certain writer for a certain website that you may happen to be reading right now suggested in April was a real possibility. Not going to be second worst, third, even bo...
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Pinellas, waits, watches, worries as Red Tide lingers off the bay

Pinellas, waits, watches, worries as Red Tide lingers off the bay

Times Staff Writer ST. PETE BEACH — Despite last week’s prediction that the lingering Red Tide might move north, the toxic algae bloom still hasn’t begun wreaking havoc here the way it has south of Tampa Bay.On Friday afternoon, the beach behind the ...
Published: 08/17/18
Think you know stand your ground? The recent Clearwater case tells us you’re probably wrong.

Think you know stand your ground? The recent Clearwater case tells us you’re probably wrong.

When Michael Drejka was arrested Monday in the shooting of Markeis McGlockton, it ensured that Florida’s stand your ground law will remain under scrutiny for months to come.Beyond that? Little is clear.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Shooter charged with manslaug...
Published: 08/17/18
Why does Tampa’s police station smell so much like weed?

Why does Tampa’s police station smell so much like weed?

TAMPA — For the uninitiated, the pungent odor that sometimes hangs in the lobby of the Tampa Police Department headquarters likely goes unidentified.For those with experienced noses, however, the skunky aroma at One Police Center has an unmistakable ...
Published: 08/16/18
Updated: 08/17/18
I studied Taylor Swift lyrics for three years. Then she invited me to meet her.

I studied Taylor Swift lyrics for three years. Then she invited me to meet her.

TAMPA — The Florida sun burned through my black pleather top as I hurried around Raymond James Stadium. I tried to grip a set of metal plates used at the Tampa Bay Times printing press, but my hands kept slipping. The sweat had little to do wit...
Published: 08/17/18
Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

Wages remain stagnant in Florida despite super low unemployment. What’s going on?

It remains our biggest economic enigma: Sluggish wage growth despite low unemployment. In a robust job market, pay rises as the supply of available workers shrinks. At least that’s the way it normally works. This time around, the ingredients appear ...
Published: 08/17/18
Alien spaceship may lay off Florida coast, says Discovery Channel treasure hunter

Alien spaceship may lay off Florida coast, says Discovery Channel treasure hunter

In a close encounter of the submerged kind, a Discovery Channel treasure hunter said he found what could be a massive extraterrestrial structure at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.Darrell Miklos, host of Discovery’s treasure hu...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Deputies find body in burning vehicle near Disney World miniature golf course

Deputies find body in burning vehicle near Disney World miniature golf course

A body was found in a burning vehicle near a Disney World miniature golf course early Saturday, according to WKMG News 6 Orlando.Authorities were initially called to a vehicle fire about 4 a.m. at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, 120...
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The hardest part: actually choosing the day of his death. ‘No one is ever really ready.’

The hardest part: actually choosing the day of his death. ‘No one is ever really ready.’

In the end, it wasn’t easy for Aaron McQ to decide when to die.The 50-year-old Seattle man — a former world traveler, triathlete and cyclist — learned he had leukemia five years ago, followed by an even grimmer diagnosis in 2016: a rare form of amyot...
Published: 08/15/18
Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

INVERNESS — A 53-year-old Levy County man died when he collided with a Mack truck while trying to pass it north of Inverness, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Claude Pepper Blount Jr. was headed south on U.S. 41 near Overdrive Circle about 1:50 p.m. F...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Girlfriend of murder suspect arrested, too, in aftermath of Hudson drug shootout

Girlfriend of murder suspect arrested, too, in aftermath of Hudson drug shootout

HUDSON — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office made a second arrest Saturday in the aftermath of a drug-related shootout Wednesday night that left one man dead and a woman critically injured.Deputies arrested Alexas Marie Gregas, 19, of Hudson, on charge...
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Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash at Sheffield Lake Park in St. Petersburg

Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash at Sheffield Lake Park in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries early Saturday when he lost control and crashed at Sheffield Lake Park, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.Robert Douglas Blume, 47, was driving north along 49th Street N o...
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From Hawaii to the honky-tonk: Nashville’s in love with Marcus Mariota

From Hawaii to the honky-tonk: Nashville’s in love with Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE — Ten thousand blue leis were distributed to Titans fans for the NFL draft on the day their team picked Marcus Mariota.The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner wasn't even at Nissan Stadium for the party, which drew a crowd of 20,000. But the w...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18
It’s David Price time, from Rays ‘openers’ to rise of Blake Snell

It’s David Price time, from Rays ‘openers’ to rise of Blake Snell

BOSTON — David Price heard about the recent reunion of the Rays' 2008 American League championship club that he played a big role on as a small part of, and he had a few questions.What players were there? How did it go? Did second baseman Akino...
Published: 08/17/18
Updated: 08/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Aug. 18

Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Aug. 18

Journey and Def Leppard: Two of the world’s most popular rock bands team up to co-headline a sold-out show at 7 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500; amaliearena.com.Alonzo Bodden: The winner of season three of Last Comic...
Published: 08/17/18