05/23/17 Human Interest
Tampa Bay Times journalists placed first in seven categories of the prestigious Green Eyeshade awards, which honors outstanding journalism in the Southeast.
Times staffers won 17 awards in all.
Placing first were:
• William R. Levesque, Nathaniel Lash and Anthony Cormier in both consumer reporting and public service in daily journalism for their series "Breakdown of Oversight," about the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to crack down as Allegiant Air planes failed in flight....
The Daystarter: Latest on Manchester explosion; tapping Florida springs for future development; PTC staff say they're now forgotten; Rays give up another late lead05/23/17News
Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.
• Temperatures will flirt with 90 today, according to 10Weather WTSP, which is actually a slight relief from recent highs. Then a cool front is expected to push through on Wednesday and dump a bunch of rain....
BROOKSVILLE — Efforts by state officials to set a minimum flow for its iconic springs have stirred up a wave of public opposition. Opponents contend the state is willing to destroy its springs in order to justify continuing to provide water for new development.
The new minimum flow set for Silver Springs is already the subject of a legal challenge, and a similar suit is under consideration for the flow level set for Rainbow Springs....
TAMPA — After roughly 20 years in the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Mike Gonzalez got another job with a uniform and badge when he was hired in 2015 as an inspector for the Public Transportation Commission.
Still only 45 at the time, he needed the work to support his wife and two children, aged 13 and 11.
But Gonzalez has no idea if he will still have a job once county leaders follows through on state lawmakers' decision to close the agency....
Cruises and commercial flights now link Tampa and Havana, but before the U.S. government approved either for such journeys, ferries had the nod.
Yet, two years to the month after ferries were federally licensed to sail to the island nation, the maritime vessels have still not received porting rights from the Cuban government.
And that wait won't be ending soon.
Currently, ferries are not a priority, José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba's ambassador to the United States, told the Tampa Bay Times during his visit to St. Petersburg in early-May....
05/22/17 TV and Radio
Baseball Angels at Rays 7 p.m. Fox Sun; 620-AM Giants at Cubs 7 p.m. ESPN Marlins at A's 10 p.m. FSF Cardinals at Dodgers 10 p.m. ESPN College baseball SEC tournament: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt 10:30 a.m. SEC ACC tournament: Georgia Tech vs. Miami 11 a.m. FSF SEC tournament: Missouri vs. Texas A&M 1:30 p.m. SEC ACC tournament: Boston College vs. N.C. State 3 p.m. FSF AAC tournament: Tulane vs. USF 3:30 p.m. CBSSN SEC tournament: Mississippi vs. Auburn 5:30 p.m. SEC AAC tournament: East Carolina vs. UCF 7 p.m. CBSSN SEC tournament: Georgia vs. Mississippi State 8:30 p.m. SEC College golf Women's NCAA tournament 11 a.m. Golf College tennis Men's NCAA tournament final 1 p.m. ESPNU Women's NCAA tournament final 5 p.m. ESPNU NBA playoffs Celtics at Cavaliers 8:30 p.m. TNT; 1250-AM NHL playoffs Penguins at Senators 8 p.m. NBCSN Soccer FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico vs. Germany 7 a.m. FS1 FIFA U-20 World Cup: Korea vs. Argentina 7 a.m. FS2 WNBA Connecticut at Minnesota 8 p.m. ESPN2
05/22/17 The Heater
ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.
"There's a lot of things to like and we could go over all those, but I think it's time to start looking toward the next step of what we need to take," said Alex Cobb, who starts tonight....
TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Khando Kerr, deputies said.
Deputies arrested Archibald about 2 p.m. in the Fernandez and Hernandez Law Firm offices at 3002 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, deputies said. He listed attorney Martin Fernandez, a partner in the firm, as his defense attorney on his arrest records. Archibald was arrested without incident. ...
05/22/17 The Heater
OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.
OF Steven Souza Jr. was out of the Rays lineup Monday since Evan Longoria DH'd and they wanted to play lefty-swinging OFs Corey Dickerson and Colby Rasmus. With Souza hitting .123 over his past 18 starts, you have to wonder if that won't happen more....
If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.
But Cobb is a different pitcher after having Tommy John surgery. His old changeup has yet to return to the point where Cobb trusts it. Now he has to live with his fastball and curveball....
05/22/17 The Heater
Tonight: vs. Angels
7:10, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: $2 kids tickets. Fans can purchase $2 kids tickets with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket. $2 hotdogs for all fans....
The Florida Bar revoked former state Rep. Larry Crow's license in light of allegations that he misappropriated client funds and mishandled an estate case, according to court records.
A petition filed in the Florida Bar case provides details of the disciplinary charges against Crow, who was elected to the Florida House in 1994 as a Republican from Palm Harbor and served four terms. In one case, an audit showed that Crow misappropriated at least $161,396 of client funds from his trust account. In a separate case, Crow "failed to act with diligence in settling an estate which has been pending for over two years," the records state....
05/22/17 Public Safety
GIBSONTON — A 24-year-old man driving an all-terrain vehicle died Monday afternoon in a crash on U.S. 41, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
About 12 p.m., Jonathan Souza Barbosa of Tampa was driving on Adamsville Road and approaching U.S. 41 when he failed to brake at a stop sign and entered the intersection, troopers said. A Jeep Wrangler heading south crashed into the ATV, ejecting Barbosa and his passenger, Isabella Pascale, from their seats. A Hyundai Sonata also heading south then struck Barbosa. He died at the scene....
Social Security numbers for up to 469 people and information about thousands of concealed weapons holders were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson Jenn Meale said Monday.
"We were able to identify it quickly and shut the system down," Meale said in an interview. FDACS discovered the breach within 24 hours of it occurring....
TAMPA — By his second relief inning in last year's season opener, USF right-hander Ryan Valdes had lost the fizz on his fastball.
A pitch that flirted with 90 mph had decelerated into the mid 80s, and the Alonso High alumnus didn't know why. He gutted his way through the night, allowing four runs on six hits in an 11-10 win against Liberty, but at a nearby Applebee's later that evening, Valdes couldn't squeeze the ketchup bottle....