DeSantis sets execution for 'ninja killer' in 1989 murders
A man convicted of a 1989 double slaying in Florida for which he was dubbed the “ninja killer” is set for execution next month under a death warrant signed Monday by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Barring delays on appeal, the execution of Louis Bernard Gaskin is set for April 12 at 6 p.m., according to the governor's office. It would mark the second execution in Florida this year after a long pause dating back to 2019.news.yahoo.com
How to Watch the Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay Rays - MLB Spring Training | Channel, Stream, Preview
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With just a few weeks left in Spring Training, teams are getting fine-tuned for the upcoming season. On Monday, the Detroit Tigers get set for a meeting in an MLB ballpark when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Detroit and Tampa will meet one more time in Spring Training action on March 26, the last tune-up prior to Opening Day. Check out more stories about the Detroit Tigers here on MLiveMLB Spring TrainingWho: Detroit Tigers vs. Tampa Bay RaysWhen: Monday, March 13Time: 1:05 p.m. ETWhere: Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, Fla.)Channel: Bally Sports DetroitStream: FuboTV (Free Trial), DirecTV StreamCheck out the MLB standings and results on MLB.commlive.com
How to Watch the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - NTT IndyCar Series | Channel, Stream, Preview
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - On a busy Sunday in racing, the NTT IndyCar Series gets set to kickoff its 2023 season, as the best drivers in the sport get set to duke it out on a street circuit in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That includes two-time series winner Josef Newgarden. This will be the 20th time IndyCar has taken to the streets of St. Petersburg. Firestone Grand Prix of St. PetersburgNTT IndyCar SeriesWhen: Sunday, March 5Time: 12 p.m. ETWhere: St. Petersburg, Fla.Channel: NBCStream: FuboTV (Free Trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream, PeacockCheck out the IndyCar standings and results heremlive.com
After 18 years, $1.5B dike repair done at Florida's Lake O
After 18 years, a $1.5 billion project was officially completed Wednesday to repair the sprawling dike around Florida's Lake Okeechobee that protects thousands of people from potentially catastrophic flooding during hurricanes. The Herbert Hoover Dike project overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was completed three years ahead of schedule and at a savings of $300 million over the original cost estimate, officials said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the lake's shore in Clewiston. “Herbert Hoover Dike has never been in better shape than it is right now,” said Col. James Booth, commander of the Corps of Engineers' Jacksonville district.news.yahoo.com
Rays' Randy Arozarena, Yandy Díaz had altercation after game
Rays teammates Yandy Díaz and Randy Arozarena had an altercation after a 4-0 loss to the Astros on Monday, partially prompting Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash to bench both players Tuesday in a 5-0 defeat to Houston. Arozarena told reporters Wednesday night that there was no physical contact with Díaz, and that there were some little things they needed to address. Arozarena, a breakout star of the 2020 postseason who won AL rookie of the year in 2021, was in Wednesday's lineup.news.yahoo.com
Tigers’ Eduardo Rodriguez leaves game in 1st inning with possible injury
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez left Wednesday’s game in the first inning after recording just one out. Rodriguez was in the midst of a miserable start when he signaled to the dugout. Hinch called to the bullpen almost immediately and Rodriguez departed the field with Teter. Rodriguez allowed four singles and two walks. Although Rodriguez left the bases loaded, reliever Rony Garcia struck out the next two batters to limit the damage.mlive.com
Tigers lineup: Hammerin’ Harold will start series finale
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera will give way to fellow slugger Harold Castro in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field. Cabrera has started 32 of the Tigers’ 37 games this season and often gets a day off on afternoon games following night games. Tigers lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 3.72 ERA) will face Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.67). Former Tiger Isaac Paredes will get his first start against his old team on Wednesday. He entered as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement in the first two games of the series.mlive.com
Rays upend Tigers’ win streak in 8-1 rout
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays hit three home runs en route to a 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. The Tigers (13-24) snapped a four-game winning streak and have one more against the Rays (22-15) before a day off on Thursday. Jeimer Candelario’s third homer of the season was a 430-foot bomb to left off Rays lefty starter Shane McClanahan fastball. pic.twitter.com/LIcyr4YQnk — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 17, 2022But that was the only damage done in seven innings against Rays starter Shane McClanahan. Box scoreUp nextThe Tigers and Rays wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Tigers lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 3.72 ERA) will face Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 2.67).mlive.com
Florida judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel
A federal judge in Florida has voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials in the coronavirus pandemic. The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking. “Because our system does not permit agencies to act unlawfully even in pursuit of desirable ends, the court declares unlawful and vacates the mask mandate,” she wrote.news.yahoo.com
Officials: Florida manatees eat 'every scrap' in food trial
One thing wildlife officials have learned during the winter experimental feeding program to help manatees avoid starvation is that if you feed them, they will come. Manatees have eaten virtually all of the estimated 160,000 pounds (72,500 kilograms) of lettuce provided at a warm-water power plant site where manatees typically congregate during cold months, officials said Wednesday during a virtual news conference. “They've eaten every scrap of food we've put out,” said Scott Calleson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.news.yahoo.com
55 tons of lettuce fed to Florida's starving manatees
More than 55 tons of lettuce have been fed to starving Florida manatees as part of an experimental program to help the slow-moving marine mammals since their natural food is being destroyed by water pollution, wildlife officials said Wednesday. The lettuce, funded by more than 1,000 individual donations, is offered to manatees that gather in the warm water discharge near a power plant on Florida's east coast as they typically do during cold months. Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a conference call that the feeding program has made a difference.news.yahoo.com
Officials: Florida plan has fed manatees 25 tons of lettuce
The unprecedented human effort to feed starving Florida manatees has so far provided the lovable marine mammals with more than 25 tons of lettuce, officials said Wednesday. Officials say the feeding program involving donated romaine lettuce at a Florida Power & Light plant on the east coast is attracting about 300 to 350 manatees per day. “We’re making a difference,” said Ron Mezich of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission during an online news conference Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Officials: Florida manatees eating lettuce in pilot program
Manatees at risk of starvation because native seagrass is dying due to water pollution have for the first time started eating lettuce under an experimental feeding program, Florida wildlife officials said Friday. The test facility on the east coast's Indian River Lagoon had its first takers of romaine lettuce Thursday, leading more manatees to join in, said Ron Mezich, chief of the effort’s provisioning branch at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.news.yahoo.com
School: Florida teacher quit after yelling racial slur
A substitute teacher in Florida has resigned after students said she yelled a racial slur in the classroom. The 59-year-old white woman continued using the slur after going to the principal’s office Wednesday at Lealman Innovation Academy, Pinellas County school officials told the Tampa Bay Times. Principal Connisheia Garcia is Black, as are about 75% of the students at the school in St. Petersburg, which focuses on personalized learning for students in grades six through 12.news.yahoo.com
Sheriff: Man with with explosives arrested near Jan. 6 rally
A Florida man with homemade explosive devices was arrested early Friday near a Tampa Bay area rally in support of a man being held in connection with last year's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said. Garrett James Smith, 22, of Oldsmar, was arrested and charged with making and possessing a destructive device and loitering, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a news conference. To mark the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the rally was held Thursday night outside the Pinellas County Jail was in support of Jeremy Brown, a member of the rightwing Oath Keepers group.news.yahoo.com
Who is GOP governor candidate Jesse Sullivan? His tax-exempt charity was funded largely by cryptocurrency. His career as a venture capitalist is more recent.
Jesse Sullivan, a political unknown, touts his background as a venture capitalist but most of his time has been spent overseeing a tax-exempt charity.chicagotribune.com
Florida woman attacked by gator after falling into canal
An alligator attacked a homeless woman who fell into a Florida canal on Monday morning, authorities said. The woman was resting on a sea wall when she fell into the canal, according to a St. Petersburg Fire Rescue news release. Authorities from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were trying to locate the alligator on Monday morning.news.yahoo.com
Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches
People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a “beach hazards statement” affecting the oceanfront and bayside shores in Pinellas County from 11:30 a.m. Friday through at least 10 p.m. Saturday. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing and watery eyes.news.yahoo.com
Hurricane Iota heads for already battered Central America
Iota became a Category 2 hurricane late Sunday afternoon, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it would likely be an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm when it approached the Central America mainland late Monday. It was already a record-breaking system, being the 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. It hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least 120 people as torrential rains caused flash floods and mudslides in parts of Central America and Mexico. Eta was the 28th named storm of this year’s hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. The official end of hurricane season is Nov. 30.
Tropical Storm Iota forms, could follow Eta's deadly path
Hurricane experts were closely watching the Caribbean, where Tropical Storm Iota formed Friday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Iota could bring dangerous wind, storm surge and as much as 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rainfall to northern Nicaragua and Honduras. The storm was located about 350 miles (560 kilometers) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph). Iota is a record-setting 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. Earlier, firefighters in Tampa had to rescue around a dozen people who got stuck in storm surge flooding on a boulevard adjacent to the bay.
‘Power of positive’: Michigan conjoined twins separated
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Doctors at the University of Michigan have separated 1-year-old conjoined twin sisters. Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin of Petersburg, Michigan, each had their own arms and legs and heart, but their livers were connected, C.S. “I’m a father of twins and know twins are very close,” Mychaliska said. The parents, Alyson and Phil Irwin, learned about the conjoined twins during a pregnancy ultrasound in 2019, four months before the birth by cesarean section. “This has been a giant experiment in the power of positive and the power of prayer," Phil said.
Left out: Rays' all-left-handed-hitting order historic
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays became the first major league team since at least 1901 to start a batting order with all left-handed batters. Rays manager Kevin Cash stacked his lineup with lefties on Friday night against Boston Red Sox right-hander Andrew Triggs. Triggs was making just his second start for the Red Sox, who claimed him off waivers from San Francisco on Aug. 19. We’ve added a couple of left-handed hitters,” Cash said. “Thinking about it last night after the game, we don’t know their pitcher very well, Triggs.
Florida reports largest, single-day increase in Covid cases
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state Department of Health statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases. California had the previous record of daily positive cases 11,694, four days ago. The numbers come at the end of a grim, record-breaking week in Florida, with 514 fatalities. Under the order people are required to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.
Rays lefty Snell puts comments behind, gets back to work
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work, after all. The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic that it was not worth the health risk. But he said Friday it wasn't difficult to start playing again after the players' agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries. I would say it wasnt tough when it came down to what the (union) agreed on," he said. But as far as the workout today, it went really well.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Woman sues hotel after waiter adds liquid nitrogen to her drink
WFTS via CNNST. PETERSBURG, Florida (CNN) - A Tampa woman is suing the Don Cesar Hotel, alleging severe injuries she suffered after liquid nitrogen was poured into her drink, WFTS reported. According to the lawsuit, Stacey Wagers was celebrating her birthday with a friend on Nov. 11, 2018, when the incident happened. She claims that a waiter who was using liquid nitrogen on another guest's dessert, to make it smoke, added the chemical to her water. "She lost about 26 pounds as a result of this because she couldn't eat," attorney with Morgan and Morgan Adam Brum said. Brum said Wagers reacted to the liquid nitrogen within seconds.
Police: Suspect used machete-like weapon at plasma donation center
Several people reported stabbed at a plasma center in Virginia. PETERSBURG, Va. - A 20-year-old suspect attacked a Petersburg, Virginia, plasma donation center on Thursday with a weapon similar to a machete, injuring several people, police said. The man, who is from Petersburg, hid the weapon when he walked into Octapharma Plasma center and asked to use the restroom, Petersburg police Capt. The suspect then later attacked people inside the center, injuring four, Chambliss said. People inside the center ran out through the back door and called police, according to Chambliss.