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THE DAYSTARTER: YOUR EARLY LOOK AT TODAY’S HEADLINES


NFL gives Tampa Bay final approval to host Super Bowl LV

Start celebrating. Finally, it's official. The biggest Super Bowl LV party will be held on the streets of Tampa Bay. ...

The two Ricks tangle at what may be final debate

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Former Jabil executive's fate in hands of murder trial jury

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  1. Florida education news: Free speech, Schools of Hope, student voices and more

    Blogs

    FREE SPEECH: The University of Florida reluctantly hosts white nationalist activist Richard Spencer for a rally officials are encouraging students to ignore. Campus president Kent Fuchs, who tried to prevent the activity from taking place, Troopers prepare for Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for Alachua County ahead of the event.

  2. How old is too old to go trick-or-treating on Halloween?

    Human Interest

    Brandi Eatman guesses the boy was at least 15 years old.

     Costume accessories at House of Make Believe at 1055 N Hercules Ave. in Clearwater. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
  3. Report: West Pasco channel dredges could cost up to $13.5 million

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The cost of dredging a dozen coastal canals serving seven west Pasco communities could reach nearly $13.5 million, according to a consultant's report.

    WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times
 A consultant recommends that Pasco County consider a dozen canal dredging projects in west Pasco's coastal communities at a cost that could reach nearly $13.5 million. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times 2011]
  4. Records show Hernando Beach fire chiefs defrauded taxpayers of thousands

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The three former chiefs of the defunct Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department, arrested in September, are collectively accused of defrauding the taxpayers of Hernando Beach, Aripeka and Forest Glenn of tens of thousands of dollars.

    David Freda, a former Hernando Beach fire chief, has been charged with organized fraud. He recently was fired as Brooksville’s fire chief.
  5. Money dries up, bringing questions and new leadership to Tampa nonprofit

    News

    TAMPA — A new leader has been installed at one of East Tampa's leading nonprofit agencies following reports that money is going out faster than it's coming out.

    Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan founder James Hammond, left, attended an awards ceremony in February with Jeanette Bradley, right, who recently wasd removed as chief executive of the charity Hammond founded, the Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan. The group was honored for innovation at the WEDU Be More Unstoppable awards. [AMY SCHERZER | Times]

  6. Joe Henderson: Fanciful ideas merit consideration when they're from Tom Hall

    Columns

    Tom Hall has traveled the world and developed a sense of what works, what doesn't, and what is to come.

    Public relations guru Tom Hall has a lot of ideas for Tampa's future, including extensive use of LED lights to create an illuminated artists palate. Some lighting already is in place along Hillsborough River bridges,. [CHERI DIEZ   |   Times (2012)]
  7. Forecast: Warmer temperatures across Tampa Bay, but a big cool-down is coming

    Weather

    Tampa Bay residents will wake up to temperatures in the low 70s Thursday morning, with a bit more heat creeping in by the afternoon.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  8. SeaWorld cuts 350 jobs across company, including in Orlando

    Business

    ORLANDO — SeaWorld, which has struggled with declining attendance, announced Wednesday it is cutting 350 positions.

    Kalia, a 12-year-old orca whale, during rehearsals for the upcoming Orca Encounter at SeaWorld San Diego, on May 18, 2017. [Howard Lipin | San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  9. Clearwater police fatally shoot suicidal man after threat at hotel

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Police fatally shot a armed suicidal man who threatened officers at a hotel early Thursday morning.

  10. White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida tonight and the school is on high alert for tensions. [Associated Press]
NFL owners granted final approval today for Tampa Bay to host Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium.

NFL gives Tampa Bay final approval to host Super Bowl LV

TAMPA – Start celebrating. Finally, it’s official. The biggest Super Bowl LV party will be held on the streets of Tampa Bay....

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J.T. Brown plans to do more in the community to create awareness and understanding for key issues of police brutality and racial inequality.

J.T. Brown won't raise fist, but plans to do more in community

Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer be raising his first as a silent protest during the national anthem....

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The upcoming Han Solo movie is called ... 'Solo'

I hope you know what you're doing, Star Wars.

After a long buildup, the title of the forthcoming Han Solo standalone movie was finally revealed today: Solo: A Star Wars Story....

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