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Ex-electrician wants NASA to make ‘little people’ honorees

Sep. 20, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (AP) — Skip Laisure’s dad wasn’t very strict with his three sons when they were growing up in Ohio. But when a space shuttle launched, Paul Laisure insisted that they come and sit in the living room to watch the lift-off on their Admiral TV. “He was extremely proud of...

Florida commission not ready to repeal mask ordinance yet

Sep. 17, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Some residents of one of Florida's largest counties called for its commission Thursday to rescind an ordinance requiring the wearing of masks in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus, saying it is no longer needed and is an infringement of their rights. Dozens of people...

FILE - Sebastien Bourdais waves before the IndyCar auto race at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Madison, Ill. Sebastien Bourdais will return to IndyCar with A.J. Foyt Racing — a full-time job for 2021 that begins with the final three races of the season. Bourdais will begin his new job with a doubleheader at Indianapolis and the season finale at St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Bourdais to return to IndyCar with full-time Foyt ride

Sep. 15, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

Sebastien Bourdais will return to IndyCar with A.J. Foyt Racing in a full-time job for 2021 that begins with the final three races of this season. Bourdais, a four-time champion, had been scheduled to split the No. 14 at Foyt this season with both Tony Kanaan and rookie Dalton Kellett. The schedule was decimated...

98 new coronavirus deaths reported in Florida

Sep. 12, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida added 3,190 coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the total number of statewide infections to 661,571 since March. State health officials reported 98 new deaths, bringing the overall total to about 12,600. That brings the average daily reported deaths over the past week...

Great grandson of a slave pushed to end ’Gator Bait’ cheer

Sep. 12, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — When Leonard Spearman heard the racist history of the phrase “Gator Bait” years ago, he was upset at its association with his alma mater, the University of Florida. He couldn’t shake the disturbing images and postcards of Black babies being used as alligator...

Florida man gets death penalty for raping, killing girl

Sep. 11, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to death on Friday for raping and killing a 9-year-old girl. Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Michelle Sisco affirmed a jury's unanimous death penalty recommendation for Granville Ritchie, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was found guilty last year of...

DNA leads police to man suspected of attacking woman in 2000

Sep. 11, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DNA, fingerprints, a silver gun and a bizarre Facebook tirade led them to a man suspected of sexually attacking a woman nearly 20 years ago, Tampa police said. Antonio Rivers, who was 19 at the time of the attack, was charged Tuesday with sexual battery with a deadly weapon and armed...

Teen on personal watercraft injured by lightning strike

Sep. 9, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen was injured during a lightning strike while operating a personal watercraft near Tampa Bay, officials said. The 15-year-old boy had been riding the 11-foot (3.4-meter) watercraft Monday afternoon near Davis Island Yacht Club, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Tampa Fire Rescue...

This undated handout provided by Minor League Baseball shows Pat O'Conner. Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner abruptly announced his impending retirement amid talks between the minors and Major League Baseball to dramatically restructure baseball's developmental pipeline. O'Conner was with MiLB for 28 years, including a 13-year run as president. He was re-elected to serve a four-year term last December, but he said in a statement Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, that he will retire on Dec. 31. (Minor League Baseball via AP)

Minor League president retires amid contraction talks

Sep. 8, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O'Conner abruptly announced his impending retirement amid talks between the minors and Major League Baseball to dramatically restructure baseball's developmental pipeline. O'Conner was with MiLB for 28 years, including a 13-year run as...

Handcuffed man drowns after jumping into Florida bay

Sep. 7, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A handcuffed Florida man died after bolting from police custody and jumping into Boca Ciega Bay, where he drowned, authorities said. Treasure Island police arrested Donnie Brownlow Jr., 33, after responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday evening around 7:40 p.m., the Tampa...