Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.WHAT CAUSED THE VERDICT MISHAP IN THE COP KILLER SENTENCINGFor about 10 minutes, Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr., believed he would die by lethal injection for killing Tarpon Springs officer Charles Kondek in 2014. But after a judge noticed a mistake on the jury’s verdict form, the courtroom learned the jurors’ actual verdict: life in prison. Ten jurors voted for death and two voted for life. In Florida, juries in capital cases must be unanimous. So what exactly went wrong? The Tampa Bay Times obtained a copy of the botched verdict form.DEVELOPER PLANS $500 MILLION MIDTOWN TAMPA PROJECT NEAR WESTSHOREIn what would be one of Tampa Bay’s biggest developments, a New York company plans a 1.8 million-square-foot project designed to help link downtown Tampa with the city’s booming Westshore area . Midtown Tampa, a potential half-billion dollar project at the southeast corner of 1-275 and North Dale Mabry Highway, … [Read more...] about Top 5 at noon: What caused the verdict mishap in the cop killer sentencing; developer plans $500 million Midtown Tampa project near Westshore; and more
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are now old enough to drink. They turn 21 today, as in they start their 21st season in the majors.And I'd buy them a beer except they're going to have to introduce themselves first.Who are these guys?You look around for familiar faces and you only see a few.There's Chris Archer, the perpetual ace of the pitching staff who still needs to step up his game to pitch like an actual ace.There's pitcher Blake Snell, who is 25 yet could pass as a junior for Plant High School.There's centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, with the gold glove and dreamy green eyes.And there a few others we recognize, such as slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, occasional slugger Brad Miller, catcher Wilson Ramos and pitchers Alex Colome and Matt Andriese.But many of the guys Rays fans grew to simultaneously love and complain about are gone. No more Steven Souza, Jr. No more Logan Morrison. No more Corey Dickerson. No more Alex Cobb. And, it's still hard to believe, no more Evan … [Read more...] about Who are these Tampa Bay Rays?
Halfway through spring break in Pinellas County and Tampa Bay will get another day full of sunshine. Warm weather should carry us into the weekend with temperatures around the low 80s, according to the National Weather Service.Conditions should change very little over the next few days, forecasters said. A high pressure system settled near the east coast is dominating the area, sustaining dry and unseasonably warm weather. Some daily highs could even approach 90.But today, early morning commuters should experience clear skies and temperatures around the low 60s. It will be pretty breezy throughout the first part of the day. As the sunshine spreads across the Tampa Bay, temperatures will reach near 83, with very few clouds in the sky, forecasters said.Look for similar conditions Thursday, with warm dry weather around the low 80s and mostly sunny, clear skies. By late afternoon Friday there will be more clouds but still very warm, forecasters said.Over the weekend, a dissipating cold … [Read more...] about Forecast: More warm sunshine as high pressure takes hold over Tampa Bay
TAMPA — The federal lawsuit already read like a spy novel, but a Tampa attorney and a Clearwater economist with ties to Venezuela are adding further intrigue.For the past 14 years, the lawsuit says, a Miami consulting firm run by Venezuelan nationals has bribed officials within the state-run PDVSA oil company for insider information and tapped into the company’s computers to tease out further secrets, selling all the information to clients — a mix of financial institutions and energy companies around the world.Now, a New York-based trust is suing the consulting firm and its clients on behalf of PDVSA.Or are they?The local economist and attorney, opponents of the socialist government in strife-torn Venezuela, say there is no evidence that the country is involved in the legal case or stands to gain from its outcome. They’ve intervened in the case to warn that whoever is behind the trust may be planning to pocket the proceeds.The interveners are Federico Alves, a … [Read more...] about Mysterious lawsuit over Venezuelan oil draws in Tampa, Clearwater activists
Marjorie Prime: Set in 2050, the futuristic play takes artificial intelligence to unforeseen levels, asking machines to help a family through losing a loved one by recreating that loved one. Through April 1. 7 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49; free for people under 20 years old, reservation required. (727) 823-7529.Palladium Chamber Players 2018: J.S. Bach and Brahms program : International soloists and chamber musicians will interpret classic chamber repertoire led by Florida Orchestra Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer, including violinist Danielle Farina, cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park. Violinist Jeffrey Multer, pianist Jeewon Park and cellist Julian Schwartz will perform works from these renown composers. 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$175. (727) 822-3590.Beautiful - The Carole King Musical: The Tony Award-winning show about Carole King’s rise to fame features … [Read more...] about Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 28