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Morning Briefing: School bus driver shortage in Pasco prompts proposed bell changes, the St. Pete mayoral debate and Gov. DeSantis says there's potential "relief" for high gas prices

Good morning, Tampa Bay. Here's what you need to know today. We've been enjoying a taste of autumn the last couple of days. After a comfortable morning, this afternoon will warm to the mid-to-upper 80s. High pressure remains over the Southeast U.S. with east winds and dry weather in Tampa...
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A Haunted night inside Ybor's The Cuban Club

Tampa Bay Times reporter Paul Guzzo and filmmaker/actor Joe Davison tried to spend the night in the Iconic Haunted Cuban Club to investigate whether it was really the most haunted building in Tampa Bay. The duo arrived at around 10 p.m. but were scared away at around 2 a.m. They recap their experience with us.

Injection Fundamentalists Are Now Giving Experimental COVID Cocktails to Zoo Animals

ZooTampa has begun to vaccinate animals, including threatened and endangered species, that are susceptible to COVID-19. The zoo will administer a vaccine developed just for animals and made by veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis. The Michigan-based company is donating the vaccines, which are in use at zoos throughout the country. “The...

Florida on verge of having no AP top 25 teams for the first time since...

Florida college football suffered a horrible Saturday with the Gators, Miami, USF and UCF all losing. Sunday won’t be much better. UF entered LSU ranked 20th in the country and will almost certainly drop out of the AP top 25 after the 49-42 loss. Spoiler: They’re off my ballot this week. If the other voters agree, the Gators will be unranked for the first time since September of Dan Mullen’s first season.

Monday's Daily Pulse

Florida ended unemployment benefits early. Did people return to work?. Five months ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration announced it was ending $300 per week federal unemployment benefits early to spur Floridians back to jobs. “The jobs are there,” DeSantis said in May. “I’m confident, with almost half a million job openings, that people are going to be able to get a job and get back to work.” So, what happened next? Worker shortages persist. National studies show that ending the benefits early had minimal impact on job growth. And Floridians who had their benefits end say they still haven’t found work. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Newswire Guarantees Media Placements for Florida Companies in Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, and More

NEW YORK, October 18, 2021 ( - From podcast appearances to TV interviews, and offering expert advice to writing thought leader pieces, earned media mentions are valuable for building brand awareness, attracting website traffic, generating leads, and increasing sales. That's why Newswire has created its Guaranteed Media Placements program to...

EDITORIAL: Rubio wants answers on prison abuse

Thank you, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The Republican senator has taken on the troubled prison system, and it’s about time someone with his stature did so. Rubio scolded the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons last week about the lack of protection for female inmates at a federal prison in Florida. Rubio said he was “deeply concerned” about the problems that have surfaced at the Federal Correctional Complex Coleman and the attention to a recent audit about incidents of rape in Florida’s prisons.

Tampa’s crime free housing program under scrutiny

The Tampa Police Department’s “crime free housing program,” which includes police notifying landlords when a tenant is arrested so that the landlord can begin eviction proceedings, has been under scrutiny since a Tampa Bay Times analysis showed 90 percent of 1,100 people flagged through the program were Black and some faced evictions for crimes they didn’t commit.

Whatever Happened To Max Weinberg After He Left Conan?

A late night talk show isn't complete without a house band, and "Conan" spared no expense for its musical talent. Performing alongside Conan O'Brien for 25 years, "Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band" provided a stellar soundtrack to the host's late-night routine. O'Brien sadly had to say goodbye to the band in 2018 when his show changed to a half-hour format (via Rolling Stone) but had nothing but kind words to say for his on-screen family, who even played at his wedding to Liza Powel in 2002 (via The Sun).

Nikita Kucherov Gets Hurt Versus Washington

10 hours agoTampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov wasn't able to complete Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against the Capitals, leaving the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury. The 2019 MVP appeared to hurt his groin while chasing a puck and trying to avoid an opponent. Head coach Jon Cooper didn't have an immediate update on Kucherov's status, saying that he'll be re-evaluated after the Lightning get back home to Tampa. The two-time defending champions will be back on the ice against Florida on Tuesday, leaving Kucherov with very little time to recover.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller.

Hamstring injury sidelines Bucs’ Richard Sherman in first quarter

PHILADELPHIA — Less than nine quarters into his highly active Bucs tenure, Richard Sherman has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Sherman, who signed with Tampa Bay on Sept. 29 and was thrust into immediate action due to injuries at the position, appeared to pull up after a downfield completion by Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts on Philadelphia’s opening possession of the night.

Bucs keep distributing, and Leonard Fournette keeps delivering

PHILADELPHIA — Fittingly, the blue-collar back arrived at the postgame podium in a trucker’s hat, with a bright orange bill and one word emblazoned in the front, in orange letters against a white backdrop. DISTRIBUTE. Leonard Fournette, primary distributee these days in the Bucs offense, then spoke the way he...