State police are investigating a shooting by a state fire marshal in Panama City in the wake of Hurricane Michael, according to police and media reports. According to Pensacola-based station WEAR-TV, a Florida State Fire Marshal shot a looter who tried to steal a police car at Pinetree Road and Azalea Street. The station quoted a Landon Swett, who was across the street and witnessed the shooting. "He yelled at me a little bit, he said oh, I'm looting, and he opened the door, to the police officer's SUV with the lights going got in it and shut the door," Swett told the station. FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger confirmed to the Times/Herald the agency is investigating a shooting by an officer in the wake of the storm, but she did not immediately have more details. … [Read more...] about FDLE investigating shooting in the wake of Hurricane Michael
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jimmy Patronis have been taking aim at Verizon over the last 24 hours, apparently frustrated by how slow the cell carrier has been to restore service to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Michael. During a Sunday press briefing, Scott mentioned Verizon's problems twice, while touting the company's chief competitor. "There in Bay County, we're still waiting on Verizon," Scott said, adding why it was important for cell service to be restored. "We've put a lot of food and water out all across the state," Scott said. "Well, if you have no internet and you have no cellphone, it's hard to get the information out. AT&T is working there, but Verizon is not." Scott, continuing to dig at Verizon, has also been retweeting AT&T and praising the company on Twitter. Patronis, whose hometown is Bay County's Panama City, also took aim at Verizon on Twitter, complete with the hashtag #fixitnow. Verizon in a statement … [Read more...] about Rick Scott and Jimmy Patronis are calling out Verizon for not restoring service after Hurricane Michael
This isn't normally what we think of when we hear the phrase "political party." The voter turnout group VoteTogether and the social media site Nextdoor are partnering to encourage voters to celebrate civic participation, the groups announced Monday. Literally. Voters in Florida and Pennsylvania are encouraged to plan and register election-themed parties on Nextdoor, an online neighborhood forum, in the days leading up to election day. Three Nextdoor users will win $1,000 grants to spice up their parties with food trucks or other amenities, the groups said in a release. Angie Jean-Marie, VoteTogether's director, said social science research is behind the idea of getting people to throw voting parties. "There's a decent body of research that indicates that once you change the conversation and make voting about positive social pressure and about neighbor-to-neighbor, peer-to-peer and friend-to-friend engagement, it can make a really big impact (on voter … [Read more...] about This group is trying to increase voter turnout by getting people to throw parties
Tallahassee's electric utility said it restored power to 90 percent of its customers Sunday night, meeting its goal just four days after Hurricane Michael knocked out service to nearly everyone in the city. Schools and universities were reopening in the city Monday morning, and the water and wastewater systems that failed during the storm are now working properly, according to the city. Roughly 20,000 customers still didn't have power last night, however. The city's recovery could be a boost for Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor who's been criticized for how the city recovered from Hurricane Hermine in 2016. Hermine, a Category 1 storm, knocked out power to 80 percent of city customers, and the city took four days to reach 90 percent recovery. While Tallahassee's mayor doesn't manage the city or its utility — that's the job of its city manger — it hasn't stopped his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis from … [Read more...] about Tallahassee restored power to 90% of customers last night. That could be good for Andrew Gillum.
On “Separation Sunday” in the NFL, it was gut-check time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They didn’t pass, dropping their third straight game. Rumor has it that the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner is preparing to conduct an investigation into the 2018 season, which at this point barely has a pulse. In a 34-29 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta, the defense struggled to get off the field on third down, Jameis Winston failed to distinguish himself from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the kicker — surprise, surprise — missed a kick that changed the course of the game. What in the name of Donald Igwebuike is going on here? A kicker makes all 29 of his extra points in a season, then comes to Tampa Bay and misses two in five games? It’s time for a dramatic shift in strategy. It’s time to take a step that most other teams are too afraid to take. Turning Point What happened: The Bucs started the game in invincibility mode. Like Mario after collecting a … [Read more...] about Buccaneers AfterMath: The kicker problem and how to solve it