Deputy Dies in Car Chase
Sad story of Hernando Sheriff Deputy killed in high speed car chase in early morning on July 4th. Lot of death and destruction over the weekend with a murders of estranged wifes/girlfriends. Hopefully the Casey Anthony trial will end quickly this week as jury is in deliberations.
Rick Scott decides last Friday to allow Orlando to build a light rail system. Maybe unpopularity is getting to him? Minnesota shuts down its government after bickering over budget. I'm a little late on this one but Bob Buckhorn names a business advisory to help get economic development moving in the City of Tampa.
St. Petersburg Times: Hernando deputy, father of two, dies in crash during chase
"A Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputy died and another was injured in crashes during a high-speed chase Sunday morning that spanned four counties, starting in Brooksville and ending in St. Petersburg. Deputy John Mecklenburg , 35, died after losing control of his car and slamming into a tree along U.S. 41 in Pasco County. Mecklenburg was the married father of two and an Army veteran. "Hernando County lost a hero today," Sheriff Al Nienhuis said Sunday. "He made the ultimate sacrifice." The pursuit began after Brooksville police officers saw a car traveling the wrong way on U.S. 41 around 4:40 a.m. The man Mecklenburg was chasing — Michael James Anthony, 35, of Silver Springs — was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol just after 5 a.m. when his car was spotted on the side of the road in Pinellas County. "
Tampa Tribune: Casey Anthony jury deliberations resume in Orlando
"ORLANDO — Jurors from Pinellas County are back at it this morning, trying to decide whether Casey Anthony killed her daughter and dumped her body in the woods. The panel of seven women and five men is in the jury room after spending about a minute in the courtroom this morning before Judge Belvin Perry Jr. dismissed them to continue dissecting the case. "We'll be in recess subject to call," Perry said. Casey Anthony was in the courtroom. On Monday, the panel deliberated for just under six hours before Perry sent them home for the evening. Anthony is charged with first-degree murder and several other counts in the 2008 slaying of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. If convicted of first-degree murder, the jury will have to decide whether Anthony should pay with her life. The jury could find her guilty of lesser counts, as well, including manslaughter or second- or third-degree murder."
Orlando Sentinel: Rick Scott made the right call in approving SunRail
"SunRail's heading to Central Florida — at last!
That welcome announcement from state Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad on Friday came as a surprise to some in our region. They understandably feared Gov. Rick Scott would permanently dismantle the transit system after he suspended the project in January, ostensibly to review it. But Scott's decision shouldn't surprise anyone. The project simply had too much going for it. The region wanted SunRail; it made all the required stops along the way to approval; and blocking SunRail would have made Scott persona non grata in Central Florida. To their credit, the region's political and business leaders, and the public-at-large, made sure Scott knew that in exquisite detail."
Tampa Tribune: Buckhorn creates group to make Tampa more business friendly
"TAMPA Mayor Bob Buckhorn has created a committee to review the city's permitting and regulatory processes. The 18-member committee, comprised of business leaders, contractors, developers, land use attorneys and architects, will focus on reworking the city's permit process to improve the city's economic competitiveness and make it attractive to investment, the mayor said. "Now more than ever we need to make sure that Tampa is known as a place that is open for business," Buckhorn said. "This is the beginning, not the end of an ongoing process." On the campaign trial, candidate Buckhorn talked about how Tampa has a reputation as a difficult place to do business and vowed if elected to work on changing that image. One of the main complaints from developers is the city's permit process, which has been criticized by some, including Buckhorn, for being overly regulated and too cumbersome."