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Dick Greco Jr. still considering a Tampa mayoral run in 2019

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Retired judge Dick Greco Jr. says he is still considering running for Tampa mayor in 2019.

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Tampa must look for new police chief as Eric Ward steps down

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After just a little more than two years on the job, Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward is leaving the force for a position with Coca-Cola Beverages Florida as head of security. “It was not an easy decision for me to make, and it was something that I did not take very lightly,” the 50-year-old soft-spoken chief said at a news conference Thursday at TPD headquarters to announce his departure. “It’s a great opportunity,” Ward said after he was asked why…

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In Tampa, public officials call for common sense solutions to end gun violence epidemic

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After the bloody assault at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando nearly a year ago resulted in the deaths of 49 people, 13 members of the Florida Legislature — 12 Democrats and Miami GOP state Sen. Anitere Flores — were on the losing side of a request to hold a special session on gun regulations. Despite that attitude at the Capitol, Michelle Gajda, the leader of the state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says Floridians have the power to end gun violence. “There…

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Tampa Bay-area activists to ‘wear orange’ for National Gun Violence Day events this weekend

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A 10-year-old was shot in the arm and shoulder Monday by an 11-year-old in St. Petersburg. According to the SPPD, the gun was brought into the home by 17-year-old Marquis Strickland. “It’s absolutely tragic,” says Michelle Gajda, Florida chapter leader with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “There is no way for a child to get their hands on a gun that hasn’t first passed through the hands of an adult, ” she said Tuesday, adding that such an incident should in…

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Yolie Capin noncommittal about possible 2019 mayoral bid

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With more than 21 months before Tampa voters will choose a successor to Mayor Bob Buckhorn, there’s no real reason for anyone seriously considering such a run to announce their intentions. That’s why presumptive candidates 2019 mayoral Mike Suarez and Jane Castor said they don’t intend to launch their campaigns anytime soon. It’s also probably why Tampa City Council Chair Yolie Capin declined the opportunity to show her cards when asked about her plans during an appearance Friday morning at the Oxford Exchange. “I was asked ‘tell me what you’re not…

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Serving life for murder, Tampa man continues legal crusade to get car back

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A Hillsborough County man serving a life sentence for murder is continuing his 14-year battle with the Tampa police over the seizure of the car — 10 years old at the time — that he used in the crime. In 2003, police arrested and charged 21-year-old Michael Gerard “Mickey” Glenn Jr. with first-degree premeditated murder. Glenn was accused of killing 25-year-old Antonio Powell in a drug-related shooting. Three years later, Glenn made a minor uproar in local media by announcing he would…

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Tampa City Councilmembers ponder their own political future — now that Bob Buckhorn has decided his

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Tampa City Council Chair Mike Suarez says Bob Buckhorn‘s decision to opt out of a statewide run in 2018 should mean a lot less drama associated with the election for council chair next month, a development he says “is a good thing.” There was plenty of such drama surrounding the election of a council in 2015 and 2016, due to the uncertainty around Buckhorn’s political ambitions. But his announcement that he will forgo a run for governor and instead fulfill the last two years as…

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