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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
St. Petersburg Council says no to Rays deal
The deal would have allowed the Rays to explore options for moving out of Tropicana Field.
The St. Petersburg City Council voted 5-3 to reject Mayor Rick Kriseman’s proposed deal to let the team explore new stadium sites across the Tampa Bay area.
MCKITTRICK, CA - MARCH 23:  Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near McKittrick, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 480316105
Regulators OK charging customers for ‘fracking’
A credit card knife was an unusual item voluntarily surrendered by a passenger. The knives are often carried in a wallet and are forgotten to be left at home when traveling by air. Lee Kair, the Federal Security Director for Greater Tampa Bay, spoke at a press conference on Thursday to remind holiday travelers to be mindful of restrictions on items that can be carried onto an airplane. Every month hundreds of items ranging from knives to tools to sporting goods are voluntarily surrendered by passengers at Tampa International Airport before boarding a flight because they are on the restricted list. JIM REED/STAFF
Tampa airport reminds fliers to check prohibited items list in advance
Terrence Johnson
Pinellas Park police identify shooter in road rage incident
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