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@TB_Times Health and Environment Editor. #NightEditorProblems survivor. Recovering reporter. Two-time Super Bowl champion. #GoBucs #GoBolts #RaysUp
Jun 24, 2020 7 tweets 5 min read
Florida now has 103,506 COVID-19 infections and rising. The weekly average of deaths is now 35 per day, up from 31 a week ago.

The pandemic is not going away, and there was a lot of news on that front today. Here's the latest from the @TB_Times (thread): Pinellas County added 13 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday. There were 67 deaths recorded statewide.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, still says the rise in cases is due to expanded testing.

By @TB_Times reporter @romyellenbogen:
tampabay.com/news/health/20…
Jun 3, 2020 9 tweets 7 min read
Tonight, police broke up protests in St. Petersburg and Tampa with crowd control weapons and arrested demonstrators.

But this time, officers detained and restrained two @TB_Times reporters: @divyadivyadivya and @JayCridlin.

Here's what happened (Images by @TBTphotog): In Tampa, @TB_Times reporter @divyadivyadivya was detained along with dozens of protesters.

She identified herself as a journalist and her press badge was around her neck when an officer used a bike to push her to the ground.

Her hands were zip tied behind her back.
Mar 24, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
#DearPandemicDiary
Woke up sore from Sunday's workout.
Some say we should sacrifice grandparents to save the economy. They weren't specific, but I believe they meant someone else's grandparents — not theirs.
I'm making my own cold brew. It ain't bad.
Tomorrow's another day! #DearPandemicDiary
When I’m stressed on deadline my throat itches and I swear I’ve got the #Rona.
It takes 4 miles of rucking at midnight to calm down.
My niece asked grandma to make her and her brothers chicken tenders. So my mom did.
The kids’ crisis plan is to steal our food!
Mar 10, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
On March 27, 2019, a road rage shooting in St. Petersburg's Historic Old Northeast left one dead and another wounded. @TB_Times reporter @Ksurana6 has been digging into the case, which has taken one strange turn after another. Thread 1/4:
tampabay.com/news/publicsaf… 2. The accused shooter, William Shutt, once shot up an antique store with an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle while drunk and was suspended from Facebook for trolling strangers. @TB_Times reporter @Ksurana6 revealed all that, and how detectives found him: tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…
Mar 6, 2020 12 tweets 11 min read
Days ago we learned the coronavirus reached Florida. Now we're finding out more about the gaps in the state's response to #COVID19. The Friday, March 6, 2020 @TB_Times paints the fullest picture yet of how Florida is dealing with the outbreak. Thread/stories to read: Image 1. Our 1A lead story: Julia Nemeth-Harn was on a flight with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. Why wouldn't health officials answer her questions about being exposed to #COVID19? By @TB_Times reporters @ZackSampson, @SunBizGriffin and @lmower3: tampabay.com/news/health/20…
Jan 30, 2020 11 tweets 24 min read
It feels like the @TB_Times staff produced a week's worth of news in one day. Let's give a shout-out to some hard-working journalists. Thread: @TB_Times The most tragic story was reported by our partners at the @MiamiHerald with help from @TB_Times reporter @JackHEvans. A man killed three women in Miami-Dade and fled with his newborn son. He was found dead in Pasco County today. But where is baby Andrew?tampabay.com/news/nation-wo…
Jan 24, 2020 4 tweets 5 min read
Some jaw-dropping passages in @MiamiHerald/@TB_Times reporter @samanthajgross' story explaining why the #FLLeg will do nothing this session to tackle the soaring cost of insulin, which endangers the lives of Florida's diabetics.
tampabay.com/florida-politi… @MiamiHerald @TB_Times @samanthajgross The Senate has a bill to cap insulin costs. But the House version won't even get a hearing because of Avon Park Republican Rep. @CaryPigman, chair of the Health Market Reform Subcommittee. Image
Dec 13, 2019 6 tweets 7 min read
The editor pod's Christmas theme is "Holiday Blockbusters." Basically, superheroes. But Nicest Guy on the Planet @ThomasCTobin inadvertently re-created a piece of #comicbook history: The memorial to #Batman's fallen partner, Jason Todd, #Robin II. #NightEditorProblems ImageImageImage @ThomasCTobin Shoutout to @VarianTimes for recreating the #SpiderMan meme in his pod. #NightEditorProblems ImageImage
Oct 8, 2019 9 tweets 6 min read
I can’t wait to get this framed. #RaysUp #NightEditorProblems Image The #Trop’s upper deck seats are a bit, uh, tighter than I remember. #RaysUp #NightEditorProblems
Aug 23, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
I love visiting the @TB_Times printing plant. Image It also has the best headlines. Image
Aug 18, 2019 11 tweets 6 min read
Young Jack Napier. Man this scene. #Batman89 Image Vicki Vale Is a solid No. 2 “Worst Photojournalist in Comic Book History.” Peter Parker is still No. 1. #Batman89 Image
Jun 1, 2019 4 tweets 3 min read
My niece and nephews are discovering Tobey Maguire’s #SpiderMan movies. “Tom Holland is still the best Spider-Man.” Hold up now. #UncleProblems “Why is Aunt May so old in one movie and so young in another movie?” And that’s how an 8-year-old discovers Hollywood ageism and sexism. #SpiderMan
May 17, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
I'm checking rural #Florida emergency management websites to see what kind of hurricane info they have for residents and uh ... #NightEditorProblems I click an evacuation zone link and it takes me ... out of the county's website. "REDACTED County, FL is not responsible for the content of external sites." Then who is?
May 14, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
I’m trying find a piece of equipment I’ve lost which led me to clean out my old reporter backpack/hurricane go bag. I didn’t find what I’m looking for, but I did discover my own journalism time machine. Thread: Image Found an old air card that I, uh, forgot to turn in 😬. Fortunately Verizon discontinued it so the TBT ain’t been paying the bill all this time. #ProTip reporters: Never give back your aircard. Make them pry it from your cold, dead fingers. Those pens still work tho! Image