Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins will retire in a year; former Plant High football star Eric Patterson fatally shot by intruder in his Tampa home; and more
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Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins will retire in a year
Hillsborough County School superintendent Jeff Eakins wrote to the School Board on Monday, informing it of his intention to retire in a year to make himself more available to his family in Ohio. : “… After 33 years of serving students, parents and fellow educators, Peggy and I have decided that at the conclusion of the final year of my current contract, I will be retiring,” he writes. “My final day will be June 30, 2020.” Read his full letter here.
Former Plant High football star Eric Patterson fatally shotin his Tampa home
A man fatally shot by an intruder in his home on Saturday was former Plant High School football player Eric Patterson. The Tampa Police Department has not released Patterson’s name but relatives of the 26-year-old former cornerback have confirmed Patterson is the victim in the case. The shooting happened shortly after 5 a.m. at Patterson’s home on the 500 block of W Plaza Street, police said.
Supreme Court ruling means longer wait in trial of ice cream man accused of Ruskin murders
Michael Keetley’s long wait in jail got a little longer this week. The former ice cream man’s trial is now scheduled for February 2020, when nearly a decade will have passed since he was accused in a Ruskin shooting spree that left two men dead. The trial had been set to begin Monday. But in a hearing this week, it was postponed. The latest delay is the result of a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that changed the state’s rules about the admissibility of expert testimony.
Hooper: Time off brings more than two words from the ‘Jesus Cares’ lady
Diane Williams stopped by the Krispy Kreme on Kennedy Boulevard moments after picking up copies of her self-penned book, My Everything. She had no intention of selling a copy, but after a stranger engaged her in casual conversation, he insisted on buying one. For Williams, it’s no coincidence. It’s the divine providence she assures has guided her even when she didn’t realize its presence.
Good time Charlie Morton has reasons for his pessimism
When Charlie Morton takes the mound for the Rays against the A’s at the Trop tonight, he of course expects to do well. So why was he talking after his last start in Detroit, another in a string of really good ones, about being pessimistic? Essentially, that’s just his nature, and a perspective shaped by years of struggles and setbacks early in his career.