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IN JACK LATVALA INVESTIGATION, WHAT’S TAKING FDLE SO LONG?
It has been nearly six months since the Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched an investigation of former Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, based on a recommendation of a former judge hired by the Senate to investigate sexual harassment allegations against the ex-lawmaker. Six months later, FDLE has not yet completed its investigation and sent it to Jack Campbell, the elected Leon County state attorney and Tallahassee-area prosecutor. For weeks, FDLE has indicated the report would soon be referred to a state prosecutor. But it hasn’t happened.
COURT DISMISSES SUIT BY TAMPA MAN WHO CLAIMS WILLIAM SHATNER IS HIS FATHER
For decades, Peter Sloan, a 61-year-old resident of Tampa, has claimed he is Shatner’s illegitimate son and that the Star Trek actor is aware of their blood tie. Shatner, who has three daughters, publicly denies he has a son. Two years ago, contending Shatner’s disavowals damaged his reputation, Sloan filed a lawsuit alleging slander, libel and defamation. On Friday, Judge James Whittemore of United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, permanently dismissed the case.
VISIT ST.-PETE CLEARWATER PARTNERS WITH HSN TO TURN SHOPPERS INTO TOURISTS
Usually HSN’s shoppers only see their favorite network hosts inside the studio selling handbags, cookware and beauty supplies. But in the 24-hour shopping network’s latest campaign, the hosts instead venture out to show off the St. Petersburg company’s backyard. The video promos are part of a first-of-its-kind partnership with Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, Pinellas County’s tourism and marketing arm. The promotion, running all of July, is a tag-team approach that markets the area to HSN shoppers , giving them a chance to win one of 31 free trips to the area.
PODCAST: WITNESS SAYS WINSTON WAS UNRULY AND ALONE IN UBER
Tom Jones joins the Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast to talk about Jameis Winston’s reported three-game suspension, as information from another witness has come out saying Winston was unruly and in the Uber by himself during the evening in question. Plus, the Rays win three straight over he Yankees. The Lightning is one of five teams talking to free agent-to-be John Tavares about his future. And USF could name a new athletic director this week.
VIVA NAPOLI LOVINGLY RECREATES ITALIAN CUISINE’S GREATEST HITS
Simona Sarpa’s grandparents owned a restaurant in Naples. She worked in Italy and Switzerland before landing in Tampa and deciding to open a little spot using family recipes. When Viva Napoli opened, it was BYOB and there could be timing lags and inconsistencies. They’ve smoothed things out, Sarpa and chef Francesco Sorrentino working in tandem to offer a very Napoli-like experience. Even if you’ve never ventured to Naples, Viva Napoli will feel familiar, its menu a lineup of greatest hits. What makes it a gem is the kitchen’s execution and Sarpa’s presence in the dining room.