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Carl Lisciandrello

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Carl Lisciandrello
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Carl Lisciandrello is digital news editor of WUSF Public Media.

Carl has worked in the Tampa Bay media for nearly 40 years, starting as a clerk and part-time reporter in the Clearwater Sun sports department. He spent nearly 30 years in various positions at The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, eventually becoming digital editor before joining the Tampa Bay Times as digital news editor in 2016.

Carl is a New Jersey native who likely can be found near a beach, at church, anywhere near downtown Safety Harbor, or enjoying a cigar with his buddies. He is a University of Florida graduate.

If you’re one of the thousands planning to converge on downtown Tampa for Saturday’s Gasparilla festivities, don’t let Friday morning’s gray clouds and lack of sunshine act as a discouragement.

Folks who are bemoaning this very un-Florida-like blast of Arctic air can take heart.

As the Florida Legislature opens its 2020 session, Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed House and Senate members Tuesday during his State of the State address.

He discussed some of the “bold” steps the state took in 2019 around such areas as education, the environment, health care and public safety, and stressed that “we have much more to do.”

MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa was placed on lockdown early Friday morning amid concerns of an armed suspect on or near the base. Authorities eventually learned there was no threat, but the incident had some residents fearing the worst.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott has joined with several other Republicans in filing a resolution calling for the dismissal of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday called for increased vetting of foreign nationals training on U.S. military bases following the shooting Friday at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola that left three dead, including a student airman from St. Petersburg.

An airman from St. Petersburg was among three flight school students killed in Friday’s shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says he’s prepared to redevelop the current Tropicana Field site once the Tampa Bay Rays’ lease expires in 2027.

After posting a 21-16 mark as the University of South Florida’s head football coach over three seasons, USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly said he made the “difficult” decision to fire Charlie Strong shortly after the Bulls’ 34-7 season-ending loss Saturday to Central Florida.

Housing, office and retail space, and downtown parking are targeted for the site of the former St. Petersburg police headquarters.

King High School is the site of an African-American cemetery, Hillsborough County school officials confirmed Wednesday.

In addition, County Commissioner Les Miller told school officials and black civic leaders gathered for the announcement that efforts are underway to confirm another lost cemetery, in the Port Tampa neighborhood next to MacDill Air Force Base.

Amazon’s expansion into Polk County continues with the announcement of a second fulfillment center there.

Not so fast.

Tropical Storm Sebastien has formed in the Atlantic, meaning folks who thought we were going to coast into the end of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season will likely have to wait for a few more days.

Hurricane season officially ends in 12 days, but there’s a 50-50 chance that we will have one more named storm to acknowledge before we can call it a wrap.

Residents in the Tampa Bay area are paying less for gas than anyone else in the state.

Drivers in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro market has the least expensive gas in the state at $2.28 per gallon, according to a AAA news release on Monday.

Two people were killed Wednesday night, and all lanes on Interstate 75 in Tampa are now open following a fiery eight-vehicle crash involving a semi.

Clearwater's Tech Data has been sold to a private equity firm in a stock purchase worth about $5.4 billion.

A 6-year-old boy was seriously injured on Halloween night when he was struck by a pickup truck while trick or treating in Pasco County.

Southbound traffic on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was backed up for Monday morning’s commute after a semi transporting U.S. mail crashed, causing much of his load to spill onto the roadway.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

More than $1 billion will be going toward relieving one of the most clogged roadways and biggest commuter headaches in Tampa Bay.

PASCO COUNTY

Pasco County has acquired 318 acres in the northern part of the county as part of its ongoing conservation efforts.

Kathleen Middle School will remain closed until next week as workers continue to clean up damage spawned by a tornado from Tropical Storm Nestor over the weekend.

Just a month after setting a record for the hottest September on record, Tampa can lay claim to yet another heat milestone.

Cleanup continues at Kathleen Middle School in Lakeland, two days after a tornado spawned from Tropical Storm Nestor ripped through Polk County.

Tropical Storm Nestor made a powerful arrival Friday night and early Saturday, producing tornadoes along with heavy downpours and gusty winds that knocked out power to thousands across the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Bay region should brace for strong storm surge, gusty winds and periods of heavy rain from a system, now Tropical Storm Nestor, that intensifed on Friday as it speeds across the Gulf of Mexico on a path toward the Florida Panhandle.

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Portions of the Tampa Bay coastline are under a storm surge watch as a potential tropical system that is making its way east across the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to produce a rainy, gusty weekend.

A toddler died in Tampa on Monday night after police say she was left in a family vehicle.

Michael Drejka was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton over a handicapped parking spot in Clearwater last year - a sentence that McGlockton's family praised.

Fans still have the opportunity to see if the Tampa Bay Rays can stay alive today in their American League Division Series against the Houston Astros.

According to the Rays’ website, limited numbers of tickets remain in nearly all of the 300-level upper-deck sections of Tropicana Field for Monday’s Game 3 at 1:05 p.m. against the Houston Astros – the Rays’ first playoff game at the Trop since 2013. Limited seating is also available in certain lower levels.

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