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Officials: Man accused of shooting three students at FSU library attended Florida State

tampabay.com — A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school. The official told the Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school.
Nov 20, 2014

Today I got a fraud alert placed on my cred card b/c I kept spending $1 to send FB msgs to friends of the FSU shooter bit.ly/1HsxRYe

Nov 20, 2014

For FSU shooter, strong start followed by mental unraveling tampabay.com/news/education… via @TB_Times

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A difficult day of emotions on FSU campus following deadly shooting

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - As more than a thousand students gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday, Florida State University President John Thrasher vowed a return to normalcy in the wake of a campus shooting that rocked the state.

FSU President John Thrasher played key role in 2011 defeat of NRA guns-on-campus bill

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - Florida State University President John Thrasher, who started the job only earlier this month, was in New York at the time of the shootings and immediately returned to Tallahassee. As a state senator three years ago, Thrasher was instrumental in blocking legislation that would have allowed guns on campus in some cases.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @lauracmorel: #FSU President played key role in 2011 defeat of NRA guns-on-campus bill: tampabay.com/news/politics/… .@TB_Times

Nov 20, 2014

RT @FCIR: FSU President John Thrasher played key role in 2011 defeat of NRA guns-on-campus bill dlvr.it/7ZrgSB

Nov 20, 2014

In 2011, John Thrasher played key role in defeating NRA guns-on-campus bill, calling it "beyond personal." tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Nov 20, 2014

New FSU prez @John_Thrasher played key role in defeat of NRA backed bill to allow guns on #Florida college campuses. tampabay.com/news/politics/…

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Tampa Bay home sales jumped 21 percent in October

tampabay.com — Whether due to pent-up demand or just crisp fall weather, sales of single family homes jumped 21 percent in October in the greater Tampa Bay area. That's by far the biggest percentage gain in three months and especially impressive for one of the traditionally quieter periods in residential real estate.

Student recalls tense moments in FSU library

tampabay.com — Florida State University senior Nate Francis was sitting at a conference table on the second floor of the Robert M. Strozier Library preparing for a presentation to a group of mock international investors when he caught sight of a crowd of two dozen students out of the corner of his eye.

Tampa Bay residents struggle with tepid rise in income

tampabay.com — Any spurts of job creation aside, it's still hard to make a living in Tampa Bay. The latest evidence of hardship comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce, which released data Thursday showing per-capita personal income rose a tepid 1.3 percent in Tampa Bay in 2013, trailing the nationwide average of 2 percent.

Rep. Matt Gaetz remembers gunman May as 'caring individual'

tampabay.com — Thursday, November 20, 2014 5:53pm State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, knew Myron May, the man identified by police as the gunman in the FSU shootings, from their days working together in student government at Florida State. May was a member of the Student Senate and Gaetz was president of the Insight political party on campus.

Lightning loses to Leafs

tampabay.com — TORONTO - Captain Steven Stamkos knew the Maple Leafs would come out hungry Thursday night, motivated after back-to-back bad losses. The question is, why wasn't the Lightning as hungry? After all, as Stamkos pointed out, Tampa Bay was coming off a rough loss itself, 5-2 to the Islanders on Tuesday night.

Florida woman latest to accuse Bill Cosby of forced sex (w/ video)

tampabay.com — BOCA RATON - A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually. Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas.

Obama executive order protects 5M undocumented immigrants

tampabay.com — WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday announced the most dramatic changes to immigration policy in decades, protecting 5 million people - roughly 40 percent of the undocumented population in the United States - from deportation, arguing his actions were legal and not amnesty.

Rays cut ties with catcher Jose Molina

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - For most of the past three seasons, Rays officials insisted veteran catcher Jose Molina's ability to frame pitches and coax extra strikes from umpires offset other deficiencies in his game.

5 family members killed on 'dream trip' to Disney

tampabay.com — NEW ORLEANS - A 16-year-old boy driving his parents and siblings on a "dream trip" to Disney World apparently fell asleep at the wheel, causing the sport utility vehicle to veer off the highway and roll over, killing three children and two adults, authorities said Thursday.

At education summit, Jeb Bush seeks balance on Common Core under 2016 glare

tampabay.com — WASHINGTON - This town is lush with speculation about who will run for president so when Jeb Bush took the stage Thursday morning at his Foundation for Excellence in Education summit, there was great interest in what he had to say.

Police: Gunman killed after shooting at Florida State University

pets.tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Officers shot and killed a suspected gunman after a shooting at Florida State University early Thursday that wounded three others and prompted an alert for students to take shelter, police said. The shooting happened at a library on campus and officers opened fire after the suspect shot at them, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @ZackSampson: One of the #fsushooting victims is in critical condition, and the other is in fair condition, according to hospital. tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @KatieLSanders: FSU's terrifying night: "I grabbed all I could & then I heard 7-8 rounds go off. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!" ht…

Nov 20, 2014

FSU's terrifying night: "I grabbed all I could & then I heard 7-8 rounds go off. Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!" tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…

Nov 20, 2014

Shooting at #FSU. Three students wounded, shooter dead, in #FSUshooting at campus library tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…

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Hospital identifies FSU shooting victim

tampabay.com — Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:09pm Hospital officials have identified one of three victims shot by a gunman at Florida State University's library early Thursday. Nathan Scott is described as being in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. He was shot in one leg.

Florida reaction to President Obama's immigration action

tampabay.com — Florida reaction to President Obama's immigration action: Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee: "The American people sent a clear message on Election Day that they want us to work together to deliver real solutions. The President didn't get the memo. We need immigration reform, but not at the expense of the rule of law or the Constitution.
Nov 20, 2014

Florida reaction to Obama's immigration action underscores partisan divide: bit.ly/1yuUpkV

Nov 20, 2014

Florida Republicans outraged at Obama's "go-it-alone attitude" on immigration: bit.ly/1yuUpkV

CEO survey: To recruit headquarters, tell companies you want them

tampabay.com — A long-term project to recruit a brand name corporate headquarters here took a key, early step Thursday when survey results capturing the perceptions of this area by 350 CEOs and senior executives nationwide were delivered to local business and political leaders.

Poll: Voters disliked Greenlight Pinellas' tax structure

tampabay.com — Pinellas County voters were overwhelmingly skeptical of the tax formula proposed for the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll was commissioned by the Tampa Bay Partnership. Some of its findings, according to a summary: * "The overwhelming reason respondents voted 'No' was that Greenlight would increase the county's sales tax.

Police describe FSU gunman as 'in a state of crisis'

tampabay.com — Myron May, the 31-year-old Florida State University graduate who died in a hail of police fire early Friday, was "struggling psychologically" and "in a state of crisis," Tallahassee police said Thursday. May was shot and killed by police after he returned to the library of his alma mater in the middle of the night and started shooting students and a library desk clerk.
Nov 20, 2014

TPD has walked back claims that FSU gunman fired on them first, but now sounds very certain about his state of mind. bit.ly/11zN2xs