Friday, August 17, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: 60 Minutes investigates Allegiant Air; cooler, drier weather to start your week; Rays get swept by Phillies; Kenny Chesney in Tampa

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• After thunderstorms and high winds hit much of the Tampa Bay region Sunday, expect sunny and dry weather to start the week, with high temperatures in the mid 60s to mid 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

• Last night, 60 Minutes broadcast an investigation into Allegiant Air’s safety record — a topic covered extensively by the Tampa Bay Times in recent years. The investigation cited our reporting and examined Allegiant’s history of aborted takeoffs and in-air trouble. Allegiant accounts for the overwhelming majority of traffic at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Read our key takeaways and watch the 60 Minutes investigation here.

• Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is expanding its medical simulation department, which uses high-tech dummies, actors and other advances to train physicians and support staff in how to handle the pressure of medical emergencies. Led by Dr. Jennifer Arnold, medical simulation pulls from the aviation and auto-racing industries to come up with new ways to help doctors prepare for high-stakes medical situations. Justine Griffin has the details.

• Former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and won’t seek additional medical treatment, a Bush family spokesman said Sunday. "Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

• If there was any chance that President Donald Trump and James Comey could have avoided all-out war, it ended Sunday night. That was when ABC News aired an interview with Comey, the president’s fired FBI director, as he uses a publicity blitz for his searing tell-all memoir, "A Higher Loyalty," to raise the alarm about the dangers he says Trump poses to country. Stay with tampabay.com for any White House fallout from the interview.

• It’s harder now to see the traces of the once eclectic and vibrant neighborhood that for decades was the heart of West Tampa’s black community. More than 2,300 people moved away in the past two years after the demolition of two aging public housing complexes — Tampa Presbyterian Village and North Boulevard Homes. Main Street lost its only bus route in November and the number of children at the local elementary school has dwindled. Christopher O’Donnell writes about a neighborhood in transition.

• Columnist Ernest Hooper writes that Major League Baseball shows class by honoring Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of the day in 1947 he broke the game’s color barrier. Robinson, Hooper writes, was a man who challenged the status quo both during and after his playing career.

• Gov. Rick Scott made job creation a cornerstone of his two campaigns for governor and promised in 2010 to create 700,000 jobs in seven years through seven steps. Those job gains, Scott said, would be on top of nearly 1 million jobs economists predicted would be added to the state no matter who was elected governor. With the seven-year benchmark behind us, PolitiFact Florida wondered how Scott’s promise ended up on our Scott-O-Meter. Read the analysis.

•The Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Rays on Sunday, pounding Tampa Bay 10-4. It was the Rays’ fourth straight defeat and their third series sweep already this season.

• The.Lightning may face a different goalie when Game 3 of their playoff series with the Devils resumes tonight in New Jersey.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including things to do for Earth Day, the Sugar Sand Festival continues on Clearwater Beach and Kenny Chesney commands the stage in Tampa.

• Apalachicola used to account for 90 percent of Florida’s wild oysters, 10 percent of the nation’s. These days? Almost nothing. Techy farms might save the oyster diner’s prize, but they might also kill a way of life. Read Shell Game, a special report from Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley and photographer Eve Edelheit.

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