Attorney General Pam Bondi met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York this afternoon. Afterward, she would not discuss with reporters whether she was offered a position in Trump's administration. "I'm AG of Florida right now. Thank you!" she said.
LYNCH, AT RETIREMENT, REFLECTS ON CHURCH SCANDALS, LESSONS LEARNED
It has been since Robert Lynch lay prostrate at this altar at St. Jude the Apostle, inheriting a flock of more than 325,000 Roman Catholics in five counties on Florida's west coast. In 1996, he thought he knew what the job of bishop would bring. "I quickly learned how little I knew," he says. This week, 75-year-old Lynch hunched over an aluminum walker as he welcomed his much younger replacement, 52-year-old Bishop Gregory L. Parkes. Parkes may soon learn what Lynch did: That bishophood can be a lonely endeavor.
TRAFFIC UPDATES TO GET HOME SAFELY
As you head out for your evening commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.
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PLANT, JESUIT HOPE TO ADVANCE TO STATE TITLE GAMES
Plant hosts Jacksonville Lee in 7A and Jesuit travels to Plantation American Heritage in 5A in prep football state semifinals tonight. At stake for the local teams: a chance to play for state championships in their respective classes next week in Orlando. Find scores, updates, photos, video and more as the Times reports from both games — all in real time — in our live blog.
VOICES FROM STANDING ROCK: 'THIS PIPELINE REPRESENTS SOMETHING DEEPER'
From across the country, they have come to Cannon Ball. Thousands of them. All have been drawn by a 30-inch steel pipe that, in the unlikely setting of a desolate North Dakota prairie, has become a powerful symbol of heritage and history, progress and oppression, indigenous rights and corporate might. With the first snows of a bleak North Dakota winter threatening, the Washington Post visited the area to record the personal accounts of people on all sides of an issue that is tearing at the American heartland.
COLLEGE PLAYOFF: A SATURDAY ROAD MAP TO THE BEST FINAL FOUR
Before the weekend is over, college football will have its final four playoff teams. Who those four teams are will be determined by what happens Saturday. So, what should we want to happen? What gives us the best chance for a truly dramatic playoff and an awesome national championship game right here in Tampa?
WHY DONOVAN SMITH DECIDED TO STAY AT PENN STATE
In the fall of 2011, Joe Paterno was fired as Penn State's football coach amid accusations that he knew longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused children and didn't do enough to stop it. Before that, Donovan Smith made a promise. He shook hands with Paterno and told him he would earn his degree at Penn State. As part of NCAA sanctions, during the university's darkest hour, players were allowed to transfer without having to sit out a season. Smith could have fled, but he wanted to keep his word.
TAMPA TREE LIGHTNING GETS US IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON
It'll definitely begin to look a lot like Christmas across Tampa Bay with several events this weekend, beginning tonight with Tampa's annual tree lighting ceremony at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It begins at 6 and includes live music and a screening of the classic film A Christmas Story. Mayor Bob Buckhorn does the tree honors about 7:50. Be sure to check out our Holidays page for a complete list of things to do.
FORECAST: SUNNY AND COOL START TO WEEKEND BEFORE WARM-UP ARRIVES
Expect a cool afternoon leading to a pleasant weekend. Highs will only reach the 70s today, 10Weather WTSP Ashley Batey said, and the weekend starts cool. Wake-up temperatures Saturday morning will be in the 50s across Tampa Bay before a quick warm-up drives afternoon highs to near 80, Batey said. Sunday will be warmer, Batey said, with overnight temperatures in the 60s and highs climbing to the mid 80s.
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