Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

Afternoon update: Report finds no CentCom wrongdoing; Victor Crist not impressed with ferry advertising; teen charged in Tampa slaying; Rays announce game promotions

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Officials at U.S. Central Command did not falsify intelligence about the battle against Islamic State, the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General has concluded in a 198-page unclassified report. Investigators also found that the command's intelligence unit, known as the J2, did not attempt to change reports to make them factually untrue or present any intelligence assessments they did not believe were accurate. While the report found no wrongdoing, inspectors did note that there was a 'widespread perception of distortion" about the CentCom intelligence products and a lack of trust in its intelligence leadership.

COMMISSIONER THROWS SHADE AT FERRY PILOT PROGRAM

Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist says that the ferry connecting St. Petersburg and Tampa is "wonderful," but ridership numbers are not impressive. The reason: There's not enough signage or advertising letting people know it's there to use.

TEEN CHARGED IN SLAYING OF HOLIDAY MAN IN CRAIGSLIST SALE

A 16-year-old faces murder and robbery charges and a second suspect is sought in the slaying of a Holiday who arranged with them through Craigslist to sell a dirt bike, police say. The victim, James Beck, 44, and his son traveled from their home with the bike in their truck bed and met with suspects in Tampa. It quickly became clear that the two suspects planned to rob Beck and his son, police said.

RAYS PROMO SCHEDULE INCLUDES KIERMAIER BOBBLEHEAD, ARCHER PILLOW

The Rays released their promotional schedule, which includes bobbleheads for Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Duffy and Blake Snell; figurines for Chris Archer and Evan Longoria, an Archer emoji pillow and a team-themed Hawaiian shirt. All giveaways for adults are on Saturdays, which seems to be a new strategy. There are giveaways for kids as usual on all home Sundays.

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY UPDATES

Whether you follow the Seminoles, Gators, Bulls or one of the many high schools around the Tampa Bay area, the Times is bringing you all the news from signing ceremonies, the first day high school seniors can officially commit to colleges. Our blog includes tweets, photos, videos, stories and more.

JEFF BRANDES FILES COMPETING MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL

State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, proposed new rules for medical marijuana in Florida, putting forward an idea that would compete with legislation already filed by another Senate Republican. Brandes' proposal completely upends the small medical cannabis program already functioning in the state in favor of more competition. His bill would allow businesses to be licensed as growers, distributors or processors who make pills and oils that can be sold to patients.

COOL AND CLEAR IN TAMPA AREA TONIGHT

A warming trend is taking hold in the Tampa Bay area, with clear skies and lows in the high 50s overnight. Wednesday morning will bring a mix of sun and clouds and a high near 75. For more weather information, go the Times' weather page.

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.

FENNELLY: NEW GATORS AD HAS LEARNED TO ADDRESS ISSUES

Scott Stricklin, three months into his job as Florida athletic director, made a swing through Tampa on Tuesday, ending with a Gator Boosters gathering. Stricklin said he has immense respect for his predecessor, Jeremy Foley, and consults with him when necessary and considers him a friend. But Stricklin has some of his own ideas. Here's one: change isn't always bad. Read Times columnist Martin Fennelly for more on Stricklin's visit.

OSCAR SHORTS RETURNING TO TAMPA THEATRE

Starting Feb. 10, the Tampa Theatre presents a rotation of Oscar-nominated shorts showcases: live action, animated and for the first time, documentary. It's a great way to catch up on a bunch of Oscar nominated films in a short, two-hour period.

5 THINGS TO DO UNDER $5 THIS WEEK

If you're looking for something to do, but don't want to spend too much, you've got some options, including a chance to see birds of prey (there's a bald eagle!) up close at the free Raptor Fest in St. Pete. Check out the full list of things to do under $5

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WHAT'S NEW ON HULU AND NETFLIX

There's a lot of new stuff to stream on Hulu this month, including The Collection, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Check out our list of every new show and movie coming to Hulu for February. And in case you missed it, there's a whole new slate of options on Netflix starting today as well, including the acclaimed The People v. O.J. Simpson Check out the full Netflix list here.

Afternoon Update is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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Bucs’ belief Jameis Winston has been shaken

Bucs’ belief Jameis Winston has been shaken

TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the Bucs ...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

In the crowd-pleasing sports-talk of game of "Who Would You Rather Have?’’ there might not be a more perfect match-up than this.Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh.Both are defensive tackles. Both went to, what were at the time, Big 12 schools. Both were ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

TAMPA — In the spring of 2010, one of the biggest debates the week leading up to the NFL draft was which defensive tackle would be selected first? Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.Both figured to be highly productive NFL players. S...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

TAMPA — Police arrested a 26-year-old man they say drove the wrong way while drunk and caused a multi-vehicle crash Friday on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.Collin John Cole faces two counts of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injur...
Updated: 2 hours ago

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Greg Auman has a final preview of Sunday’s Bucs-Dolphins game in Miami in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.He talks about key matchups to watch for, from perhaps the NFL’s best slot receiver in Jarvis Landry, to Miami’s vulnerabilities at right tackl...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

TAMPA — Why should we believe this man?Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated by the NFL concerning an allegation of him groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March 2016.Winston denied the allegations Friday in a statem...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

During the day, you hear from the psychics and the kooks. The well-intentioned tipsters, and the unsolicited profilers. This is all part of serial killer spillover, a sort of cottage industry of macabre.It gets tougher at night when you’re hounded by...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17