Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Afternoon update: Chilly weather on the way; get traffic updates for the drive home; airbag warning from Honda, Acura; USF takes on Temple tonight

Folks waiting patiently for a true sign that fall has arrived in the Tampa Bay area can finally break out their sweaters for the first time starting Saturday morning. A decent dose of cool weather will sweep into the region overnight, causing temperatures to drop as low as the low 50s in some areas, forecasters say. Of course, the cool-down will only last a few days: Higher temperatures and humidity will return by the middle of next week.

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.

30,000 FLORIDA DRIVERS WARNED ABOUT HONDA, ACURA AIR BAGS

In a rare partnership, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has teamed up with Honda to warn about 30,000 Florida drivers that they are putting their lives at risk if they do not get their airbags fixed. The company is asking drivers to go directly to any Honda dealership where it will replace the part for free. There is a 50 percent chance that certain Honda and Acura models built from 2001 to 2003 will explode when the airbag deploys.

USF TAKES ON TEMPLE TONIGHT

The Bulls look to move to 7-1 (4-0 in the American Athletic Conference East) when they take on Temple tonight in Philadelphia. Follow along with our live in-game blog.

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Colin Kaepernick's protests have raised debate about athletes and activism as much as issues involving police and African-Americans.

FENNELLY COLUMN: A POLICE STORY THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

As Kaepernick Week arrives for the Bucs, a story started running through the head of sports columnist Martin Fennelly. It was a story from a man he knows. The man is now 61. He is black. His story is 25 years old, but it seems fresh and relevant. The man was working in Kansas City. A good job. Respected. Soft-spoken. Deep faith. One time, the man didn't leave the office until after 2 in the morning. He headed home, into a nice neighborhood. His neighborhood. And then, a police cruiser's lights flashed behind him.

HILLSBOROUGH STUMBLES AS IT SEEKS TO TOUT AP GAINS FOR BLACK STUDENTS

How hard is it for the Hillsborough County School District to report Advanced Placement test results? Easy enough for the whole district. And easy enough for Hispanic students. But when it came to African American students, district officials tied themselves in knots this week, first broadcasting results that they spun to highlight a two-year improvement, and then walking it back after they realized they were mistaken.

SOLAR AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN SCRUBS ITS WEB PAGES

The political committee behind Amendment 1 on solar energy has scrubbed from its social media platforms nearly every reference to the James Madison Institute after revelations that the group's policy director bragged in a leaked audio recording that the utility industry is using the amendment to deceive the public into thinking it is a pro-solar initiative.

MURPHY'S HAITIAN HOTEL WAS A BUST BUT HELPED WITH CONNECTIONS

Following the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Patrick Murphy joined his father in a hotel venture that was an opportunity for the family construction business amid Florida's economic downturn. The $48 million Hotel des Artistes failed to get financing, but people involved in the project, including Clinton Foundation board member Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, have contributed to Murphy's political campaigns.

Map via Influenster

Influenster surveyed 40,000 people to determine each state's favorite Halloween candy. Florida was the only state to vote the Nestle Crunch Bar as its No. 1.

WILL FLORIDA HALLOWEEN 2016 BE ALL ABOUT HARLEY QUINN?

When children are crowding Florida cul-de-sacs with pillow cases packed with goodies, there will likely be a few dozen Harley Quinns heading to parties. At least, that's how a recent survey and data collected by a marketing company projects what a typical Florida Halloween will look like this year. And a marketing company surveyed 40,000 people to determine Florida's favorite candy: Nestle Crunch.

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High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

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Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

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