Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Afternoon Update: Hillsborough woman faces murder charge; Doug Martin excused from Bucs practice; Tampa Bay's most-Googled words of 2016

WOMAN FACES MURDER CHARGE IN HUSBAND'S CHRISTMAS EVE SHOOTING

An Apollo Beach woman faces a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her husband on Christmas Eve. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called just after 9 p.m. to 517 Flame Tree Drive . They found Shawn Singleton, 47, lying face-down in the living room with a gunshot wound to his forehead.

PUSHING BACK ON ISRAEL, KERRY DEFENDS OBAMA'S UN VOTE

Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel on Wednesday for settlement-building, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of dragging Israel away from democracy and forcefully rejecting the notion that America had abandoned Israel with a controversial U.N. vote. Israel's government accused Kerry of a skewed attempt to blame Israel for failing to reach a peace deal.

PERENNIAL CANDIDATE THROWS HIS HAT INTO RING FOR ST. PETE MAYOR

Paul Congemi ran for mayor of St. Petersburg in 2009 and 2013. This week, he announced he's gearing up for a third try. So what's his platform this time around? Apparently, a strong antipathy for liberals and the gay community.

YOUR AFTERNOON TRAFFIC AND WEATHER REPORT

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

DOUG MARTIN EXCUSED FROM BUCS PRACTICE

Bucs running back Doug Martin, who was inactive for Saturday's loss to the Saints as a healthy scratch, was excused from Wednesday's practice, the Times' Rick Stroud reports. Martin was benched for Saturday's game, with backup Jacquizz Rodgers getting the nod instead and rushing for 63 yards on 15 carries.

JONES: NICK SABAN'S SUCCESS DIDN'T SCARE URBAN MEYER INTO SAYING LATER, GATORS

Did Nick Saban drive Urban Meyer out of Florida? Out of the SEC? Out of college football? We might never know the real answers to those questions, but Meyer has now set up shop at Ohio State and could be on a collision course to meet Saban for a national title right here in Tampa in what has become the fiercest coaching rivalry in college football.

KUCHEROV, PALAT TO RETURN TONIGHT FOR LIGHTNING

The Lightning (17-15-3) return to the ice tonight after the four-game Christmas break and play host to the division leading Canadiens (21-9-4). You can follow along on our live blog once the game starts.

CAN ALEXA HELP SOLVE A MURDER? POLICE THINK SO, BUT AMAZON WON'T BUDGE

While police have long seized computers, cellphones and other electronics to investigate crimes, a murder case has raised fresh questions about privacy issues regarding devices like the Amazon Echo or the Google Home, voice-activated personal command centers that are constantly "listening." Namely, is there a difference in the reasonable expectation of privacy one should have when dealing with a device that is "always on" in one's own home?

WHAT PEOPLE IN TAMPA GOOGLED THE MOST IN 2016

Google released its annual report on the top trending searches of the year, including specifics on what people in the Tampa Bay area Googled the most in 2016, and it appears locals had a taste for all-you-can-eat ethnic cuisine, British royals and viral photos over the past 12 months.

NEED A GOOD READ?

Forty-five years after she gave birth to a boy at 17 and gave him up for adoption, Linda Palm got a call she wasn't expecting. Her son, Brent Reichert, had tracked her down in Gulfport and wanted to meet her. Andrew Meacham tells the story of their reunion.

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Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the U.S. economy much. No workers are missing paychecks yet, and because it is a weekend, few businesses expect to feel the effects of lost customers or suppliers.That could change, quickly...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Tampa Bay is finally clear of the bitter chill that covered the region this week as temperatures picked up on Saturday. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around t...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

The good news on the transportation front is that Tampa Bay’s government and business leaders are working together like never before to connect the region’s largest cities, attractions and employment centers with a more robust mass transit system. Th...
Published: 01/20/18

Scott appoints prosecutor, Clearwater lawyer to Pinellas-Pasco judicial vacancies

Gov. Rick Scott appointed two Tampa Bay lawyers to fill judicial vacancies in the Pinellas-Pasco circuit, his office announced Friday.Christopher LaBruzzo, 42, is an assistant state attorney at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office. A Tulane Uni...
Updated: 2 hours ago