Friday, May 25, 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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Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
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Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputiesí actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputiesí actions justified

TAMPA ó Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriffís deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
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For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
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Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal charges tha...
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Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still canít stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still canít stop bad judgment

Itís human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
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Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

TAMPA ó Somebody got into Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snivelyís Facebook account, copied her messages and gave them to a newspaper publisher who is a friend of her rivals on the board.The posts discussed politics and power struggl...
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Raccoon bites bicyclist, now the Health Department is looking for the victim

TAMPA ó A bicyclist in the Palm River area was bitten by a raccoon Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said.Now the department is concerned the animal had rabies and is searching for the bicyclist."While it is impo...
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Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

It has a name.Subtropical Storm Alberto is crawling into the Gulf of Mexico, an unwelcome guest arriving a week before the official start of hurricane season.The system, which became the first named storm of the year Friday, could bring five inches o...
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Mom service dog has puppies in Tampa airport, while dad service dog looks on

Mom service dog has puppies in Tampa airport, while dad service dog looks on

TAMPA — Travelers killing time at Tampa International Airport’s Gasparilla Bar got an unexpected show Friday when a dog gave birth to eight puppies near Gate F81. The 2-year-old golden retriever, Eleanor Rigby, owner Diane Van Atter, and...
Updated: 4 hours ago