Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

Afternoon Update: Trump defends presidency; hit-and-run driver in hiding; child kidnapped to allegedly coerce witness; old-timey bar open in Seminole Heights

Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down.

TRUMP DEFENDS START OF HIS ADMINISTRATION, BASHES MEDIA

President Donald Trump mounted a vigorous defense of his presidency Thursday, pushing back against media reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and vowing to crack down on the leaking of classified information. On The Buzz blog, Alex Leary points out that as a candidate, Trump loved leaks.

Later in the day, the administration announced that it would revise the travel ban that has blocked travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.

POLICE: WOMAN KIDNAPPED CHILD TO COERCE WITNESS

A 35-year-old woman tried to coerce a witness against her to change her testimony by kidnapping the witnesses' toddler, according to St. Petersburg police.

FHP: FAMILY IS HIDING RUSKIN HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER

Jorge Soria crashed into a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle New's Year Eve and kept driving, authorities say. Now, the 35-year-old Ruskin man is in hiding with the help of his family, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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.

GOV. SCOTT KEEPS PRESSURE ON LEGISLATORS

Standing in a zoo, Gov. Rick Scott made clear today that he's not done handing out political retribution to state legislators who have dared oppose him on two of his biggest priorities. Scott ripped into state Rep. Randy Fine, R-Brevard County, for being one of 9 Republicans that voted to eliminate funding for the state's primary economic development agency, Enterprise Florida, and Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency.

VISIT TAMPA BAY IS BITTERSWEET ABOUT RECORD TOURISM YEAR

Despite yet another record-breaking year for Florida tourism, Hillsborough County has reasons for a bittersweet celebration. The county has missed its bid to snag an extra $6 million in tourism taxes this year, money that could have been used to lure the Tampa Bay Rays away from St. Petersburg.

HOLLENBERG WON'T BE BACK ON RAYS BROADCASTS

Todd Kalas won't be the only face missing from the Fox Sports Rays TV broadcasts this season, as Rich Hollenberg — surprisingly — was not retained , the Times has learned. Hollenberg has handled pre- and post-game host, and occasional in-game reporting, duties for the last three seasons.

TAKE A FREE FERRY RIDE TO THESE EVENTS ON SUNDAY

If you're looking for a reason to try out the Cross-Bay Ferry when it offers free rides this Sunday, we've rounded up events on both sides of the bay that are in walking distance to the ferry terminal,events on both sides of the bay that are in walking distance to the terminal, and work within the ferry's schedule.

BAR REVIEW: OLD-TIMEY c.1949 IN SEMINOLE HEIGHTS

Sometimes it seems like Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood gets all the love, with an ever-growing selection of hip restaurants, breweries and bars making it one of the best places for food and drinks in the city. One of these is c.1949, a low-key beer and wine bar that opened quietly late last year and has been quickly finding favor with the locals.

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Open office plans are as bad as you thought

Open office plans are as bad as you thought

A cubicle-free workplace without private offices is supposed to force employees to collaborate. To have them talk more face-to-face. To get them off instant messenger and spontaneously brainstroming about new ideas.But a recent study by two researche...
Published: 07/21/18
Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Beware of callers saying they’re with the IRS and demanding payments, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office warned Friday.According to a news release from the agency, scammers have been phoning residents across the county this week and trying to trick...
Updated: 9 hours ago