President-elect Donald Trump has signaled a sharp rightward shift in U.S. national security policy, naming Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. All three have been fierce critics of President Barack Obama's handling of terrorism and international relations.
17-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED IN SHOOTING OF TAMPA TODDLER
A Riverview 17-year-old has been arrested, accused of shooting a toddler through the leg at a Tampa public housing complex this week. Police said more than 15 shots were fired into a home, and one bullet went through a door, ricocheted off a wall and went through the right thigh of a 21-month-old girl. On Thursday, Jovaris Jose Lundy was taken into custody without incident in the Robles Park Village public housing complex, not far from where the shooting happened.
ICE RINK OPENS TONIGHT AT CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK
It's that time of year — for ice skating in downtown Tampa. The temporary rink, now part of what is known as Winter Village, opens this evening at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. It will be available for public skating through Christmas.
FLORIDA HAS A FRIEND IN TRUMP, SAYS GOV. SCOTT
With Donald Trump's election, Gov. Rick Scott suddenly has a White House ally he says will undoubtedly pay dividends for Florida. Scott, who met with Trump on Thursday, says he expects the federal government to now do more to address toxic algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee, provide a faster response to disaster declarations, allocate more resources to fight Zika and end legal showdowns on a variety of issues. "When we have a problem and need a solution, at least we have someone to talk to," Scott said of Trump.
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WHY GENIUSCENTRAL CAME TO ST. PETERSBURG — AND WHY IT LEFT
There are critical lessons for St. Petersburg (and any city) in its valiant effort to woo young tech businesses to its downtown and then trying to keep them there. The tale of what happened to a company called GeniusCentral holds three lessons for a city that is itself in the midst of major growth still in need of deciding what it wants to be in the future. Times business columnist Robert Trigaux explains.
CLEARWATER AGREES TO TWO-YEAR SUBSIDY FOR FERRY TO BEACH
On the heels of a governmental partnership that brought a ferry to the waters between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Clearwater has stepped in to subsidize a private water taxi working to get cars off congested Clearwater Beach. The City Council approved a two-year, $439,820 contract with Clearwater Ferry, which launched in March 2015 to shuttle visitors and employees between the mainland and Clearwater Beach.
YZERMAN: NOT 'REALISTIC' TO USE TRADES TO FILL STAMKOS VOID
Losing captain Steven Stamkos for four months leaves a considerable void, taking one of the league's top scorers out of the lineup. But don't expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to use the trade route to make up for the loss. "I'm certainly open to exploring anything," general manager Steve Yzerman says. "But at this time, let's give some of the guys who have been waiting for an increased role a chance."
FORECAST: AFTER A WARM SATURDAY, IT WILL BE CHILLY ON SUNDAY
After a slight cool-down overnight, expect a warm Saturday before a cold front pushes its way in the Tampa Bay area that will make for a chilly Sunday. On Saturday, expect highs in the low 80s with lots of sunshine, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey says. Once the front arrives, highs will only reach the 60s on Sunday. On Monday morning, residents will wake up to temperatures in the upper 30s in some northern spots and the 40s for most of region.
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.
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KEEP UP WITH TONIGHT'S PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ACTION
Several local high schools remain alive for the second round of playoff games tonight. Headliners include Lakeland-Plant, Armwood-Lake Gibson, Clearwater-Charlotte and Jefferson-Jesuit. Find scores, updates, photos, video and more from all the games in real time on the Times' Home Team blog beginning at 7 p.m.