Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

Afternoon Update: Trump names attorney general, CIA director and national security director; arrest made in shooting of toddler; downtown Tampa ice rink opens; Scott says Florida has friend in Trump

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.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

GeniusCentral moved its headquarters from the Sarasota-Manatee area to downtown St. Petersburg and set up a nifty work space, but had to pull out, partially because workers had trouble finding affordable housing in St. Pete's booming real estate landscape.

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.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

All-purpose athlete Whop Philyor leads Plant into its playoff matchup against Lakeland tonight in Tampa.

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.

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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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: 2 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...
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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
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Iraqi interpreter whose citizenship fight was profiled in the Times to become an American

Iraqi interpreter whose citizenship fight was profiled in the Times to become an American

An interpreter who risked his life helping U.S. forces in Iraq and then fought for two years to become a U.S. citizen will soon be an American.On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service notified Haeder Alanbki, 36, that his request for c...
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