Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was named today as a member of President-elect Donald Trump's top transition team, joining a group of political insiders and newcomers. Bondi will be on the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, which includes several lawmakers, Trump's children, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon. The overall effort will be led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who takes over the top job from Chris Christie, who will serve as vice chairman.
FORECAST: A PLEASANT NIGHT AND A CRISP, DRY WEEKEND
It will be mostly clear tonight, with lows dropping into the low 60s and high 50s around Tampa Bay. Then get ready for a comfortable weekend. Low humidity will keep the air dry and contribute to the crisp feeling, with temperatures slowly climbing back up on Sunday. For more forecast details, check out the Times' weather page.
GENSHAFT CALLS FOR 'CIVILITY' AFTER ELECTION-RELATED THREATS
USF is one of many universities dealing with the fallout of a contentious, bitter election from which Donald Trump emerged president-elect. Some students have celebrated while others have mourned, and campus police are investigating reports of racist threats. More than two dozen students have sought solace in the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs, and president Judy Genshaft has sent a university-wide email expressing her hope for healing, civility and respect for diversity.
HOWARD ALTMAN | Times
ON VETERANS DAY, MEET A MAN WHO FOUGHT IN THREE WARS
Thousands of veterans were honored at ceremonies across the Tampa Bay area today, but few of them can top 92-year-old Geoffrey Parker, at least as far as the numbers of conflicts goes. (And he wasn't even born in the United States.) Parker, a patient at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, was a guest of honor at the facility's ninth annual Veterans Day parade. It was among several Veterans remembrances in a region with more than 300,000 veterans, one of the nation's highest populations of those who served.
TRAFFIC UPDATES TO GET HOME SAFELY
As you head out for your evening commute and throughout the weekend, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.
FENNELLY: UNFORTUNATELY, HATE KEEPS MOVING THE CHAINS
We just had the most hateful presidential race in our lifetimes, writes Times sports columnist Martin Fennelly. There are people cheering our next president. There are people stacking furniture against doors, thinking this man is coming for them. None of these emotions are make-believe, especially the hate. And Bucs tackle Demar Dotson just felt some of it.
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KEEP UP WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Prep football playoffs kick into high gear tonight. Find scores, updates, photos, video and more as the Times reports from games throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando beginning at 7 tonight on our live blog.
BOOKMARK THIS: TIMES FESTIVAL OF READING ON SATURDAY
More than 45 authors will be giving talks and signing books at the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday at USF St. Petersburg. Among them will be Tampa resident and bestselling author Michael Connelly, whose detective Harry Bosch is the title character of the Amazon TV series. Also, essayist and author Joyce Maynard, political thriller novelist Brad Meltzer and famed sportswriter Frank Deford.