Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

Afternoon Update: Bondi named to Trump's transition team; crisp, dry weekend in forecast; USF's Genshaft calls for 'civility'; three-war veteran honored

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

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Geoffrey Parker served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

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.

[SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times}

Malik Davis, Jesuit's all-time leading rusher, leads the Tigers against Gibbs tonight, one of several playoff games on the schedule.

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.

Comments
Admiral Farragut’s grit brings state softball glory

Admiral Farragut’s grit brings state softball glory

VERO BEACH — It was only natural to think of Admiral Farragut’s state title chances more in terms of the future. After all, the roster consists of zero seniors and just two juniors. The rest are sophomores, freshmen and middle-schoolers. Because of t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first

The key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first

As the Lightning and Capitals prepare for their series finale Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, here's a by-the-numbers look at each team's Game 7 history.5-2The Lightning's record in Game 7s. It has never lost at home (3-0).+5The Lightning's...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays loss to Red Sox

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Rays 4-2 loss to Red Sox on Tuesday:* The Rays record against a Red Sox team they consider a measuring stick doesn't look very good at 3-8. But, as manager Kevin Cash and several players pointed out, there is some consola...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

Forecast: Caribbean storm could grow into tropical system

A storm system in the Caribbean Sea could grow into a tropical cyclone within five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.Forecasters give the system a 50 percent chance to develop.The storm’s low-pressure center on Tuesday was nestled betw...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Academy at the Lakes wins first state softball title

Academy at the Lakes wins first state softball title

VERO BEACH —Academy at the Lakes waited two weeks to play in the Class 2A state softball tournament in hopes of winning what has been an elusive title.The Wildcats completed the first task Monday, cruising to a mercy-rule win over Fort Pierce John Ca...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 to-do list

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay’s Game 7 to-do list

TAMPA — By now there are no more secrets. After six games over 11 days, the Lightning knows all the Capitals' habits , and the Caps know all the Lightning's.To Lightning coach Jon Cooper the outcome of tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Couple whose dream boat sank finally set sail on ‘new adventure’

Couple whose dream boat sank finally set sail on ‘new adventure’

The young couple whose story traveled around the world after their dream voyage ended early at the bottom of John’s Pass is ready to try again.Three months after the Lagniappe sank, Nikki Walsh, 24, and Tanner Broadwell, 26, said they set sail Tuesda...
Updated: 6 hours ago
USPS to release scratch-and-sniff stamps; Leaks? White House has sinkhole; 2 Oregon teens take down homophobic school officials; more in U.S. news

USPS to release scratch-and-sniff stamps; Leaks? White House has sinkhole; 2 Oregon teens take down homophobic school officials; more in U.S. news

Updated: 7 hours ago
Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

Sheriff: Weeki Wachee High student posted fake school shooting threat

WEEKI WACHEE — A 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday on allegations that she created a fake social media post threatening to shoot students at Weeki Wachee High School, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said the 16-year-old told...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Driver gets 28 years in prison for fleeing fatal Howard Frankland crash

Driver gets 28 years in prison for fleeing fatal Howard Frankland crash

TAMPA — After Allison Huffman slammed her car into a tow truck driver who had stopped to help a pair of stranded motorists on the Howard Frankland Bridge, she drove to a hotel and got out to look at the damage.She saw shattered glass, a bare tire rim...
Updated: 7 hours ago