Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

Talk of the bay: Two missing teens found in Montana

Two missing teens found in Montana

Two Alonso High School students who were reported missing on May 27 have been found in Montana, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Ronnie Sousa Jr., 16, and Ivy Warhul, 14, were last seen after Sousa left home in the early morning that day and drove to Sarasota County to pick up his girlfriend, according to the Sheriff's Office. Authorities got several reports of sightings of the teens, who are both from north Tampa, before they were located. The case remains under investigation and other details about the teens' disappearance were unclear Wednesday.

I-75/Overpass Road interchange okayed

Pasco County officials have won federal approval to add a new interchange at Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. The project, estimated at $55 million, is the first step in a larger effort to expand Overpass Road east toward U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. It still requires multiple environmental and engineering studies and state approvals. Funding would come from state and local sources, including local sales tax revenue known as Penny for Pasco. Officials have eyed the interchange for more than 10 years as a way to relieve morning and afternoon congestion on State Roads 52, 54 and 56.

Meetings demystify Florida Standards

Everyone, it seems, is asking questions about Florida Standards, the state's adaptation of the Common Core education standards. To answer them, and to counter some of the election-season hype, Hills­borough school superintendent MaryEllen Elia has hosted a series of parent meetings and will continue to do so throughout the summer. The next one will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the South Shore campus of Hillsborough Community College in Ruskin, second floor community conference room. Other meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. July 23 at the ROSSAC auditorium, 901 E Kennedy Blvd.; 7 p.m. July 30 at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 108 S Warnell St., Plant City; and 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at College Hill Church of God in Christ, 6414 N 30th St., Tampa.

Archer, WTSP pitch in for donation

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer teamed up this week with the Rays, Massachusetts-based nonprofit Good Sports and WTSP-Ch. 10 to donate $29,000 of sports equipment to Tampa's Parks and Recreation Department. The donation included baseball and softball bats, helmets, floor hockey sets, footballs, soccer balls and folding goals. The new gear will be used throughout the city. Archer made the contribution Tuesday at the city's Springhill Park Community Center, where he also played a game of Wiffle Ball with kids at the center.

Correction

Michael McPheron, husband of the late St. Petersburg High School International Baccalaureate coordinator Linda McPheron, died in 1999. A story Wednesday gave an incorrect year.

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Pinellas sheriff, feds announce changes to controversial immigrant detention policy

Pinellas sheriff, feds announce changes to controversial immigrant detention policy

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Man robbed while responding to Craigslist sex ad

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Shake Shack inches closer to Tampa Bay with new Florida restaurant

Shake Shack inches closer to Tampa Bay with new Florida restaurant

Beloved burger restaurant Shake Shack, which once inspired hungry diners to wait in hours-long lines at New York's Madison Square Park before expanding with dozens of locations across the U.S., is inching closer to Tampa Bay. A lease agreement  with...
Updated: 22 minutes ago

Teen, 14, arrested on charges of bringing loaded gun to Plant City High School

PLANT CITY — A 14-year-old high school student was accused of bringing a loaded gun to campus on Tuesday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies arrested the boy after 3 p.m. at Plant City High School after administrators foun...
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Two Tampa Bay area students among those facing hazing charges in FSU death

Two Tampa Bay area students among those facing hazing charges in FSU death

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Florida teen is begging Taylor Swift to take him to prom

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Carb bonanza: Three new bakeries open, including an Australian bakery, new La Segunda

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LA SEGUNDAA Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrated that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a...
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Ann Curry ‘not surprised’ by Matt Lauer scandal, says NBC had a ‘climate of verbal harassment’

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After Matt Lauer was fired from the "Today" show in November due to allegations of sexual harassment, multiple awkward TV moments from his past came to light, particularly regarding conversations with women. One incident got a lot of renewed attentio...
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From the archive: USF St. Petersburg’s long journey to autonomy

From the archive: USF St. Petersburg’s long journey to autonomy

As the Florida Legislature considers undoing the current governance of the University of South Florida by folding the three branches of its system into one entity, here is a look at some Times coverage of the long-running struggle for independence at...
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