Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa hosts Sunday downtown market

Tampa will host Sunday downtown market

Downtown workers may not have their beloved Friday market anymore, but local produce and specialty goods will still appear at a new Sunday market starting next week. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., produce, food, art, pet and kids' toys, treats and live entertainment by the Patel Conservatory will fill the 600 and 700 blocks of N Franklin Street. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will also showcase adoptable pets.

New events center planned at old armory

A building that hosted John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and professional wrestlers is now angling to be one of the bay area's top events centers. The Tampa Jewish Community Center on Thursday named TPepin's Hospitality Centre its partner in creating the venue at the historic Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. TPepin's operates an events center on 50th Street, near Interstate 4. The new venue is expected to extend the brand of Pepin Distributing and allow the former armory to host weddings, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations and other events. The Tampa JCC announced in January plans to lease the building under a 99-year agreement with the option to buy. It hopes to open the events center by early 2015.

USF in running as one of top "vegan-friendly" universities

The University of South Florida is in the running for being one of the nation's most "vegan-friendly" universities, according to a contest sponsored by Peta2, the youth branch of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. Winners are chosen from schools that receive the most votes, the quality and variety of vegan foods offered, the schools' enthusiasm in promoting vegan options and student feedback.

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Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to propose to President Donald Trump that transgender members of the U.S. military be allowed to continue serving despite the presidentís call last summer for a ban on all transgender service, acc...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Sen. Marco Rubio faces tough audience at riveting CNN forum on gun violence

Sen. Marco Rubio faces tough audience at riveting CNN forum on gun violence

After an emotionally draining day that captured national attention ó the massive rally in Tallahassee and a small, tearful gathering of survivors at the White House ó CNNís Wednesday night town hall on the Parkland shooting could have easily been ove...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republicanís affair with a woman in 2015. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the indictment Thursday. She launched an ...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Douglas school cop who Ďnever went iní after Parkland shooting has resigned

Douglas school cop who Ďnever went iní after Parkland shooting has resigned

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the school resource officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was suspended without pay after he learned the deputy never went into the building when the shooting began.Scot Peterson chose to resign and ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Second stripper, same commissioner: Hernando County officialís home site of domestic dispute

Second stripper, same commissioner: Hernando County officialís home site of domestic dispute

SPRING HILL ó Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson is in the midst of another personal controversy that is reminiscent of his relationship several years ago with a stripper who used drugs.A couple who rents a room in Nicholsonís home got into ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Two weeks after Trump chose him for ambassador, nominee pledged money for a gala at Trumpís club

Two weeks after Trump chose him for ambassador, nominee pledged money for a gala at Trumpís club

Two weeks after President Donald Trump nominated Florida businessman Leandro Rizzuto Jr. to be ambassador to Barbados, Rizzuto pledged thousands of dollars to fund a gala at Trumpís Mar-a-Lago Club, the galaís organizer said.Rizzuto and his wife, Den...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: The time to act on guns is now

Editorial: The time to act on guns is now

The nationís conversation on guns took an encouraging step this week in three essential places ó South Florida, Tallahassee and Washington ó as survivors, victimsí families and elected leaders searched painfully and sincerely for common ground after ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Mueller files new charges in Manafort, Gates case

Mueller files new charges in Manafort, Gates case

New charges were filed Thursday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year.A new indictment has long been expected in special cou...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Haley Loeun, a top aide to the embattled leader of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards, was fired Thursday from her $130,000 position as business services director. Loeun came under criticism after the Tampa Bay Times reported that CareerSource...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Column: Marjory Stoneman Douglas would be proud of these kids

Column: Marjory Stoneman Douglas would be proud of these kids

Moments after the AR-15 assault at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hit the news, emails and social media alerts pinged in my in-box. I wrote a biography of the schoolís namesake several years ago, and people were messaging to express their horro...
Updated: 1 hour ago