Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Ellie Goulding teaser

Almost 455,000 homes at risk, Report says

The number of Tampa Bay homes that could be damaged by hurricane storm surge is the most in any major metro area except Miami and New York City, a new report says. The cost of rebuilding them could hit $80.6 billion. Local, 1B

Help on the way for mental wards

Florida will hire a top-level administrator to oversee three remaining state-run mental facilities, including the flagship Florida State Hospital. Local, 1B

'No fishing' comes to ninth bridge

The city of St. Petersburg is set to ban fishing from the Eden Isle bridge. It's a clash of fishermen and waterfront residents. Local, 1B

Pioneer of legal advertising dies

Richard Mulholland, 82, was among the first in Tampa Bay to promote his law firm with billboards and television spots. But there was much more to Mr. Mulholland. Epilogue, 1B

Tampa Bay woman injured by airbag

Tiffany Vu, 27, describes her experience in a news conference with Sen. Bill Nelson, who discussed the broadening Takata airbag scandal. Business, 4B

Hard Rock begins smaller expansion

Construction begins today at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, but the project is a fraction of what the casino announced in February. Business, 4B

A candid chat with Ellie Goulding

The singer, who performs tonight at Amalie Arena, opens up about the pressures of touring and her difficulty with sleep. Weekend

Murder-suicide grips UCLA

A campus shooting sent thousands of students running for safety and barricading themselves in classrooms. Nation, 2A

Rays lose again; Boxberger to DL

Tampa Bay loses its fourth game in a row 6-3 to the Royals. Making matters worse, closer Brad Boxberger will be out another one to two months. Sports, 1C

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Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes. Some couldn’t help but wonder if that might have been the difference in missing the playoffs by a point. But Tampa Bay continued ...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
Updated: 1 hour ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
Updated: 1 hour ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and the Huffington Post published re...
Updated: 2 hours ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, please go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Thurs., Dec. 14, midday:97 796 8399e_SRit63724Thurs., Dec. 14, evening:37 731 1382e_SRit63276LottoWed., ...
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Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his weekend departure for the Middle East as Congress nears completion of a tax overhaul, his office announced Thursday. White House officials said Pence now plans to leave for Egypt on Tuesday so he...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Pinellas Park officer stuns middle school student with Taser

PINELLAS PARK — A school resource officer stunned a middle school student with a Taser while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, police said.Neither the Pinellas Park officer nor the students involved in the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

WASHINGTON — A draft statement former FBI director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator s...
Updated: 3 hours ago