Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Freestyle Invasion Tour brings back club music favorites

If you remember the night the Cover Girls turned the Baja Beach Club into the Funk Boutique, I've got news.

If you raced to the Yucatan Liquor Stand dance floor as soon as Rob Base said, "I wanna rock right now," you need to race March 23 to the University of South Florida Sun Dome.

The Freestyle Invasion Tour will bring back club music faves, like the Cover Girls, Rob Base, Company B, Will To Power and Nice 'n Wild.

Everybody who found fun at Razzles, the Tyrone Square Bennigan's, the Hurricane second floor and the Tobacco Company (to name a few) back in the day can't resist. I'm breaking out the Members Only jacket and splashing on the Grey Flannel. ...

Carson Kressley might not appreciate my Members Only jacket, but the Emmy winner and fashionista promises to offer "insight on how to become a better person from the inside to the out" at the March 11 Meeting Professionals International luncheon at A La Carte Event Pavilion. Go to TampaBayMPI.org. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: Warning: May Spontaneously Break Into Song. ...

My friends at Brookwood Florida will return to the Gulfport Casino on Friday for another fundraiser. Carnival will be a Mardi Gras-themed party with Cajun food and dancing. Go to brookwoodflorida.org/news ...

The folks at Goodwill should get hip-hopper Macklemore to clean up a few lyrics and use his hit Thrift Shop for promotion. It mentions Goodwill and any song that talks about sporting your grandad's clothes is a winner. ...

In case you can't tell, I love music. Any kind of music.

That's all I'm saying.

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U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

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Updated: 6 hours ago

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bay’s local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Florida National Guard soldier killed, five injured in Sebring crash

SEBRING — A soldier with the Florida National Guard was killed and five others were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash on Friday, officials said.The crash took place at about 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Hammock Road.The soldiers ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cellphones and cellphone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wednes...
Updated: 9 hours ago
U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soul food restaurant as part of scheme to steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
Updated: 9 hours ago
That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

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TAMPA — If you hear loud noises coming from MacDill Air Force Base over the next few days, don’t be alarmed.It’s the sound of flying hogs.A squadron of A-10C Warthogs, beloved by troops in the field for their ability to swoop low and slow and tear ap...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

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When former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash in November, he had amphetamines, morphine and the sleep aid zolpidem in his system, according to an autopsy report.Halladay, 40, died from blunt force trauma with drowning ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

USF leaders move to calm fears over consolidation plan

ST. PETERSBURG — Holding a piece of computer paper and a microphone, the leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg began a Friday afternoon forum by repeating the USF administration’s new mantra.He reassured the crowd before him that t...
Updated: 9 hours ago