Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: Society can't laugh off Trump's campaign of hate

It's not funny anymore.

Donald Trump's blunt and often insulting talk about minorities fuels an atmosphere where separatists can start conversations about white supremacy.

The Washington Post recently reported on the trend, noting that separatists use Trump's campaign as, "a great outreach tool." Trump disavowing the KKK hasn't slowed the movement.

We can't ignore those who perpetuate bigotry and long to drag us back into the darkness of hate.

On the next episode of That's All I'm Saying, airing at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on WEDU-Ch. 3, we explore the question of how far Tampa Bay has come since the civil rights movement.

The question has only grown in relevance since the presidential campaign season started. …

For once, I want to credit the Florida Legislature for displaying some fiscal conservatism in not backing Gov. Rick Scott's call for $1 billion in tax cuts and $250 million in job incentives.

Every state is different, but Louisiana used a similar formula and that's one of the reasons it's mired in a major budget crisis.

Let's hope our lawmakers now will move to better fund some pressing needs, like providing a raise to government workers for the first time in eight years. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If All Else Fails, Use A Bigger Hammer. …

Look for Jeff Vinik and the Vinik Family Foundation to make a major donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay today. I'm told it may be the largest in the local organization's 90-year history. …

Speaking of Vinik, he boldly predicted the region will solve its transportation woes at a Poynter Institute event last week. Maybe he knows something we don't.

That's all I'm saying.

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More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Updated: 11 hours ago
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: 8 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Updated: 9 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: 10 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: 11 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: 12 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: 12 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: 12 hours ago
That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

That noise you hear from MacDill is low-flying A-10 Warthogs in training

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: 12 hours ago
Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

Autopsy: drugs found in MLB star Roy Halladay’s system after plane crash

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: 12 hours ago