Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Let the MJ-Bubba debacle come to an end

Not only am I hoping that Hillsborough Circuit Judge James Arnold declares a mistrial in the MJ-Bubba debacle (calling it a trial is too kind), I'm hoping he declares it a complete misappropriation of time, common sense, decency, civility and the court's reason for existing.

The parties involved need to sign an agreement never to invoke each other's name in vain again and be done with it. Enough truly innocent people — and I mean truly — have been wounded. Please end this now. …

When a citizen has to step in to calm the St. Petersburg City Council, instead of the other way around, it's a sad commentary. Theresa "Momma Tee" Lassiter delivered a stinging rebuke last week, but the council deserved it. How can you expect to find an alternative for the Sweetbay closing in Midtown if the discussion isn't solution-driven? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Horse Is More Pampered Than My Husband. …

Tampa International Airport already has one of the lowest costs in the nation for shepherding a passenger through the facility and onto a plane. But in 2012, director Joe Lopano offered pizza to the staff if it could drop the average cost below $5 per passenger. When the staff succeeded, Lopano gave nearly 500 employees an Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza gift card. …

The Second Time Arounders Marching Band will hold a Chili Cook Off on Saturday at Ferg's Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, from 1-4 p.m. Call (813) 335-5256.

It appears "Gasparilla 2013" ranked among the top trending topics in the entire Twitter universe Saturday. I guess buccaneers, beads and beer can be an effective brand for the area — at least once a year.

That's all I'm saying.

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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)."We got defensive st...
Updated: 12 minutes 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: 26 minutes 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: 27 minutes 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: 29 minutes 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: 1 hour 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: 1 hour 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: 1 hour ago
Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

LAKE BUENA VISTA — LHP Jonny Venters got as far as Triple A in September. Now the former All-Star is positioned to make it all the way back to the majors for the first time since 2012, re-signing with the Rays and headlining Thursday’s announcement o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pack your bags: 107.3M Americans to set holiday traveling record

Pack your bags: 107.3M Americans to set holiday traveling record

A record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel this holiday season.The American Automobile Association projects that 107.3 million Americans will pack their bags and travel more than 50 miles by planes, trains, automobiles and other mod...
Updated: 2 hours ago