Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Morning watch: Conway gets administration post; 'suspicious materials found'; Bolts' Bishop out 3-4 weeks; search continues for Berlin suspect

Kellyanne Conway, who served as Donald Trump's campaign manager and as a senior adviser to the president-elect's transition team, will join the White House as counselor to the president. Conway, who has publicly grappled with whether to join the administration or to lead an outside political group to help Trump, will be part of the senior leadership team in the West Wing with responsibility for messaging and other priorities.

'SUSPICIOUS MATERIALS' FOUND IN HOME WHERE MAN COLLAPSED; SON ARRESTED

Fumes that may have caused a man to collapse inside a New Port Richey subdivision led to the arrest of the man's son, who is being considered a "potential terrorist," according to Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. When deputies arrived at the home, they noticed "suspicious materials" inside the bedroom of Sherif Elganainy. Deputies tried to take him into custody, but he fought back, the Sheriff's Office said, breaking one deputy's hand and hitting another deputy in the head.

LIGHTNING LOSES BISHOP 3-4 WEEKS TO INJURY

Andrei Vasilevskiy gets his first extended chance to be a No. 1 goalie now that Ben Bishop is out three to four weeks with a lower-body injury, the Lightning said. Kristers Gudlevskis was called up from AHL Syracuse and is expected to back up Vasilevskiy, starting tonight against the Blues at Amalie Arena.

EUROPE SCRAMBLES TO FIND SUSPECT IN BERLIN ATTACK

Nearly three days after the deadly attack in Berlin that killed 12 people and injured 48 others, the market in the center of the German capital reopened, with concrete blocks in place at the roadside to provide extra security. At the same time, authorities across Europe scrambled to track down a Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into the market, as one of his brothers urged him to surrender.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

Want to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa next month? As of Wednesday, about 400 of the 1,900 volunteer shifts scheduled for the event were still open. Those interested can sign up for multiple shifts doing everything from greeting fans at the airport to serving beverages along the Tampa Riverwalk. However, volunteers won't be working at the game.

MALNOURISHED CHILDREN LIVING IN CAR OUTSIDE WALMART; PARENTS ARRESTED

A deputy said he was on a routine patrol in when he spotted a blue Toyota in a Walmart parking lot. It wasn't the look of the vehicle that caught his attention but the smell emanating from it — an odor "similar to that of homeless camps," he said.

BOWEN: NUMBERS TELL THE STORY OF OUR LIVES

Pasco County residents go about their individual lives, working, playing, commuting, making money and spending it, too. Visitors stay at hotels and hit the parks and beaches. Local governments keep everything running. By year's end, all those everyday tasks add up. Times columnist C.T. Bowen takes a look at the numbers.

WHAT'S COMING TO HULU IN JANUARY?

Aside from new winter shows heading to Hulu after their respective premiere dates, the streaming site is also getting some cartoon classics, 1980s and 1990s pop culture favorites and a new season of the critical darling, The Path, in January.

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Police seek machete-wielding suspect in Plant City robbery

Police seek machete-wielding suspect in Plant City robbery

PLANT CITY — Police are searching for a suspect who, armed with a machete, robbed a Plant City convenience store on Tuesday.Police say the suspect arrived at the Circle K convenience store station at 1514 Alexander St. S around 2:50 a.m. and demanded...
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Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather’s ashes near downhill course

Lindsey Vonn scatters grandfather’s ashes near downhill course

JEONGSEON, South Korea — Lindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving something even more special behind. She did both. The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashe...
Updated: 18 minutes ago

Tampa police release name of man killed in hit-and-run on Adamo Drive

TAMPA — Police have released the name of a man struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Adamo Drive early Wednesday.Christopher Magdic, 41, of Tampa was walking west in the eastbound lanes of Adamo Drive about 4:15 a.m. when was struck by an unkn...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

OLDSMAR — A Dunedin man was seriously injured in a high-speed motorcycle crash early Thursday morning.According to deputies, 37-year-old Justin Kaune was riding southbound on Bayside Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. when he struck a cement median and lost ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay area’s population projected to grow to 3.1 million this year

Tampa Bay area’s population projected to grow to 3.1 million this year

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay area’s population, already the largest of any metropolitan area in the state, is projected to grow from 3 million last year to 3.1 million this year, and to 3.3 million over the next five years.That growth is expected to bring c...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor at U.S. Capitol

Rev. Billy Graham to lie in honor at U.S. Capitol

MONTREAT, N.C. — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Rev. Billy Graham’s body will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for two days next week. Ryan says he’s inviting members of Congress and the public to pay their respects to the man called "...
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Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
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Top 5 at noon: Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons; about those annoying popups on your phones; and more

Top 5 at noon: Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons; about those annoying popups on your phones; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:TRUMP ENDORSES RAISING MINIMUM AGE TO 21 FOR MORE WEAPONSPresident Donald Trump endorsed stricter gun-control measures today, including raising the minimum age to 21 for possessing a broader ...
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Hillsborough County inmate dies after becoming unresponsive at Falkenburg Road jail

Hillsborough County inmate dies after becoming unresponsive at Falkenburg Road jail

TAMPA — A 54-year-old inmate died Saturday after she became unresponsive at the Falkenburg Road Jail, authorities said.Tammie Castro was alert in the jail infirmary when jail officials called for paramedics at 3:34 a.m. but became unresponsive within...
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Work finally starts on downtown St. Petersburg’s newest hotel

Work finally starts on downtown St. Petersburg’s newest hotel

ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly a decade after it was first proposed, a new boutique hotel in downtown St. Petersburg is finally under construction.Workers are preparing the foundation of the Galaxy, an 11-story, 92-room hotel at Third Avenue N and First Str...
Updated: 3 hours ago