Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Ex-CentCom official may replace Flynn; nudity returning to Playboy; Virage Bayshore breaks ground; first black 'Bachelorette'

The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

EX-CENTCOM DEPUTY COMMANDER HARWARD EMERGES AS FRONT-RUNNER TO REPLACE FLYNN

Vice Adm. Robert Harward, a former deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, became the front-runner late Monday to replace Michael Flynn as the White House national security adviser, the Washington Post reported. It follows lengthy discussions among top advisers to President Donald Trump and several Cabinet members after Flynn resigned. Harward's rapid ascension to the top of Trump's three-person shortlist for the position was confirmed by two White House officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.

VIRAGE BAYSHORE TAKES SHAPE AT FORMER COLONNADE SITE ON TAMPA'S BAYSHORE BOULEVARD

The condominium tower under construction at the former site of the Colonnade restaurant on Bayshore Boulevard has a name: Virage Bayshore. The Virage Bayshore will be a 24-story, 71-unit tower with views of Hillsborough Bay and the downtown Tampa skyline. The site at 3401 Bayshore Blvd. is considered the last unclaimed parcel on Bayshore Boulevard zoned to be a high-rise tower, according to a press release. The cost per unit? A cool $1 million to $5 million.

PLAYBOY MAGAZINE REVERSES POSITION, BRINGS BACK NUDITY

[Gavin Bond | Playboy via AP]

This image released by Playboy shows Playmate Elizabeth Elam on the cover of the March-April 2017 issue of the gentleman's magazine. Naked women are back in Playboy magazine, ending a year-old ban on the nudity that made the magazine famous. The about-face came Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with the release of Playboy's March-April issue.

Naked women are back in Playboy magazine, ending a year-old ban on the nudity that made the magazine famous. Playboy celebrated the reversal on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NakedIsNormal.

AGREEMENT REACHED ALLOWING MIDYEAR TEACHER TRANSFERS

Pasco County teachers will not face a ban on midyear job transfers under an agreement reached between the school district, which had sought to limit the moves, and the teachers union. "Teachers will be able to transfer between schools," said Jim Ciadella, operations manager for the United School Employees of Pasco. "If a person is offered a job, he or she will be transferred once a qualified replacement is found." School principals will be expected to seek replacements in a timely fashion, although no time frame was established.

RAYS EAGER TO SEE HOW QUICKLY HARD-WORKING RAMOS CAN RETURN

First, the Rays have to wait for new C Wilson Ramos to report to camp in Port Charlotte, as word is he will be delayed a day or two having been rehabbing in south Florida, Marc Topkin writes. More significant will be how long they have to wait for Ramos, the All-Star signed as a free agent from Washington, to recover from his right knee ACL surgery and join their lineup, with good progress and no hints of any setbacks reported thus far.

RACHEL LINDSAY NAMED ABC'S FIRST BLACK 'BACHELORETTE'

[Rick Rowell | ABC]

Rachel Lindsay is a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor

She may still be a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor, but Rachel Lindsay is going to be America's next Bachelorette. Yes, the announcement coming before her elimination on the show is a bit of a spoiler for fans, but Lindsay, 31, says that's because filming is set to start soon and they wanted to get the word out.

COOKBOOK REVIEW: 'EATING IN THE MIDDLE: A MOSTLY WHOLESOME COOKBOOK' OFFERS A GUIDE TO BALANCE

When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year. In her own efforts to eat mostly wholesome meals in the past several months, one book kept showing up on Ileana Morales Valentine's kitchen counter.

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Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular seaso...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
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Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
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Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
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Football: Armwood 24, Jefferson 14

SEFFNER — Armwood is becoming accustomed to winning close games.The Hawks fended off visiting Jefferson 24-14 in a defensive battle that featured a plethora of holding penalties in the second half.Armwood (3-1) earned two rushing touchdowns from juni...
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Football: Plant 44, Gaither 34

TAMPA — Seventy-eight points. Eight hundred and 40 yards in total offense. Five players surpassing the century mark in yardage.When the game was over Friday, Plant had the edge in every category — including the scoreboard as the Panthers (3-1) opened...
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Football: Robinson 28, Blake 25

TAMPA — Nevermind that Blake scored a go-ahead touchdown with 87 seconds left in the game.Forgive him, but part of Robinson junior Lateef Al-Shaa’ir was hoping it would happen just so it would set up a comeback.And it did.With 24 seconds left in the ...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Football: St. Petersburg 23, Gibbs 6

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg’s Aumhryaun Brown’s two touchdowns helped overcome the ejection of quarterback Tonio Shavers as the Green Devils cruised to a 23-6 win against Gibbs on Friday.As time expired during the first half, with the Green Devil...
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Football: Plant City 24, East Bay 7

GIBSONTON — Plant City’s high-powered passing game gets most of the attention. But the Raiders’ defense is just as responsible for the team’s unbeaten start.In Plant City’s 24-7 road victory against East Bay in Class 7A, District 9 on Friday, the def...
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