Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Mayoral candidate served time in murder case; a major step toward repealing Obamacare; HBO's 'The Young Pope' is heavenly drama

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

ST. PETE BEACH CANDIDATE SERVED TIME IN MURDER CASE

A mayoral candidate in St. Pete Beach served time for being an accessory to murder 20 years ago in Maryland, the Times has learned. John-Michael Fleig, then 30, was originally charged with murder for his role in the killing of a friend's uncle. He supplied the gun used in the killing.

SENATE TAKES MAJOR STEP TOWARD REPEALING OBAMACARE

Senate Republicans on Thursday took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the health care law without the threat of a Democratic filibuster in a vote that went 51-48.

PARENTS REMEMBER PASCO BOY KILLED BY SUV

Kim Traver didn't get to speak to her 8-year-old son before he died.' The 31-year-old Publix cake decorator left the family home for work Saturday morning around 5 a.m. Gage Traver was still asleep. Later that day, Gage was struck by a sport-utility vehicle while riding his bike. It happened just around the corner from his house. The boy was taken to Tampa General Hospital, but never regained consciousness. Gage's parents say he was "always on the move, always having a good time."

CHARGERS ARE SAID TO BE MOVING TO LOS ANGELES FOR NEXT SEASON

[Associated Press]

The Chargers have played in San Diego for a half-century.

The Chargers appear set to return to Los Angeles for next season after more than a half-century in San Diego and several failed attempts to build a new stadium. The Chargers, who began play in Los Angeles in 1960 as part of the old American Football League, are expected to share a $2.6 billion stadium being built by the Rams.

DEVELOPER  PITCHES IN WITH FREE ACCOMODATIONS FOR TAMPA FAMILIES HIT BY TOXIC DRYWALL

The New Jersey developer under fire for not helping families stuck in homes blighted with toxic drywall has agreed to provide free accommodations for up to nine months while their houses are rehabbed. 

KOCH BROTHERS COMPANY ARGUES AGAINST GOV. RICK SCOTT'S JOB INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

The uphill battle Gov. Rick Scott faces in getting $85 million of job incentive funds approved by a reluctant Florida Legislature was hard to miss this week. While new Enterprise Florida CEO and President Chris Hart IV on Wednesday afternoon made his for the Legislature to revive job incentives to lure businesses to Florida to create jobs, he had to do so while sitting next to a pair of ardent opponents, including one with ties to the Koch Industries.

REVIEW: HBO'S 'YOUNG POPE' IS A HEAVENLY, CAMPY DRAMA

[HBO]

Jude Law stars in "The Young Pope"

The Young Pope begs to answer the question: What if the next Pope were young and American? And also Jude Law. Enter Lenny Balardo (Law), dubbed Pope Pius XIII, an arrogant, highly-conservative, self-serving orphan who's just become the head of the Catholic church. You could say The Young Pope is timely.

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Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
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Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
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‘This looks bleak.’ Game 7 loss short circuits Lightning fans

‘This looks bleak.’ Game 7 loss short circuits Lightning fans

TAMPA — Nick Genovese was anxious.The 21-year-old from Land O’Lakes had come to Thunder Alley outside Amalie Arena hoping to see the Tampa Bay Lightning triumph over the Washington Capitals in Wednesday night’s Eastern Conference winner-take-all Game...
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Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

TAMPA — The Lightning's dream season ended late Wednesday with the final horn, or, if you prefer, early in the second period of Game 5, when it scored its last goal of the Eastern Conference final.How about that? The team with the most regular-...
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Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

TAMPA — Yanni Gourde said he will have to see a replay to know just how it got away, but even in a lopsided 4-0 loss like Wednesday night, he'll remember the puck in front of an empty net, and the missed opportunity that encapsulated a frustrat...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

In a way, the timing of RHP Jake Faria's oblique injury seemed manageable in that RHP Nathan Eovaldi is close to coming off the disabled list and can step in. But on the other hand, the Rays finally could have four regular starters. Imagine that.Ther...
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Lightning-Capitals: A hurt that could last forever

Lightning-Capitals: A hurt that could last forever

TAMPA — This one stings. And it will ache for a long time. Maybe forever in these parts.Another chance for a Stanley Cup. Another disappointment. As the Lightning skated off the ice after losing Wednesday night's Game 7 of the Eastern Conferenc...
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Woman hit, killed while crossing road in Tampa

TAMPA — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing N 40th Street near E Hanlon Street on Wednesday night, according to Tampa police.The crash took place just before 8 p.m. The driver was heading north on 40th Street before strikin...
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Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
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Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

TAMPA — Forget Vegas.The Lightning have left the building.No more season. No more watch parties. No more anything.There is no way around it. Jon Cooper's team couldn't finish, not in Game 7 at home, not in the Eastern Conference final...
Updated: 5 hours ago