Thursday, November 23, 2017
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

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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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Nikita Kucherov really does admire Patrick Kane

Nikita Kucherov really does admire Patrick Kane

TAMPA — Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov has watched plenty of film on Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.Kucherov marveled how the 2015-16 league MVP uses deception to "hide" from defenders. He noticed how patient Kane was with the puck, how well he passed ...
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Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

TAMPA — The Lightning entered Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks determined to avoid its first losing streak of the season. And it did in dramatic fashion, with Brayden Point’s power-play goal in overtime lifting it to a 3-2 victory. "A big boun...
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As rules change, many Florida immigrants face a choice: Do they stay or go?

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Basketball: USF Bulls bounce back with rout of Howard; FSU, Miami win

TAMPA — Three nights after running out of steam in a loss at Indiana, USF had enough to steamroll Howard of the MEAC.A 17-1 run late in the first half helped the Bulls to a 75-52 win Wednesday before an announced Sun Dome crowd of 2,080. USF (3-2) he...
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Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says team has not turned the corner yet

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Across country, small retailers aim for emotional ties big chains may lack

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