Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Mourning, memorials as Oakland warehouse fire probe continues

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

MOURNING, MEMORIALS AMID PROBE INTO FATAL OAKLAND WAREHOUSE FIRE

As investigators searched for signs of a crime in the fire that killed at least 33 in an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party, survivors and teary-eyed friends of those who perished viewed the charred building from a distance, placed flowers on several small memorials and embraced each other to mourn their losses.

TRUMP TAPS FORMER CAMPAIGN RIVAL CARSON AS HOUSING SECRETARY

President-elect Donald Trump, moving to complete formation of his Cabinet and decide other key administration posts, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY TO DISCUSS AMENDMENT 1

• A news conference at 11 a.m. today in Tallahassee could provide some insight into whatever happened to Amendment 1, the 2014 ballot measure that voters passed overwhelmingly to dedicate state money for the acquisition and preservation of conservation and recreation lands. Last we checked, some environmental groups had sued the state over what they called the misapplication of the constitutional amendment. The news conference will address opposition to the Rodman Dam in north Florida. But expect updates on the statewide dispute over Amendment 1.

FENNELLY: TAMPA, BEHOLD YOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TITLE GAME HOPEFULS

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Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his team after their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta.

We have our Final Four, Martin Fennelly writes. Two will head our way. Pac-12 champion Washington against SEC overlord Alabama in one semifinal. ACC champ Clemson against proud Big Ten East second-place finisher Ohio State. Sorry. It needed to be said. Who in the name of Bear Bryant can stop the Saban and the Death Star? takes a look at how they got here. Also, check out the complete bowl lineup to see where your team is headed, and read Matt Baker's five thoughts on who might be coming to Tampa

FROM THE FOOD EDITOR: BREAKFAST FORMS THE MAJOR HOLIDAY FOOD TRADITIONS IN MY HOUSE

[Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post]

Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles

Michelle Stark admits she doesn't have a ton of holiday food traditions. But the one meal she associate most closely with the holiday season isn't dinner or dessert, but breakfast. She shares her recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Waffles with that in mind.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEK: 'HAIRSPRAY LIVE!' ON NBC, UNDONE PODCAST

Luckily, Chelsea Tatham notes that this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC.

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Flight attendants say ‘appalling’ Southwest flight photo confirms it — you’re not paying attention to the safety demo

Flight attendants say ‘appalling’ Southwest flight photo confirms it — you’re not paying attention to the safety demo

Mario Nunez called it a "huge shaking my head moment" when the photo inside the cabin of Southwest Airlines flight 1380 appeared on his TV.The story was about a terrifying emergency landing after an engine exploded 20 minutes into a trip from New Yor...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

Today across America, high school students are expected to walk out of class in their latest show of solidarity against gun violence and elected officials unwilling to do much about it. It marks a grim anniversary — 19 years since Columbine bra...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Today: Area high school students to join national walkout in memory of Columbine

Today: Area high school students to join national walkout in memory of Columbine

High school students from both sides of Tampa Bay will commemorate the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings on Friday, although in very different ways.In St. Petersburg, students from several schools will gather at noon at City Hall for...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Students remember Columbine; 98Rockfest is back; and the pier moves forward

The Daystarter: Students remember Columbine; 98Rockfest is back; and the pier moves forward

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• A dry cold front moved through the bay area overnight but it won’t affect temperatures much. It might be a little cooler in the North Suncoast, but that’s it. Bay area highs will stil...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

The Tampa Bay area’s hotel occupancy rate rose to 87.5 percent in March, the highest level in three years. The rise was fueled by spring break vacationers as well as insurance adjusters and hurricane cleanup crews flooding the state to restore it aft...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions. The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 ...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Crabby Bill’s founder Bill Loder dies at 86

Crabby Bill’s founder Bill Loder dies at 86

LARGO — Bill Loder, who founded the Crabby Bill’s seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach, died at Largo Medical Center Thursday afternoon.Mr. Loder, 86, had trouble breathing early in the day and was rushed to the hospital, said his son Matt Loder....
Updated: 9 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Life got you down? The Miracle League is back and making miracles again

Life got you down? The Miracle League is back and making miracles again

ST. PETERSBURG — An old friend is back in the lineup.The Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches Miracle League, which champions baseball for the physically and mentally challenged, returned with a flourish Saturday morning. We're better for it."This...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Updated: 1 hour ago