Thursday, August 16, 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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One dead, several wounded when Pasco drug deal turns into gunfight

One dead, several wounded when Pasco drug deal turns into gunfight

HUDSON — A drug deal gone bad Wednesday night turned into a gunfight that left one dead, multiple people wounded and led to a car crashing into an apartment, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Multiple shooters were involved in the incide...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: Offense finally shows up in 6-1 win over Yankees

Rays journal: Offense finally shows up in 6-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK —  The Rays were looking for something to spark their once-again stagnant offense, and it came in somewhat unexpected ways in a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.Rookie INF/OF Brandon Lowe, who didn't have a hit in his first 1...
Updated: 5 hours ago
As the Rays turn: Tommy Pham activated, Jake Faria demoted

As the Rays turn: Tommy Pham activated, Jake Faria demoted

OF Tommy Pham only needed seven innings in leftfield and four at-bats for short-season Class A Hudson Valley on Wednesday to determine his fractured right foot was healed and he will rejoin the Rays for Thursday's matinee at Yankee Stadium.Pham was i...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays core that finishes season will be one that starts 2019, Stuart Sternberg says

Rays core that finishes season will be one that starts 2019, Stuart Sternberg says

NEW YORK — No, the Rays won't sit tight the whole off­season without changing their roster. That's not their style. There's going to be a trade or two. They'll dump somebody whose salary exceeds his value. With only maybe $30 million or so...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ win over the Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ win over the Yankees

1. Welcome back, Kevin Kiermaier. For one night, anyway, the slumping centerfielder looked like the kind of game-changer the Rays expect, rapping a few hits, racing around the bases and roaming the outfield, making leaping catches and laser-like thro...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Couple looks to plant new South Tampa church at the Tampa Garden Club

Couple looks to plant new South Tampa church at the Tampa Garden Club

Pastors Chris and Erica Allen know many millennials feel disconnected from the Christian church. "For a lot of folks, church hasn’t seemed relevant to their lives," Erica Allen said. "That’s why we don’t expect people to come to us. We want to come t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

It is real news that the Hillsborough County School District said this week it will accelerate testing for lead in drinking water and release the results after the Tampa Bay Times reported testing would take years and that until we asked families wer...
Updated: 8 hours ago
As Jonchuck nears trial, defense takes novel approach to gain any advantage

As Jonchuck nears trial, defense takes novel approach to gain any advantage

In the coming trial of a father accused of tossing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge to her death — a crime for which he faces the death penalty — nothing is normal.That has certainly been true for the flurry of motions filed by defendant John Jon...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Remember Trevor Dooley? His stand your ground case returns to court for appeal on Tuesday

Remember Trevor Dooley? His stand your ground case returns to court for appeal on Tuesday

TAMPA — Remember the case of Trevor Dooley?He’s the Valrico man who fatally shot one of his neighbors back in 2010 during a fight over a skateboarder on a basketball court. He later unsuccessfully invoked Florida’s stand your ground self-defense law....
Updated: 10 hours ago
Keswick coach Phil Hayford back on the field after spring’s gruesome leg injury

Keswick coach Phil Hayford back on the field after spring’s gruesome leg injury

It's going to take more than a nasty leg injury to keep Keswick Christian coach Phil Hayford off the football field. Hayford, 70, was injured in April when he got too close to a player during a drill. The cleat from one of his players peeled off the ...
Updated: 10 hours ago