Friday, December 15, 2017
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

[Kevin C. Cox | Getty Images]

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.

Comments
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.That included blowing a one-goal third-period lead at home down the stretch, with Tampa Bay missing the playoffs by a point."You l...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
Updated: 6 hours ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and the Huffington Post published re...
Updated: 7 hours ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, please go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Thurs., Dec. 14, midday:97 796 8399e_SRit63724Thurs., Dec. 14, evening:37 731 1382e_SRit63276LottoWed., ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his weekend departure for the Middle East as Congress nears completion of a tax overhaul, his office announced Thursday. White House officials said Pence now plans to leave for Egypt on Tuesday so he...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Pinellas Park officer stuns middle school student with Taser

PINELLAS PARK — A school resource officer stunned a middle school student with a Taser while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, police said.Neither the Pinellas Park officer nor the students involved in the...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

WASHINGTON — A draft statement former FBI director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator s...
Updated: 7 hours ago