Tuesday, July 17, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: New guidelines issued to prevent peanut allergies in children

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

NEW GUIDELINES ON INFANTS AND PEANUTS MAY CONTRADICT EVERYTHING YOU'VE HEARD BEFORE

Do you, or your children, suffer from peanut allergies? The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases released formal, detailed guidelines for pediatricians and allergists that suggest feeding infants younger than 1 year old a small portion of food containing peanuts could prevent the allergy from forming later.

TARPON SPRINGS GIRL CHOSEN AS EPIPHANY DOVE BEARER HAS LONG LOOKED FORWARD TO THE HONOR

Maria Chagaris, 16, was selected as the dove bearer for Epiphany 2017 in Tarpon Springs.

The first time Maria Chagaris remembers watching a teenage girl release a dove at the bank of Spring Bayou during Epiphany, she was in a stroller. But she knew even then she someday wanted to be that girl, dressed in white with the whole city's eyes on her. And Friday, she will be. Chagaris, 16, was chosen as the dove bearer for the 112th Epiphany ceremony, a traditional Greek Orthodox Christian celebration that will draw thousands to Tarpon Springs to celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ.

RAY NERI, PERSISTENT AND HONEST 'MAYOR OF LEALMAN,' DIES AT 79

Ray Neri, the self-proclaimed "mayor of Lealman" died this week. He is known for his tireless efforts to better the unincorporated area through work with Pinellas County and volunteer groups.

PASCO OKAYS $400,000 RESERVOIR LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

Pasco County and King Engineering Associates have settled their nine-year legal fight over the ballooning costs of a sinkhole-plagued reservoir project in Land O'Lakes. Completed in 2008, the final cost of the reclaimed water reservoir was $22.4 million — almost six times the originally announced price and still more than $8 million above the eventual bid price of $14.1 million. Pasco utility customers paid for three-quarters of the expense, with a $5.6 million Southwest Florida Water Management District grant covering the balance.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF: ALL-TIME TAMPA BAY COLLEGE TEAMS

Some of the top players in the country will be in town for Monday's College Football Playoff national title game at Raymond James Stadium. Consider it payback for all of the top talent the Tampa Bay area's fields have produced and sent to programs across the country. With that in mind, we've compiled the best players from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties to form our all-time Tampa Bay college teams.

LARGO OFFICIALS ROLL OUT ANNEXATION STRATEGY TO FILL HOLES IN CITY BOUNDARY

Dispersed throughout Largo are pockets of unincorporated Pinellas County almost or completely surrounded by properties inside city boundaries. Several areas have been filled through a mostly reactive approach. But with a new full-time position devoted to annexations, city officials have laid out a more proactive strategy to help Largo stretch contiguously from gulf to bay.

TOP U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS TO TESTIFY ON RUSSIAN HACKING

Senior U.S. intelligence officials face questions at a Senate hearing that will be dominated by the intelligence community's assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win. The Armed Services Committee's cyber threats hearing comes a day before the president-elect is to be briefed by the CIA and FBI directors — along with the director of national intelligence — on the investigation into Russia's alleged hacking efforts.

REVIEW: 'EMERALD CITY' ON NBC IS A SINISTER TRIP DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

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Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas and Adria Arjona as Dorothy in NBC's 'Wizard of Oz' reboot 'Emerald City.'

A yellow opium road. Crucified scarecrows. Flying monkey drones. Definitely not Kansas. The next trip to Oz is a far cry from the bubbly musicals and stage productions that came before. NBC's small-screen reboot Emerald City, premiering Friday at 9 p.m., is a darker look at the characters and world created by L. Frank Baum more than 100 years ago.

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Bucs running back Ronald Jones eager to prove himself as rookie

Bucs running back Ronald Jones eager to prove himself as rookie

Bucs rookies report to training camp Monday, in less than a week, but running back Ronald Jones has offered fun insights into his preparation with a 10-minute video interview with his hometown paper back in Texas, the McKinney Courier-Gazette."I defi...
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SEC media days: Kirby Smart, Georgia have moved on from title game loss

SEC media days: Kirby Smart, Georgia have moved on from title game loss

ATLANTA — Georgia coach Kirby Smart can't seem to get away from last year's national title loss.Even on Tuesday before taking the podium at SEC media days, he saw highlights of it on ESPN.But half a mile away from the site of that defeat t...
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Artist, advocate, Marine: New Pasco school security director compelled to serve

Artist, advocate, Marine: New Pasco school security director compelled to serve

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Her 3-year-old was locked in a washing machine filling with water. Now she’s warning parents.

Her 3-year-old was locked in a washing machine filling with water. Now she’s warning parents.

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Woman run over by Publix semitrailer in Florida dies

Woman run over by Publix semitrailer in Florida dies

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Poll: Little support for arming teachers

Poll: Little support for arming teachers

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Hillsborough to train school resource officers during active shooter exercise

Hillsborough to train school resource officers during active shooter exercise

DOVER — With the start of classes nearly three weeks away, Hillsborough County school resource officers will receive extensive active shooter training Tuesday morning to prepare them in the event of another school tragedy.Members of the Hillsborough ...
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Thick humidity fuels sweltering conditions, increasing rain chances for Tampa Bay

Thick humidity fuels sweltering conditions, increasing rain chances for Tampa Bay

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to pick up throughout Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon, along with continued blistering sunshine and high humidity.An increased chance of rain, around 60 percent, will continue throughout the week. A hig...
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First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

Times Staff WriterVisitors to Universal Studios in Orlando on Monday night got to witness the premiere of the new high-tech, dancing-fountain, cinematic show to end the day in the park in what the show’s creator called "a kiss goodnight." It’s full o...
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The Daystarter: Race-baiter claims self-defense; Florida Republicans blast Trump’s performance; catching up with All-Star Blake Snell

The Daystarter: Race-baiter claims self-defense; Florida Republicans blast Trump’s performance; catching up with All-Star Blake Snell

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain today, with storms expected to start along the coast in the morning before moving inland, according to the National Weather Service. High te...
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