Saturday, August 18, 2018
News Roundup

Morning watch: Pain killers disappearing from VA hospitals; 'major announcement' at Amalie Arena amid Paul McCartney talk; Adrian Peterson chooses Saints; O'Reilly says 'the truth will come out'

The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

HALEY, YOUNG CENTER AMONG VA HOSPITALS WHERE DRUGS DISAPPEARED EN ROUTE TO PATIENTS

The Tampa area's two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals — James A. Haley in Tampa and C.W. Bill Young in St. Petersburg — are among five in Florida reporting the loss of prescription pain killers, according to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan. One employee at the Young center received a two-week suspension over the disappearance of a narcotic, VA officials told Buchanan. Read more from Howard Altman.

IS PAUL McCARTNEY COMING TO AMALIE ARENA?

So Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, are making a major announcement at Amalie Arena in Tampa at 11 a.m. No official word yet on what it will be, but the news release says it will start with "an Elevenses," a short break that "typically consists of tea or coffee, often with a biscuit." Very British-sounding, right? Meanwhile, speculation around the country is that Paul McCartney is set to make a tour announcement today. Coincidence? We shall see; Jay Cridlin is there and will update as soon as we hear. And check out our Facebook page for live video during the announcement.

O'REILLY, RETURNING IN PODCAST, SURPRISED BY FOX EXIT AND SAYS TRUTH WILL COME OUT

Five days after being fired from his top-rated Fox News Channel perch, Bill O'Reilly used a podcast to express his dismay and vowed that "the truth will come out."

SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS STARS AND INDIE FILMS TO ST. PETE

[LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Members and fans of the film industry gather outside of the Palladium during opening night of 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival at in St. Petersburg in 2016.

Escaping the heat in a dark movie theater this weekend? Don't forget the Sunscreen. St. Petersburg's 12th annual Sunscreen Film Festival won't be fast or furious, Steve Persall writes. The beasts and beauties in these independent gems don't sing. Sunscreen celebrates films and their makers that modern movie audiences don't go out of their way to experience. Which is exactly why we should.

ADRIAN PETERSON CHOOSES SAINTS, WILL FACE BUCS TWICE

Running back Adrian Peterson, who had expressed an interest in playing for the Bucs, is signing with the Saints, which means the former NFL MVP could face Tampa Bay twice this season, including the season finale in Tampa on Dec. 31. Greg Auman has the details.

PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO DISCUSS TAX MONEY FOR TORONTO BLUE JAYS

The Pinellas County Commission today will discuss the next steps for a plan to help Dunedin upgrade the spring training complex for the Toronto Blue Jays. The renovation calls for Pinellas County to fund $46.5 million of the $81 million project with money from the Tourist Development Council bed tax, a 6 percent tax allocated to marketing and capital projects. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

MORNING AFTER REPORT: RAYS WASTED TOO MANY CHANCES, AGAIN

There was good reason to pin Monday's 6-3 loss to the Orioles on Chris Archer, given how he allowed three homers in a five-batter span bridging the sixth and seventh innings, quickly turning a 3-1 advantage into a 5-3 deficit, and didn't have much explanation for it except to say, over and over, that he needs to "execute at a higher level.'' Marc Topkin, however, says that wasn't the only factor in the loss.

WE TRIED THAT: FERMENTING VEGETABLES IS QUITE EASY

St. Pete Ferments is a young company, open officially for business since October. Mainly found at local farmers markets with pickles for sale — pickles being any vegetable, not just cucumbers, preserved by acidification — owner Sarah Arrazola recently started holding workshops to teach people about the process. I attended the third installment of her first four-part fermentation series, in which she taught everything from making sauerkraut to brewing kombucha. We tried our hand in it; check out how it went.

FLORIDA EDUCATION NEWS: BUDGETS, BILLS, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND MORE

Jeffrey S. Solochek recaps a busy day in education news.

FLORIDA DL CALEB BRANTLEY'S CASE REMAINS MURKY, AS DOES DRAFT STOCK

[ANDRES LEIVA | Times]

DT Caleb Brantley was a second-team All-SEC selection last season for the Gators, prompting him to forgo his senior year for the NFL draft.

It has been almost two weeks since former Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley was involved in an early morning fight near a Gainesville bar, and the situation remains murky. It didn't get any clearer Monday, even after public statements from all parties involved. And it might not be resolved until after this week's NFL draft, where Brantley is regarded as an early round talent.

COAST GUARD AIRLIFTS CLEARWATER MAN EXPERIENCING SEIZURES FROM SAILBOAT NEAR CEDAR KEY

A Clearwater man was airlifted from a sailboat off the coast of Yankeetown, south of Cedar Key, on Monday after he was reported missing and was found experiencing seizures, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA'S J.D. OSBORNE TRADES PUCKS FOR PITCHES

Sometimes, University of Tampa baseball senior J.D. Osborne hears from road fans who know he was born and raised in Canada. "Hey, Osborne, you should be playing hockey!" they will call out from the stands. At the hockey rink, he was a center. He was decent, hard-working, scrappy. But when he was 16, that road ended. See how he's excelling at UT.

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Tom Jones’ Two Cents: Mixed bag for Bucs’ first teamers vs. Titans

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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Red Sox game

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New Rays catcher Michael Perez worth wait

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Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow settles down to pitch well in loss

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Epilogue: Tampa’s Mother Teresa, Delia Sanchez, remembered as child welfare champion

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Woman dead after boyfriend shoots her once, returns and shoots again, deputies say

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