Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Morning watch: Perry meeting with Trump today as transition team ponders next moves

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TRUMP THE DEALMAKER KEEPS ANY CABINET DECISIONS UNDER WRAPS

There were hints about Donald Trump's admininistration but no decisions to announce over the weekend. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in 2012, was "under active and serious consideration" for secretary of state, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said. Trump himself said retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was an "impressive" prospect for defense secretary. More meetings are on Trump's schedule today, including a meeting with former Texas governor and GOP presidential rival Rick Perry.

THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WILL OPEN A STORE IN INTERNATIONAL PLAZA

The Tampa Bay Lightning is opening a store inside International Plaza at 9 a.m. Friday, just in time for Black Friday shoppers and the busy holiday shopping season. The Tampa Bay Sports store, as it will be called, will sell Lightning merchandise, as well as jerseys, hats and other goods related to other Florida sports teams like the Rays, Bucs Bucs, Storm, the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles.

DESPITE ZIKA AND HURRICANES, FLORIDA LURES RECORD NUMBER OF TOURISTS

Tourists continue to visit Florida in record numbers during a year that saw two hurricanes hit the state and federal officials warn away pregnant women from Miami due to the Zika virus. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce Monday that 85 million tourists visited the state during the first nine months of 2016.

POPE ALLOWING PRIESTS TO ABSOLVE WOMEN OF 'GRAVE SIN' OF ABORTION

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve women of the "grave sin" of abortion, extending indefinitely special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote in the Apostolic Letter made public by the Vatican on Monday that "there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled" with God.

FENNELLY: WIN AT LSU RANKS AMONG THE GREATEST IN FLORIDA GATORS HISTORY

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Austin Appleby (12) of Florida celebrates after the Gators' win over LSU.

The Gators pulled off isn't coincidental but unfortunate.

REVIEW: 'RULES DON'T APPLY' IS MEDIOCRE, EVEN WITH WARREN BEATTY'S MAGNETISM

Meanwhile, Steve Persall says Rules Don't Apply is affably mediocre, even tolerable between brief pleasures. The movie's lone constant amusement is Warren Beatty's madcap portrayal of Howard Hughes, keeping aloft his Spruce Goose of nonromantic not quite comedy.

CONEY ISLAND SANDWICH SHOP CELEBRATES 90TH ANNIVERSARY

First opened in 1926, the Coney Island Sandwich Shop has been a St. Petersburg staple for 90 years. On Saturday, Nov. 19 the shop, which has been in the same location since its opening, sold hotdogs for $.90 and held a chili dog eating contest to celebrate its anniversary. Check out Monica Herndon's video.

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Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

Shaquem Griffin: ‘I’m not just a feel-good story’

TAMPA — Shaquem Griffin wakes up knowing each day will be better than the last and barely unable to wait until tomorrow."It's just a whirlwind,'' Griffin said.On Thursday, he will walk the red carpet with his family, including his twin brother,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
After months, no action on Hillsborough’s substitute teacher problem

After months, no action on Hillsborough’s substitute teacher problem

TAMPA — Confronted in late 2017 with reports of misconduct by substitute teachers hired through a contractor, Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins said he would ask tough questions and demand answers. He had his lawyer, Jeff Gibson, ...
Published: 04/21/18
Goodwill to open second store in greater Brandon

Goodwill to open second store in greater Brandon

Times staffThe greater Brandon area will celebrate the grand opening of its second Goodwill store beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday (April 28) at 1407 U.S. 301. The new store will add another 12,000 square feet to the complex, which includes a 200,000-...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

DUNEDIN — After losing a four-run lead thanks to a bad sixth inning, it would have been easy for Clearwater Central Catholic to fold against Dunedin in the final of the 49th annual Dunedin Spring Tournament. But quality relief pitching from Gar...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG — Roughly four hours before taking the field against his former team Friday, Rays outfielder Denard Span spoke admirably about the Minnesota Twins, their organization in general, even hometown icon Joe Mauer.But business is busin...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

BRANDON — Ryan McDonagh blocks shots. He competes for pucks in the corners and wins those battles. He moves the puck up the ice well. He can join the rush. He can shoot from the blue line. He kills penalties."It was a great pickup by (Lightning...
Updated: 9 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 20

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 15, Central 0
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St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 11 hours ago