Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Police say man dies after running naked on Dale Mabry, disrupting traffic

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

A man who was naked and behaving erratically early Wednesday morning on Dale Mabry Highway has died after he was transported to a hospital, according to Tampa police. The man, who remains unidentified, was transported to a nearby hospital after he experienced a medical issue while in the back of a police patrol car and later died, Tampa police spokesman Stephen Hegarty said.

PINELLAS SHERIFF'S LIEUTENANT FIRED OVER SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SUBORDINATE

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office lieutenant was fired after an internal investigation found he had a sexual relationship with his subordinate. Lt. Robert Ross was terminated this month after a 20-year career with the agency, according to the Sheriff's Office, for engaging in a relationship with inmate records manager Stephannie Watson and then repeatedly lying about it during an internal investigation.

THESE CENTRAL FLORIDA ENTREPRENEURS ARE USING AN APP TO MAKE RUNNING A VIRTUAL REALITY

A pair of Lakeland entrepreneurs want to turn your routine run into a trip through the Redwoods country of Northern California, a Dublin pub crawl or a fantasy jaunt with Alice in Wonderland via a software application that provides interactive fitness challenges. Kevin Transue and Scott Parker founded Yes.Fit four years ago and now have 78,000 people participating in virtual runs through historical sites, fantasy literary landscapes or just plain beautiful scenery.

NEW JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER READIES FOR MAJOR IMPACT ON SOCIAL SCENE

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Attendees fill the ballroom at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center for a circus-themed party on Dec. 16.

The opening of the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center presented a host of entertaining possibilities, from black-tie galas to birthday parties around the pool. Ten to 2,000 guests can be accommodated throughout the $30 million renovation of the former Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. Demand for additional banquet space mushroomed with last year's closing of A La Carte Event Pavilion, the popular facility operated by Bloomin' Brands on property owned by Egypt Shriners in Town 'N Country.

ISRAEL CABINET MINISTER CALLS KERRY SPEECH 'PATHETIC'

A senior member of Israel's nationalist government on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's planned Mideast policy speech a "pathetic move," further heightening tensions between the two close allies as the Obama Administration prepares to leave office. The comments by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan were the latest salvo in a toxic exchange following the U.S.'s refusal to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution last week that called Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem a violation of international law. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bitterly criticized the resolution, and accused the U.S. of colluding with the Palestinians in drawing it up.

USF: DON'T EXPECT THE BOWL DOLDRUMS THAT PLAGUED OTHER AAC TEAMS

[OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Despite the coaching turnover since season's end, USF assistant T.J. Weist doesn't expect a dropoff from the Bulls in the bowl game. "This team has a lot of pride. There's a reason we won 10 (games), and we won 10 because of the pride of this team and the determination."

Few teams have experienced more upheaval in the past month than USF. They have lost one coach (Willie Taggart), gained another (Charlie Strong), and temporarily are being guided by a third (T.J. Weist). For all of Strong's in-state accomplishments, the players still approach 2017 with the uncertainty that accompanies a regime change. So it's natural for fans to ponder the state of their team's collective psyche entering Thursday afternoon's Birmingham Bowl against South Carolina.

SECOND FLIGHT RECORDER RECOVERED FROM BLACK SEA CRASH SITE

Search teams on Wednesday recovered another flight recorder from a military plane that crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 aboard, the Defense Ministry said. The first flight recorder was found the previous day and experts have started analyzing its data to determine the cause of the crash.

10 TAMPA BAY ARTISTS WHO DIED IN 2016

The art world lost international icons in 2016 including David Bowie and Prince. But Tampa Bay also felt the sting of death among its creative communities. Here are some of the local artists we lost.

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Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

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Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

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Updated: 1 hour ago

Crash closes Lutz Lake Fern Road at Cypress Green Drive

LUTZ — Lutz Lake Fern Road is closed in both directions at Cypress Green Drive after a crash Sunday morning, deputies reported.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, said HCSO spokesman Danny Alvarez.Stay with tampabay.c...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

LARGO — A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle Saturday night, police said.Khadijah Wood was walking through the parking lot of the Sandy Lane Apartment Homes on Belcher Road about 7:30 p.m.At the same time, Ju...
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Warm, sunny Sunday in Tampa Bay

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Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

A first-degree murder suspect remains at large almost a week after the fatal shooting of a Winter Haven father.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Johnny Ray Owsley’s murder of 35-year-old Adam Thrower, called "Cook" by friends, involved Owsley’s e...
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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Published: 12/16/17
Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Published: 12/16/17
Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

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