Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Morning Watch: Russia recovers fragments from crashed jet, focuses on faults and not terrorism as cause

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

Fragments of a plane were dragged out of the Black Sea on Monday amid a massive search operation as Russian officials declared that their investigation into the crash would focus on technical faults or pilot errors — not terrorism. All 84 passengers and eight crew on the Russian military's Tu-154 plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern city of Sochi en route to Syria.

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TAYLOR SWIFT VS. PITBULL: WHY NEW YORK CITY BEAT FLORIDA

Florida and New York City had the same problem. Tourism marketing experts in both vacation meccas fretted about the younger demographic, Jeremy Wallace writes. Marketing pros said Florida was increasingly viewed as a hot spot — for grandparents. New York City intimidated millennials. The solution? Pop stars. But while New York City is gushing over Taylor Swift's outreach, Florida is reeling from the fallout of its contract with Pitbull.

TRUMP TO INHERIT MORE THAN 100 COURT VACANCIES, PLANS TO RESHAPE JUDICIARY

The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Barack Obama is expected to hand over to Donald Trump in the Jan. 20 transition of power is nearly double the 54 openings Obama found eight years ago following George W. Bush's presidency. This will allow the new Republican president to quickly make a wide array of lifetime appointments.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S MOST DRAMATIC TURNAROUND STORY HIGHLIGHTS ST. PETERSBURG BOWL

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Miami (Ohio) receivers Daryus Thompson, left, and Rokeem Williams enjoy a TD against Iowa.

Two Fridays ago, Miami (Ohio) senior wideout Rokeem Williams became the first of seven kids in his family to graduate from college. That rise from destitution to degree is the second gripping story Williams has helped author this autumn. The other will be completed today in the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field against Mississippi State, when he and the Redhawks look to put a bow on one of the most impressive resurgences in college football history. The game, at Tropicana Field, kicks off at 11 a.m. (ESPN; 620-AM).

FOR WOMEN, HEAVY DRINKING HAS BEEN NORMALIZED AND THAT'S DANGEROUS

Women in America are drinking far more, and far more frequently, than their mothers or grandmothers did, and alcohol consumption is killing them in record numbers. White women are particularly likely to drink dangerously, with more than a quarter drinking multiple times a week and the share of binge drinking up 40 percent since 1999, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal health data. In 2013, more than a million women of all races wound up in emergency rooms as a result of heavy drinking, with women in middle age most likely to suffer severe intoxication.

BLIZZARDS, ICE STORMS WREAK HAVOC ACROSS NORTHERN PLAINS

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Mandan firefighters Shane Weltikol, left, and Chad Nicklos clear accumulating snow from outside the firehouse in downtown Mandan, N.D., as the Christmas Day blizzard intensifies on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. Most of the Dakotas and southwest Minnesota had turned into a slippery mess due to freezing rain Sunday morning before snow arrived later in the day as temperatures fell.

While Tampa Bay will experience more near-record high temperatures today, travel conditions will remain hazardous across much of the northern Great Plains as a winter storm continues to sweep across the region. The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced the shutdown Sunday of vast stretches of highways in the Dakotas was forecast to continue into Monday morning.

FROM THE FOOD EDITOR: FOUR NEW YEAR'S COOKING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017

There comes a point every December when Michelle Stark is up to her eyeballs in wrapping paper, cookies and the (stressful) excitement the holidays bring. That's when she, without fail, turn to food options she don't have to think about: frozen meals, pizza, more cookies. To combat the overindulgent holiday season, she offers a few healthy New Year's cooking resolutions.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 26-JAN. 1

From bowl games to New Year's Eve parties, there's plenty to do around Tampa Bay this week. Here's a sampling.

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One dead, several wounded when Pasco drug deal turns into gunfight

One dead, several wounded when Pasco drug deal turns into gunfight

HUDSON — A drug deal gone bad Wednesday night turned into a gunfight that left one dead, multiple people wounded and led to a car crashing into an apartment, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Multiple shooters were involved in the incide...
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Rays journal: Offense finally shows up in 6-1 win over Yankees

Rays journal: Offense finally shows up in 6-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK —  The Rays were looking for something to spark their once-again stagnant offense, and it came in somewhat unexpected ways in a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.Rookie INF/OF Brandon Lowe, who didn't have a hit in his first 1...
Updated: 5 hours ago
As the Rays turn: Tommy Pham activated, Jake Faria demoted

As the Rays turn: Tommy Pham activated, Jake Faria demoted

OF Tommy Pham only needed seven innings in leftfield and four at-bats for short-season Class A Hudson Valley on Wednesday to determine his fractured right foot was healed and he will rejoin the Rays for Thursday's matinee at Yankee Stadium.Pham was i...
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Rays core that finishes season will be one that starts 2019, Stuart Sternberg says

Rays core that finishes season will be one that starts 2019, Stuart Sternberg says

NEW YORK — No, the Rays won't sit tight the whole off­season without changing their roster. That's not their style. There's going to be a trade or two. They'll dump somebody whose salary exceeds his value. With only maybe $30 million or so...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ win over the Yankees

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from the Rays’ win over the Yankees

1. Welcome back, Kevin Kiermaier. For one night, anyway, the slumping centerfielder looked like the kind of game-changer the Rays expect, rapping a few hits, racing around the bases and roaming the outfield, making leaping catches and laser-like thro...
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Couple looks to plant new South Tampa church at the Tampa Garden Club

Couple looks to plant new South Tampa church at the Tampa Garden Club

Pastors Chris and Erica Allen know many millennials feel disconnected from the Christian church. "For a lot of folks, church hasn’t seemed relevant to their lives," Erica Allen said. "That’s why we don’t expect people to come to us. We want to come t...
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Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

It is real news that the Hillsborough County School District said this week it will accelerate testing for lead in drinking water and release the results after the Tampa Bay Times reported testing would take years and that until we asked families wer...
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As Jonchuck nears trial, defense takes novel approach to gain any advantage

As Jonchuck nears trial, defense takes novel approach to gain any advantage

In the coming trial of a father accused of tossing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge to her death — a crime for which he faces the death penalty — nothing is normal.That has certainly been true for the flurry of motions filed by defendant John Jon...
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Remember Trevor Dooley? His stand your ground case returns to court for appeal on Tuesday

Remember Trevor Dooley? His stand your ground case returns to court for appeal on Tuesday

TAMPA — Remember the case of Trevor Dooley?He’s the Valrico man who fatally shot one of his neighbors back in 2010 during a fight over a skateboarder on a basketball court. He later unsuccessfully invoked Florida’s stand your ground self-defense law....
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Keswick coach Phil Hayford back on the field after spring’s gruesome leg injury

Keswick coach Phil Hayford back on the field after spring’s gruesome leg injury

It's going to take more than a nasty leg injury to keep Keswick Christian coach Phil Hayford off the football field. Hayford, 70, was injured in April when he got too close to a player during a drill. The cleat from one of his players peeled off the ...
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