Tuesday, January 23, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: SB lanes on Skyway reopen after fatal wrong-way crash

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

WRONG-WAY DRIVER KILLED IN SUNSHINE SKYWAY CRASH; SOUTHBOUND LANES REOPEN

Southbound lanes on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge have reopened following a fatal crash early Friday morning involving a wrong-way driver. Motorists can take the Howard Frankland or Gandy bridges to Interstate 4 or the Selmon Expressway to southbound I-75 or U.S. 301.

THE MOST-READ STORIES ON TAMPABAY.COM IN 2016

As the year comes to a close, we're looking back on the top trending stories and blog posts from our website. Here are the 10 most-read items from 2016 on tampabay.com.

PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA WON'T OUST US DIPLOMATS IN HACKING FLAP

President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but said Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. 35 Russian diplomats were ordered to leave the U.S. in 72 hours and two facilities closed.

SYRIA'S CEASE-FIRE HOLDING DESPITE MINOR VIOLATIONS

A nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight was holding Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has been shredding high-level peace initiatives for over five years.

FAKE YBOR CITY STARS IN BEN AFFLECK'S NEW FILM

[Florida Times-Union, Terry Dickson]

Mounds of mulch and soil were hauled in for spreading to make Newcastle Street in Brunswick, Georgia a dirt street for filming of Ben Affleck's film "Live by Night,'' a Prohibition era film with scenes from Ybor City.

Between scenes of gun fights, car chases and explosions, Ybor City shines in the trailer for the movie Live By Night, starring Ben Affleck and premiering worldwide January 13. Set in the gangster-era of the 1920's and 30's, there are familiar-looking brick buildings with wrought iron balconies, five-bulb street lights that have become symbols of the Latin District and men wearing traditional guayaberas. In one scene, a lector standing on a raised platform reads to workers in a cigar factory. The catch: The set is actually a look-alike erected in Brunswick, Georgia, 270 miles from the real thing.

FOR TAMPA'S BOB BUCKHORN, THE PHOTO OP IS THE MESSAGE

Now here's some news: There are, in fact, photos that Tampa mayor and potential Democratic candidate for governor Bob Buckhorn will not take. Not that you'd know it. His six years in office have amassed a View-Master's worth of images of the mayor. Not everyone is amused.

CARLTON: THE BARELY TRUE, SLIGHTLY ASKEW YEAR IN REVIEW PART 2 FOR 2016

What were the top stories in Tampa Bay in 2016? A day after columnist John Romano offered his rundown, Sue Carlton presents her list.

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: INCOMING STATE ATTORNEY TALKS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Andrew Warren will become Hillsborough County's new state attorney Jan. 3, having won a close race in November against longtime incumbent Mark Ober. Warren, a former federal prosecutor, was a new face to many in the local legal community when he ran, having moved to Tampa in 2013. Warren spoke last week with the Tampa Bay Times about his background, his transition into office and his plans as he takes over as Hillsborough's top prosecutor.

ADOPT A FANDOM: MAKING A CASE FOR EACH COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF TEAM

[MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Alabama Crimson Tide players celebrate with head coach Nick Saban after the SEC championship against the Florida Gators at the Georgia Dome on Saturday December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Florida Gators 54-16.

Alabama or Washington. Clemson or Ohio State. Two of these teams will be headed to Tampa for the Jan. 9 College Football Playoff championship after Saturday's Peach and Fiesta Bowls. Maybe you don't have a rooting interest in any of the four. No worries. Since they will be ours in a week or so, a few super fans offer up reasons to adopt a team before the title game is set.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIALS, SHOWS TO WATCH BEFORE THE WINTER TV SEASON STARTS

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This weekend marks an end to the trash fire that was 2016. Along with a fresh slate and hopefully fewer beloved celebrity deaths, we have a boatload of new TV to look forward to in the new year. Before we get to the new stuff, here are some fall shows you need to catch up on.

'Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING,' 'SNEAKY PETE' AND MORE COMING TO AMAZON PRIME IN JANUARY

Amazon doesn't have quite as many titles coming to its streaming service in January as Netflix and Hulu. But what it lacks in quantity it certainly makes up for in quality. It's two new Amazon Originals airing this month focus on the glamourous life of Zelda Fitzgerald and a crime drama series with Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as an executive producer.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
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Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

New York TimesWASHINGTON — Congress brought an end to a three-day government shutdown on Monday as Senate Democrats buckled under pressure to adopt a short-term spending bill to fund government operations without first addressing the fate of young un...
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Male bicyclist struck, killed by vehicle in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A male bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 19 on Monday night, according to Pinellas Park police.The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. along the 8000 block of U.S. 19 N, near the Walmart Supercenter.The driver wa...
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High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0; Dixie Hollins 2, East Lake 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0...
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Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

ST. PETERSBURGThe bay area’s thriving glass art scene adds another member to its ranks today when the Imagine Museum officially opens in downtown St. Petersburg.Dedicated to the movement of studio glass, the museum is the brainchild of benefactor Tri...
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Facebook vows progress in halting election meddling

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of ...
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Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Associated PressLANSING, Mich. — The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that more than 120 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day hearing were "sister survivor warriors....
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severed his agency’s contract with CareerSource Pinellas on Monday after learning that the jobs center told the state it helped 624 sheriff’s employees get hired since 2014.The sheriff said he has no record of CareerSou...
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