Friday, May 25, 2018
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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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Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
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Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
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In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
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Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
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The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
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Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
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Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 6 hours ago