Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Search for plane continues; nearly 200,000 under evacuation; Mosaic's first post-sinkhole test; Grammy winners coming to Tampa Bay

The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

COAST GUARD CONTINUES SEARCH FOR MISSING BROOKSVILLE PLANE THAT NEVER ARRIVED AT CEDAR KEY

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing its search for an aircraft that left Brooksville en route to Cedar Key on Sunday. Three people were aboard the plane, the Coast Guard said. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR, HIMES AVENUE CLOSED AT KIRBY

Deputies are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a car on North Himes Avenue. Deputies were called about 6:42 a.m. after the pedestrian was struck near the intersection of Himes and West Kirby Street, said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

NEARLY 200,000 REMAIN UNDER EVACUATION NEAR DAMAGED CALIFORNIA DAM

[Associated Press]

Water flows down Oroville Dam's main spillway, near Oroville, Calif. Water began flowing over the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam on Saturday for the first time in its nearly 50-year history after heavy rainfall. In addition to the emergency spillway, water also flowed through the main spillway that was significantly damaged from erosion.

Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled flood waters if it fails. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville — one of California's largest man-made lakes — had water levels so high that an emergency spillway was used Saturday for the first time in almost 50 years.

MOSAIC'S FIRST POST-SINKHOLE TEST WILL BE WINNING APPROVAL TO EXPAND MANATEE MINING

The sinkhole at the Mosaic plant in Mulberry, which drained 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the aquifer, has become a hard-to-remove mark on Mosaic's carefully crafted corporate image. The opposition Mosaic faces in Manatee could be a sign of things to come for the world's largest phosphate company, Craig Pittman writes. The company's first post-sinkhole political test will be winning approval for the mine expansion from the Manatee County Commission in a vote slated for Feb. 15.

DUNGY AND OTHER SPORTS NOTABLES TO SPEAK AT TAMPA PANEL SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO RACIAL TENSIONS

A one-of-a-kind event — "Under Our Skin: A Forum on Race & Faith'' — will be held Thursday night at the Crossing Church in Tampa. ESPN's Sage Steele, formerly a sports reporter for Tampa's ABC-TV affiliate, will be the moderator for a panel that includes Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson; former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl championship; first-year University of South Florida coach Charlie Strong; former quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida; and former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn, who won the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

SEARS, KMART JOIN OTHER RETAILERS IN DROPPING TRUMP-BRANDED ITEMS

The list of companies dropping products that carry the Trump name grew this weekend, with two major U.S. retailers announcing that they're no longer selling Trump Home items online. Reuters reported Saturday that Sears Holdings and subsidiary Kmart will discontinue online sales of 31 items from the Trump Home collection, which includes lines of living room and bedroom furniture, lamps and chandeliers.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEK: 'DOUBT' ON CBS, CIVICS 101 PODCAST

[CBS]

Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis and Steven Pasquale as Billy Brennan in CBS's Doubt.

Katherine Heigl plays a successful defense attorney who begins to fall for her client, a surgeon who might be guilty of a grisly murder in Doubt. It's one of several shows you should be sure to catch this week; Chelsea Tatham has the rundown.

2017 GRAMMYS: TWENTY ONE PILOTS, MAREN MORRIS, CAGE THE ELEPHANT AMONG WINNERS COMING TO TAMPA BAY

While the world waits for the Supreme Court to take up the matter of Adele v. Beyonce at the 2017 Grammys, Jay Cridlin takes a look beyond the Album of the Year controversy for just a minute. Here in Tampa Bay, we've got plenty of newly minted Grammy winners and performers coming to town over the next few months.

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Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — The Russians finally have a gold medal at the  Olympics, thanks to a 15-year-old who beat the fellow teen who inspired her to become a figure skater.Alina Zagitova won one of the Games' spotlight events Frida...
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High school scoreboard for Feb. 22

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Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed ...
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A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

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Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Associated PressSTARKE — An inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor’s office said Eric Scott Branch, ...
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After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor and the police chief came to Northeast High on Thursday to warn students about the dangers of circulating rumors of school safety threats on social media.While they were there, one of those unfounded rumors popped up on Fac...
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Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Haley Loeun, a top aide to the embattled leader of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards, was fired Thursday from her $130,000-a-year position as business services director.Loeun came under criticism after the Tampa Bay Times reported that employ...
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V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

TAMPA — Across Interstate 4 from Ybor City’s nightlife, another part of the historic neighborhood has an odor less nostalgic — and much less pleasant — than cigar smoke and roasting coffee beans.V.M. Ybor, named after the Spaniard who founded the cit...
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Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to propose to President Donald Trump that transgender members of the U.S. military be allowed to continue serving despite the president’s call last summer for a ban on all transgender service, acc...
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