Tuesday, February 20, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: St. Petersburg Diocese names replacement for retiring Bishop Robert Lynch

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

PARKES TO SUCCEED LYNCH AS BISHOP OF DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG

The Most Reverend Bishop Gregory L. Parkes

The Most Reverend Bishop Gregory L. Parkes on Monday was named the new bishop for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Parkes, bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, succeeds Robert N. Lynch, head of the Diocese of St. Petersburg since 1996, according to a news release. He will be introduced during a 10:30 a.m. news conference.

TRUMP BACK IN NEW YORK TO FILL MORE VACANCIES WHILE RECOUNT DISTRACTION LOOMS

With his return to New York, President-elect Donald Trump faces a pressing need to set more of the foundation blocks of his presidency in place by filling vacancies for secretary of state and other top posts. Distraction looms, however, much of it created by the president-elect himself, whose extraordinary claims of widespread voter fraud during a 12-hour Twitter offensive on Sunday cast a shadow over the legitimacy of an election that he actually won.

HILLSBOROUGH FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE ODESSA MOBILE HOME BLAZE; ONE HOSPITALIZED

One person was hospitalized after a fire at an Odessa mobile home early Monday morning. According to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the fire occurred at the 17100 block of Golf Vista Court. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEK

It's officially the holiday season, and networks have filled their schedules to the brim with festive specials and Christmas classics. Hallmark has been airing Christmas movies since early November, and Freeform starts its 25 Days of Christmas on Dec. 1. Here are our suggestions for must-watch shows this week.

The Head and the Heart

97X NEXT BIG THING SCHEDULE: SET TIMES FOR THE 1975, PHANTOGRAM, KONGOS AND MORE

Saturday brings one of the biggest events on the Tampa Bay live music calendar: 97X Next Big Thing, the 13-hour alternative extravaganza at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater. With 14 bands on the lineup, it can be tough to know when to arrive -- until 97X unveils its schedule and set times, that is. That day has now come, thanks to the official 97X mobile app.

'BARRY,' 'FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK' AND MORE COMING TO NETFLIX IN DECEMBER

Happy holidays to us all. There are some delightful additions to the Netflix lineup coming this month, from early '90s kid favorites to Netflix original movies and exclusives. Here are our top picks.

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High school scoreboard for Feb. 20

Tuesday’s scoreboardSoftballAdmiral Farragut 17, St. Petersburg Cath. 0BaseballGulf Coast HEAT 9, Canterbury 4Calvary Chr. 6, Lakeland Chr. 1
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Officers: When an active shooter attacks, survive by taking action

Officers: When an active shooter attacks, survive by taking action

LARGO — An Illinois teacher used confrontation. A campus safety monitor in Seattle attacked with pepper spray and physical force. An assistant football coach in Indiana shouted as he chased him into the woods.All were civilians who took down an activ...
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Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after saying outspoken Parkland students are actors

Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after saying outspoken Parkland students are actors

It bubbled up from the darkest online corners then began to take off: conspiracy theories about Parkland students who’ve spent the past week on TV demanding action on the gun violence that killed 17 and reawakened a national debate.By late Tuesday af...
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Under a new law, some public schools will be managed by companies. Pinellas is getting ready

Under a new law, some public schools will be managed by companies. Pinellas is getting ready

LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members are not happy about the prospect of having to hand over academic control at three struggling schools to a private company, and paying the firm up to $2 million on top of it. But that’s the course they must...
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Career Q&A: Nut allergy is a serious workplace concern

Career Q&A: Nut allergy is a serious workplace concern

Q: My manager has recently started eating nuts at her desk, which is located right next to mine. Unfortunately, I have a serious nut allergy, so any contact with them could produce a life-threatening reaction. Even foods which contain tiny pieces of ...
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Lawsuit accuses FSU fraternity, national chapter of negligence in pledge’s death

Lawsuit accuses FSU fraternity, national chapter of negligence in pledge’s death

The parents of Andrew Coffey, the Florida State University student who died from alcohol poisoning after an apparent hazing episode last year, have sued the national Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and nine of its members for their son’s death.Coffey, who wa...
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Cracking the peanut allergy; Clooneys inspire $2M celebrity donations to March For Our Lives; lawyer admits lying to Mueller team; more in U.S. news

Cracking the peanut allergy; Clooneys inspire $2M celebrity donations to March For Our Lives; lawyer admits lying to Mueller team; more in U.S. news

NationCracking the allergyThe first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. California’s Aimmune Therapeutics said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major ...
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St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

The 2017 St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race was celebrated as more than a competitive regatta to Cuba’s capital city of Havana.The relaunch of the maritime competition canceled since 1959 was hailed as a reflection of the detente started under former P...
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Fingerprint on Gatorade bottle leads to arrest of man, 23, in sexual assault of 71-year-old woman

Fingerprint on Gatorade bottle leads to arrest of man, 23, in sexual assault of 71-year-old woman

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 23-year-old man wanted in connection with sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman on Monday left behind the clue that deputies said led them right to him: A fingerprint on a Gatorade bottle.Deputies said that and other evidence ...
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