Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Tampa building sells for record price; Trump adds Rick Perry to cabinet; our top TV shows of 2016

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

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CITIGROUP BUYS ITS HUGE TAMPA SERVICE CENTER IN RECORD DEAL

Citigroup Inc. has purchased its huge Tampa service center, home to 5,600 employees, in what is being called Florida's largest-ever sale of single-tenant office buildings. The price was not disclosed and the deed had not been recorded as of Tuesday, but the 92-acre, six-building site in the Sabal Park area last sold in 1999 for $147 million.

TRUMP TAPS RICK PERRY TO HEAD DEPARTMENT HE VOWED TO ABOLISH

President-elect Donald Trump picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department on Wednesday, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it. Perry, who ran for president in the past two election cycles, is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward fossil fuels.

 

ALEPPO CEASE-FIRE RUINED, THREATENING EVACUATION PLANS

A cease-fire deal between rebels and the Syrian government in the city of Allepo foundered on Wednesday, threatening plans to evacuate the remaining rebels and tens of thousands of civilians out of harm's way in what would effectively seal the enclave's surrender.

PROSECUTORS: DEPUTIES WERE JUSTIFIED IN USE OF LETHAL FORCE

Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against two Hernando County sheriff's deputies who shot and killed a suicidal elderly man, determining that the officers' use of deadly force was justified. The decision comes more than two months after the Sept. 15 incident.

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HISTORY CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT COMING

The Tampa Bay History Center plans a major announcement at a news conference Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. That's all the history center will say for now. Opened in 2013 along the Tampa Riverwalk downtown, the center — a Smithsonian Institution affiliate — features 12,000 years of local history in its three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space. The center also boasts a museum store, the Witt Research Center, a map gallery, event hall and the Columbia Café, a branch of the historic Columbia Restaurant. Follow @PGuzzoTimes for the big news.

FUTURE OF HILLSBOROUGH TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION TO BE DISCUSSED

The Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission holds its first meeting Wednesday morning under new chairman Al Higginbotham, a Hillsborough County commissioner. The previous chairman urged the abolition of the PTC as he stepped down and key members of the local legislative delegation hope to make that happen in Tallahassee during lawmakers 2017 session. Follow Chris O'Donnell at @codonnell_Times for updates.

MEET RINGLING BROS. FIRST FEMALE RINGMASTER

Kristen Wilson stood in the bathroom at Palmetto-based Feld Entertainment, threw her hands in the air, mouthed a silent "whoop" and did a victory dance that shook her bouncy, brown curls. Only a week had passed since the 35-year-old Florida native was waiting in line for a first audition in Orlando, but she came to believe that she started on the path to becoming Ringling Bros. circus' first female ringmaster during childhood.

COLORFUL BURANO WORTH A SIDE TRIP — BY WATER — FROM VENICE

Four miles and 40 minutes from Venice, Italy is Burano, primarily known for houses that look like they came straight from a child's coloring pad. Boxy in shape, they eschew the muted hues of many Italian structures in favor of egg-yolk yellow, carrot orange and other cartoon colors. Here's what it's like to take a day trip to one of the world's most colorful and picturesque islands.

BEST OF 2016: 10 NEW TV SHOWS

At least something good came out of 2016. More than ever this year we needed to escape into our screens, and thankfully we have a lot of quality TV right in front of us. And that means it's harder than ever to pick what programs to watch. There are familiar titles you've probably already watched and hopefully a few you haven't. Catch up on these before even more new shows drop (we'll preview those in a few weeks).

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"Atlanta" is one of the best new TV shows of 2016.

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Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Tampa Bay is finally clear of the bitter chill that covered the region this week as temperatures picked up on Saturday. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around t...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 4 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Romano: If UCF is national champion, then I’m a Hollywood stud

Romano: If UCF is national champion, then I’m a Hollywood stud

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said people were entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.Clearly, Moynihan never dealt with Florida legislators.Because around Tallahassee, facts are fungible. They aren’t just up for debate, they...
Updated: 3 hours ago
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Published: 01/19/18

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Published: 01/19/18