Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Morning Watch: The scene from Trump Tower; Florida faces wildfire threat; 'Lion' will make you cry

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

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A VISIT TO TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK'S NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION

On Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th streets, in the heart of Manhattan, in a skyscraper that once drew Gucci shoppers but now struggles with demand for $30 Make America Great Again hats, the Trump show goes on. Amid the glass, gold and marble of the city's new landmark — Trump Tower — supporters, detractors and curious tourists crowd around to get a look, as an army of journalists keep tabs on who comes and goes and regular New Yorkers deal with the nuisance.

DRY FLORIDA FACES A NEW THREAT: WILDFIRES

Florida was drenched by two hurricanes in 2016, yet it faces a completely different problem in 2017: an increased risk of wildfires this winter. Already the drought that's been plaguing the rest of the Southeast U.S. — and sparking a massive blaze in Gatlinburg, Tenn., that killed 14 people — is creeping into Florida.


TAMPA WON'T STEER TAX REVENUE FROM DOWNTOWN TO YBOR

In late 2015, business leaders in Ybor City proposed that the city redraw some lines to transfer the oddly named Gas Worx property — 7.6 acres that's ripe for redevelopment — out of the downtown community redevelopment area and into the CRA for Ybor City. The idea that provoked a tug-of-war between boosters for downtown and Ybor City has died a quiet death.

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MICHELLE OBAMA TELLS OPRAH THAT 2016 ELECTION 'WAS PAINFUL'

Michelle Obama sat down with Oprah Winfrey at the White House for an hourlong special that was broadcast Monday on CBS. On the topic of the recent campaign she said: "This past election was challenging for me as a citizen to watch and experience. It was painful."

TRUMP BLAMES TERRORISTS FOR KILLINGS IN TURKEY, BERLIN

Without backing up his claim, President-elect Donald Trump is blaming Islamic terrorism for deadly violence in Turkey and Germany and vowing anew to eradicate their regional and global networks. Authorities in both countries were still investigating Monday when Trump issued a pair of statements condemning the incidents. Meanwhile police in Germany are not sure if they have arrested the right suspect in the Berlin attack, and Russia and Turkey have vowed to cooperate after the killing of a Russian ambassador to Turkey.

CLENDENDIN, DEFEATED IN HILLSBOROUGH VOTE, MOVES AWAY TO PURSUE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BID

Veteran Democratic activist Alan Clendenin of Tampa is back in the turbulent race for chairman of the state Democratic Party, but to do it he had to move to Hampton — a town just east of U.S. 301 near Starke with an estimated population of 488 and a reputation as a speed trap.

REVIEW: BRING YOUR KLEENEX FOR THE POWERFUL TEARJERKER 'LION'

The season's warm fuzzy at multiplexes is Lion, a true story inspiring two movies in one. Like its hero, Garth Davis' directing debut is divided between the culture Saroo Brierley was born to and another that adopted him, dovetailing in a tearjerking climax.

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Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar in "Lion."

 

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Crash closes Lutz Lake Fern Road at Cypress Green Drive

LUTZ — Lutz Lake Fern Road is closed in both directions at Cypress Green Drive after a crash Sunday morning, deputies reported.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, said HCSO spokesman Danny Alvarez.Stay with tampabay.c...
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Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

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Warm, sunny Sunday in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s another bright, sunny day in Tampa Bay. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay areaHigh temperatures should reach about 80 d...
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Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

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A first-degree murder suspect remains at large almost a week after the fatal shooting of a Winter Haven father.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Johnny Ray Owsley’s murder of 35-year-old Adam Thrower, called "Cook" by friends, involved Owsley’s e...
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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

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DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Published: 12/16/17
Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Published: 12/16/17
Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

Florida Keys News BureauVisitors to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters dive with among indigenous Keys fish Friday in Marathon. The attraction reopened Friday after closing just before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Although tourism f...
Published: 12/16/17
Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

MIAMI — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people’s toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state’s booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles. The Florida Fish and Wildlif...
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