Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Morning Watch: Trump blasts United Nations as 'just a club for people' to 'have a good time'

Three days after the United Nations adopted a resolution calling on Israel to halt Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that the international body "is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time." The harsh criticism, which Trump made Monday while vacationing at his Mar-a-Lago resort, signaled he would likely challenge more than just the 71-year-old institution's approach to the Middle East once he takes office.

OBAMA, JAPAN'S ABE TO SEEK RECONCILIATION AT PEARL HARBOR DURING MEETING TODAY

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit this afternoon with President Barack Obama is powerful proof that the former enemies have transcended the recriminatory impulses that weighed down relations after the war, Japan's government has said. Although Japanese leaders have visited Pearl Harbor before, Abe will be the first to visit the memorial that now rests on the hallowed waters above the sunken USS Arizona.

RESCUERS FIND FLIGHT RECORDER FROM BLACK SEA PLANE CRASH

Rescue workers found a flight recorder from the Russian plane that crashed into the Black Sea over the weekend, the defense ministry said. All 92 people aboard the Russian military's Tu-154 plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi. The 84 passengers included dozens of singers from Russia's world-famous military choir who were going to the Russian Air Force base in Syria to perform at a New Year's concert.

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY: WBRN-98.7 INTRODUCES 'DONALD-FM'

Just a couple of weeks after dropping longtime controversial host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, WBRN-FM 98.7 promises to "Make Radio Great Again." Welcome to "98.7 Donald-FM." The Tampa Bay station had been playing commercial-free Christmas music as "Santa 98.7" through the holiday. Now, the station formerly billed as "No Rules Rock" is playing money-themed songs until it settles on a permanent format.

FROM GEEK CONS TO PRIDE TO BEYONCE, OUR TOP ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT STORIES OF 2016

[ANDRES LEIVA | Times]

Nerdcore growing: We could barely go a month without a new geek convention in Tampa Bay.

The year was tinged with melancholy on arts and entertainment fronts, from the Pulse shooting in Orlando and its ripple effects into Tampa Bay to the ongoing struggle for meaningful diversity in filmmaking. Here are the biggest stories that filled your weekends in 2016.

THE DISH: PASTRY CHEF MICHAEL OSTRANDER ON RETIRING, BAKING AND WORKING FOR DONALD TRUMP

The St. Pete Bakery is buzzing with activity. After all, it's that time of year when calories don't count quite as much and customers are willing to splurge on decadent desserts. It makes executive pastry chef and bakery owner Michael Ostrander beam with pride. The 64-year-old has been baking, consulting, teaching and mentoring for more than 50 years. He will hang up his whisk and apron soon, with plans to retire at the end of February and turn over the operation to a former student.

BEST OF 2016: BARBRA STREISAND, MIRANDA LAMBERT, ALABAMA SHAKES AMONG TAMPA BAY'S BEST CONCERTS

2016 was the year Times features designer Brittany Volk truly embraced her cowboy boot lifestyle. She stomped around at several country concerts — something she never thought would happen. She offers her highlights of her year in live music in Tampa Bay.

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Tropical system likely to form in gulf and soak Tampa Bay, forecasters say

Tropical system likely to form in gulf and soak Tampa Bay, forecasters say

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center now says an area of low pressure in the Carribean is likely to develop into the first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season, with Tampa Bay possibly in its path.Wednesday night, the weather servic...
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The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The rain is back, and it won’t let up through the Memorial Day weekend. Blame Invest 90L, the low-pressure system brewing in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center predicted...
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Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

ST. PETERSBURG — The increased competition in the IndyCar Series was on display during qualifying for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Two fan favorites (Pippa Mann and 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner James Hinchcliffe) couldn't crack th...
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Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
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Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
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Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

ST. PETERSBURG — Chuck Prather, owner of the Birchwood in St. Petersburg, returned from his daughter’s Maine wedding this week with an exciting announcement of his own. On June 7 the St. Petersburg City Council is expected to sign off on him being on...
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St. Petersburg’s Jabil expands in Israel with new innovation center

St. Petersburg’s Jabil expands in Israel with new innovation center

St. Petersburg-based contract electronics company Jabil announced Wednesday it has expanded in Israel by opening an Optics Technology Innovation Center.The 6,560-square-foot complex is in Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city. "Our Optics Innovation Cen...
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Get set for a rainy holiday weekend across Tampa Bay

Get set for a rainy holiday weekend across Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG -- After nine straight days of rain, the bay area received a much needed respite Wednesday — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s. Peter O’Neill, 50, enjoyed seeing the sun again as he sat in Thunder Alley outside ...
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Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
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Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — The two cars raced each other along Bayshore Boulevard just before noon, witnesses told police. One was a black 2018 Mustang. The other a gold Nissan. They sped side-by-side, trading the lead, police said, despite the traffic and pedest...
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