Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Trump eases on some views in New York Times interview

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

IN NEW YORK TIMES INTERVIEW, TRUMP EASES SOME VIEWS BUT STILL DEFIES PRESIDENTIAL CONVENTIONS

President-elect Donald Trump addressed several topics in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, including backing down on his previous promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton over the email scandal. He also expressed doubt about the value of torturing terrorism suspects and pledged to have an open mind about climate change.

SOUTH CAROLINA GOV. NIKKI HALEY TAPPED TO BE TRUMP'S U.N. AMBASSADOR

Meanwhile, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star and daughter of Indian immigrants, has accepted Trump's offer to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the coming administration, according to a person familiar with the selection process. The announcement is expected today.

MEET THE GUY WHO WAS DELIVERING GROCERIES IN TAMPA BAY LONG BEFORE SHIPT AND INSTACART ARRIVED

Long before the likes of Shipt and Instacart brought grocery delivery into the spotlight, Chris Fleming was running his own delivery service in the Tampa Bay area. See how his business differs from the newcomers and how he sees the expanding industry shaking out.

AN EMPTY-NESTER'S THANKSGIVING TABLE GROWS FOR ADOPTED FAMILY

[CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]

Mahogany Golden, 3, sits on Janiece Golden's lap while they wait for their adoption proceeding to begin at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Her sisters, Octavia Golden, 6 and Ja'Nae Golden, 7, look on. They were both adopted within the last year.

Janiece Golden, 58, knows what it's like to come home to an empty house. She did so after the son grew up and started his family, but it wasn't long before she opened her doors to others in need. This Thanksgiving, the longtime Head Start educator and frequent foster parent will add a place setting to her table for a third adopted child.

UCF TWINS SHAQUEM AND SHAQUILL GRIFFIN STAY THE COURSE, REAP BENEFITS

For three years, Shaquem Griffin was mostly stuck on the football scout team at Central Florida. He thought about transferring to another school. Shaquill Griffin made a pact with his twin brother. They joined the Knights together. If one wanted to leave, so would the other. That was part of the brother bond. Shaquem knows all about perseverance. He has excelled in sports, mostly track and football, despite having just one hand.

FOUNDER DELIGHTED TO SEE HOW MANY TAMPA BAY FAMILIES ARE NOW HELPED BY METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES

[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

Theresa Kenney of Ybor City, left, shows her appreciation to volunteer Barbara Callahan for the box of food she collected at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. With all the donations coming in and families in need, the tent has grown nearly fourfold since the first year it opened.

The buzz around the big Metropolitan Ministries tent Tuesday morning in Tampa was all about wide receiver Cecil Shorts of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who joined celebrities from across the Tampa Bay area volunteering here each holiday season. But the biggest star in this charity universe was Morris Hintzman, 74, former chief executive of Metropolitan Ministries and current president of the Metropolitan Ministries Foundation — the fundraising arm of the not-for-profit group that cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. "This is because of him," said Tim Marks, the current CEO, signaling the big tent. "He started this."

UNUSUALLY LATE HURRICANE OTTO TAKES AIM AT CENTRAL AMERICA

An unusually late Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean, just off Central America, heading toward a possible landfall in Costa Rica, which hasn't seen such a storm since reliable record-keeping began in 1851. Heavy rains from the storm were blamed for three deaths in Panama on Tuesday, and officials in Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast.

YOUR GUIDE TO 'GILMORE': WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE THE DEBUT OF THURSDAY'S NEW NETFLIX EPISODES

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Lauren Graham (left) and Alexis Bledel are reunited in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.'

For Gilmore Girls superfan Michelle Stark, the release on Thursday of four new mini-movies called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is surreal. She watched the show when it originally aired from 2000-20007, but has spent the past decade rewatching and rewatching. Here's everything you need to know to get ready for the reboot.

REVIEW: MILLARD'S 'HERO OF THE EMPIRE' A THRILLING TALE OF CHURCHILL'S YOUTH

Hear the name Winston Churchill and it is likely you conjure up an image of an elderly, portly, balding, cigar-chomping former prime minister of Great Britain. And that's fair. By any measure Churchill was one of the 20th century's greatest statesmen, but what you may not know is that the could also be an insufferable bore. And that is the prevailing theme of Hero of the Empire, Candice Millard's fascinating account of the younger Churchill's incredible adventures during the Boer War, when the man was young and handsome and obsessed with establishing a reputation for gallantry — to the point of foolhardiness — in the line of fire. Read Dan Ruth's review here.

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St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 4 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 19

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballDixie Hollins 8, Canterbury 0Northeast 13, Lakewood 3Calvary Christian 5, Berkeley Prep 2
Updated: 5 hours ago
Firefighters battle apartment complex fire in Tampa

Firefighters battle apartment complex fire in Tampa

TAMPA — Firefighters were battling a blaze at Captiva Club Apartments on Thursday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.According to video taken at the scene, the roof of one of the apartment buildings at 4401 Club Captiva Dr. ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the restaurant’s window, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.A...
Updated: 6 hours ago
The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

ST. PETERSBURG — Development of the city’s long-awaited pier advanced another step Thursday.The City Council approved a $15 million construction contract and additional money to design a waterside restaurant, build a playground and ferret out naming ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 7 hours ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
Updated: 8 hours ago