Friday, May 25, 2018
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Morning Watch: Trump faces more conflict of interest questions

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

TRUMP'S COMPLEX STOCK PORTFOLIO COULD CREATE YET MORE CONFLICTS

President-elect Donald Trump has disclosed owning millions of dollars of stock in companies with business pending before the U.S. government and whose value could rise as a result of his policies. Trump's stock holdings, which are separate from the more high-profile real estate and branding empire that he has said he will separate from in some fashion, represent another area rife with potential conflicts of interest that Trump has yet to address as he prepares to take office, according to the Washington Post.

YBOR CITY FINALLY GETS SOME RELIEF FROM HEAVY TRUCK TRAFFIC

For 50 years, the rumble and roar of heavy trucks on 21st and 22nd streets was part of the fabric of life in Ybor City, but that's changing. Trucks will be banned from passing through those streets, but those making local deliveries will still be allowed. "This will help Ybor City immensely," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who is scheduled to mark the change at a ceremony today.

MAN ACCUSED OF STARTING FIRE AT SOUTH TAMPA APARTMENT COMPLEX HOSPITALIZED UNDER BAKER ACT

A man has been hospitalized under the Baker Act after he was accused of starting a fire early Friday at a South Tampa apartment building, then barricading himself in a bathroom, according to the Tampa Fire Rescue. Firefighters received a report of a fire at the multi-unit, two-story apartment building at 4323 W Bay to Bay Blvd. around 3:20 a.m., fire officials said.

ST. PETE AWARDS MLK DAY PARADE TO NEW ORGANIZER, A FIRST IN PARADE'S 31-YEAR HISTORY

After more than 30 years what has been billed as the largest parade in the Southeast celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will not be organized by Sevell Brown III. Brown, whose financial interests in the parade has come under scrutiny, had the exclusive right to organize the parade under the terms of a 1989 settlement agreement with the city. But, last month, a Pinellas County judge ruled that Brown or two affiliated non-profits, no longer had that exclusive right.

FOR MARINES WHO CARRY THEIR OWN TO BURIAL: 'THE LAST TO LET YOU DOWN.'

In the dim light of a subterranean parking garage, the Marines gather before dawn to train beside the flag-draped casket and a black coffin lid on the wall bearing the inscription: "The Last to Let You Down." They are the Body Bearers, an elite unit that carries Marines to their final resting place.

CLEMSON-VIRGINIA TECH: WHY DABO SWINNEY THINKS THE TEETERING TIGERS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney reacts after a call against South Carolina on November 26, 2016.

Five times the Clemson Tigers have eked out victory by a touchdown or less, Joey Knight notes. Though immensely successful, the 2016 season has provided Clemson fans more neuroses than nirvana. The result has been a tenuous hold on a top-four spot in the College Football Playoff rankings. , where Coach Dabl Swinney's club has drifted from No. 2 (Weeks 9 and 10) to No. 4 (Weeks 11 and 12) to No. 3 (currently) heading into tonight's ACC title game in Orlando against Virginia Tech (9-3).

ST. PETERSBURG COLLECTOR GETS ALL WOUND UP OVER VINTAGE TOYS

Wade Hamby doesn't have a favorite. Each one of the 50-plus windup toys he sets up around his St. Petersburg home every holiday season makes him smile. These aren't just windup cars that crawl a few inches across the floor, or a plastic Santa that spouts: "Ho, ho, ho." Hamby's collection includes a circus elephant that balances on a rolling ball, a bicycle rider with hinged knees that bend as they pedal, and a bear who turns the pages of an ABC book. Almost all are made of metal. A few have felt accents.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND: 'WESTWORLD' FINALE, REVEAL PODCAST

Happy first weekend of December! If you're looking to enjoy the warm Florida winter, check out places to see "snow" and twinkly lights around Tampa Bay. If you're just relaxing at home wrapping presents and decorating, the small screen has almost too many options for holiday television.

DOWNTOWN TAMPA TREE LIGHTNING TONIGHT

Chadd and Kristi, from Magic 94.9's The Morning Show, serve as host for the ceremonyfor tonight's tree lighting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive in Tampa, which includes music from The Late Night Brass band. Mayor Bob Buckhorn lights the tree at approximately 7:50 p.m., and ascreening of the holiday classic A Christmas Story follows. Check out our weekend planner for more fun stuff to do.

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Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
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Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputiesí actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputiesí actions justified

TAMPA ó Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriffís deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
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For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
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Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal charges tha...
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Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still canít stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still canít stop bad judgment

Itís human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
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Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

TAMPA ó Somebody got into Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snivelyís Facebook account, copied her messages and gave them to a newspaper publisher who is a friend of her rivals on the board.The posts discussed politics and power struggl...
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Raccoon bites bicyclist, now the Health Department is looking for the victim

TAMPA ó A bicyclist in the Palm River area was bitten by a raccoon Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said.Now the department is concerned the animal had rabies and is searching for the bicyclist."While it is impo...
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Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

Meet your unwelcome Memorial Day guest: Subtropical Storm Alberto

It has a name.Subtropical Storm Alberto is crawling into the Gulf of Mexico, an unwelcome guest arriving a week before the official start of hurricane season.The system, which became the first named storm of the year Friday, could bring five inches o...
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Mom service dog has puppies in Tampa airport, while dad service dog looks on

Mom service dog has puppies in Tampa airport, while dad service dog looks on

TAMPA — Travelers killing time at Tampa International Airport’s Gasparilla Bar got an unexpected show Friday when a dog gave birth to eight puppies near Gate F81. The 2-year-old golden retriever, Eleanor Rigby, owner Diane Van Atter, and...
Updated: 4 hours ago