Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

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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Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Updated: 1 hour 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...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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: 2 hours ago
The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the U.S. economy much. No workers are missing paychecks yet, and because it is a weekend, few businesses expect to feel the effects of lost customers or suppliers.That could change, quickly...
Updated: 3 hours 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: 10 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: 10 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: 10 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: 10 hours ago
Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

The good news on the transportation front is that Tampa Bay’s government and business leaders are working together like never before to connect the region’s largest cities, attractions and employment centers with a more robust mass transit system. Th...
Published: 01/20/18

Scott appoints prosecutor, Clearwater lawyer to Pinellas-Pasco judicial vacancies

Gov. Rick Scott appointed two Tampa Bay lawyers to fill judicial vacancies in the Pinellas-Pasco circuit, his office announced Friday.Christopher LaBruzzo, 42, is an assistant state attorney at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office. A Tulane Uni...
Updated: 2 hours ago