Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Morning Watch: Trump leaving businesses to focus on presidency

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

TRUMP LEAVING BUSINESSES TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENCY, AVOID CONFLICT OF INTEREST

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation's 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. "I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again," he tweeted in a series of missives sent before dawn. "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as president, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses."

TRUMP AND ROMNEY'S MUTUAL ADMIRATION SHOWS REPUBLICAN OPPOSITES MAY VERY WELL ATTRACT

Donald Trump, 70, and 69-year-old Mitt Romney have far more in common than many realize: Both came to prominence as risk takers and dealmakers, and both have spent much of their lives seeking to emulate and outdo the success of their famous fathers. Trump's father, Fred, was a New York City developer, and Romney's father, George, was a governor of Michigan who unsuccessfully sought the presidency. Romney associates said they see him as a person who would make up for Trump's deficiencies.

PASCO SEEKS TO CURB ABUSERS FROM OWNING NEW PETS

Pasco County commissioners introduced a proposal to keep pets away from convicted animal abusers. But the county will not require abusers to register locally, as mandated in a Hillsborough County ordinance that went into effect Nov. 1. Instead, Pasco plans to provide a Web link to Pasco Circuit Court Clerk records, allowing people selling or putting animals up for adoption to verify whether the individual taking the animal has a record of abuse.

TREVOR DOOLEY BAIL HEARING TODAY

Trevor Dooley fatally shot a neighbor in front of the man's 8-year-old daughter in Valrico in 2010.

A Hillsborough circuit judge is expected to decide today whether to release Trevor Dooley on bail while he further appeals his case. Dooley, who shot and killed a neighbor on a Valrico basketball court in 2010, has been serving an eight-year sentence for manslaughter. He's complaining that his first appellate attorney did not bring up errors in the jury instructions — relating to self-defense that may have confused jurors. The question for now: Will Dooley be free again while all this is playing out? Check back to tampabay.com later.

CLEMSON'S SWINNEY, VIRGINIA TECH'S FUENTE FRIENDLY FOES

Small world, the coaching stratosphere, Joey Knight writes. A colleague one day is a counterpart the next. Happens every week. Which leads to Saturday night's ACC title game, where the coaches — Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente — were darn near co-workers.

CFP RANKINGS: SHOULD FLORIDA STATE BE AHEAD OF THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS?

One of the most interesting parts of Tuesday's latest College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, Matt Baker writes, was that Florida State rose to No. 12, jumping past Louisville in a move that likely puts the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl. You know, the same Louisville team that beat FSU 63-20 in one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history? So what gives?

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Mother fatally struck while pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

Mother fatally struck while pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

TAMPA— A mother was killed Wednesday when she was struck by a vehicle while pushing a stroller on Bayshore Boulevard, according to the Tampa Police Department.The mother and 2-year-old girl were struck by a northbound car around 11:43 a.m. near W Kni...
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State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

VERO BEACH — Land O'Lakes had just finished a hard-fought 5-0 victory over Clay in the Class 6A state semifinal. Callie Turner threw a no-hitter. Jolene Bodner had a two-run single.The win was big, clinching the Gators' second straight champion...
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Stock up for hurricanes, Buckhorn warns, or ‘we may be coming for you in a body bag’

TAMPA — Stuff that hurricane kit full of batteries, pen that emergency plan and get as many gallons of water stored in that garage while the skies are blue and clouds are fluffy white. That was the message Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other city off...
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Bucs bring back Lakewood’s Bernard Reedy to compete for WR/KR job

Bucs bring back Lakewood’s Bernard Reedy to compete for WR/KR job

Lakewood grad Bernard Reedy, who handled the Bucs' kickoff and punt returns for much of last season, is back with Tampa Bay again.Reedy, 26, was signed on Wednesday, one day after the Bucs began OTA workouts. Thomas Sperbeck, the former Boise State r...
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John Fogerty, coming to Clearwater, isn’t backing down on protest songs, Parkland and #MeToo

John Fogerty, coming to Clearwater, isn’t backing down on protest songs, Parkland and #MeToo

It’s been 50 years since John Fogerty wrote Fortunate Son, one of the most scathing protest songs from the Vietnam War era. Writing another one with that kind of impact has been a challenge ever since. "Back in the ’80s, I had a couple o...
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Ex-wife said heart attack, but court record says Hillsborough developer was strangled in North Carolina home

Ex-wife said heart attack, but court record says Hillsborough developer was strangled in North Carolina home

A prominent Hillsborough County developer who died last month in North Carolina was strangled and police are investigating his death as suspicious, court records show. William "Bill" Bishop died in a hospital three days after his 16-year-old son repo...
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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Archer facing Price

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, with Archer facing Price

The Rays are set to take on the Red Sox again tonight with a bit of a student-mentor framing as Chris Archer takes on former Tampa Bay ace David Price.The Rays announced they are putting RHP Jake Faria on the 10-day DL due to the oblique strain he su...
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‘I didn’t care if they cut my leg off or not’: Kilauea lava bomb survivor describes agony

‘I didn’t care if they cut my leg off or not’: Kilauea lava bomb survivor describes agony

The sheer force of the lava bomb was what Darryl Clinton remembered feeling first, more powerful than any waves he had ever encountered in the ocean surrounding Hawaii.It knocked him backward on the third-floor lanai of his neighbor’s home on the eas...
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State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

FORT MYERS — One swing.That's all it took for Carrollwood Day's historic season to come to an end.With two outs and two runners on in the third inning of the Class 3A state semifinal against Tallahassee North Florida Christian, Patriots starter...
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