Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

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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The government admits it studies UFOs. So about those Area 51 conspiracy theories.

The government admits it studies UFOs. So about those Area 51 conspiracy theories.

For decades, Americans were told that Area 51 didn’t really exist and that the U.S. government had no official interest in aliens or UFOs. Statements to the contrary, official-sounding people cautioned, were probably the musings of crackpots in tinfo...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Another reason to buy a home in Tampa Bay--- downpayments are lower here

Another reason to buy a home in Tampa Bay--- downpayments are lower here

Times Staff WriterHomebuyers in the Tampa Bay area don’t have to shell out as much on downpayments as buyers in many other places. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, the median downpayment for a bay area home in the quarter ended in September was $1...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails south of Seattle

Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails south of Seattle

TACOMA, Wash. — An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle on Monday, spilling train cars onto a busy interstate and authorities reported "multiple fatalities."The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m.Amtrak says...
Updated: 1 hour ago
ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

NEW YORK — John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem.Skipper’s sudden announcement will force the Walt Disney Co.-owned network to search for new leadership at a ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Monday night football preview, Bucs vs. Falcons

Cannon Fodder podcast: Monday night football preview, Bucs vs. Falcons

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman has a final preview of tonight’s Bucs-Falcons game — Matt Ryan’s history with the Bucs, how Tampa Bay will handle its absences on defense and a few Ring of Honor hypotheticals as well … Listen below: ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Top 5 at noon: The hole in DJJ’s beefed-up screening process; can Gruden coach Bucs again?; and more

Top 5 at noon: The hole in DJJ’s beefed-up screening process; can Gruden coach Bucs again?; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.ALTHOUGH FLORIDA JUVENILE JUSTICE SAID IT WOULD WEED OUT BAD HIRES, SOMEHOW THIS GUY SLIPPED THROUGHWhile the beefed-up screening governs how the Department of Juvenine Justice hires officers...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Riverview father accused in daughter’s murder tells judge he wants to drop his attorney

Riverview father accused in daughter’s murder tells judge he wants to drop his attorney

TAMPA — Nahshon Shannon wants to drop his attorney.Shannon, accused of murdering his 13-year-old daughter, argued in court Monday morning that Assistant Public Defender Jennifer Spradley should be removed from his case.His main complaint was that Spr...
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American Social tries to draw a young Tampa crowd with New York prices

American Social tries to draw a young Tampa crowd with New York prices

TAMPAPaul Greenberg and Rick Mijares believe something. They believe that millennials are nostalgic for a time they didn’t live through. American Social, the long-anticipated waterside restaurant adjacent to Jackson’s on Harbour Island, reads like a ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Police: Woman killed in Clearwater drive-by shooting while daughter, 10, in back seat

Police: Woman killed in Clearwater drive-by shooting while daughter, 10, in back seat

CLEARWATER — A Palm Harbor woman was killed in a drive-by shooting while riding with her husband and 10-year-old daughter in a Nissan Sentra late Sunday, police said.Elizabeth Rosado, 30, was in the front passenger seat of the sedan, which was headed...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Florida gas prices back to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels

Florida gas prices back to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels

Just in time for one of the busiest travel periods of the year, gas prices across Florida are back down to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels. Tampa Bay gas hit $2.30 per gallon today, while state prices averaged $2.37 per gallon, according to AAA, The Auto...
Updated: 4 hours ago