Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Trump will face Russia questions at news conference; jobs to be found in construction; Frida Kahlo exhibit opening at the Dali

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

TRUMP TO FACE RUSSIA QUESTIONS TODAY AT NEWS CONFERENCE

When President-elect Donald Trump holds a news conference in New York this morning at 11, he will face a barrage of questions about Russia. Which is fitting, because the last time he took questions from the press at large – on July 27 in Miami - Trump made Russia the news . Today’s news conference also comes after reports that intelligence officials informed Trump that Russia has compromising information on his personal life and finances.

HILLSBOROUGH COMMISSIONERS WASH HANDS OF SCHOOL BOARD’S BUS CUTS

Hillsborough County sent a message Tuesday to parents concerned about the school district’s decision to end some busing services in August. We had nothing to do with this, and there’s not much we can do to fix it. Hillsborough County has $600 million set aside for transportation projects over the next decade, but county Administrator Mike Merrill told commissioners Tuesday that the county already has its own transportation needs to tackle with that money.

OVER PROTESTS, PASCO APPROVES NEW ANIMAL ABUSE PROTECTIONS

Pasco County wants to keep dogs and cats away from convicted animal abusers. A group of animal advocates, however, said the county protections are too weak to do that or to protect humans. 

CLEMSON GOT THE VICTORY, OTHERS WILL GET THE SPOILS

So just what do you do with 144 “Alabama National Football Champions” T-shirts? With the big game over and most fans already departed, Tampa on Tuesday remained a town festooned with banners, street-lamp signs and memorabilia from the College Football Playoff national championship. But soon, every vestige of the city’s big party will be gone. Here’s where it will all go.

CONSTRUCTION JOBS MARKET LOOKING GOOD

A new survey indicates about 80 percent of construction firms statewide plan to hire workers this year — many of them boosting pay and bonuses to lure workers — showing just how dramatic the rebound has been from the Great Recession. Read more at tampabay.com/business.

'MARRIED BY MOM AND DAD' STAR AND TAMPA BAY MAN TALKS ABOUT HIS TV LIFE

[TLC]

Devin Duggan had an arranged marriage -- of sorts. It wasn't for religious or cultural reasons. The Tampa Bay man didn't grow up knowing one day his parents would pick his wife. No, that decision came later when he was approached by a reality TV producer. Now he's appearing on the TLC series Married By Mom and Dad.

WANNA OPEN FOR BON JOVI?

Local bands, get ready for the gig of a lifetime. Bon Jovi has launched a contest to let local and regional bands open an arena slot on their upcoming tour, which includes a stop at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Feb. 14.

DALI MUSEUM'S FRIDA KAHLO SHOW A FIRST IN FLORIDA

[Carl Van Vechten]

International Frida-mania has made Frida Kahlo a feminist icon, Surrealist inspiration, kitsch archetype and unibrow heroine. We forget that though the Mexican painter had ardent followers she was neither a role model nor famous when she died at age 47. Fame belonged to her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. “Frida Kahlo at the Dalí” is a timeline of her growth as an artist, using paintings and drawings. Lennie Bennett also has a review of the new book about Kahlo titled Frida Kahlo At Home, and calls it a “fine introduction.”

NETFLIX’S ‘SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS’ IS A FAIRY TALE OF WHIMSY AND WOE

The newest adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s beloved children’s tragedies is far from unfortunate, unpleasant or uninteresting. A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the 13 books from the aforementioned Snicket (pen name for author Daniel Handler, who is also an executive producer) hits Netflix early Friday morning. It’s weirdly wonderful, adorned with unique style and a surprising amount of comedy.

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Hillsborough school district will pursue two kinds of local taxes

Hillsborough school district will pursue two kinds of local taxes

TAMPA — Hillsborough County School District officials took an important step Tuesday toward asking the voters to pay higher taxes for schools that, they say, are not getting enough money from the state.The board voted 5-0 to submit a tax referendum r...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
New Port Richey man faces sexual battery charge

New Port Richey man faces sexual battery charge

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday on a charge of sexual battery, accused of assaulting a 10-year-old girl.Jonathan Wells was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he was being held Tuesday without bail.The assault took place ...
Updated: 29 minutes ago

House bill would detain families — togetherThe Republican House compromise bill on immigration would end the family separation issue at the border — but Democrats won’t support it. The bill mandates that the Department of Homeland Security hold any a...
Updated: 1 hour ago

WashingtonSenate approves $716B for 2019 military budgetThe U.S. Senate on Monday voted to give the military $716 billion for 2019, approving one of the biggest defense budgets in modern American history despite concerns from some economists and lawm...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

For starters: Rays at Astros, with Kiermaier back and an ace-high matchup

UPDATE, 6:45: Cash said Smith will continue to play a lot, getting time in LF and RF, meaning something of a rotation system for rookie Johnny Field and veteran Carlos Gomez.UPDATE, 4:49: Kiermaier is batting leadoff and playing center as expected, w...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Romano: A Tampa Bay ‘superstar’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

Romano: A Tampa Bay ‘superstar’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

At this moment, she is Tampa Bay’s most influential export. A smart, accomplished and powerful attorney making life-altering decisions on an international stage.But what of tomorrow? And the day after?When the story of President Donald Trump’s border...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

Zero Bucs players on NFL top 100 list for 2018

Just to preface this, the NFL Network's annual countdown of the league's top 100 players is a made-for-TV deal, good for summer offseason conversation but not carrying any huge amount of real significance.Having said that, it's worth noting that for ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Petersburg power outage affects thousands

St. Petersburg power outage affects thousands

More than 2,000 Duke Energy customers are without power after a cluster of storms rolled through earlier this afternoon, according to Duke Energy.The area without power stretches along 62nd Avenue N from 12th Street N to 30th Way N, according to the ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Ice cream man granted bail after lawyer notes weaknesses in 2010 Ruskin murder case

Ice cream man granted bail after lawyer notes weaknesses in 2010 Ruskin murder case

TAMPA — Michael Edward Keetley has spent the last 2,756 days in the Falkenburg Road Jail awaiting trial — and a possible death sentence if convicted — for a Ruskin shooting spree that killed two men.Now he might go home.A judge this week approved Kee...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Norris Trophy could be good consolation for Lightning’s Victor Hedman

Norris Trophy could be good consolation for Lightning’s Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman is talking from a hotel room in Las Vegas and admits he's a little jet-lagged."Actually, very jet-lagged," Hedman says.That's what happens when you take a flight from Sweden to the party capital of the world.But he knows exactly what he...
Updated: 2 hours ago