Tuesday, February 20, 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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Girl, 12, sister of murder victim, calls relative after being reported missing

Girl, 12, sister of murder victim, calls relative after being reported missing

Seven months ago, Jalyssa Shannon’s older sister Janessa went missing, sparking a frantic search that ended with the discovery of the 13-year-old’s body in a Hillsborough County nature preserve and, later, the arrest of the girls’ father in her murde...
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High school scoreboard for Feb. 19

Monday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 11, Central 0
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Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay

Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER — A simmering feud between Tampa and the regional water authority avoided boiling over Monday, but little was resolved.At a Tampa Bay Water meeting, board members requested Tampa work with the agency on the city’s plan to convert tens of m...
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Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust U.S. indictment

Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust U.S. indictment

Associated PressST. PETERSBURG, Russia — While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg, Russia, "troll factory" say t...
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Man sought in sexual assault of woman, 71, in New Port Richey

Man sought in sexual assault of woman, 71, in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — Deputies are searching for a man who they said broke into a home and raped a 71-year-old woman on Monday.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was checking on a home at 7437 Heather St. for the homeowner at about 8:15 a.m...
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Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

Associated PressWEST PALM BEACH — From the confines of his Mar-a-Lago golf club, President Donald Trump offered support Monday for a limited strengthening of federal background checks on gun purchases while staying largely mum in the past few days ab...
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Puerto RicoJudge grants $300M loan for power companyA federal judge on Monday approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico’s power company that officials say will help keep the troubled agency operating until late March. The judge had originally reje...
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Grief-filled funerals also can be cathartic

Grief-filled funerals also can be cathartic

PARKLAND — Each funeral for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre is different, yet the same: the mourning relatives, teens walking in clutches wearing black, politicians paying their respects, media cameras pointing at the entran...
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