Monday, November 20, 2017
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

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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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The Daystarter: Charles Manson dies at 83; Kriseman hints at bold experimentation; Bucs hold off Dolphins for two wins in a row; Thanksgiving Day 5Ks

The Daystarter: Charles Manson dies at 83; Kriseman hints at bold experimentation; Bucs hold off Dolphins for two wins in a row; Thanksgiving Day 5Ks

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• We should see overnight lows in the mid-40s recovering to the mid 70s Monday afternoon. That’s thanks to lots of sunshine, according to 10...
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Charles Manson, cult leader of gory killings in 1969, has died

Charles Manson, cult leader of gory killings in 1969, has died

LOS ANGELES — Cult leader Charles Manson, whose followers killed actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday night. He was 83. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections said Manson died of natural causes. The gory slaying...
Updated: 1 hour ago

St. Petersburg pedestrian fatally struck in Osceola County

A pedestrian from St. Petersburg was killed Sunday night when he was struck by an SUV in Osceola County.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the unidentified 24-year-old man was struck along on U.S. 192 at Pine Grove Road in St. Cloud around 7 p....
Updated: 1 hour ago
Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.Four former top-level staff members at the state’s tourism promotion and its c...
Updated: 7 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Did Rick Scott run ads bragging about Florida’s minimum wage?

PolitiFact Florida: Did Rick Scott run ads bragging about Florida’s minimum wage?

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wasted no time attacking current Gov. Rick Scott as he jumped into the 2018 governor’s race.In a Nov. 1 speech announcing his run, Levine, a Democrat, criticized the governor for being so proud of the state’s minimum w...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Park, Walk and Talk is St. Petersburg police chief’s signature program. Is it working?

Park, Walk and Talk is St. Petersburg police chief’s signature program. Is it working?

ST. PETERSBURG — Police Chief Tony Holloway has made getting officers out of their cars, walking streets and talking to residents a key plank in his effort to improve relations between his department and the community.But three years into his adminis...
Updated: 9 hours ago
For Kriseman, second term means finishing what he’s started, experimenting

For Kriseman, second term means finishing what he’s started, experimenting

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Hearing set in effort by Leo Schofield to win new trial for 30-year-old murder

Hearing set in effort by Leo Schofield to win new trial for 30-year-old murder

BARTOW — A status hearing is scheduled Monday in an attempt to win a new trial for 51-year-old Leo Schofield, found guilty nearly 30 years ago in the stabbing death of his 18-year-old wife Michelle Saum Schofield.Court records show the case has been ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bucs-Dolphins report card: Grading Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

Bucs-Dolphins report card: Grading Tampa Bay’s 30-20 victory

MIAMI GARDENS — That was one ugly football game.The Bucs had a bad game. The Dolphins had a really bad game. And who had the worst game of all? The officials.In fact, the best part of Sunday’s game was before the game even started, thanks to a stirri...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Jones: Even in victory, dread hangs over the Bucs

Jones: Even in victory, dread hangs over the Bucs

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Updated: 27 minutes ago