Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Morning Watch: What you need to know as medical marijuana amendment goes into effect today

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WHAT TO KNOW AS AMENDMENT 2 GOES INTO EFFECT TODAY

The constitutional amendment, which was approved by 71 percent of Florida voters, allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a wider list of medical ailments. However, the true measure of what the amendment means won't be immediately seen until a new set of rules are adopted and implemented by the Florida Legislature and the Department of Health. tells the story of Jackson Leyden, who began having seizures several times a day before his eighth birthday, in 2011. Over the next two years, he was hospitalized about 50 times, and he missed much of fourth and fifth grade. His parents took him to more than 20 doctors around the country, and he tried more than a dozen medications. Nothing worked. Two years ago, the Leydens were at the end of their rope. They decided to see whether marijuana might help.

NIXON TRIED TO SPOIL JOHNSON'S VIETNAM PEACE TALKS IN '68, NOTES SHOW

The New York Times is reporting that Richard M. Nixon told an aide they should find a way to secretly "monkey wrench" peace talks in Vietnam in the waning days of the 1968 campaign for fear that progress toward ending the war would hurt his chances for the presidency, according to newly discovered notes.

ROOF FOUND COMPETENT FOR SENTENCING IN CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTINGS, GETS EXTRA PREP DAY

After a judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment. With the 22-year-old representing himself, the process is sure to be unconventional. But even if Roof is sentenced to death, it's highly unlikely he'd be executed anytime soon.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF: SUGGESTIONS FOR AVOIDING THIS GAME ENTIRELY

You may have heard. There's a big game in town. The College Football Playoff national championship game is bringing a host of celebrities, athletes, familiar TV faces and — oh, yeah — fans, to Tampa. But if you just don't care and want to stay far, far, away from thousands of people proffering grilled meats and college pigskin pride. We hear you. Here are some ideas for avoiding this weekend's biggest event entirely.

DOZENS OF WEST TAMPA NATIVES GATHER REGULARLY FOR COFFEE AND BOASTING

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The International Brotherhood of Chulos, a group of West Tampa natives who gather at Stadium Cafe every third Saturday at 8 a.m. to reminisce about old times. In the tank top, front row, is co-founder Albert Rodriguez. To his right is the other co-founder Allan Granda.

Photographs of star athletes such as Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning team adorn the walls of Stadium Cafe. But ask the West Tampa natives who call themselves the International Brotherhood of Chulos how those jocks would have fared against them at nearby Capaz Park in the 1950s and 1960s and they'll likely boast, "Not well." They meet every third Saturday at 8 a.m. at Stadium Cafe for coffee, spirited conversation and reminiscing, mostly about their feats in sports.

CHARLIE CRIST ALREADY FUNDRAISING FOR NEXT ELECTION

Charlie Crist, who has a fundraiser today after being sworn in as a member of Congress, will travel Florida later this month to collect more cash for a 2018 re-election bid.

ORDINANCES PAVE WAY FOR CONTINUED EXPANSION OF HOSPITAL IN NEW PORT RICHEY

As a multimillion-dollar expansion of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital continues, New Port Richey officials have approved two ordinances that will allow for more parking near the facility. The nonprofit hospital at 6600 Madison Ave. is in the midst of a $24.7 million, two-year construction project that will add 13,925 square feet to its campus, including a 28-bed emergency department, a 15-bed observation unit, a new main entrance and lobby, and a new emergency room entrance and lobby.

5 IDEAS FOR FRESH CRANBERRIES: CRANBERRY SALSA, CRANBERRY BALSAMIC ROASTED CHICKEN

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You can still get bags of fresh cranberries in stores, and it's a good time to stock up. Cranberries are freezable for up to a year.

Cranberry sauce season is over, but you can still get bags of fresh cranberries in stores, and it's a good time to stock up. Cranberries are freezable for up to a year, and they make perfect additions to dishes any time. Fresh cranberries (even ones that have been frozen) are superior to the canned variety or dried ones like Craisins. Try these recipes and see for yourself.

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Forecast: Brutal cold arrives in Tampa Bay, but won’t stay long

Forecast: Brutal cold arrives in Tampa Bay, but won’t stay long

It’s freezing, literally. For now.The quick-moving cold blast, which has been anticipated for days, arrived with an especially frigid punch across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area The region is under a freeze wa...
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Two treated at hospital after fire at Apollo Beach home

Two elderly residents were treated at a local hospital after a fire at an Apollo Beach home early Thursday morning.Hillsborough Fire Rescue crews, responding to the 600 block of Flamingo Drive around 4 a.m., found the home fully engulfed in flames.Tw...
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The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• The worst is behind us, but we’re not quite yet finished with the chilly weather. Last night was one of the coldest nights in years, prompting shelters to open across Tampa B...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

To the members of the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership group:Listen carefully when a new plan for a rapid bus system is unveiled to you on Friday. All the benefits the supporters will tout will undoubtedly be true.A rapid bus syste...
Updated: 10 hours ago
In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

In the state capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers breezed through the bullet points of a higher education bill. They skimmed past a hot-button proposal to consolidate the University of South Florida System into a single university without a peep of pushba...
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Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

"On Nov. 3, 2017, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 1012 Buena Vista Drive … in reference to a death investigation."So begins a charging document in the case of Andrew Coffey, the 20-year-old Florida State University student who was foun...
Updated: 12 hours ago
New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

ST. PETERSBURG — The new City Council will get its first chance to weigh in on the 2018 budget on Thursday morning — and they’re likely to bring a long list of priorities to the table.In recent years, rising property values have kept city coffers flu...
Updated: 12 hours ago
After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.This time, it’s no rumor. It looks very likely that by the end of spring the corner of 16th Street and Central Avenue will no longer be graced by World Liquors and its ic...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than ‘12 Strong’

Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than ‘12 Strong’

After 16 years of combat and counting, the war in Afghanistan gets a happy movie ending in 12 Strong, a thick slice of patriot porn.Based on a true story, 12 Strong rightfully celebrates the first U.S. Special Forces unit battling Taliban forces shel...
Published: 01/18/18
Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.Members of the business community, elected officials and officers with Metro Development Group and Crystal Lag...
Published: 01/18/18