Sunday, June 17, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Safety of bay waters; Clinton back on trail; officer shoots teen with BB gun; Tampa pays $78,000 in arrest lawsuit

Many readers have called the Tampa Bay Times wondering about the effect of the recent massive sewage discharges into Tampa Bay and other nearby waters. So we reached out to scientists and government agencies to explore short-term risks for swimming and fishing.

CLINTON BACK ON TRAIL; HEALTH QUESTIONS REMAIN FOR HER, TRUMP

Hillary Clinton returns to the campaign trail today following a bout of pneumonia that sidelined her for three days and revived questions about both the Democratic nominee and Republican Donald Trump's transparency regarding their health. Both released letters from their doctors this week with additional details about their health, including their cholesterol levels, blood pressure and current medications. Both candidates' physicians declared them fit to serve as president.

POLICE: OHIO BOY, 13, WITH BB GUN FATALLY SHOT BY OFFICER

A police officer in Columbus, Ohio, responding to a reported armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy when the teen pulled a firearm from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun, police said. The shooting happened around nightfall Wednesday in an alley after a short foot chase.

TAMPA TO PAY $78,500 IN LAWSUIT OVER ARREST OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB

Tampa City Council voted today to pay $78,500 to a former University of Tampa student who sued the city in federal court, contending a Tampa police officer used excessive force in arresting her outside a downtown nightclub on Valentine's Day 2014. Also today, City Council is scheduled to consider extending Tampa's contract with the company that runs its 5-year-old red-light camera program.

[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has been going up against Carson Palmer since 2001, when Koetter was head coach at Arizona State and Palmer was playing at Southern Cal.

KOETTER HAS LONG HISTORY WITH CARDINALS, QB PALMER

As Dirk Koetter leads the Bucs to Arizona for a shot at a 2-0 start, there's a long history -- more curious than truly relevant to Sunday's game -- between Koetter and Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, as well as previous meetings with Arizona.

ORGANIZATION KEY FOR RUBIO IN SENATE RACE

Marco Rubio struggled to organize in Florida for presidential race, but not so his campaign to retain his U.S. Senate. Rubio partnered with the Republican Party of Florida to open 17 offices, a move that frustrated his primary rival, Carlos Beruff, who slammed the party for playing favorites. Meantime, as Rubio presents himself as an expert on the Middle East in general, his attendance problems in the Senate have come back into view, with records showing he missed nearly half of the Foreign Relations Committee hearings that dealt specifically with Iran.

END OF AN ERA IN TV RESEARCH

Nielsen Co. is phasing out use of the iconic paper diaries that have been used to track viewership habits of TV families since the 1950s. Nielsen, which operates its media research nerve center out of a complex in Oldsmar, said it will electronically measure TV ratings across all 210 its "designated market areas" by July 2017.

DETECTIVES: SUSPECT IN FIRE AT FORT PIERCE MOSQUE CONFESSED

An ex-convict who posted anti-Islamic rants online confessed to setting fire to a Fort Pierce mosque that the Pulse nightclub shooter occasionally attended, and said he was embarrassed by the crime, according to an arrest affidavit. Michael Schreiber, 32, was arrested Wednesday. He told detectives that he had set the fire Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The blaze also coincided with the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha.

[ANDRES LEIVA | Times]

The Tampa Yacht & County Club has applied for city rezoning to codify the way it has operated for more than a century, but a neighbor says the move could open the door to changes unwanted in the Ballast Point area.

YACHT CLUB REZONING, ALCOHOL DISPUTE HEADS FOR KEY HEARING

For more than a year, the Tampa Yacht & Country Club and some of its neighbors have skirmished over the club's efforts to revisit where and when it can serve alcohol on its bayfront property. Finally, on Sept. 22, the controversy is scheduled to get a public hearing in front of City Council.

EVER FLEXIBLE, TAMPA BAY FASHION WEEK RETURNS WITH NEW IDEAS

Last year brought a contraction of sorts for Tampa Bay Fashion Week, the annual glitzy strutting of our local design scene. Organizers cut out a major runway show in the spirit of experimentation. This year, the pendulum is going the other way with not one, but two runway shows. Now in its ninth year, the event returns next week. Change for the event is not new. Started in 2008, Tampa Bay Fashion Week has varied in nature each year since.

WESTIN HARBOUR ISLAND GOES FOR $42 MILLION

A Chicago real estate investment firm paid $42.35 million for the Westin Harbour Island, according to the deed recorded in Hillsborough County. The price was not disclosed Monday when Blackstone's sale of the 299-room downtown Tampa hotel to Walton Street Capital was announced.

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