Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

News at noon: A survivor's life; Justice Scalia's comments; commuter rail; violence against local Muslims; Bubba; Bucs; and Broadway

With her puppy in her lap, Cheyeanne Fitzgerald falls and sits in exhaustion after a long day of disregarding the advice of her physical therapist and trying to run errands. She had been the youngest person shot at Umpqua Community College. [Jabin Botsford | Washington Post]

With her puppy in her lap, Cheyeanne Fitzgerald falls and sits in exhaustion after a long day of disregarding the advice of her physical therapist and trying to run errands. She had been the youngest person shot at Umpqua Community College. [Jabin Botsford | Washington Post]

Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, was the youngest person when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and she was also one of the survivors in the worst shape: Lung punctured. Kidney pierced. Ribs cracked. Nerves compressed. Stomach stapled. Abdominals torn. She couldn't yet sleep flat in bed, or walk unassisted, or do much of anything beyond lie in the recliner on her left side. "Very lucky, considering," was what she had been told by one trauma medic, who specialized in treating soldiers after combat. It doesn't always feel lucky. Read the story of one survivor's life.

Dow Chemical and the DuPont Co. have announced they are merging in a $130 billion chemical industry megadeal .

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is taking heat for comments he made from the bench that some are calling racist. During oral arguments in Fisher vs. University of Texas, a case that has the potential to derail affirmative action across the country, Scalia questioned whether African Americans might instead be helped by "having them go to a less-advanced school . . . a slower-track school where they do well." PolitiFact examines the validity of Scalia's statement.

Local leaders and planners have gathered to further explore a proposal to convert 96 miles of CSX freight lines running through Tampa Bay to commuter rail. For live updates from the Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, click here.

After two incidents of assaults against Muslim women this week, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join local religious leaders at a noon news conference to "condemn extreme and divisive anti-Muslim rhetoric," according to a news release.

Parents in Pinellas County are petitioning the School Board to bring back recess for all elementary school students — part of a grass roots push that is catching fire across the state, and this month resulted in a bill in the Legislature that would make recess mandatory in Florida.

Authorities are searching for a person who drowned a pit bull terrier by tying a rope and a concrete block to its neck before leaving it in the water. A fisherman found the dog's body floating off Weedon Island Preserve near the Bartow power plant.

Allegations from ratings giant Nielsen now say Bubba the Love Sponge Clem asked five people — four in the Tampa Bay area and one in South Carolina — to help him boost the numbers for his radio show. The scandal that threatens to take one of Tampa's most famous shock jocks off the air in a case that industry experts say has little precedent.

Either Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey or Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will emerge Saturday as the winner of what's expected to be one of the closest Heisman Trophy races in years. We breakdown the three finalists vying for college football's biggest honor.

In today's Scouting Report, we offer you this intelligent analysis of the New Orleans Saints: That defense STINKS.

Department store chains have defined the way Americans have shopped in traditional malls for decades. But in recent years those household name brands have reported significant sales losses year over year, and they are shuttering stores faster than they're opening them. Maybe that's why fewer shopping centers are relying on traditional department stores to be the anchors they need to draw new customers these days.

Tampa Bay home flippers who are short on ready cash may have an alternative. A South Carolina-based company, Lima One Capital, is offering 13-month "FixNFlip'' loans to buy and rehab houses for re-sale. The company says it can approve loan applications and get the money out much faster than traditional lenders, enabling flippers short on funds to better compete with cash buyers for the best home sale price.

Before Broadway star Sutton Foster takes the stage Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, she'll take a stroll backstage. What she sees influences the final version of that night's show.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

News at noon: A survivor's life; Justice Scalia's comments; commuter rail; violence against local Muslims; Bubba; Bucs; and Broadway 12/11/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2015 11:49am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Students at middle school pretend to rape black classmates on Snapchat

    Nation

    The Snapchat had just about every offensive topic the middle school students could cram into a video clip: race-based simulated sexual assaults, profanity-laced slurs and repulsive language that shocked whoever the intended audience was - and, eventually, many more people.

    Students at a Virginia middle school pretended to rape other students on video, which was shared on Snapchat. Reports say white members of a football team enacted the rape scenes while in the locker room. This photo of a standard locker room is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
  2. Seminole Heights restaurants face struggles amid killings, post-Irma

    Food & Dining

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — The neighborhood's hip circle of popular, well-regarded restaurants is feeling the squeeze in the wake of a recent killing spree. And the timing is rough.

    Ella's American Folk Art Cafe. Times files
  3. St. Pete-Clearwater holding food, supply drive for hurricane refugees

    Airlines

    CLEARWATER — St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Allegiant Air are holding a food and supply drive for the Hispanic Outreach Center in Pinellas County. The event, which will benefit refugees displaced by Hurricane Maria, will be held Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the airport at 14700 Terminal Blvd.

    St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and Allegiant Air are hosting a food and supplies drive Tuesday for refugees displaced by Hurricane Maria. | [Times file photo]
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.