Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

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

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.

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Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

New York Knicks fans are a boisterous bunch. They voice their displeasure at just about everything. Four years ago, the fans booed the team's first-round selection of Kristaps Porzingis, who became an all-star this past season.So it was widely assume...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Hillsborough Player of the year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonWhy we picked her: Henderson is the type of player opponents know they have to stop. That has proven easier said than done. The Knights went 22-3 and that record would be much worse with...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended by the NFL for three games according to reports, and that number could go up if he doesn't meet certain criteria.Rick Stroud explains that the suspension is not for a failure to report the 2016 i...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
At a Mexican shelter, migrants who fled death threats prepare for ‘zero tolerance’ at the border

At a Mexican shelter, migrants who fled death threats prepare for ‘zero tolerance’ at the border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico — In Honduras, their lives were surrounded by death.Lourdes Cruz had just started a new job when the maras, the deadly gangs plaguing Central America, demanded half of her paycheck. She quit her job, but they found her number a...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Forecast: Muggy and hot with a chance of rain for Pride festivities

As the first weekend of summer swings in, it appears Tampa Bay should expect more heat, humidity and a chance of afternoon showers.Increased moisture in the Gulf of Mexico will result in scattered showers and isolated storms for coastal areas of Tamp...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The Daystarter: The Jameis Winston fallout; from CIA agents to minivan drivers; Pride comes back together in 2018

The Daystarter: The Jameis Winston fallout; from CIA agents to minivan drivers; Pride comes back together in 2018

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.   • Get ready for a wet morning as the forecast calls for scattered showers and storms to start the day. There could even be thundershowers and lightning out there, according to...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

It’ll still be June when Boy George arrives in Florida this week to kick off a summer U.S. tour with Culture Club. But the LGBTQ icon says it won’t feel quite like a Pride parade. "I also bake cakes for straight people," he laughed. "Tha...
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Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

ST. PETERSBURG — The 16th annual St. Pete Pride Parade is getting ready to march along the downtown waterfront the second straight year. But many hope to move past the division caused last year when the parade was uprooted from its original hom...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

OMAHA, Neb. — JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech's six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings to eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night....
Updated: 10 hours ago
Carlton: Could anything be more partisan than going nonpartisan?

Carlton: Could anything be more partisan than going nonpartisan?

So Hillsborough County commissioners — most of them, anyway — want voters to consider dropping political parties from certain elections, making those races nonpartisan instead.This would mean when you go to vote in those elections, you won’t know if ...
Published: 06/22/18