Tuesday, January 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Airport construction update, Zika virus concern, a funny celebration, more from USF medical school

Take a look at Tampa International Airport, which is halfway through phase one of its $1 billion renovation, and things are starting to take shape. There were more than 1,700 workers on site at the airport any given day in July, and more than 5,000 workers have worked there since construction began.

SO WHO IS TIFFANY TRUMP?

It's a question that no one has to ask anymore about her older half-sister Ivanka, who is one of the most important public faces of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and brand. By contrast, Tiffany Trump, just out of college, has rarely been seen on the campaign trail — until Tuesday's brief speech at the Republican National Convention.

ZIKA VIRUS CASE IN FLORIDA MAY NOT BE TRAVEL-RELATED

Health officials in Miami-Dade County say they are investigating a possible Zika virus case that is not travel-related but did not say whether it involves a bite from a native mosquito. The case could represent the first local transmission of the virus in the United States.

30 YEARS OF A ST. PETE TRADITION; SERIOUSLY, FOLKS

This weekend, the Coconuts Comedy Club brand Bob Shoemaker created celebrates its 30th anniversary of funny business. Coconuts has gained fame as a pipeline to success for many well-known comics, Billy Gardell, Larry the Cable Guy and Jim Breuer.

DEAN: CHALLENGES REMAIN FOR AMBITIOUS USF MEDICAL SCHOOL

Much has changed at USF's Morsani College of Medicine since Dr. Charles Lockwood took over as dean two years ago. But Lockwood isn't satisfied. He's moving ahead with an agenda that he hopes will transform the school into a world-class institution.

GOOD NEWS IN PASCO FOR TRUMP

There has been plenty of concern among down-ballot Republican candidates about Donald Trump's effect on their campaigns. A recent, internal poll shows the opposite may be true in Tampa Bay, and it's Hillary Clinton who could be a drag on the candidacies of fellow Democrats.

CONACHER REJOICES OVER RETURN TO BOLTS

Cory Conacher, who was traded away by Tampa Bay to get goalie Ben Bishop, says returning to the Lightning is a "dream come true." The forward is reunited with coach Jon Cooper, whom he played for at Norfolk in 2011-12, and teammates Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson.

BRADY, SANDOVAL TO PERFORM AT BUSCH GARDENS

Comic, singer and TV host Wayne Brady and Cuban jazz icon Arturo Sandoval will kick off the new Red Carpet Series of concerts at Busch Gardens Red Carpet Series of concerts at Busch Gardens. The series is a theatrical-style evening event at the park's 1,100-seat Moroccan Palace Theatre.

BUSH CIRCLE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN AT RNC

Amid the balloons and parties, speeches and spectacle, one faction of the Republican Party is almost invisible at the national convention this week: the Bush family network.

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Neil Diamond says he has Parkinson’s, retires from touring

Neil Diamond says he has Parkinson’s, retires from touring

NEW YORK — Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 77 on Wednesday, is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Today: Death penalty decision coming in Seminole Heights murders

Today: Death penalty decision coming in Seminole Heights murders

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Updated: 1 hour ago
What you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 23

What you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 23

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Updated: 6 hours ago
Romano: Once again, state education leaders fail this simple test

Romano: Once again, state education leaders fail this simple test

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Pinellas to look at high school start times today

Pinellas to look at high school start times today

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Updated: 10 hours ago
What’s your most romantic food story? We want to hear it

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Calling all romantic foodies: We want to hear about your tales of love and food. For Valentine’s Day this year, we’re looking into some famously adorable dishes, like Engagement Chicken, a roast chicken first published in Glamour magazine in 2004 tha...
Published: 01/23/18
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

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CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

New York TimesWASHINGTON — Congress brought an end to a three-day government shutdown on Monday as Senate Democrats buckled under pressure to adopt a short-term spending bill to fund government operations without first addressing the fate of young un...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Male bicyclist struck, killed by vehicle in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A male bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 19 on Monday night, according to Pinellas Park police.The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. along the 8000 block of U.S. 19 N, near the Walmart Supercenter.The driver wa...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

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Updated: 8 hours ago