Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: Allegiant opens up, faced with Times' safety analysis; Hillsborough gives $1M to college title game; suspect captured in Iowa police shootings; Biden in Tampa

No one compares U.S. airlines to find out whose planes break down most often. So the Times did. The investigation — which included a first-of-its kind analysis of federal aviation records — has found that budget carrier Allegiant Air's planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines. Presented with the study, Allegiant leaders who once battled any suggestion the carrier's rate of mishaps were unusually high are now taking a sharply different tack.

HILLSBOROUGH GIVES $1 MILLION TO HELP HOST COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Hillsborough County commissioners decided today to provide $1 million to help host this January's college football championship at Raymond James Stadium. The nonprofit Tampa Bay Sports Commission is in charge of putting on the game, and will use the money for operational expenses like security and ticket takers, local transportation for the teams, accommodating media and adding 6,600 seats into the stadium. The money will come from tourist development taxes, which is collected on every dollar spent at hotels, motels and RV parks.

SUSPECT CAPTURED IN FATAL 'AMBUSH-STYLE ATTACKS' ON IOWA OFFICERS

Iowa authorities apprehended a man today suspected in the early morning killings of two Des Moines area police officers who were shot to death while sitting in their patrol cars in what authorities described as separate ambush-style attacks. Officers from the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol took 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene into custody and were taking him to Des Moines, police said.

[CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]

Timothy Clephane of Tampa sells shirts while Clinton supporters wait for Vice President Joe Biden to arrive at the The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IN TAMPA TODAY

Vice President Joe Biden is stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton this morning at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. For updates, following Times reporter Paul Guzzo on Twitter. Many of those attending are Biden fans who wish he would have run for president, even as they join him in backing Clinton. Meantime, GOP nominee Donald Trump is scheduled has stops today in Miami, Orlando and Pensacola.

RUMORS, MYTHS AND HALF-TRUTHS CLOUD ELECTION IN FLORIDA

Day after day, officials work to shatter the latest myth about supposed skullduggery in the Florida election. Maybe it's a lingering hangover from the recount that convulsed the state in 2000. Perhaps it's the tone of this coarse and deeply divisive race, with talk about a "rigged" election, or the sense that the stakes are so high this Tuesday. Whatever it is, people seem more suspicious than ever.

MAN IN TUTU BREAKS INTO FARMERS MARKET, 'CONSUMED FRUIT AND SODA'

Hillsborough sheriff's investigators are asking the public for information to solve the early Tuesday break-in of a north Tampa farmers market by a man dressed in a ballerina tutu and a male accomplice. The men were seen on surveillance video inside the Tampa Bay Farmers Market on W Fletcher Avenue, deputies said.

WORLD SERIES GAME 7: CUBS VS. INDIANS TONIGHT

It's come down to a Game 7 tonight in the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. The Times' Mark Topkin is in Cleveland, and has filed some notes, quotes and early thoughts. First pitch is at 8, with Fox Sports (WTVT-Ch. 13) again handling the broadcast.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS AT RECORD PACE IN PASCO

Pasco Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley took to Twitter to say the county was on pace for a record-setting turnout among early voters and those using mail-in ballots. By midmorning today, 37,994 people had voted early and 59,396 had used mail ballots, nearly matching the mail ballots for all of the 2012 general election. Early voting ends at 7 p.m. Saturday.

[Times files]

Cheryl Hollon is among the authors appearing Nov. 12 at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.

AUTHOR'S 'CRACKED TO DEATH' TAKES READERS ON ST. PETERSBURG TOUR

St. Petersburg author Cheryl Hollon makes glass art, using that skill in her mysteries, written in the popular cozy style that's low on violence and often features amateur sleuths rather than professional detectives as main characters. She's one of more than 50 authors appearing at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Nov. 12 at USF St. Petersburg.

MOVIE PLANNER: 'DOCTOR STRANGE' OPENS, PLUS TERRIBLE 'TROLLS'

Marvel's superhero movie universe expands this weekend with the arrival Thursday of Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch rocking a cloak and amulet in full mystical mode. Meantime, Trolls is a uninspired smudge on DreamWorks animation's reputation, colorful yet repellent, as if Sherwin Williams vomited on the screen, writes Times movie reviewer Steve Persall.

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