Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Ben Carson visits, Publix rules Florida, Universal Health Care's old HQ sells, 007's return approaches — and election updates

• Surging GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson is making a sweep through Tampa Bay today, giving the keynote speech at the mayor's prayer breakfast at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach and then heading to the Carrollwood Barnes & Noble for a book signing Tuesday afternoon. Read about this morning's visit, and come back for live coverage of his afternoon stop as well.

• There might be a lot more stores selling groceries in your neighborhood these days, but Publix's impressive Monday earnings report reinforces the company's stranglehold on foot sales in Florida. Publix said its third quarter sales rose 6.3 percent compared to a year ago, its earnings climbed 7.3 percent and the company is on track to break its 2014 record of more than $30 billion in revenues.

• Pick this weekend's NFL games, and we might buy you lunch. You don't even have to be good at it — enter your picks on our website, register your name and email and you'll be entered in a random drawing for a $20 dining certificate. We collect picks every Tuesday and run the crowd's consensus in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times.

• As the Friday premiere of new James Bond flick Spectre approaches, our movie critic Steve Persall ranks the (00)7 best actors in the title role, best Bond girl names, best villans and best puns.

• Raymond James Financial executive chairman Tom James has paid $13.5 million for the first two floors of a downtown St. Petersburg building, with plans to use the space to house an art museum, records showed Tuesday morning. The once high-flying Universal Health Care paid $9 million cash five years ago to make the the eight-story building its headquarters and poured another $596,000 into office renovations. The state took receivership of the property in 2013, and sold it to Tampa-based Convergent Capital last year for $10.5 million.

• Voters were in short supply across St. Petersburg as polls opened for three City Council races that could determine the future of the Tampa Bay Rays. In St. Petersburg and Seminole, which also has city elections, turnout was sparse. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections estimated turnout to be 1.86% at 10 a.m. We'll update with results as soon as the polls close at 7 p.m.

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Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
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Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
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Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
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Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
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Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
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Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
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Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
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Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
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Woman dies in Plant City after SUV flips off road

PLANT CITY — A Seffner woman died Saturday from injuries sustained when her sports utility vehicle flipped off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection of Tanner Road and State Road 574.Amanda K. Cepeda-Duque, 21, was traveling west on...
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