Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Chicken pox outbreak at school; panel seeks depression screening for pregnant women; Uber driver identity theft; UT going tobacco free; Blue Bell ice cream is back; live Gasparilla blog

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has a message for Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire: "When all is said and done — certainly in Florida — Hillary has a much, much better chance of prevailing than Sen. Sanders."

An uptick of chicken pox cases at a Tampa Bay elementary school has led county health officials to ask parents to keep kids who have not been vaccinated at home.

In other health news, an influential government-appointed health panel says women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth. It's the first time the panel has recommended screening for maternal mental illness.

A hearing to confirm Dr. John Armstrong's appointment as surgeon general has been delayed. Armstrong has been under fire in the last year for supporting personnel cuts to county health departments while new cases of infectious diseases such as HIV grew, among other things.

It started with a Facebook message from her sister Sunday night. Then notifications from strangers started rolling in saying that Uber had released the New Port Richey woman's tax form — including her social security number and address — to Uber drivers nationwide.

The University of Tampa is going completely tobacco free. The policy, which will go into effect Aug. 1 of this year, means that no student, faculty person, contractor, staff member or visitor can use any type of tobacco products.

Melanie Bevan is expected to be named Bradenton's police chief. Current St. Pete chief Holloway's selection had disappointed many Bevan supporters in 2014. She had emerged as the leading internal candidate before Mayor Rick Kriseman lured Holloway from Clearwater.

After being off grocery shelves for several months, Blue Bell ice cream will return some flavors to stores in Florida this week. Listeria? What Listeria? The company says the ice cream is safe to eat and bacteria-free after a questionable sanitation last spring.

As its team, the Carolina Panthers, heads to the Super Bowl, there's a feeling in Charlotte, N.C., that the city is well known enough that it can stand be recognized without the North Carolina behind it. Is Tampa Bay nearing that point, too?

Pasco's State Road 56 is now slated to have a fifth hotel. Impact Properties, which developed the Westin Tampa Bay on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, is poised to build the six-story, 130-room Hyatt Place-Wesley Chapel at the Cypress Creek Town Center in Lutz.

Expect some tough talk from a defiant mayor, setting up the annual Gasparilla invasion celebration on Saturday. After refusing to surrender the city to the pirates, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will face the pirates again today. "Pirates, nobody occupies my city," he said.

If you can't make it to Gasparilla 2016, our The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots — has been discovered among her memorabilia and will be published this year more than a century after she wrote it.

At 1:30 today, Liberty Institute, a legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty rights, will announce a demand letter sent to the Florida High School Athletic Association requiring the association apologize for forbidding Cambridge Christian from praying over the loudspeaker before the state football final.

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