Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: Carbon monoxide warnings; Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard; Puerto Rican business in Florida; Iraqi forces' attack on Ramadi; Christmas in Florida; 'Concussion' review; Bucs 2016 schedule

Following the accidental death of two East Bay High School students who were found in an SUV in a closed garage on Monday, authorities are reminding people about the dangers of carbon monoxide. It is an odorless, colorless gas called the "silent killer" because it often goes undetected. It's produced by burning fuel in stoves, vehicles and other small engines.

Medicare officials say researchers and the public will now have an easier way to analyze spending on costly prescription drugs. The online Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard will allow users to compare 80 drugs from thousands of covered medications.

Victor Febus' family has run their furniture store, Casa Febus, in Puerto Rico for more than four decades, growing it from a small shop to a chain with three showrooms across the island. But Puerto Rico's economy is struggling through a decade-long recession. To keep growing his family's business, Febus has decided to open its first location in Florida, a store in Pembroke Pines near Miami.

The company Christmas party at SynDaver Labs took an unexpected turn last week when the firm's nearly 100 employees got a surprise stocking stuffer — $1.5 million in company stock.

Iraqi forces began an attack on downtown Ramadi on Tuesday, in what they hope will mark a final push to wrest control of the western city from Islamic State militants. Ramadi has been under the control of the extremists since May, when it fell despite an ongoing U.S.-led air campaign in support of Iraqi troops.

It's the most wonderful time of the year — according to the song — but your Christmas doesn't look anything like the idyllic snow blanketed scenes on every TV station. It's better, because you're in Florida. Here's what to do with your friends and family.

Read our review of 'Concussion,' a film that could make even die-hard NFL fans see the game differently.

Just as being eliminated from playoff contention as the Bucs looking ahead, it's a good time for us to do the same, taking an early look at the Bucs' 2016 schedule, which has all but two games determined.

Who do you think will win this week's NFL games? We're inviting tampabay.com readers to chime in with their picks each week through the season, all with the chance to win a dining gift certificate.

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The Bucsí problem isnít how they finish; itís how they start

The Bucsí problem isnít how they finish; itís how they start

For the second straight week, the Buccaneers had the ball in the final minutes of a tie game.For the second straight week, they could not finish.As disappointing as that might be, they have a larger problem, and one that has existed all season: The B...
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Lightning opens road trip with shutout of Blues

Lightning opens road trip with shutout of Blues

ST. LOUIS ó This showdown was supposed to be about the best team in the East versus the best in the West. In reality, the Lightningís 3-0 win over the Blues on Tuesday night pretty much came down to this:Andrei Vasilevskiy is one of the best goalies ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 12

Tuesdayís scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 5, Tarpon Springs 0Palm Harbor U. 8, Alonso 0Boys soccerShorecrest 2, Indian Rocks Chr. 0Palm Harbor U. 3, Alonso 0Girls basketballNortheast 65, Dixie Hollins 25...
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Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

LARGO ó Daniel Richards, on trial in the murder of his 83-year-old mother, began his own criminal defense on Tuesday by asking a few questions to the pool of prospective jurors."If you were accused of killing your mother, would you want to represent ...
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Career Q&A: Two bosses who donít care for each other

Career Q&A: Two bosses who donít care for each other

Q: I seem to be caught between two high-level managers who really donít like each other. One is a director, the other is a vice president, and I am an assistant to both. Whenever the director stops by my desk to chat, she makes critical remarks about...
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St. Pete losing two assistant police chiefs; one will join Rays

St. Pete losing two assistant police chiefs; one will join Rays

ST. PETERSBURG ó Two assistant police chiefs are stepping down next month, leaving two of the three second-in-command jobs vacant at the St. Petersburg Police Department.Assistant Chief Jim Previtera announced this week that he will resign from the d...
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Winter meetings journal: Rays add more infield depth, claim it isnít prelude to a trade

LAKE BUENA VISTA ó The Rays on Tuesday adding their third infielder in the past two weeks would sure look like a precursor to trading front-liners such as 3B Evan Longoria or 2B Brad Miller.But GM Erik Neander insisted that was not the case and that ...
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Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

WASHINGTON ó Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and co...
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GMs-turned-pundits believe now may be the time for Rays to sell

GMs-turned-pundits believe now may be the time for Rays to sell

LAKE BUENA VISTA ó The Rays have been doing a lot of talking, making another small deal Tuesday while still working toward bigger ones of a still-being-determined degree.And there have been a lot of baseball people at the winter meetings talking abou...
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