Saturday, June 16, 2018
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.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

TAMPA — Loueita Hargens had known for years how her son Bradley Dykes would die. She had seen him cycle through drugs of choice, had lost track of the number of times he’d wound up in the hospital or prison.A recovering alcoholic herself, she cut him...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

NEW YORK – The Rays had their problems against the Yankees again Saturday, losing 4-1.This one was pretty much a lost cause all the way around, as they didn't pitch well, didn't hit much until the ninth and didn't look good in the field.The res...
Updated: 1 hour ago
AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and st...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python

A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python

For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python.Wa Tiba, 54, left her home on Muna island to visit her cornfield on Thursday night, according to the Jakarta Post.The field was about a half m...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market will be closed throughout the weekend after a warehouse fire broke out Friday.A St. Petersburg Police officer noticed smoke coming from the market at 22nd Ave. N around midnight Friday, said St. Petersburg F...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Climate change is moving fish around faster than laws can handle, study says

Climate change is moving fish around faster than laws can handle, study says

Fish don’t follow international boundaries or understand economic trade agreements. Different species live in regions all over the globe. If that wasn’t complicated enough, they also migrate as they age."It’s like trying to raise cattle when you’ve t...
Updated: 5 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

For starters: Rays at Yankees, trying to break through

UPDATE, 11:49: Cash said he played Cron at 1B in an effort to get him more involved in the game, indicated he may do so again Sunday (with Bauers off vs. LH Sabathia) and should have done so more as Cron struggled. … Cash reiterated that CF Kev...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Your barista is a robot. Should it be friendly?

Your barista is a robot. Should it be friendly?

SAN FRANCISCO - The cold, steely arm of Fernando the Barista swirled the foam of my matcha latte, set it down gently, and waved goodbye from inside a glass case. San Francisco, 2018. Where you can get robot pizza and robot salad, and now, a robot mat...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Catholic diocese celebrates 50 years in Tampa Bay and forges plan for the future

Catholic diocese celebrates 50 years in Tampa Bay and forges plan for the future

ST. PETERSBURG — At his installation as spiritual leader of Tampa Bay’s Catholics, Bishop Gregory Parkes promised to take time to get to know his people, listen to what they had to say and work to discern a plan for the future.On Sunday, 17 months la...
Published: 06/16/18