Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Chicago police probe; Pearl Harbor Day; Failure Factories; Rays trade talk; Turning Point, Grammys

The U.S. Justice Department will investigate the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Monday, a move that comes nearly two weeks after the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times and ahead of the expected release of similar footage in another death at the hands of an officer.

PEARL HARBOR DAY: Seven decades after the USS Oklahoma was sank during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government is trying to put names to the old salts and teenage sailors who died that Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941. Inside an old aircraft factory on Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, lie the unidentified remains of hundreds of sailors and Marines.

Failure Factories, Part 4

In the latest installment of our investigation, we examine how often black students are suspended in Pinellas County schools. Black children in Pinellas are suspended at rates seen in virtually no other large school district in Florida. They are regularly kicked out of class for vaguely defined infractions like "defiance," "excessive tardiness" and "electronic device."

St. Petersburg police investigators say Aaron Anthony Davis, 25, was arguing with another resident at the Fountain Court Apartments before the incident turned violent. He was shot multiple times and later died at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The person who shot Davis remains at large.

The Tampa Bay Rays trade talks with the Chicago Cubs are said to be focused on getting INF Javier Baez in return for pitching. Baez, 23, would provide the kind of young impact bat the Rays seek.

In today's Turning Point: After the Bucs' 23-19 comeback victory Sunday against the Falcons, Jamies Winston — the youngest quarterback in NFL history to win six games — had this to say to those who predicted he would be a bust: "Thank you. And God is good." After 12 games, no one is sculpting his bust and enshrining him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But the rookie is beating expectations and has been instrumental in turning around a team that went 2-14 a season ago. At 6-6 and just one game behind No. 6 seed Seattle, Tampa Bay is a bonafide playoff contender.

As expected, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar received plenty of love when the 58th Grammy Award nominations were announced – both pulled in a leading seven nominations, and both are up for Album of the Year, alongside the Weekend's Beauty Behind the Madness, Chris Stapleton's Traveller and Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color. Many of the nominees will be coming to Tampa Bay. Find a list here.

BT To Go opened a few weeks ago at the northern end of a little Bayshore Plaza shopping center and it has all of chef BT Nguyen's pizaazz in a grab-and-go spot.

Just as the holiday shopping season hits high gear, retail analysts, mall operators and commercial real estate developers will convene in New York City to sign deals and discuss the industry's latest trends. Justine Griffin is there to report from the annual New York National Deal Making Conference today and Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

PHOTO GALLERY

The latest images from the New Horizons space probe may be the sharpest images humans ever see of Pluto.

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Hit-and-run driver in fatal accident sought by law enforcement

Hit-and-run driver in fatal accident sought by law enforcement

A hit-and-run crash has left a Tampa man dead, his female passenger in critical condition and law enforcement in search of the man who was driving the vehicle that struck them from behind.A Nissan Sentra was traveling north in the inside lane of U.S....
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Meet the aptly named Friend of Gasparilla Distance Classic weekend

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Troopers: Bradenton man dies after falling through hole in RV

Troopers: Bradenton man dies after falling through hole in RV

A Bradenton man died on Interstate 75 in Sumter County on Sunday after falling through a hole that opened in the cabin of a recreational vehicle when it collided with a guardrail, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The man, whose name was not im...
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Gasparilla Distance Classic: A day (or two) at the races

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Riverview woman dies in Friday car crash

A woman died Friday when her car collided with another vehicle on U.S. 301 in Riverview, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Melanie Hoitt, 38, of Riverview was driving a Nissan Altima north on U.S. 301 approaching Southern Pointe Boulevard short...
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Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

PLANT CITY — A man died Saturday night after he was stabbed inside his home by a neighbor, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Moses Wilson, 49, got into an argument with James Michael Meeks, 23, both of whom live at 4308 James L. R...
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Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

WASHINGTON — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and j...
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3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Severe thunderstorms spawned suspected tornadoes and triggered widespread flooding that left at least three people dead in Kentucky and Arkansas. The system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian maritime provinces on Sunday ha...
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‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

He was chronically depressed, beguiled by firearms and violence, an oddball ostracized by peers and prone to angry outbursts.He experienced, in rapid succession, blows of the sort that can send a disturbed, isolated young man hurtling into a spiral o...
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Editorial: Learning from St. Petersburg’s Sunshine Law violation

Editorial: Learning from St. Petersburg’s Sunshine Law violation

A recent state appeals court opinion strikes a victory for open government in finding St. Petersburg city officials violated the state’s Sunshine Law. City councils and other government panels in Florida are allowed to meet in secret only in very lim...
Published: 02/25/18