Sunday, May 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Debate preview; Zika virus; Open-carry bill; St. Pete city council on noise ordinances and marijuana; Barbie's got a new, realistic figure; Lightning podcast

GOP DEBATE: Donald Trump may not show because of Fox News' Megyn Kelly, but that doesn't mean PolitiFact won't be watching what the other candidates say. Check back to our live fact-checking starting around 8 p.m. ET tonight.

FROM THE EDITORIAL BOARD: TIMES RECOMMENDS JEB BUSH

It's time to stop treating the election of the next president of the United States like a game show without serious consequences. After more than a year of constant fundraising, meaningless opinion polls and reckless rhetoric from so many candidates, voters finally will make their voices heard starting Monday in the Iowa caucuses and eight days later in the New Hampshire primary. For Republicans fighting for both the soul of their party and the White House, the best choice is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The World Health Organization says it is convening an emergency committee on Monday to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. So far, officials doubt the virus will be widespread in the U.S.

A controversial Florida Legislature proposal— backed by the National Rifle Association and gun-rights advocates — that would allow more than 1.4 million people in Florida to openly carry guns is going before its third and final House committee this morning.

Florida Governor Rick Scott wraps D.C. visit as transparency expert at a conservative think tank. His two-day visit to the nation's capital was a busy one and culminates with a speech to AEI later this afternoon.

Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is being admitted to Florida Hospital last week with pain that may be related to a hernia, his family said Thursday. Greco is now recovering from surgery.

Almost 170,000 Tampa Bay homeowners are still "seriously" underwater on their mortgages even as rising home values are making others "equity rich."

ST. PETE LOCAL GOVERNMENT: A City Council committee voted unanimously to require downtown businesses to lower the volume on their outdoor speakers after 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Another committee voted unanimously to have city attorneys draft an ordinance for the St. Pete to start a civil citation program for marijuana.

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is headed to his first NHL All-Star game, and it is well deserved. In the latest podcast, Joe Smith discusses the latest developments in the Stamkos contract saga, breaking down the potential of a Jonathan Drouin trade.

Curvy has caught on. Mattel, the maker of the iconic plastic doll, said it will begin selling Barbie in three new body types — curvy, tall, and petite. She'll also be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

British actor Joseph Fiennes will star as Michael Jackson in a one-off TV comedy set to broadcast later this year — a casting decision that has added fuel to a raging debate about opportunities for non-white actors in movies and TV.

Persall: Truth is duller than fiction in The Finest Hours, a film of real-life Coast Guard heroism that coasts on patriotic goodwill.

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Romo not the reason, but Rays streak ends at 6 with 5-2 loss to Angels

Romo not the reason, but Rays streak ends at 6 with 5-2 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif.  – Doubling down on their innovativeness and starting veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a second straight day worked out fine for the Rays on Sunday.It was the less effective pitchers who followed, and the ineffectiveness of...
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Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as the coach at USF, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," Tagg...
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Rivers of molten rock

Rivers of molten rock

U.S. Geological Survey via APKilauea volcano, which began erupting more than two weeks ago on Hawaii’s Big Island and has burned dozens of homes and forced thousands of people to flee, has gotten more hazardous in recent days, with rivers of molten r...
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Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

Expansion Vegas advances to Stanley Cup final

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Lightning-Capitals: Familiar ground for Capitals as they face elimination

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TAMPA – Capitals G Braden Holtby basically summed up playoff life for the Capitals after Saturday's Game 5 loss in the Eastern Conference final when he said the team never makes it easy for itself."No, we don't," coach Barry Trotz agreed Sunday...
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Traffic lights out at Pinellas Park intersection; drivers should avoid area

Traffic lights out at Pinellas Park intersection; drivers should avoid area

PINELLAS PARK — Traffic lights have lost power at the intersection of 66th Street N and Park Boulevard, police said.About 5:45 p.m., Pinellas Park Police announced the outage. Duke Energy is working to restore power, according to the agency. Drivers ...
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Eckerd College hosts a royal celebration of its own

Eckerd College hosts a royal celebration of its own

A day after England’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, St. Petersburg hosted a royal celebration of its own.Among the estimated 500 graduates to receive an Eckerd College diploma at Sunday’s graduation ceremony held at Tropicana ...
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For Bolts radio duo, being fans at heart is key to their success

For Bolts radio duo, being fans at heart is key to their success

As the last tension-filled seconds of a tight playoff game wind down, high above the Amalie Arena ice, the play-by-play man becomes increasingly animated.Dave Mishkin, eyes bulging, face purple, jumps from his seat, holding the headset with his left ...
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TAMPA — There’s a saying that everyone dies twice, Tampa City council member Guido Maniscalco said Sunday. Once, when they take their last breath. And again, the last time someone mentions their name.So in this case, he said, the name "Fortune Taylor...
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Lightning-Capitals: In playoffs, Lightning and its town become one

Lightning-Capitals: In playoffs, Lightning and its town become one

TAMPA — The Lightning is a win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup final. Its Game 5 win Saturday, to take a 3-2 lead over the Washington Capitals, was another chapter of a story being written on the fly."Think about Game 1 in New Jersey,"...
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