Friday, November 24, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: 'Definition of Insanity' Mental Health part 4; Congress budget talks continue; Solar Power amendment; FarmTable review; Bucs analysis, sandyhook

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The official who oversaw Florida's state-funded mental hospitals from 2008 to 2010 calls it the "definition of insanity." The state spends millions making sure the mentally ill go to court, but the minute they are declared competent, they are sent back to jail and routinely fall apart again. Read the latest installment of our investigation: Insane. Invisible. In danger.

The U.S. House easily passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September, capping a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama. The Senate is expected to approve the plan later today.

Fifty-six percent of Cuban-Americans support President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll. The survey from Bendixen & Amandi echoes others that have shown acceptance of the diplomatic thaw. It puts politicians such as Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush on the opposite side of popular opinion.

The group backing a solar power constitutional amendment is all but throwing in the towel. With a key end-of-year petition deadline fast approaching and lacking more than 400,000 petition signatures, Floridians for Solar Choice announced Thursday night that it will continue trying to qualify for the ballot in the 2016 election but it is "exploring options for 2018."

Six weeks. Six shootings. Six people dead. Beginning Nov. 10, six St. Petersburg boys and men, ranging from ages 16 to 25, have died after being shot. In response to the shootings, city leaders are planning a march down Central Avenue this evening to protest gun violence.

Offers of help have poured in after someone stole a trailer full of toys and food donated to Metropolitan Ministries' annual holiday charity drive earlier this week.

Florida Atlantic University has moved to fire professor James Tracy who outraged many by calling the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School an elaborate hoax.

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in November, the first time since January that the state's jobless rate is lower than the national average. Three Tampa Bay area counties — Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco — have seen job growth, but they are still trailing when it comes to wages.

Management at Locale Market's restaurant, FarmTable Kitchen, seem utterly comfortable with the idea of flux. With various changes to the market/dining foodie paradise, Food Critic Laura Reiley looks at a revamped Sundial institution and sees an epicurean Eden.

Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cardamom and ground cloves bring lots of flavor to the Chewy Chai-Spice Sugar Cookies featured in Cooking this morning.

Mustard beats Ketchup: The Bucs took a prime-time 31-23 loss at the hands of the Rams, all but ending any playoff hopes they still had, but here are five things you might not have noticed.

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Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

By BOB PUTNAMCLEARWATER — The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot has long been a fixture on Jon Mott’s sporting calendar. Not even a 103-degree fever Tuesday could keep him away from the event, in its 39th year. Mott, a record four-time 10k champion, added ...
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Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

TAMPA — In the jubilant moments after a Bucs win, Dirk Koetter will sometimes ask for a game-used ball from his equipment staff, hold it high in the locker room and present it to the player who was most crucial to the victory.NFL players can ask for ...
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Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

LARGO — Sydney Pender, 27, loved riding her motorcycle, even though she knew the dangers. Three years ago, her friend said, a delivery truck hit her. But she kept riding. On Thanksgiving, it was a crash with a taxi cab that killed her.Pender, a St. P...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Valrico intersection closed after car-sized hole opens in road

VALRICO — A hole the size of a vehicle opened up beneath the intersection of Nature’s Way Boulevard and Elm Grove Lane, Hillsborough officials said.The cause of the depression is unclear, but the intersection was blocked off to traffic.Hillsborough C...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

CLEARWATER — On Tuesday, Jon Mott had a 103-degree fever. That was not enough to keep him from maintaining his dominance Thursday at the 39th Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.The former Northeast standout added to his record with his fifth title in the ev...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

TAMPA — A mother and one of her two small children who were hit by a car while trying to cross Dale Mabry Highway on Wednesday were still in the hospital on Thanksgiving, according to Tampa General Hospital.Cassandra Marie Spicola, 29, and 18-month-o...
Published: 11/23/17

Pasco County put under immediate tornado warning

The National Weather Service has put out a tornado warning for Pasco County. Thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado and strong winds are expected over Jasmine Estates, New Port Richey and Hudson until 1:15 p.m., according to the NWS warning. Ba...
Published: 11/23/17
Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

It’s going to be a wet Thanksgiving across Tampa Bay, but sunny skies are coming during the long weekend, according to WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Ric Kearbey. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10...
Published: 11/23/17