Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

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

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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Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

ST. PETERSBURG ó Three people forced their way into a St. Petersburg house before dawn Sunday before gunfire broke out, killing a suspect and injuring two residents, police said.About 5:30 a.m., the people arrived at a house in Childs Park, on the 41...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa police seeking vehicle in hit and run

Tampa police seeking vehicle in hit and run

The Tampa Police Department is seeking a vehicle involved in a hit and run on Sunday afternoon at New Tampa Boulevard and Wood Sage Drive that left a father with life threatening injuries and his young son in serious condition.The vehicle is either a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

TAMPA ó Stripped to the girders, the old Bromley office building looked about as substantial as fish bones on a dinner plate.But the 5-story structure proved Sunday it still had a surprising amount of fight left in it.A demolition team had planned to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

NEW PORT RICHEY ó A 19-year-old driver died in a three-car crash on Moon Lake Road on Saturday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.Jillian Faith Hitt, 19 and of New Port Richey, was driving north on the road in a 2008 Hyundai Accent, weari...
Updated: 3 hours ago
President Trumpís trade war threatens the US newspaper industry

President Trumpís trade war threatens the US newspaper industry

STERLING, Ill. - As a longtime editor of small-town newspapers, Jeff Rogers has seen his industry face the collapse of print advertising, the rise of the internet and more. Today, his 18 employees work in a newsroom here that puts out two daily newsp...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: St. Petersburg driver falls asleep at wheel after drinking, kills motorcyclist

Police: St. Petersburg driver falls asleep at wheel after drinking, kills motorcyclist

ST. PETERSBURG ó A 22-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel after drinking and ran a red light, hitting and killing a motorcyclist Saturday night, police said.Just before midnight, Michael P. Majchrowski, 48, was riding a 2016 BMW motorcycle eastb...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Making the case for more drones

Making the case for more drones

BLACKSBURG, Va. - They considered how well everyone slept the night before. They considered the chances a military jet might scream by on a training mission. They considered the farmer in the field.Then they considered some more.After making it throu...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and would do it again

Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and would do it again

LEXINGTON, Va. - Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening - nearly 200 miles from the White House - when the choice presented itself.Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Published: 06/23/18
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Published: 06/23/18