Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Donald Trump: Florida Man; protests in Charlotte over shooting; ferry details emerge; scrutiny for Trump foundation

Florida is key to the image Donald Trump is peddling to the world. It's home to the most potent symbol of his wealth and accumulation, his Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago. It's the site of one of the first golf courses he ever built. It's studded with the sort of glitzy condo buildings and high rises he wants his name on. But for every totem here that showcases his power and savvy, there's also an episode that reveals his limitations.

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING OF BLACK MAN SPARKS PROTESTS IN CHARLOTTE

All lanes of Interstate 85 in Charlotte, N.C., were reopened early today but still littered with some rocks and glass after a night of protests over an officer-involved shooting of an African-American man in the city's University City area. The officer was also African-American. Twelve officers were injured Tuesday night in a series of clashes, and reports were coming in this morning of motorists being hurt and their vehicles damaged by protesters.

DETAILS EMERGE ON 'CROSS-BAY FERRY'

Commuters will cruise between the downtowns of St. Petersburg and Tampa this fall at 33 mph on a 55-foot, 147-passenger catamaran under plans unveiled this morning for what has been formally dubbed the "Cross-Bay Ferry." The vessel is scheduled to arrive in late October, with an inaugural VIP launch trip in early November.

MORE SCRUTINY FOR TRUMP FOUNDATION

Donald Trump's foundation continues to find trouble in Florida. Now, questions of self-dealing have arisen following a report that Trump used the charity to settle a lawsuit stemming from an 80-foot flag pole he erected at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. This, day after the Washington Post reported Trump used $100,000 of foundation money to give to a charity for veterans. Democrats are now calling for an investigation.

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"The more time, the better, but you have to be able to plan before you do anything. It's what you're doing with that extra hour." said Michelle Zayas, a second-grade teacher at Hillsborough County's Robles Elementary, which landed on the "Lowest 300" list in 2014.

'LOWEST 300' READING PROGRAM ENTERS FIFTH YEAR

The Legislature has mandated that the 300 elementary schools with the lowest performance on state language arts tests add one hour of reading instruction to their daily schedule. After 2013-14, the number of Tampa Bay schools on the list grew. Educators insist it's not just the time that matters, but also how they spend it.

CHECK OUT THE NEW AND ADJUSTED FLIGHTS AT TIA

WestJet, a Canadian airline, is testing out a new direct route between St. John's International Airport and Tampa International Airport next spring. It's one of several new or adjusted routes coming to Tampa International over the next several months that involve flights to Panama, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Akron-Canton, Ohio.

FENNELLY: MARTIN INJURY NOT A GOOD SIGN

Bucs running back Doug Martin reportedly will miss about three weeks due to a hamstring injury. This hammy deal shouldn't be major, but is this the start of one of those seasons, the kind that never gets on track, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.

SCOTT, CABINET AGREE TO SET COMMUTE SENTENCE OF CRIME FAMILY MEMBER

Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet today ended the 24-year prison sentence of a mob informer whose testimony helped convict members of the Gambino and Gotti crime families. Acting on an extraordinary request by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa, the four state officials commuted the sentence of Kevin Bonner, who is in the federal witness protection program.

CLINTON TO STOP IN ORLANDO TODAY

Hillary Clinton will campaign this afternoon in Orlando, five days before the first presidential debate with Donald Trump. The event will be at Frontline Outreach Center. Doors open at noon. The event begins at 2 p.m.

Pizza Touch

Pizza Touch vending machines are already in Orlando. The company plans to bring out 100 more in Central Florida and hopes to have machines in Tampa Bay by January.

ARE PIZZA VENDING MACHINES TAKING OVER FLORIDA?

Vending machines featuring pizza are relatively new to the U.S. market, and companies are using Florida as test kitchens. If you're hankering for such a pie, the closest one to Tampa Bay is a Mobil Mart on S Florida Avenue in Lakeland. But don't fret. Machines should start popping up locally in January.

JAMEIS WINSTON LAWSUIT TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL APRIL

The trial in the sexual battery lawsuit against Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been pushed back a month. Attorneys for Winston and his accuser, Erica Kinsman, asked for an extension on discovery in the case, now rescheduled for a jury trial starting April 3, according to court records.

PRESIDENTIAL TV AD SPENDING IN FLORIDA HITS $47 MILLION

Hillary Clinton and allies have spent $37.7 million on TV ads in Florida so far, blowing past the $9.2 million from Donald Trump and supporters, including the super PAC led by Gov. Rick Scott. Yet the race is a dead heat.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

And here we are, one year later.If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider:In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between Presi...
Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

ST. PETERSBURG — USF had expected to have four former players in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, but QB Quinton Flowers had to miss the showcase game after learning that his grandmother had died late last week."I most definitely ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than a week to install a playbook, offenses can have it tough in college showcase games.And for 58 minutes on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, the teams combined for just one offensive touchdown.But...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

For years, Edward Peachey has bragged about the number of jobless people he has helped find work.As president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, he’s in charge of the two main government agencies that provide training to the...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Updated: 12 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Published: 01/20/18
The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the U.S. economy much. No workers are missing paychecks yet, and because it is a weekend, few businesses expect to feel the effects of lost customers or suppliers.That could change, quickly...
Published: 01/20/18