Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Ecuador digs out; Jonchuck hearing delayed; Gwen Stefani coming to Tampa; what Laura Reiley learned while not reviewing restaurants

As Ecuador digs out from its strongest earthquake in decades, tales of devastating loss are everywhere amid the rubble. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake left a trail of ruin along Ecuador's normally placid Pacific Ocean coast, buckling highways, knocking down an air traffic control tower and flattening homes and buildings. At least 350 people died, and thousands are homeless.

A competency hearing for John Jonchuck that was scheduled for this morning has been delayed until April 26. Jonchuck, who had not been back to court in more than a year, was to appear this morning to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. But his new public defender said he had not been taking all of his medications.

Times food critic Laura Reiley took two months off of reviewing restaurants so that she could work on the Tampa Bay Times' Farm to Fable series. This is what she learned.

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could have broad ramifications among Florida's undocumented immigrant community.

Former No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani has announced plans for a summer tour that'll bring her to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 26. And as a bonus, her opening act will be rapper Eve.

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled $2.7 million out of Florida in the first quarter of 2016, contributing to a $17 million haul he'll need to protect the GOP majority in the House heading into an tough election season.

Robotics is something that works at McLane Middle School, a century-old institution on the western fringe of Brandon that has battled systemic academic and behavior problems in the rest of the school. Students Jaylin Rasumoff, Kayla Pagan and Christian Egger leave Wednesday for VEX Worlds, an Olympics of sorts for kids who spend their spare hours designing, building and programming robots to get intricate motion out of a lot of spare parts.

No beach day is complete without a great book and a cooler full of delectable snacks. If you're headed to the shore but have no idea what to bring, have no fear. We've rounded up our four favorite beach reads — some old, some new — and paired them with seaside-friendly snacks, so all you have to worry about is which swimsuit to wear.

Pop-rockers the Fray, Poison frontman Bret Michaels and country whiz kid Hunter Hayes, are the first three acts on the lineup for the Rays' summer concert series the team announced today.

Ruth Eckerd Hall has announced the lineup for its 2016-2017 touring Broadway season and it includes Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! — Farewell Tour and the 20th anniversary world tour of Riverdance.

Last week's blockbuster trade between the Rams and Titans shook up the NFL, and mock drafts are still sorting it out. Here's Matt Baker's weekly summary of potential Bucs targets and local players among noted mock drafts.

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Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Published: 12/16/17
Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

Florida Keys News BureauVisitors to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters dive with among indigenous Keys fish Friday in Marathon. The attraction reopened Friday after closing just before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Although tourism f...
Published: 12/16/17
Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

MIAMI — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people’s toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state’s booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles. The Florida Fish and Wildlif...
Published: 12/16/17

Fan helps fund Miami Stadium’s historic marker

MIAMI — For thousands of kids who grew up in Miami, going to the old Miami Stadium in the Allapattah neighborhood was a part of coming of age. Opened on Aug. 31, 1949, with a game between the Miami Sun Sox and Havana Cubans, two Class B Florida Inter...
Published: 12/16/17
Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Phil Heasley of Naples caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away. Heasley reeled in a 6-foot white marlin last year off Maryland’s coast. But in a sign of how concerned some big money tour...
Published: 12/16/17
Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenters, and use voucher funds to attend a private school of ...
Published: 12/16/17

Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital Saturday afternoon.About 12: 45 p.m., Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on...
Published: 12/16/17