Saturday, February 24, 2018
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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Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that the two guys in...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Live blog: 2018 Gasparilla Distance Classic

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Published: 02/24/18
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Updated: 30 minutes ago

High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

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Updated: 12 hours ago
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Published: 02/23/18
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Published: 02/23/18
Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Gov. Rick Scott and Republican leadership in the Florida Legislature have rolled out their ideas for change in response to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But would these measures have made a difference in the worst mass...
Published: 02/23/18
Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

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Published: 02/23/18
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Published: 02/23/18