Thursday, June 21, 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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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: When will we know about possible Jameis Winston suspension?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: When will we know about possible Jameis Winston suspension?

Rick Stroud talks about when we will know about a possible Jameis Winston suspension and why DeSean Jackson hasn't been more productive with the Bucs on today's podcast.Plus, who might the Rays trade next? Will the Lightning make any b...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Orlando airport first to scan faces of U.S. citizens on international flights

Orlando airport first to scan faces of U.S. citizens on international flights

ORLANDO — Florida’s busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there. The expected announcement Thursda...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service

Days after buying Time Warner, AT&T launches new TV service

NEW YORK — AT&T is launching a new streaming service incorporating television networks from the Time Warner company it just bought. The WatchTV service, a cable-like package of more than 30 TV channels delivered over the internet, is an example of th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pasco deputies searching for missing Holiday autistic teen

Pasco deputies searching for missing Holiday autistic teen

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing autistic boy who walked out of his Holiday residence Wednesday night.Jordan Webb, 16, left his home at 2522 Wood Pointe in Holiday around 11 p.m. He was last seen wearing a black Carolina P...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died.The Gorilla Foundation says the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in its sleep at the foundation’s preserve in California’s Sana Cruz mountains on Tuesday.Koko was ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: CareerSource used credit cards to boost hiring totals; report says Winston suspension coming; Hedman wins Norris Trophy; get ready for Pride

The Daystarter: CareerSource used credit cards to boost hiring totals; report says Winston suspension coming; Hedman wins Norris Trophy; get ready for Pride

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Today is also the official start of summer, not that anyone will be able to tell. It will be hot and muggy with just a 30 percent chance of rain heading into Friday, according to 10We...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — The Rays were engaged in a third straight tight, go-either-way battle with the defending champ Astros on Wednesday.Until they were not.A brutal seven-pitch sequence by starter Nathan Eovaldi changed everything, as he gave up three con...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Romano: Intrigue behind all those manicured lawns

Romano: Intrigue behind all those manicured lawns

I’ve always thought homeowners associations had a lot in common with cops.People love to complain about them and often accuse them of abusing their power. And yet as soon as a neighbor paints his house a hot shade of fuchsia, you’re screaming for the...
Published: 06/21/18
Tampa tech firm Newgentek hiring 20 following expansion

Tampa tech firm Newgentek hiring 20 following expansion

TAMPA — Information technology company Newgentek plans to hire 20 new employees over the next two years following an expansion of its Tampa headquarters."In the last 90 days, the Newgentek team has grown 24 percent and is now operating at 80 percent ...
Published: 06/21/18
Daniel Ruth: Florida should consider taking back its outsourced foster care services

Daniel Ruth: Florida should consider taking back its outsourced foster care services

We hear a great deal about how government is the source of all evil, a wasteful, incompetent coven of lazy paper-pushing bureaucrats.That is why the heavens open and the angels sing and all is right with the world whenever we can wrest away various s...
Published: 06/21/18