Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Ex-Tampa cops indicted on tax fraud charges; Hastert pleads guilty; more ways to save; ranking Taylor's squad

In a 14-count federal indictment, Tampa police officers Eric and LaJoyce Houston are accused of enriching themselves through stolen identity tax refund fraud. The couple is expected in federal court at 2 p.m. Scrutiny of the couple began after jail recordings picked up collusive chatter between the wife and Rita Girven, a Tampa police informer who was close to both Houstons.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case in which he had agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct by Hastert. He could serve up to six months in prison.

Republican presidential candidates gather tonight in Boulder, Colo., for their third debate of the primary season. Here's what to look for. And, make sure to follow PolitiFact's live fact-checking during the debate.

Bargain hunters, Winn-Dixie unveiled a new price reduction program this morning that aims to save customers money on the staples they keep in their pantry. And click here for more Business news.

In 10 Days of Taylor, our epic countdown to the Tampa finale of Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour, Jay Cridlin ranks all 72 guest stars who have shown up as part of Swift's squad. And, he speculates on who could show up at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday.

Billy Bob Thornton's Pat Candy is the best reason to see Our Brand Is Crisis, the new Sandra Bullock film, says Steve Persall. Plus, plan your weekend with our critics' top picks.

For the first time this season, Jameis Winston is better than Marcus Mariota. Though the Bucs blew a 24-point lead Sunday in a sickening 31-30 loss to Washington, Winston did all you could ask, except cover Jordan Reed in the red zone.

Phrase of the day: Suicidal avocados!

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Mazzaro’s gets ready to reopen

Mazzaro’s gets ready to reopen

day after an electrical fire broke out in its dry goods warehouse Friday night.Dominic Horwath, a grocery manager at Mazzaro’s on 22nd Ave. N, said staffers spent Monday and the weekend moving things into other warehouses.The damage from the fire at ...
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St. Pete heroin dealer delays sentencing by firing another lawyer

St. Pete heroin dealer delays sentencing by firing another lawyer

TAMPA — William Harold Wright was supposed to learn his punishment Monday for bringing massive shipments of heroin to the streets of St. Petersburg.Instead, the convicted drug dealer once again ditched his attorney and declared his innocence, cutting...
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For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

UPDATE, 6:40: Cash said he had a good talk with Hechavarria, and that he understood the situation. Cash said Hechavarria will get to play some, and when he does it will be at short. … RHP Chris Archer (abdominal strain) is slated to throw a bul...
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Geneva‘Gaming disorder’ named a diseaseThe World Health Organization on Monday officially recognized "gaming disorder" as a condition in its International Classification of Diseases, saying that it is possible to be addicted to video games. Simply pl...
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Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

CF Kevin Kiermaier is here in Houston and will work out with the Rays today, and said that if all goes well he will be activated on Tuesday.That would be a couple days ahead of his most recent timetable, which had him slated to return to Friday.Kierm...
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Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

ST. PETERSBURG — In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together, dining on hotel room service with family friends Neil and Janet Armstrong.It was four months af...
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Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is pushing back against a social media post implying that a combat-wounded New Port Richey veteran has a Nazi symbol tattooed on his arm.In a tweet Monday afternoon, ICE officials denied the vete...
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Column: Fane Lozman’s long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Column: Fane Lozman’s long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Fane Lozman, a consummate citizen-critic of local government affairs, exercised his First Amendment right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The government in this case was the city of Riviera Beach.He was led off in handcuffs ...
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Mazzaro’s market set to reopen Tuesday after blaze damaged one of its warehouses

Mazzaro’s market set to reopen Tuesday after blaze damaged one of its warehouses

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market is scheduled to reopen Tuesday after an electrical fire broke out its dry goods warehouse Friday night.Dominic Horwath, a grocery manager at Mazzaro’s on 22nd Avenue N said staff spent Monday and the weekend...
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