Friday, April 27, 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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Carlton: Lessons from the NRA

Carlton: Lessons from the NRA

You would think these would be tough times for the National Rifle Association. You would think so even here in Florida, where the NRA practically dictates gun legislation, where it easily fends off gun limits and swiftly bullies lawmakers who dare s...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Would you draft ex-Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway?

Would you draft ex-Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway?

Former Florida Gators receiver Antonio Callaway should have heard his name called last night during the NFL draft's first round.He didn't.He might hear his name called tonight, during the second or third round.He probably won't.Which means one of the...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

PLANT CITY — Plant City softball coach Ashley Bullion is 4-for-4 after Thursday night.Four years at the helm, four district titles.The latest championship came in a 4-1 victory over East Bay in the Class 8A, District 6 final, a victory highligh...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Softball: Recent momentum carries Mitchell past Sunlake

LAND O' LAKES — Despite being on the wrong end of two lopsided outcomes to Sunlake during the regular season, recent events gave Mitchell hope in its Class 7A-10 district final rematch with the Seahawks.Just two days prior, the Mustangs be...
Updated: 5 hours ago
The Daystarter: We recap the first night of the NFL draft; has Florida’s bet on cybersecurity worked?; NRA fundraising strong as ever

The Daystarter: We recap the first night of the NFL draft; has Florida’s bet on cybersecurity worked?; NRA fundraising strong as ever

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Expect some clouds this morning as a weak front moves in, though rain chances stay low, according to 10Weather WTSP. The afternoon high will be in the upper 70s. The weekend brings th...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Softball: Robinson makes it 10 straight wins vs. Jefferson

TAMPA — For the Robinson softball team, the perfect 10 was complete.The top-seeded Knights defeated No. 2 Jefferson for the 10th consecutive time Thursday and claimed their fifth district championship in a row, a 12-2 five-inning victory in the...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Softball: It’s April, so Chamberlain is winning

TAMPA — Coach Bob Diez and his Chamberlain Chiefs have always believed in this motto: "Be good in April."This is their season.The Chiefs added another Class 7A-8 district title Thursday against Gaither with a 7-0 victory.With the win, the ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Softball: East Lake is aggressive from the start

TARPON SPRINGS — If strong pitching and defense are the bellwethers of a deep playoff run, consider East Lake ready.Playing second seed Pinellas Park on Thursday night for the Class 8A-7 title, the host Eagles (22-3) used that philosophy to mak...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Florida wants to build a cybersecurity sector. The question is how?

Florida wants to build a cybersecurity sector. The question is how?

TAMPA — In 2014, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity was established by the Legislature with several purposes in mind:Lawmakers tasked "FC2" with bringing high-paying jobs to Florida, attracting companies in industries such as defense, health care, ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Educators see red in Arizona, Colorado; funerals set for some Waffle House victims; Ford ditches U.S. cars; more in U.S. news

Educators see red in Arizona, Colorado; funerals set for some Waffle House victims; Ford ditches U.S. cars; more in U.S. news

ArizonaEducators, students see redA sea of teachers clad in red shirts and holding "Money for Schools" signs reached the Arizona Capitol to press lawmakers for action Thursday, a key event in an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state’s p...
Updated: 10 hours ago