Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Fallout from last night's presidential debate; South Tampa's (very) new Winn-Dixie

Here are the top stories around the bay as you head to lunch.

TRUMP REFUSES TO SAY WHETHER HE'LL ACCEPT ELECTION RESULTS

Threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump implied in last night's final presidential debate that he might not accept the results of next month's election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump's resistance "horrifying." As a postdebate analysis points out, that comment — and Trump's weeks of talk about a "rigged" election — has vexed a GOP already riven by his candidacy and fretting about its future. Meanwhile, the end of the election cycle's debate season drew celebration from some Twitter users. But tonight, they'll be sitting one chair apart from each other at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner comedy roast in New York.

CONSULTANT SAYS LEAKY PIPES MAIN CULPRIT OF ST. PETE'S SEWER CRISIS

St. Petersburg has leaky pipes. On an average day without rain in the Sunshine City, a good chunk of the sewage flow is made up of groundwater entering leaky sewer pipes, consultants reported Thursday. When it rains, that flow spikes even more, leading to about 200 million gallons of spills and discharges over the past 14 months, a preliminary analysis by a wastewater consultant told City Council on Thursday. But much of the problem lies in relatively concentrated areas around Lake Maggiore, Old Southeast and a large swaths of west-central of the city.

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Winn Dixie remodeled their Hyde Park store and gave it a cleaner, more modern look. The brighter Winn Dixie seems bigger thanks to higher ceilings and pops of color contrasted by white accents.

THE NEW WINN-DIXIE IN SOUTH TAMPA DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A WINN-DIXIE, AND THAT'S BY DESIGN

The recently remodeled Winn-Dixie store in South Tampa hardly looks like a Winn-Dixie at all. That's on purpose, said Southeastern Grocers CEO Ian McLeod. It has been about 18 months since McLeod, a Scottish businessman whose experience includes running retail stores in Europe and Australia, took over the ailing Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo brands. Since then, he has decided that one standard Winn-Dixie store format just doesn't work for every type of shopper he wants Winn-Dixie to attract. So he came up with five. "In the past, Winn-Dixie wasn't known for its cleanliness or quality," said McLeod, who added that he spent the first months on the job working to improve those areas.

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE THIS ELECTION SEASON

Nobody can quantify it, but almost everybody says they see it: Far fewer presidential campaign yard signs this year than prior years. That's what happens when two profoundly unpopular candidates are running. "I don't want to get my house egged or car keyed," a Republican Trump supporter in Tampa said of why he won't put a sign out. Look for our story this afternoon at tampabay.com.

OBAMA MAKES HIS FIRST CAMPAIGN VISIT TO FLORIDA

President Obama's first campaign trip to Florida will happen in Miami Gardens today. The Clinton campaign said the event will be at Florida Memorial University and begins at 3 p.m. "President Obama will lay out the high stakes of November's election for Florida families and highlight Clinton's vision for an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top," according to a release. "With more people voting in this election than any in history, President Obama will urge Florida voters to take advantage of in-person early voting, which begins on Monday, October 24 in South Florida." We'll have more for you as the day goes on.

MARK IT DOWN: QUINTON FLOWERS, GREATEST USF PLAYER IN HISTORY

Matt Grothe supporters may bicker, George Selvie partisans may quibble, and Mike Jenkins constituents may protest. Let 'em. Their detractions lose a bit more steam each time Quinton Flowers gains some on a trademark zone-read gallop. At those moments, observers aren't witnessing the greatest NFL prospect in USF history, nor are they watching the program's best passer or even the most popular Bull. But they just might be seeing the best player, pound for pound, the school has ever known.

NCAA ACCUSES LOUISVILLE OVER ESCORT ALLEGATIONS

The NCAA is accusing the University of Louisville of four violations stemming from its investigation of allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with Cardinals recruits and players.

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Hugh Jackman in the first trailer for the latest X-Men spinoff, "Logan.""

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR 'LOGAN,' HUGH JACKMAN'S FINAL WOLVERINE MOVIE AND TRY TO KEEP IT TOGETHER

It's hard enough not to cry while listening to Johnny Cash sing that Nine Inch Nails cover of Hurt, but mixing it with the trailer for Hugh Jackman's final turn as the Marvel superhero Wolverine in Logan is apparently too much for some people.

TAMPA BAY LEADS THE STATE IN HOME SALES AS PRICES JUMP 13.6 PERCENT

Tampa Bay led the state in sales of single family homes in September as prices continued their steady gains.

TAMPA VOTERS COULD GIVE CITY COUNCIL LIMITED AUDIT POWER

At a glance, the referendum Tampa voters will decide on Nov. 8 might not seem far-reaching: Should the city change its charter to give the City Council the authority to order up internal audits of city operations? But behind the question are bigger issues of accountability, the balance of power and the division of decision-making responsibility at City Hall. Also on today's agenda: Where to put medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
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Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

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‘This looks bleak.’ Game 7 loss short circuits Lightning fans

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Lightning’s season ends one win short of Stanley Cup final with 4-0 loss to Capitals

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TAMPA — The Lightning's dream season ended late Wednesday with the final horn, or, if you prefer, early in the second period of Game 5, when it scored its last goal of the Eastern Conference final.How about that? The team with the most regular-...
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Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

Lightning-Capitals: Tampa Bay had its chances. Here are the best ones

TAMPA — Yanni Gourde said he will have to see a replay to know just how it got away, but even in a lopsided 4-0 loss like Wednesday night, he'll remember the puck in front of an empty net, and the missed opportunity that encapsulated a frustrat...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Red Sox game

In a way, the timing of RHP Jake Faria's oblique injury seemed manageable in that RHP Nathan Eovaldi is close to coming off the disabled list and can step in. But on the other hand, the Rays finally could have four regular starters. Imagine that.Ther...
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Lightning-Capitals: A hurt that could last forever

Lightning-Capitals: A hurt that could last forever

TAMPA — This one stings. And it will ache for a long time. Maybe forever in these parts.Another chance for a Stanley Cup. Another disappointment. As the Lightning skated off the ice after losing Wednesday night's Game 7 of the Eastern Conferenc...
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Woman hit, killed while crossing road in Tampa

TAMPA — A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing N 40th Street near E Hanlon Street on Wednesday night, according to Tampa police.The crash took place just before 8 p.m. The driver was heading north on 40th Street before strikin...
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Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
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Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss in Game 7

TAMPA — Forget Vegas.The Lightning have left the building.No more season. No more watch parties. No more anything.There is no way around it. Jon Cooper's team couldn't finish, not in Game 7 at home, not in the Eastern Conference final...
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