Friday, July 20, 2018
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News at Noon: Family's plight over HOA payment; tourism leaders plan fight; Pasco's connected city; medical marijuana forum

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RIVERVIEW FAMILY FACES LOSING HOME OVER $150 ASSOCIATION PAYMENT

Tina and Luis Lopez are just one step away from eviction after their homeowners association failed to record their annual $150 dues payment in 2009. Now only a judge's ruling can keep them in their home. They are one of the 1,386 owners of single-family homes, town homes and villas who are expected to pay dues each January to the Rivercrest Community Association in Riverview. But they're not the only ones raising questions about the association's aggressive pursuit of fees.

TOURISM LEADERS MOUNT SHOW OF FORCE TO FIGHT CORCORAN PLAN

As the Florida House prepares to demolish the foundation of Gov. Rick Scott's job-creation agenda, tourism leaders have a chance to show off their marketing skills to the political world this afternoon. The stage is a meeting of the House Careers & Competition Subcommittee, which is expected to move along a bill eliminating Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida and mothballing nearly two dozen economic incentive programs. Local tourism groups were hoping to assemble an invasion of up to 1,000 people in an effort to defeat a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

COMMISSION PLUGS IN CONNECTED CITY IN WESLEY CHAPEL

The Pasco County Commission has given final approval for the nation's first gigabit community to be built from the ground up in Wesley Chapel. It would include 96,000 people, 66,000 jobs and 37,000 homes if the 50-year projections hold true.

FORUM OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA DRAWS NEARLY 200 PEOPLE

A standing-room-only crowd packed a forum in Tampa this morning to discuss new medical marijuana rules for Floridians. The gathering at the Florida Department of Health — one of many statewide — drew a stream of speakers with personal tales about how medical marijuana can help them and their families. They peppered state health officials with questions and pleas.

TRUMP: NO TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT

President Donald Trump today promised "zero tolerance" for violence against law enforcement officers in an address to a gathering of American police chiefs and sheriffs. He also said that his administration will give their departments the resources to recruit and retain officers.

ATTENTION, WORD NERDS: MERRIAM-WEBSTER ADDS ABOUT 1,000 NEW ENTRIES

In addition to elevating "surreal" in 2016 to word of the year, the dictionary company on Tuesday added about 1,000 new words and new definitions to existing listings on its website, Merriam-webster.com. Among them are: "arancini," those stuffed, breaded and fried Italian rice balls, "conlang," meaning an invented language like Klingon, "fast fashion" and "microaggression," a flash-point favorite on some college campuses.

CONSOLIDATION OF UNITED WAYS CONTINUES WITH SUNCOAST, MANATEE

United Way Suncoast will merge with United Way of Manatee County by this summer, the nonprofit organizations said. United Way Suncoast serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, DeSoto and Sarasota counties. The merger was prompted by last year's retirement announcement by Manatee group's president.

THINGS TO DO PLANNER: STATE FAIR, KNIGHT PARADE AND MORE

There's lots to do this weekend. First, it's time for the Florida State Fair, where you can indulge on a Cheesy Fried Enchilada Funnel Cake, lawn-mower races and the largest portable Ferris wheel in North America. The fair opens Thursday and runs through Feb. 20. Also on the calendar is Saturday's Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City. This year's march has a Buccaneers flavor, with players coaches and street team members among more than 100 units. The Bucs and Glazer Family Foundation are grand marshals.

MUSE, GREEN DAY, NICKELBACK AND MORE COMING TO THE AMP

A dozen tour announcements for the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre have come down the pike in the past month or so, some arriving so quickly we haven't had time to track them all. Times music critic Jay Cridlin gets you caught up on the action so you can start planning your summer.

JONES: LIGHTNING RESEMBLING TEAM WE EXPECTED

The magic returned Tuesday night at Amalie Arena for the Lightning. Ben Bishop pitched a shutout. Nikita Kucherov had a pair of goals. Jonathan Drouin added a goal. And the Lightning blasted the Kings, 5-0, for the team's first back-to-back victories since right before Christmas. All's well again, right? Eh, not so fast, writes columnist Tom Jones.

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Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Beware of callers saying they’re with the IRS and demanding payments, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office warned Friday.According to a news release from the agency, scammers have been phoning residents across the county this week and trying to trick...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Updated: 5 hours ago