Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Farm to Fable special investigation; a wilderness rescue; Rubio and Cruz, still; 192 may lose jobs; Lightning playoffs; Clone Club; and our weekend planners

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Tilapia masquerading as grouper in sushi. Claims of locally grown produce that really comes from Asia or South America. Do you know where the food in that restaurant is really coming from? Do you shop at weekend farmers markets?

You'll definitely want to read our latest special report, Farm to Fable.

The bleached out elk bones spelled 'HELP.' Ann Rodgers, 72, tells a wondrous tale of how she and her little dog Queenie survived for nine days in the Arizona wilderness after her car ran out of fuel. And tap here to watch the video.

Marco Rubio still isn't endorsing Ted Cruz, but said he would support the Texan on a second ballot in the event of a contested convention. "I hope that they'll nominate a conservative," Rubio told Mark Levin, adding the only one who "fits that criteria is Ted Cruz."

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville, says he will not seek re-election after serving eight terms in Congress.

This is the kind of ticket you would want to get from a cop. The Tampa Bay Rays have donated more than 1,000 vouchers to be redeemed for baseball tickets that Tampa police officers can hand out to reward residents for "doing good deeds, teaming up with law enforcement to help keep the city safe, or contributing in any way to help improve the quality of life" in the city.

St. Petersburg's America's Auction Network has filed paperwork with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicating it may lay off all of its 192 employees on June 8.

Former Plant High quarterback Phillip Ely waited four years in college for the chance to be back as a full-time starter, and as he works to extend his football career to the professional level, that journey brings him back to Tampa.

Highly coveted football prospects, most of whom already are inundated on social media from recruitniks and college programs, could be bombarded even more now that the NCAA has deregulated electronic communication between football coaches and recruits.

It's game day! After falling just short last season, the Lightning renews its quest for the Stanley Cup tonight, when it opens play against the Detroit Red Wings in a first-round series. We have all of the action covered, from the morning skate to the pregame festivities to the game itself, on our live blog. You'll find the latest news, photos, video and more.

Hey #CloneClub, Are you ready for the return of Orphan Black? Here's what you need to know before the season 4 premiere at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Our Weekend Planners offer tons of things to do this weekend, from the Safety Harbor Beer and Burger Throwdown to the kid-friendly play, The Lightning Thief.

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Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 6 hours ago