Friday, June 22, 2018
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News at Noon: First appearance for slain baby's mother; A-Rod's last game; Ferg's reopens; 5 things missing in GOP bid to unseat Rubio

Kathleen Steele is set to make her first appearance in court around 1:30, a day after she was jailed on aggravated manslaughter charges in what investigators say was the beating death of her 13-day-old daughter by her 6-year-old son. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

IN TENSE ELECTION, PASSIONS OVER GUNS INTENSIFY

"State Rep. Brad Drake is determined to keep his House seat in Tallahassee. He must defeat Republican challenger Bev Kilmer in the Aug. 30 primary in a rural district on the state's northernmost tier that's sometimes described as "L.A.," for "Lower Alabama." Drake is expected to win, in no small part because of his A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association, the equivalent of a Good Housekeeping seal of approval for Republicans challenged within their party.

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The Yankees say farewell to Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to retire after 22 years as a player, tonight against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

A-ROD'S COMPLICATED CAREER SLATED TO END TONIGHT VS. RAYS

Amid the words that will be showered upon Alex Rodriguez when he plays — supposedly— the final game of his 22-year career tonight in New York against the Rays, the most applicable is "complicated." That might also describe tonight's hastily arranged farewell — a dressed-up version of his unceremonial release —given the possibility he may opt to play for another team rather than move into a special adviser's job with the Yankees.

BUCS' BELL: NO EXCUSE FOR FUMBLE

Having spent his rookie season on injured reserve, Kenny Bell waited a year to put his hands on the football. He didn't hold onto it for long. Bell fumbled the opening kickoff of the preseason against the Eagles when he was hit and stripped of the ball by Eagles linebacker Najee Goode and safety Chris Maragos recovered at the Tampa Bay 18 yard line. The Bucs lost 17-9.

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Ferg's Sports Bar in downtown St. Petersburg reopened this morning.

FERG'S REOPENS AFTER TEMPORARY SHUTDOWN

Ferg's Sports Bar in downtown St. Petersburg reopened at its usual time today at 11 a.m., a day after the popular eatery was shut down for 42 health violations — including nine "high-priority violations." According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the violations ranged from food not properly stored and food accumulation on cooking surfaces to "insects, rodents or other pests" inside the restaurant.

TAMPA TO OFFER FREE DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE ON BUSY WEEKENDS

Downtown Tampa has a dozen or so weekends a year with so many big events that gridlock becomes a problem and easy parking vanishes. To alleviate such an "unintended consequence" of newfound success, officials are moving ahead with plans to launch a free shuttle to lesser-used lots on the busiest weekends.

FIVE THINGS MISSING IN GOP BID TO UNSEAT RUBIO

In his long shot bid to defeat Marco Rubio, Republican Carlos Beruff has yet to ignite the type of political grass fire that two years ago took out a top Republican leader in the U.S. House and nearly claimed four U.S. Senators.

NEWCOMER PAINTS FOES AS REPUBICANS

Augie Ribeiro says he's the only "true Democrat" running for Florida Senate District 19 — and he's spent at least $141,000 on mailers alone to tell voters that. His glossy ads land in mailboxes with an uncommon frequency. As of late, they've had a pointed message: Ribeiro, not his opponents — all three of whom have served in the Florida House of Representatives — is the only one with real democratic values running in the Democratic primary.

SURVIVORS MEET HOLLYWOOD ON 'DEEPWATER HORIZON' SET

The filmmakers behind Deepwater Horizon don't want it to be just another action flick. "You remind yourself every day why you're doing it, who you're doing it for," says Mark Wahlberg. "The 11 people who lost their lives and people affected by it." The $150 million production is slated to open in theaters nationwide Sept. 30.

PUSH TOWARD 'TRASH FISH' MAY HELP ENDANGERED SPECIES

Earlier this month, Louies Modern hosted the area's third annual Trash Fish Sarasota, a celebration of "bycatch" — the undesirable fish that sneak into nets sent to snare more prized varieties — as well as underused, invasive or aquafarmed seafood species. It's a phenomenon that is happening across the country.

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Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

ST. PETERSBURG — The 16th annual St. Pete Pride Parade is getting ready to march along the downtown waterfront the second straight year. But many hope to move past the division caused last year when the parade was uprooted from its original hom...
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St. Pete man carves out a career and a way of life

St. Pete man carves out a career and a way of life

Wes Wing was down in the Keys, repairing roofs on family homes, after Hurricane George hit in September 1998. He wanted to beat the storm, as it traveled up the coast, and get back to St. Petersburg in time for a hurricane party he was hosting, so h...
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Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

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Strangers are coming together to honor two killed in Bayshore crash

Strangers are coming together to honor two killed in Bayshore crash

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Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
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Justices adopt new privacy rules for cellphone tracking

Justices adopt new privacy rules for cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones. The justices’ 5-4 decision Friday is a victory for priv...
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Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

A cancer lurks within Florida’s otherwise rosy job numbers, one that’s has been called a quiet catastrophe and an intractable time bomb.Too many men between the ages of 25 and 54 have stopped working.Economists call those the prime-age years. Incomes...
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Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
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SunPass charges will soon be showing up again on customer accounts — without late fees

SunPass charges will soon be showing up again on customer accounts — without late fees

It has been more than two weeks since SunPass customers have been able to access their accounts after the Florida toll service took down its website for system maintenance.While SunPass continues to accumulate toll charges since the maintenance perio...
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Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

New York Knicks fans are a boisterous bunch. They voice their displeasure at just about everything. Four years ago, the fans booed the team's first-round selection of Kristaps Porzingis, who became an all-star this past season.So it was widely assume...
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