Sunday, January 21, 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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Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

And here we are, one year later.If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider:In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between Presi...
Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

ST. PETERSBURG — USF had expected to have four former players in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, but QB Quinton Flowers had to miss the showcase game after learning that his grandmother had died late last week."I most definitely ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than a week to install a playbook, offenses can have it tough in college showcase games.And for 58 minutes on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, the teams combined for just one offensive touchdown.But...
Published: 01/20/18
Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

For years, Edward Peachey has bragged about the number of jobless people he has helped find work.As president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, he’s in charge of the two main government agencies that provide training to the...
Published: 01/20/18
Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Published: 01/20/18
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Published: 01/20/18