Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Florida's death penalty; TIA ranks high; Yotels; Alex's xmas for the kids; Redistricting trial; Bucs preview

Jeb called Donald a "chaos candidate," Ben Carson took a pass on foreign affairs questions and Fiorna zinged Rubio on being a "first term-senator." All of these highlights and more can be found in our GOP Debate Recap from last night.

Although there has been an overall drop in the number of death-row inmates in Florida, findings from a national non-profit research organization show the Sunshine State continues to be an "outlier" in its administration of capital punishment. Where does Florida stand on the death penalty nationwide?

At the Aloft Tampa Downtown hotel, guests can bypass the check-in desk in the lobby and go straight to their room — if they've downloaded the Starwood Preferred Guest app on their smartphone. How are hotels adapting to the smart phone generation?

Tampa International Airport was just named No. 2 airport in customer satisfaction. Learn how TIA's easy layout and quick security check points helped it rise toward the top. Oh, and the Cigar City Brewing on tap probably doesn't hurt Tampa's airline travel rep either.

Alex's Xmas for Kids foundation, created by Alex Cooks, is in the 16th year of passing out bikes for kids in need of a Christmas. But it's the first year without Alex. A tradition continues without its generous namesake.

Roman Dominic Izzo, a U.S. Army officer accused of murder of his wife's former husband in 2011, was injured in a motorcycle crash Monday night and remains hospitalized in critical condition. It took police two years to arrest Izzo; there's no physical evidence to link him to the crime, but detectives uncovered suspicious cyber tracks that could implicate him.

Today is another crucial day in the redistricting trial. State Senator Bill Galvano is testifying this morning. Among other revelations, Galvano indicated there were maps submitted during the process by the plaintiffs that don't pair incumbents. But it's not clear how he knew that. Follow Mary Ellen Klas for this developing story.

A Sulphur Springs nonprofit that helps at-risk youth learn through art is reeling after thousands of dollars worth of technology was stolen from its office and classroom space on E River Coast Street. The program's students have painted murals across the city and gone on to college, and Chair Karen Frashier said this setback won't stop them from helping children.

Our movie critic Steve Persall saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, and he's written a spoiler-free review. He says that the film delivers from its opening blast of John Williams' theme music, to the familiar faces of Ford, Fisher and Hamill.

Thomas Bassinger takes a look at Bucs players Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota from this past week. Also, apparently four interesting things happened in last Sunday's game against the Saints, and all but one of the them occurred on a single play.

On the visual side of things, Times Photographer Monica Herndon shares her top 9 photos from 2015.

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Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Woman dies in Plant City after SUV flips off road

PLANT CITY — A Seffner woman died Saturday from injuries sustained when her sports utility vehicle flipped off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection of Tanner Road and State Road 574.Amanda K. Cepeda-Duque, 21, was traveling west on...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Published: 05/26/18