Friday, August 17, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Genshaft in line for big bonus; Stamkos could be out four months; lawsuit claims toilet explosion injured librarian; police say USF student made up robbery claim

One by one, on a scale of 1 to 10, USF trustees gave president Judy Genshaft their reviews of her performance this year. Her grades never dipped below an eight. Genshaft's stipend this year, her 16th as president, could reach $275,000, depending on trustees and chairman Brian Lamb. The governance committee that met Thursday has discretion over 70 percent of that stipend. Lamb controls 30 percent.

STAMKOS TO HAVE SURGERY, COULD MISS FOUR MONTHS

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, with a four-month recovery period a safe estimate. Dr. Robert LaPrade is expected to perform the arthroscopic procedure.

USF POLICE: STUDENT ADMITS MAKING UP STORY ABOUT CAMPUS ROBBERY

The USF student who said she was robbed on the Tampa campus made up the story, according to university police. Fatou Gueye, 19, was arrested on a charge of making a false report, according to jail records. Police said Gueye is also part of another investigation: a group of four students who reported receiving threatening messages inside their dorms on election night.

LAWSUIT: TOILET EXPLOSION INJURES TARPON SPRINGS SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Apparently, toilets can explode. Two did at Tarpon Springs Fundamental School in 2012. Now, a former school librarian who was injured by broken porcelain is suing Tarpon Springs.

Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott earlier this week praised having Donald Trump in the White House and noted the two have known each other for 20 years.

GOV. SCOTT MEETING WITH TRUMP TODAY IN NEW YORK

As Gov. Rick Scott pays a visit to Donald Trump today in New York, we review the Florida politicians who could land in a Trump administration. And keep up with Scott's meeting with the president-elect and other political happenings in the Buzz blog.

'TRUMP AND TRUMP ALONE' WILL MAKE DECISION ON ADMINISTRATION

President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said today she expects initial announcements of Cabinet choices to come "either before or after Thanksgiving" and told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, "It's Donald Trump and Donald Trump alone who makes the ultimate decisions."

HILLSBOROUGH'S FIRST OPENLY GAY COMMISSIONER LEAVES LEGACY OF UNDERSTANDING

When Kevin Beckner was elected as the first openly gay Hillsborough County commissioner in 2008, no one expected America was on the verge of a historic era for the gay rights movement. Even Beckner's victory — a watershed moment for a county that just three years before blocked gay pride displays in publicly owned spaces — came the same day Floridians and 59 percent of Hillsborough residents approved a same-sex marriage ban. But during his eight years in office, hearts and minds changed across the country. And Beckner was a persistent force pushing Hillsborough to keep up.

MOVIE REVIEW: A COMING-OF-AGE FLICK WITH ADDED DEPTH

It's too early to tell if writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig's debut The Edge of Seventeen will join the ranks of movie classics aimed at the teenage demographic. But it's an above-average entry in the coming-of-age genre, thanks to some strong performances and Craig's screenplay.

Ira Chernova

Cage the Elephant will perform at the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT TO HEADLINE GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL

Grammy-nominated alt-rockers Cage the Elephant will headline this March's Gasparilla Music Festival, organizers announced this morning. While a full lineup is still in the works, the sixth-year downtown Tampa fest also announced sets by Moon Taxi, the New Mastersounds, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs.

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A USF milestone: Three new dorms, more than 6,300 students living on campus

A USF milestone: Three new dorms, more than 6,300 students living on campus

TAMPA — The paint on Pinnacle Hall’s white-and-gold walls still smelled fresh as Lilly Myskey led a parade of parents and bins and bags down the hall toward her new room at the University of South Florida. "Speaking of the building being brand-new, L...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Titans GM Jon Robinson

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Titans GM Jon Robinson

Rick Stroud sits down with Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson, who served as the Bucs' Director of Player Development under Jason Licht and was in Tampa Bay when the team scouted Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota prior to the 2015 NFL Draf...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Why is Red Tide so bad this year? Could dust from the Sahara be to blame?

Why is Red Tide so bad this year? Could dust from the Sahara be to blame?

Red Tide hits Florida on a regular basis, but rarely is one of the algae blooms as deadly as this year’s. Already declared the worst in a decade, it’s killed a dozen dolphins, scores of manatees, hundreds of sea turtles and untold thousands of fish. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

Florida unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate inched down to 3.7 percent in July from June’s 3.8 percent. The state added 27,400 jobs in July, according to the latest state figures released Friday. Florida’s unemployment rate has held steadily at or below 3.9 percent ...
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What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit raises the question.

What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit raises the question.

LARGO — Everything is on clearance inside Tampa Bay’s only Safeway grocery store. Patio furniture, 40 percent off. Beach chairs, too. Most grocery items are 30 percent off; the entire liquor store is 20 percent off. The discounts will p...
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Titans GM Jon Robinson sees playmakers everywhere for the Bucs

Titans GM Jon Robinson sees playmakers everywhere for the Bucs

Jon Robinson was in Tampa Bay when he and Bucs and general manager Jason Licht began assembling the team that came to practice with the Titans this week.The Titans GM still thinks highly of the players he helped the Bucs acquire, such as Kwon Alexand...
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Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man went on crime spree Thursday afternoon, stealing two vehicles, failing to steal two others and burglarizing three homes before being taken into custody.Pinellas County deputies on Thursday arrested Shanon Dubois, 36, at ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Trump asks SEC to look into ditching quarterly filings

Trump asks SEC to look into ditching quarterly filings

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump says he’s asking federal regulators to look into the effectiveness of the quarterly financial reports that publicly traded companies are required to file. In a tweet early Friday, Trump said that after speaking with ...
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USF preseason: some midpoint observations

USF preseason: some midpoint observations

A full two weeks have elapsed since USF's first preseason practice, and two weeks (and a day) remain before the first game. By our math, that makes today the midpoint of the preseason.Brilliant, huh? Hey, that's not our only profound observation. We'...
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Watch: McGlockton on losing a son and the ‘injustice’ of stand your ground

Watch: McGlockton on losing a son and the ‘injustice’ of stand your ground

It needs to go.That’s how Michael McGlockton feels about Florida’s stand your ground law. McGlockton’s 28-year-old son, Markeis McGlockton, was shot and killed outside a convenience store near Clearwater on July 29. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualti...
Updated: 3 hours ago