Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Georgia religious exemptions; Pakistan bombing; Fidel Castro writes Obama; economic naysayers; estate sells for nearly $7 million; Walking Dead recap; where to try sake

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.

The death toll from a massive suicide bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has risen to 70. Meanwhile, in the capital of Islamabad, extremists protested for a second day outside Pakistan's Parliament demanding that the authorities impose Islamic law or Sharia.

In a 1,500-word letter in state media, Fidel Castro responds to President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba by writing "we don't need the empire to give us any presents."

Security around the Tampa Bay Rays is being increased after a scary incident during Saturday night's game in Bradenton, when a man upset that the Rays had visited Cuba ran onto the field, screamed obscenities and threw a can of beer into their dugout.

Tampa's economic grump, financial adviser Harry S. Dent Jr., decided this past weekend was the right time to issue another dire warning that the nation's anger that is driving support for presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders may spark civil unrest. "The economy will likely worsen into the conventions in July and the election in November," Dent wrote in a piece that appeared over the weekend on the online Business Insider website.

An 11,207-square-foot Belleair estate on four wooded acres has sold for $6.7 million, the highest price paid for a Tampa Bay home in nearly two years and among the highest in the last five.

The Walking Dead just pulled another Glenn on us. Last night's episode ended at the exact moment Daryl's blood splattered the screen. Do we trust Dwight when he utters "you'll be alright"? And where is Carol? Read more in Chelsea Tatham's recap. And to help you get through next week's sure-to-be epic and bloody finale, we gathered up some tasty treats and finger foods (not actual fingers, calm down) for a watch party.

Tampa has its fair share of popular Japanese restaurants, and many of them offer very competent sake selections. But some of the newer names in town are giving sake the connoisseur's treatment, broken down into flavor and style categories, complete with tasting notes. Here are the best places to try it.

With Mother's Day coming up, we'd like to hear your stories of what mom taught you in the kitchen. Did she pass along her well-worn cast iron skillet? Tips for making her perfectly rolled stuffed cabbage? A recipe for chocolate chip cookies? Here's how to send us your mother-approved cooking advice.

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Published: 12/16/17