Monday, May 28, 2018
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News at Noon: High security for college football championship; Republicans ready to repeal Obamacare; soldier accused of online sex with minor; best albums of 2016

First responders on horses and bicycles will patrol the huge crowds expected for the College Football Playoff Championship at Raymond James Stadium when Tampa becomes the center of the college football universe next month. Tampa police and fire officials gathered Thursday in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to brief reporters on the massive effort to provide security at the high-profile event.

HOW VIEW-MASTERS AND 3-D GLASSES HELPED TAMPA LAND THE BIG GAME

Before Tampa could win the bidding war to host this year's College Football Playoff National Championship, the city had to lose one first. What was it about Tampa that ultimately secured next week's game? Here's what people close to the bid, both within the community and college football, had to say:

REPUBLICANS READY SWIFT OBAMACARE REPEAL WITH NO REPLACEMENT

The first major act of the unified Republican government in 2017 will be a vote in Congress to begin tearing down Obamacare. But the euphoria of finally acting on a long-sought goal will quickly give way to the reality that Republicans — and President-elect Donald Trump — have no agreement thus far on how to replace coverage for about 20 million people.

SHOPPING YEAR IN REVIEW: MORE STORES CLOSED AND STRUGGLED

Sports Authority closed all its stores, Aéropostale, Pacific Sunwear and American Apparel filed for bankruptcy protection and Macy's and Wal-Mart struggled. It was a tough 2016 for retail, but a new wave of fresh retail companies are lining up to take over the spaces of those that sputtered out before them.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF MEDIA DAY

[Matt Baker | Times]

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts chats with reporters during Thursday's Peach Bowl media day at the Georgia Dome.

Times staff writer Matt Baker was at the Peach Bowl's media day in Atlanta where Nick Saban, Chris Petersen and Jalen Hurts spoke, and has some quick nuggets from the news conference with No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington. Check out our Road to Tampa for additional updates and coverage throughout the college football playoffs, leading to the national championship game on Jan. 9.

WATCH THE BIRMINGHAM BOWL WITH US

You can follow live coverage of the University of South Florida Bulls taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Birmingham Bowl starting at 2 p.m. on our live blog.

SOLDIER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH PINELLAS MINOR

A Fort Campbell, Ky, soldier was arrested Wednesday after Pinellas County deputies say he had a 10-month sexual relationship with a minor over the Internet. Peter Maxx Matlock, 23, was arrested at his parents' home at 1566 Ridgewood Street in Clearwater around 7:45 p.m.

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2016

Radiohead's latest is one of critic Jay Cridlin's top albums of the year.

It was the year of surprise releases, the year of celebrity deaths, the year that the only thing predictable about the music industry was that no one could predict the future. It was also the year of Beyonce. All of that and more, you'll find in critic Jay Cridlin's Top 10 list of the best albums of 2016.

10 BOOK-INSPIRED TV SHOWS COMING IN 2017

In a time when the glut of primetime network television is melodramatic cop sagas and cheesy family comedies more and more book-based series are popping. Here are just 10 of them premiering in the next year.

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Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Austin Pruitt has started and worked out of the bullpen, in both short and long relief.But he did not expect to pick up his second career save Sunday by having to log 5⅔ innings, allowing only three hits whi...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Crews were engaged in multiple water rescues and buildings collapsed in historic Ellicott City on Sunday evening as floodwaters raged through its streets following torrential thunderstorms, Howard County, Maryland, officials said.Maryland Gov. Larry ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

So the team that just got back from a 10-day, 11-game road trip in three time zones is headed back out west for Memorial Day? The Rays travel to Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Washington, D.C. It's the first time they visited the West Coast on back-to-...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

ST. PETERSBURG — If you think the Rays are holding their pitching staff together with baling wire, duct tape and an overbooked shuttle to Triple-A Durham, a bigger story might be how their bats keep producing runs no matter who is swinging them...
Updated: 8 hours ago
RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

Los Angeles Times (TNS)As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound.The latest to back the theory of a second gunman is the senator’s son Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Sirhan B. Sirhan, a ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of S...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEYDriver surrenders after crash that kills bicyclistThe driver Florida Highway Patrol troopers say struck and killed a bicyclist then drove from the scene turned herself in Sunday afternoon.Shanna Marie Rampino surrendered a 2000 Toyota ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
A solemn display

A solemn display

Associated PressVisitors to Boston Commons in Boston last week pass 37,000 American flags planted to honor every Massachusetts resident killed in war dating to the Revolutionary War. The "flag garden" idea on Memorial Day started in Boston about a de...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Maine after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue, a spokesman said. Just after 2 p.m., Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 93-year-old Bush, said he was awak...
Published: 05/27/18
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

TRINITY — No one was hurt Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a rehabilitation center.According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, Trinity Regional Rehab Center at 2144 Welbilt Blvd. is running on generator power after the blaze broke out about 10:30 ...
Published: 05/27/18