Monday, June 25, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: ISIS in America; new downtown Publix; gas prices fall; new Holiday Desserts; World AIDS Day

U.S. authorities this year have arrested nearly five dozen people in the United States for helping to support or plot with the Islamic State, according to a new study, the largest number of terrorism-related arrests in the country in a single year since September 2001.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn once called it the "tipping point" for downtown growth. No, not a baseball stadium. He was talking about a grocery store. And it's finally happening. A 37,600-square-foot Publix is expected to open in the fall of 2017 in the Channel District.

A Pinellas judge is expected to decide today if U.S. Army Maj. Roman Izzo, accused in a Clearwater murder, will be allowed to return to base before his trial starts.

Bringing added cheer to the holidays, the average Tampa Bay area price for gas just fell under $2 a gallon. It's a gift for consumers and businesses, savings that are in effect a raise for wage-flat households and a confidence booster during the seasonal shopping season.

St. Petersburg is already home to the largest gay pride event in the state, and come 2017, the city will host the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's Annual Global Convention for the first time. The IGLTA's board of directors selected the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club as the site for the convention, which will take place May 3-6 2017.

Today we launch our inaugural Holiday Desserts issue of Taste. We have expanded our annual Christmas cookie issue to more kinds of desserts. And we're putting an emphasis on the stories that accompany them. The goal is to highlight those food-family connections the holidays tend to conjure up. Find them all here.

Kenny Leon's path to The Wiz Live! wasn't entirely paved with yellow bricks. His journey began in Jim Crow's Tallahassee, winding through boyhood on 18th Street S in a desegregating St. Petersburg. Leon, 59, eases on today as a Tony award-winning director, now entrusted with NBC's live telecast Thursday of a Broadway classic. "To me, I'm sort of like Dorothy in The Wiz," Leon said by telephone from New York. "It kind of parallels my life.

We finally got back to the Blumquists in Monday night's hilarious and suspenseful episode of Fargo. The rest of the characters took a back seat, and it was a little refreshing to stay on one storyline.

Steve Persall writes that Lenny Abrahamson's Room is a startling movie experience, peculiar in setting and profoundly simple. It's a story of love born out of unseen horror, of nurture conquering nature. Room must be felt to be believed.

PHOTO GALLERY

Around the globe, people pause for World AIDS Day.

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Sinkhole leads Pasco authorities to call for evacuation of six homes

Sinkhole leads Pasco authorities to call for evacuation of six homes

MOON LAKE — A hole measuring 15 feet across and 10 feet deep appeared in the backyards of two homes on Monday, authorities said, leading them to call for the evacuation of six total homes.The depression appeared in two backyards in the 11790 block of...
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Deputies: 2-month-old drowned in tub after mother lost consciousness

Deputies: 2-month-old drowned in tub after mother lost consciousness

ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 2-month-old girl who drowned while taking a bath with her mother on Sunday. The baby’s mother suffered a medical episode that left her unconscious, deputies said.A ...
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‘This universe can end,’ said driver in video, now charged with mowing down bike family

‘This universe can end,’ said driver in video, now charged with mowing down bike family

TAMPA — Pedro Aguerreberry pedaled along New Tampa Boulevard on Sunday pulling his son Bennett in a trailer as his other son Lucas rode alongside them.As father and sons headed east on a paved bike path, a former star track and field athlete named Mi...
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Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Three days after Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he hoped to re-sign all of the team's restricted free agents, the team issued qualifying offers to all four players, including forwards J.T. Miller and Cedric Paquette.By issuing the quali...
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For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

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USF athletic director search nearing its end

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Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances

Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances

ORLANDO — Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is suing two of his children and a former business manager, accusing them of misusing his credit cards, transferring money from an account and slandering him by saying he has dementia.Aldrin’s lawsuit filed ...
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Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay resident Nanci Donnellan, long known to radio listeners as "The Fabulous Sports Babe," has been voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.Donnellan,the first woman to ever host a nationally syndicated sports talk radio program,&#...
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Tuesday’s letters: Here’s what a legal immigrant went through to become a U.S. citizen

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With more floods, fear flows, too

With more floods, fear flows, too

OLD FORT, N.C. - Brian Gentry was certain his 33,000-pound truck would be fine as he headed out into the heavy rains here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But as he went to clear debris from a two-lane highway after more than a half-foot of rain, rocklik...
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