Sunday, June 17, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Italy earthquake toll rises; Crowd forms for Trump; Bucs OL injured; tropical system targeting Miami?

A magnitude 6 quake earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early today, killing at least 73 people and injuring hundreds more as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors with bulldozers and their bare hands. The death toll is likely to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets where the scenes were apocalyptic "like Dante's Inferno," according to one witness.

CROWD FORMS FOR TRUMP RALLY IN TAMPA

Hundreds of people waited patiently in line this morning before filing into the Florida State Fairgrounds for a 1 p.m. rally with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Under overcast skies, the crowd milled quietly, with the occasional echo of "get your Trump hats here" and "Trump water $3." Follow our live blog during the event.

BUCS GUARD IN WALKING BOOT AT PRACTICE

The Bucs, already missing a starting guard due to injury, had starting right guard Ali Marpet with a boot on his right foot, watching today's joint practice with the Browns.

Weather Underground

POTENTIAL TROPICAL DEPRESSION MAY BE HEADED TO MIAMI

A broad area of low pressure in the Caribbean could develop into a tropical depression and dump heavy rains and cause flash flooding in the Bahamas before turning toward Miami this weekend. Forecasters said the tropical wave dubbed Invest 99L had a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next two days, and a 70 percent chance of development by early next week (more at tbtim.es/invest99l).

CANDIDATES SPENDING BIG IN FLORIDA

Presidential TV ad spending in Florida is up to $31.6 million, according to new figures. Hillary Clinton and allies have spent $25.8 million, with about $12 million coming from the super PAC Priorities USA Action. Donald Trump and allies, mainly the Rick Scott-led super PAC Rebuilding America Now, have spent $5.7 million.

MYANMAR SHAKEN BY MAGNITUDE 6.8 QUAKE

A powerful earthquake shook Myanmar, killing at least three people and damaging nearly a hundred ancient Buddhist pagodas in the former capital of Bagan, a major tourist site, officials said.

HILLSBOROUGH BUSES TO OFFER FREE RIDES FOR PRIMARY

Registered voters in Hillsborough can catch a free bus ride to the polls on Tuesday to cast their vote in the primary election. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is offering free rides to customers with a valid voter information card. All they have to do is show their card to the bus operator when boarding.

DOES GEORGE O'LEARY DESERVE A STATUE AT UCF?

UCF soon will be adding a statue of former coach George O'Leary, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel. Here's the question: Does he deserve it?One writer argues yes, thanks in part to the Knights' 2013 Fiesta Bowl season. The other side of the argument is clear, too. There was the NCAA investigation, which ended in probation and scholarship reductions. And most importantly, there was the death of player Ereck Plancher in 2008.

The Toni Everett Company

This home in Tampa's Beach Park area sold for $6.4 million in July to Cigar City Brewing founder Joey Redner and his wife, Jennifer. It was the most paid for any Tampa Bay home that month.

TAMPA BAY HOME PRICES RISE AGAIN

Sorry, Tampa Bay home buyers — prices are still shooting up. The median price for a single-family house jumped 12.6 percent in July, the ninth straight month of double-digit, year-over- year increases. The steady rise continued to be spurred by a tight supply of available homes, with 4.3 percent fewer houses sold in July than in the same month a year earlier.

VINIK: TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS KEY TO LURING MAJOR COMPANIES

A congested road system is the biggest obstacle Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his real estate team must overcome as they try to lure potential companies to downtown Tampa. "Transportation is top of the list," said Vinik, who spoke on a panel with others in the sports, arts and entertainment industries at a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce event. While the conversation was focused on education and college level internships with Tampa institutions like Busch Gardens, the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vinik made multiple references to the importance of transportation to the region's future.

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