Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Killing Florida panthers in plan; abortion stories; Doug Hughes, drug-laced candy; a new movie theater; Pearl Jam review; and Lightning in the playoffs

Federal officials want to hear from the public about whether to permit a plan to allow oil drilling, mining and development in Florida panther habitat — and to allow the killing of some panthers — in exchange for a promise to preserve some of that land. They are not only asking for comments on the proposal. They have scheduled a hearing tonight in Naples.

The landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, Roe vs. Wade, was built around an anonymous woman. No one knew that "Jane Roe" was really Norma McCorvey until after a decision was reached in 1973. Now, more than 40 years later, as the high court prepares to make a ruling in a case challenging Texas's stringent abortion regulations, the justices have heard from more than 200 women in friend-of-the-court briefs who have publicly disclosed their private abortion experiences, along with their names.

Doug Hughes, the former mailman from Ruskin who landed his one-man flying machine on the lawn of the United States Capitol last April to protest big money in elections, has ended his run to unseat South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Emotions are running high at the state Capitol as supporters and opponents of a proposed alimony law clash outside Gov. Rick Scott's office. Scott has one more week to decide the fate of SB 668, which has stirred more public reaction on both sides than any other bill from the 2016 legislative session.

Four students who were taken to the hospital from Boca Ciega High School after eating drug-laced gummy worms have all been released, according to the Gulfport Police Department. The candies were mixed with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, said Chief Robert Vincent. One student brought the candies to school and gave them to two other students, who in turn distributed them to four more classmates.

Standing in a spot with a history going back to Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn built his annual state of the city report on the theme, "We built this," but said the city will have to continue to rise to meet challenges from climate change-driven flooding to the need for rail transit.

 

SPECIAL REPORT: FARM TO FABLE

 

Do you know where the food in that restaurant is really coming from? Do you shop at weekend farmers markets? You'll definitely want to read our special report, Farm to Fable. It's coming Wednesday at tampabay.com

Pinellas residents get a new option for seeing movies this week. The Cobb Luxury 10 Theatre, built in the parking lot of Tyrone Square Mall, will open on Friday.

Days after launching a massive silver anniversary tour in South Florida, Pearl Jam roared into Tampa's Amalie Arena on Monday night not as relics from the grunge era, but as an act still busy writing its legacy as a great American band. Read Jay Cridlin's review of the show in our Soundcheck blog.

Cast and crew have been putting in 12- and 13-hour workdays to get ready for Monty Python's Spamalot, this year's American Stage in the Park production.

The Lightning beat the Red Wings in last season's NHL playoffs and has home ice advantage this year. But, with injuries to Steven Stamkos Anton Stralman, there's still uncertainty for the Bolts. Here's how the teams match up.

Jeff Blashill has replaced Mike Babcock at head coach, but that's not the only thing that's changed about the Red Wings. Here are five things to know about the Lightning's first-round playoff opponent.

Former St. Petersburg Catholic football star Ryan Green went from a contender to start at cornerback for Florida State to a reserve in the offensive backfield, where he adds much-needed depth heading into the fall. Here's how the change came about.

 

ALL EYES PHOTO GALLERY

 

Check out Douglas R. Clifford's photos of the sand sculptures already being constructed as part of the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, April 15-24 on Clearwater Beach.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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