Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Latest on Hermine's aftermath; protest over Tampa shooting; Zika's effects on Florida economy; Bucs making cuts

Hurricane Hermine, the first to hit the state in more than a decade, made landfall as a Category 1 storm just east of St. Mark's and south of Tallahassee early this morning. Hermine has been downgraded and moved north of the state, but winds and rain bands connected with to the system are still affecting the Tampa Bay area. Plus, residents are flooding, power outages, debris, structural damage and other issues. Get the latest updates from our blog.

CARS DAMAGED DURING PROTEST OVER SHOOTING

A disturbance Thursday night in the Clair-Mel area arising from a Hillsborough County deputy's shooting of an unarmed 22-year-old black man caused damage to at least 10 vehicles before authorities blocked traffic in the area. The gathering started as sheriff's officials were conferring with NAACP officials and church pastors in an effort to tamp down rising tensions.

ECONOMIC COSTS WILL SPIKE IF FLORIDA LAGS IN RESPONSE TO ZIKA

In the branding vacuum many economic developers and marketers worry leaves the modern Sunshine State so undefined, there's a new danger. Florida soon could get tagged with an onerous brand not of its own making: The Zika State. Times business columnist Robert Trigaux explains.

SCHOCK, KEMP IN FIGHT OVER DISTRICT 6 COMMISSION SEAT

Two years after they both ran unsuccessfully for the same Hillsborough County commission seat, Republican Tim Schock and Democrat Pat Kemp now find themselves in a head-to-head battle for another spot on the county board.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Alan Cross, a former walk-on at Memphis, is the third undrafted rookie known to have made the Bucs' initial 53-man cut.

BUCS CUT TE VITALE, KEEP ROOKIE LB LAMBERT

The Bucs have waived sixth-round draft pick Danny Vitale and will keep Alan Cross, a rookie free agent from Memphis, among five tight ends on their roster. The Bucs' rookie class looks to be growing on the opening roster, as defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert, an undrafted rookie from Auburn, has been told by coaches that he's made the initial roster. Keep up with the rest of today's transactions on our Bucs Beat blog.

FLORIDA'S CRAZINESS CONNECTED TO KAFKAESQUE TREATMENT OF MENTALLY ILL

Florida routinely ranks near the bottom in funding for mental health treatment, yet it was a Florida case that the ACLU still calls the most significant involving mental health in U.S. history. Here's a look back at what happened to Kenneth Donaldson a half-century ago.

TRUMP'S POLL NUMBERS VS. CLINTON'S ELECTORAL MAP REALITIES

Donald Trump is starting to invoke the polls again, and for good reason. But heading into Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the general election, the basic contours of the presidential race remain as they were months ago: Trump is within reach of winning the White House, but the race is Hillary Clinton's to lose, according to Times political editor Adam C. Smith.

SOME IDEAS TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

As we say goodbye to Hurricane Hermine, cities around Tampa Bay are celebrating the long Labor Day weekend, and there are plenty of happenings to help, from holiday parties to Dog Day at the Rays.

10 QUESTIONS TO TEST YOUR TAMPA BAY BUSINESS SAVVY

Labor Day closes the door on a summer that could be summed up in one word. Or rather a whole bunch of one-word descriptors: Zika; Olympics; Trump; Hillary; Pokemon. Amid that flurry of news, have you kept up with other current events close to home? Take a shot at our latest Biz Quiz.

KATHLEEN FLYNN | Times

In Pinellas County, former prosecutor-turned-private attorney Aaron Slavin was disbarred in 2013 after he pleaded guilty to taking 250 oxycodone pills from a client as payment for legal services. Slavin served about two-thirds of a three-year prison sentence.

FOR FLORIDA BAR, BAD LAWYERS MORE THAN A PUNCHLINE

Every year, the Florida Bargets thousands of complaints about lawyers; this fiscal year alone, it has opened 4,613 new cases. Recently, three from the Tampa area were disbarred for setting up a DUI sting of the opposing counsel in a highly publicized trial. They were among 48 locally and 430 statewide who have been slapped with that draconian punishment since 2011. "We at the Bar take our role extremely seriously in doing the best we can do to protect the public," said Adria Quintela, director of the Florida Bar's Department of Lawyer Regulation.

NOT EVEN A HURRICANE CAN DERAIL THIS COUPLE'S BEACH WEDDING

It was the day before Jessica Sundeen, 35, and Lisa Grissman, 31, would exchange wedding vows, and Hurricane Hermine was bearing down on the beach they had chosen months ago for the ceremony. The Minnesota women surveyed the rising waters in Redington Shores. "We got this," Lisa said.

BINGE-WORTHY SUMMER SHOWS , PODCASTS FOR LONG WEEKEND

Though the Florida weather has us thinking otherwise, fall is on its way. That means the return of pumpkin spice, cooler (maybe) breezes and a massive amount of new television. Before you fill up your must-watch lists with juicy dramas, laugh-til-you-cry comedies and plenty of remakes to quench your thirst for nostalgia, take the weeks before the first day of fall — Sept. 22 — to binge some of these summer hits.

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