Sunday, April 22, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Meet the new bishop in St. Petersburg; active shooter at Ohio State University; Jared Kushner's unflinching loyalty; and paddling for Terry Tomalin

We're finding out more about The Most Reverend Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, named to replace Robert N. Lynch as the head of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Parkes, who stands 6 feet 8 and proclaimed his love for sports during a Monday news conference, becomes the fifth bishop to head the Diocese. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Seven people were sent to the hospital Monday morning after an active shooter was reported on the Ohio State University campus. The Columbus Fire Department said shortly after the school sent a series of tweets telling students to shelter in place and to "Run Hide Fight." Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

IN FATHER'S SCANDAL, THE GENESIS OF TRUMP SON-IN-LAW JARED KUSHNER'S UNFLINCHING LOYALTY

[Carolyn Kaster | Associated Press]

Jared Kushner, son-in-law of of President-elect Donald Trump walks from Trump Tower on Nov. 14 in New York.

Jared Kushner was just an undergrad at Harvard when politicians began receiving big-dollar campaign donations bearing his name. In reality, the money was sent by his father, a powerful New Jersey real estate mogul. Over the course of several years, Charles Kushner pumped half a million dollars into political campaigns, avoiding legal limits by attributing checks to family members and business associates without their knowledge. The scheme sent the elder Kushner to prison and engulfed the family in scandal. It was a defining and pivotal episode for Jared Kushner, now 35, who is poised to become one of the most trusted advisers to his father-in-law, President-elect Donald Trump.

BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS AT FLORIDA MUSEUM OFFER CLUES TO CHANGING CLIMATE

In a lush garden planted outside the Florida Museum of Natural History, more than 1,000 butterflies and moths flutter from plant to plant, occasionally landing on delighted tourists. Beyond the museum's 6,400-square foot butterfly rainforest, though, is the real treasure. This is the home of the largest collection of butterfly and moth specimens in the United States. With more than 5 million specimens, it's second only to the British Museum's 10 million for the most in the world.

THOUSANDS LINE UP EARLY TO PAY HOMAGE TO CASTRO IN CUBA

Thousands of Cubans began lining up early near Havana's Plaza of the Revolution Monday carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.

FAMILY OF SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTERS SEEKS CUSTODY OF THEIR ORPHANED DAUGHTER

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik had killed 14 people that day and injured more than 20 others before dying in a shootout with police. They had also orphaned their own 6-month-old daughter. Now that baby had become a toddler who was just beginning to walk, and she was still living in foster care under the official custody of San Bernardino County, California. Saira, who was Farook's older sister, had spent 11 months trying to adopt her niece, but so far the county would only agree to grant her regular, six-hour visits.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

The enchiladas served with beans and rice at Vuelo Mexican Grill on Wednesday November 23, 2016, in New Tampa. Vuelo opened on October 25, and serves Mexican food with Latin and South American flavors.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: VUELO MEXICAN GRILL BRINGS FRESH MEXICAN FARE TO NEW TAMPA, BUT IS IT WORTH THE COST?

Last year's debut of Besito Mexican in Westshore Plaza and Bartaco in Hyde Park Village set the stage for upscale, slightly glamorous cocktail-centric Mexican (still, lots of tacos). That continued this year with Miguelito's and O Cocina & Flights, both in Tampa, and several weeks ago Vuelo Mexican Grill in New Tampa. In a way, this newcomer is a rebranding. Check out Laura Reiley's review here.

PADDLE ACROSS THE BAY IN HONOR OF TIMES OUTDOORS EDITOR TERRY TOMALIN

As the former president of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the current deputy director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Tim Ramsberger knows about putting together special events. He is also an outdoorsman who befriended former Tampa Bay Times outdoors editor Terry Tomalin about 15 years ago. He organized a paddle across Tampa Bay to honor Tomalin, who died May 19 and who would have turned 56 on Nov. 25.

JIM MCELWAIN: WATCHING BAMA ON FILM MAKES YOU 'VIOLENTLY ILL'

Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain is understandably quite impressed with No. 1 Alabama, whom he'll face in Saturday's SEC championship game in Atlanta. Check out what he had to say ahead of the matchup.

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District softball schedules for Tampa Bay

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Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

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Editorial: Pruitt sets new low for ethics at EPA

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Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

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Athletics’ Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

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