Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: mistrial in pain doctor's case; seeking Paris attacks mastermind; immigration and education proposals in the Legislature; Ponzi schemes; help for turkey disasters

A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Dr. Edward Neil Feldman, the Pinellas Park pain management doctor accused of illegally prescribing drugs that led to the deaths of three patients.

French security forces mobilized Wednesday on a surprising lead: the man considered to be the ringleader of the Paris attacks — an Islamic State operative and puppet master of its effort to terrorize Europe — was potentially hiding out right under the noses of French intelligence.

A group of Republican state lawmakers is targeting illegal immigration in Florida with a set of proposals it says will counteract lax border control by the federal government. But the state isn't responsible for border security.

Another group of lawmakers wants to change how Florida students learn to read . For nearly two decades, the state's public education system has heavily emphasized the role of reading — especially students' need to read for comprehension by the end of third grade. Now, state leaders are conceding that the intense focus has not yielded the results they hoped for.

The Tampa City Council is considering a resolution approving a formal bid to host the Super Bowl for a fifth time. If the council approves, the city would agree to be on the hook for all governmental costs associated with the event. Richard Danielson is exploring just how much those costs could be.

Stretching a runway into the waters of Tampa Bay from Albert Whitted Airport is an idea embraced by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. But several City Council members have raised environmental concerns about plans to add 1,300 to 1,800 feet to the east-west runway at the waterfront airport.

A newly released poll of likely Florida Republican primary voters by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative shows Donald Trump with a two-to-one advantage over everybody else and former Gov. Jeb Bush in fifth place, behind Ted Cruz.

How fun does this sound? Justine Griffin is in Orlando for the annual expo and national conference of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. She'll get all the details on new thrill rides, immersive games, hot entertainment, technology and fun foods planned in the coming months. Follow @SunBizGriffin on Twitter for the latest.

Did Floridians learn nothing from Bernie Madoff, the modern master of Ponzi schemes? asks Robert Trigaux. He writes that literally dozens of Ponzi schemes involving scamsters or their victims are proliferating in Florida .

Pinellas County is preparing to undertake its first national ad campaign ever to pitch St. Petersburg and Clearwater as tourist destinations to audiences in snow-blanketed cities.

Thanksgiving is a week away! When you're staring down the backside of a raw turkey on Thursday morning and Thanksgiving dinner suddenly feels quite overwhelming, don't despair. We're here to stave off some of those likely Turkey Day problems before they turn into full-blown disasters. We have tips for everything from thawing a turkey to making room in the oven to feeding your guests throughout the day.

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook's Heisman Trophy campaign is one of the most compelling things about this weekend's ugly slate of local games. Cook made it clear Saturday that he believes he should win the award. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher agrees. So what do you think? Should Dalvin Cook be in the Heisman conversation? Join the conversation.

It was a tough Sunday for Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Check out their rankings from Week 10.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There's just something about being in New York at Christmas. Sure, it's cold. But the atmosphere, the tree at Rockerfeller Center. It's just magical."

— Tampa native Nicole Baker, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette

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