Saturday, May 26, 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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Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 8 hours ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Updated: 8 hours ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Updated: 10 hours ago