Saturday, December 16, 2017
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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Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
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CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

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Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

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She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
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Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
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Forecast: Weekend brings sunny skies and warmer temperatures

Forecast: Weekend brings sunny skies and warmer temperatures

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Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch had won nine straight heading into Friday’s game against Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental lea...
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Staff writers pick sides (kind of) in the Dungy-Gruden debate

Staff writers pick sides (kind of) in the Dungy-Gruden debate

Even with — perhaps especially with —Jon Gruden set to be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor Monday night, Tampa Bay’s Great Sports Debate hasn’t abated. Who deserves more credit for the biggest moment in Tampa Bay sports history — the Bucs’ Super ...
Published: 12/16/17