Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: More calls to delay Supreme Court nomination; the Brothers Bush, winter weather; the Grammys; and Mock Draft Monday

Two candidates for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat have joined the ranks of conservatives calling on the chamber to delay confirming a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court until after the presidential election in November.

In the presidential race, attention has turned to South Carolina. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, will appear with Jeb Bush this evening at North Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. Sen. Marco Rubio has three town halls in the state, in Rock Hill, Florence and Lexington.

Despite the accelerated melting of glaciers and ice sheets, sea levels aren't rising quite as quickly as scientists anticipated. The reason: Continents are absorbing more of the water before it flows into the seas, according to a new study.

After much of the Northeast experienced record cold on Valentine's Day, the National Weather Service says snow and sleet will descend on communities from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast today. If you're flying, you'll want to check with your airline before leaving for the airport.

It has been a deadly morning on Tampa Bay roads. A tow truck driver was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the northbound side of the Howard Frankland bridge. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was investigating a traffic death on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and 138th Avenue, and authorities closed a section of northbound U.S. 301 at Panther Trace Boulevard and Estates del Sol Drive to investigate a fatal crash.

Warby Parker, a designer eyewear company, has announced it will open a showroom inside the Oxford Exchange on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast at 8 tonight on CBS. Follow our live blog during the show for all the latest from the red carpet to the final winner. In the meantime, Jay Cridlin makes a pretty good argument for why Kendrick Lamar will beat Taylor Swift. Plus he offers other Grammy predictions.

Picking the right wine to go with the offbeat dishes on a restaurant's menu can give you pause.

Maybe it's something you've never tasted, a chef's invention with a wild assemblage of ingredients. Or maybe it's a dish that most people don't drink wine with, one whose standard accompaniment is beer or a soft drink — but you're in the mood for wine. How to choose? We can help.

Sweet potato pie. Vanilla pound cake. Recently, R&B legend Patti LaBelle has been in the news more for those sweets and less for her Lady Marmalade. In advance of her St. Petersburg show on Sunday, she talks with us about Good Life's future, her favorite foods and what being diabetic taught her about eating.

Blame it on Sam. The boy's snivelling led to one of the biggest body counts — human and zombie — we've ever seen. Check out our Walking Dead recap for more.

Many pundits still expect Tampa Bay to address needs at pass rusher or defensive back in this spring's NFL draft. However, two think the Buccaneers will instead go for an offensive tackle to protect franchise quarterback Jameis Winston. Learn more in our Mock Draft Monday feature.

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Winter meetings journal: Rays trade for money to sign top international free agent

LAKE BUENA VISTA — While most of the business conducted at the meetings impacts the big-league team one way or another, the Rays are working to finalize a move they hope pays off big sometime in the 2020s.In trading Wednesday to acquire $1 million in...
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Market starting to set itself as Rays’ trade talks intensify

Market starting to set itself as Rays’ trade talks intensify

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Alex Colome claimed he was just showing good social media manners Tuesday night in following four Cardinals-related Instagram accounts since they were saying nice things about him.In doing so, whether for that reason or another mor...
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Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Nationally, the word "evangelical" has become in recent years nearly synonymous with "conservative Republican" and Alabama is one of the most evangelical states in the country. But in Alabama, there is a difference: black Christians.While in many par...
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Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s difficult to call a volleyball program that has been to the Final Four eight times an underdog, especially the way Florida rallied to beat Southern California and punch its latest ticket. Yet of the four schools descending on ...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 13

Wednesday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 3, St. Petersburg 1Girls basketballPalm Harbor U. 42, Largo 25
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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018...
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Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

SPRING HILL — Hernando County Commission Vice Chairman Steve Champion wanted to do something to help raise money for the annual Toys for Tots drive. So he donated the grand prize for the Nov. 18 raffle:It was an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.That led to ...
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Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Lost cell signal recently? The culprit could be a 40-year-old Ruskin man who deputies said stole thousands of dollars worth of the equipment that powers cell towers. The theft interrupted cell tower signals on at least two occasions, deputies said, i...
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Foot washes ashore in Canada, again; Abbas wants U.S. out as Mideast mediator; 12 sentenced to life for gang-raping kids; more in world news

Foot washes ashore in Canada, again; Abbas wants U.S. out as Mideast mediator; 12 sentenced to life for gang-raping kids; more in world news

CanadaJust another foot washing ashoreAnother human foot has been found on British Columbia’s coastline, the 13th such grim discovery since 2007. Police said a man was walking on the beach in Jordan River on Vancouver Island when his dog found the fo...
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