Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Nancy Reagan celebration of life; Trump Tower ripple effects; Canada-themed White House dinner; Grand Prix live blog

• The life of former First Lady Nancy Reagan will be honored today at 2 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Check back for updates on the funeral and speakers' remarks.

• Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and Donald Trump have "buried the hatchet" after months of political wrangling, and he is endorsing the GOP front-runner's White House bid.

• Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio debated last night at the University of Miami. How did PolitiFact will update this story with fact-checks throughout the day, looking at what the candidates had to say about trade, Common Core and more.

• Kevin Brodsky lost more than $2 million investing in Trump Tower Tampa, the 52-story riverfront condo that was supposed to redefine luxury and transform the downtown skyline a decade ago. Jay Magner lost $130,000 in the project, what he called a "life-altering amount of money." Yet Donald Trump may still get their votes.

• Last night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders brought the Democratic presidential primary battle to Tampa Bay. "Is Tampa Bay ready for some radical ideas?" Sanders asked the 9,000 people who packed into the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall for his evening rally. Sanders had a bigger crowd yet still trailed Clinton in the polls on Thursday. She led by a 2-to-1 margin — 62 percent to 30.5 percent — according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.com.

• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought "Trudeaumania" to America on last night at the White House dinner, and guests seemed to be drinking the proverbial maple syrup. The verdict on Trudeau was a resounding thumbs-up.

• Your weekend forecast is here. Look for more partly cloudy skies this afternoon with plenty of high clouds to filter the sun. Winds will be southeasterly from 15 - 20 mph with a few higher gusts.•

St. Petersburg Police released a photo of a car they say was involved in a drive-by shooting that injured a 3-year-old girl and 23-year-old man yesterday. Police found the white 2011 Dodge Challenger abandoned near Dell Holmes Park on 20th Street South shortly after 11 p.m.

• One recent weekday morning, the Pinellas Point Publix was overrun with shoppers, its parking lot crammed with cars and checkout lines teeming with customers. Such are the crowded circumstances for the 54th Avenue S store, which is picking up customers from another neighborhood Publix. That store, anchoring Bay Pointe Plaza shopping center off 34th Street S, is being demolished and rebuilt into the newest Publix prototype. It will open at the end of this year.

• Synthetic marijuana has been blamed for a sudden increase in medical emergencies in the city, according to Tampa officials. In a meeting this morning, Tampa officials plan to discuss the jump in synthetic marijuana, sometimes known as "spice," incidents.

• We're live at the trial as Terry Gene Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan) is looking to win $100 million in damages from Gawker, a New York-based news website, for publishing an excerpt of his sex tape in 2012. At its core, it's a case about whether Gawker's decision to publish one minute and 41 seconds of a roughly 30-minute sex tape violated Bollea's right to privacy. Late to the game? It's okay, we made a Hulk Trial Cheat Sheet.

• By the time the principal of Bentley Elementary School in Sanford confronted Holly Joel, the substitute teacher was already behaving suspiciously. School officials suspected the 52-year-old was intoxicated, but they wanted to make sure, so they did what any decent teacher would do: administered a test.

• VROOM VROOOOM. Follow all of the action on and off the track the week of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, from the set up to the Pirelli, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Indy Lights and IndyCar races, March 11-13 in downtown St. Petersburg. just scroll through the feed to find the latest photos and posts, along with a schedule of events

• After a dizzying first few days of free agency, we have your Bucs highlights. Follow our live blog for up-to-date coverage of NFL free agency.

• Rays news: Catchter Luke Maile's biggest talent may lie behind the dish, but before batting practice Thursday he revealed another during a pregame players-only meeting. All the rookies had to sing karaoke — which included rousing renditions of Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan hits — but Maile's performance of Daughter by Pearl Jam received best in show. "That's a one-time deal, man," Maile said. "I'm quitting while I'm ahead." Marc Topkin, Times beat reporter, and photographer Will Vragovic are down in Port Charlotte for spring training and posting live to our Rays feed.

• Thoroughbred Destin hopes to build a Kentucky Derby resume at Tampa Bay Downs, but what stands in the team's way is even a sub-par performance at the Tampa Bay Derby tonight.

• In a career that went from mixed martial arts to television, Tampa actor Justin Kucsulain of "The Walking Dead" talks life on set and living every fan's dream.

• Collective Soul are the last-minute replacement for the Goo Goo Dolls, who canceled their Busch Gardens' Food & Wine Festival concert Saturday at the park due to illness. Guests will now get a different round of '90s radio hits, including Shine, The World I Know, December and Gel.

• From theater to music, shopping to the outdoors, our insiders help you plan your weekend.

• Japan's "triple disaster" — quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis — unfolded after March 11, 2011, just five years ago. Associated Press journalists fanned out across the northern region of Tohoku to report and record what had happened in pictures, stories and video footage.

Kyodo News via AP

In this March 11, 2011 file aerial photo, houses swallowed by the tsunami burn in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

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