Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

News at noon: Nevada caucuses tonight; Storms in Panhandle; Guantanamo closing plans; Jonchuck still not cleared for trial; Home price increase; Leap Day guide; Jameis Winston opens up

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. [John Locher | Associated Press]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. [John Locher | Associated Press]

• In Nevada, Republican presidential candidates took last-minute appeals for support across the breadth of the state, jockeying for votes with unabashed critiques of their White House rivals. Last night, Donald Trump said he wanted to punch a protester "in the face" after the man disrupted a campaign rally in Las Vegas. Caucuses will start between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the east coast and will probably not conclude until midnight.

• A line of thunderstorms moving across Texas is expected to bring severe weather to several Gulf Coast states today. The weather service estimated that more than 7 million people in parts of five states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida (mainly the Panhandle) and Georgia — were in an area of moderate risk for a few strong tornadoes and other severe weather.

• A plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is underway. U.S. officials say the Pentagon's long-awaited plan to shut down the detention center and transfer the remaining detainees to a facility in the United States calls for up to $475 million in construction costs that would ultimately be offset by as much as $180 million per year in operating cost savings.

• More than a year after being accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter off the Dick Misener bridge, John Jonchuck, 26, still is not competent to stand trial, his court-appointed lawyer said Tuesday. Read the special report: It was a tragedy so many people could have stopped — but no one did: 'The Long Fall of Phoebe Jonchuck,' by Times staff writer Lane DeGregory

• The matter was added today's meeting agenda at the last minute as a "consent agenda" item and passed with no discussion whatsoever. Two weeks after the NRA's most influential lobbyist demanded the governor and Legislature abolish the Southwest Florida Water Management District over its treatment of the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club, the water agency controlled by the governor quietly dropped its lawsuit against the Pinellas Park gun club.

• Fight for the Future, a nonprofit advocacy group that has pushed for net neutrality and free speech online, has set its sights on Apple's battle with the FBI. To that end, the organization said it is organizing rallies in more than 30 cities on Tuesday, including in Brandon and Tampa. The protests are in support of Apple's decision to fight the FBI's attempts to force the company to hack into an iPhone used in December's terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The 5:30 p.m. rallies are set to take place at International Plaza and Westfield Brandon. Both malls have Apple stores. Follow Sara DiNatale on Twitter (@sara_dinatale) for more.

• The issue ranks among the most controversial in recent Florida history, forcing customers of monopoly utilities to take on the financial risk of building nuclear power plants, projects prone to extreme cost overruns.

• In an already crowded grocery market -- Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Trader Joe's and more -- will you find time for Sprouts?

• Home sellers have to be pleased with an average increase in home prices of 20 percent. But home buyers are frustrated because there aren't that many homes available.

• What would you do with an extra day? With Leap Day, you have one. You live in a tourist destination, so we invite you to actually see it. Get your adrenaline fix with a learn-to-fly pilot's class. Or relax, and treat yourself to a massage, pedicure or both.

• Your all-inclusive guide to The Bachelor drinking game. Oh, and a recap of this week.

• One week after Jesse Owens' biopic film stumbled at the starting blocks, a decidedly less Olympian athlete picks up the baton. Eddie the Eagle is an easy, entertaining Olympic story for you to see this week.

• Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was downright chatty with Sports Illustrated's Peter King in a lengthy Q&A discussing his rookie year, Lovie Smith's firing, Dirk Koetter's hiring and the season ahead.

• Third baseman Evan Longoria made a couple clear points during a Rays camp opening media session today, primarily that he is trying to "trick" his mind into putting less pressure on himself this season in hopes that he ends up with a better performance.

News at noon: Nevada caucuses tonight; Storms in Panhandle; Guantanamo closing plans; Jonchuck still not cleared for trial; Home price increase; Leap Day guide; Jameis Winston opens up 02/23/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 12:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Despite Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough remains on pace to unlock hotel tax that could pay for Rays ballpark

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Despite the threat of a catastrophic storm, it was business as usual at many Hillsborough County hotels in the days before Hurricane Irma bore down on the Tampa Bay region.

    The Grand Hyatt near TIA closed during Hurricane Irma, but many other Hillsborough hotels were open and saw an influx.
  2. Pinellas votes 7-0 to help sue Legislature over new law favoring charter schools

    K12

    LARGO — They said they had no choice but to do it. They said they would rather reach a compromise.

    Gov. Rick Scott, right, kicks off the 2017 legislative session on March 7 in Tallahassee. Scott later signed a massive education bill that is being challenged by several school districts. On Tuesday, Pinellas became one of them. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. Deputies find 24 dogs, 2 birds, 2 cats, 1 child in Hernando home

    Public Safety

    SPRING HILL —A woman was arrested Monday on charges of animal cruelty after deputies said they found injured animals at her Spring Hill home.

    Jennie Card, 44, was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty after deputies said they found her injured animals at her Spring Hill residence.[Courtesy of Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  4. New Graham-Cassidy health care plan stumbles under opposition from governors

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — The suddenly resurgent Republican effort to undo the Affordable Care Act was dealt a blow on Tuesday when a bipartisan group of governors came out against a proposal gaining steam in the Senate.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joined by, from left, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to reporters as he pushes a last-ditch effort to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. To win, 50 of the 52 GOP senators must back it -- a margin they failed to reach when the chamber rejected the effort in July. [/J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press]
  5. Joe Maddon on being back at Trop, Cash, a new stadium

    Blogs

    More to come later, but a couple of quick early highlights from former Rays manager Joe Maddon's return to the Trop with the Cubs:

    Joe Maddon, right, speaks with Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey before Tuesday's game at Tropicana Field.