Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Obama's Supreme Court nominee; aftermath of Florida primary; Scientology memoir, MacDill Air Fest; vacation rental scams; 'Allegiant' review

President Barack Obama has chosen Merrick Garland to be his nominee for the Supreme Court. Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court whose influence over federal policy and national security matters has made it a proving ground for potential Supreme Court justices.However, Senate Republicans still say they will refuse to consider his nomination in an election year.

Now that the Florida candidates are out of the race for president, the state's governor, Rick Scott, has endorsed Donald Trump . Also, with Sen. Marco Rubio out and Gov. John Kasich's win in his home state of Ohio in Tuesday's primaries, the growing likelihood of an open or contested Republican convention means the growing likelihood of wacky conspriracy theories and not-so-wacky hypothetical scenarios. Adam C. Smith writes about one scenario from Rush Limbaugh — that Jeb Bush could be installed as the nominee, ultimately fulfilling Bush's old pledge to "lose the primary to win the general."

A much-anticipated memoir by the estranged father of Scientology leader David Miscavige is coming out this spring. Ron Miscavige's book is called Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me. It will be released May 3.

About 200,000 visitors are expected to descend on MacDill Air Force Base Saturday and Sunday to watch the Thunderbirds precision aerobatics team soar thrillingly close to one another. The Air Force's elite jet jockeys will dazzle the crowd as part of Tampa Bay Air Fest, which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the air base. The event is free to the public.

If that deal for a vacation rental seems to good to be true, it's probably a scam. Pinellas County sheriff's detectives are grappling with an increase in the schemes. The agency has been investigating more than 12 cases since January. And detectives expect more cases to trickle in during spring break and summer. Here is what you need to know.

The Cobb Luxury 10 Theatre, a long-awaited replacement for the six-screen theater that closed nine years ago at St. Petersburg's Tyrone Square Mall, is poised to open in mid-April. The theater will let customers dine while watching movies in reclining, oversized seats.

Speaking of movies, Steve Persall says you'll probably want to avoid Allegiant, the latest in the Divergent series. He writes in his review that it "clumsily lunges for an abdicated throne, trying to out-wow the maze runners, mortal instruments and Ender's gamers out there. Silly franchise; you were already ahead."

But don't let that discourage you about this weekend. You can find plenty of other options for fun in our weekend planners.

Baby Ray! Outfielder Brandon Guyer and wife, Lindsay, have shared photos of Camden, their son who was born Monday. Oh, the team also released the lineup for the game in Cuba.

ALL EYES: 10 QUESTIONS

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Underwater fashion shoot for Bay magazine (Feb. 2014).

John Pendygraft, a staff photographer who has been with the Times since 1997, shares some of his thoughts about photography and photojournalism, as well as some of his favorite images. And view more of our photo galleries in our All Eyes blog.

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Tampa forum focuses on reforming Florida’s juvenile justice system

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