Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Our most memorable stories of 2016; Amazon Echo raises privacy issues; recalling the Woody Hayes punch; and remembering all those crazy animal tales this year

A look back on Tampa Bay area news from 2016 might carry a warning: Hold your nose. There was mud flinging and sludge slinging, with Gawker on trial over a sex video and St. Petersburg's mayor feeling the stink of trial by sewage. But the news wasn't all bad. As the year comes to a close, Tampa Bay Times editors chose 10 state and local stories that stood out, presented in no particular order here.

ALEXA, WILL YOU TESTIFY AGAINST ME? POPULAR AMAZON ECHO DEVICE RAISES PRIVACY ISSUES

Is your Christmas gift spying on you? A murder case out of Arkansas raises new questions about privacy in an age of ever-more sophisticated — and intrusive — technology. And it involves Amazon's best-selling holiday product, the Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled speaker that has sold millions. This complicated case, first reported by tech news website The Information, has legal and technological experts assessing how our expectations of privacy shifts as technology becomes more embedded in our everyday lives.

MURDERED FLAMINGOS, DOG-EATING ALLIGATORS, SPRAY-PAINTED TURTLES AND ANOTHER YEAR IN FLORIDA ANIMALS

[Busch Gardens, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

Pinky, a Chilean flamingo, was thrown to the ground and killed Tuesday at Busch Gardens. Park guest Joseph Anthony Corrao, 45 (inset), faces a felony charge in the death.

We've seen a bear cub survive a wildfire and dog who fell off a boat and into a propeller pull through. Wildlife officials reminded locals to stop painting turtles, Batman the Pig found a new home and we said goodbye to Pinky the Flamingo after one of the most bizarre stories of 2016. Ah, another year in Florida animals. Sara DiNatale recounts all the crazy animal stories she's written this year.

BIG CORPORATE GIVERS TO AREA UNITED WAY SUNCOAST HOLD STEADY BUT OVERALL CONTRIBUTIONS SLIP A BIT

Call it a revealing holiday tradition. United Way Suncoast, the non-profit community organization that helps pool area charitable fundraising, unveiled its third annual list of the 100 "most generous" workplaces in the four counties it serves: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto. It should be no surprise as to which company made the list.

SECOND MAN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH MURDER IN CONNECTION WITH DEADLY TEMPLE TERRACE HOME INVASION

The search for the second suspect in this week's deadly home invasion ended early Friday in a Tampa hospital. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested Leroy Monsalvatge, 24, without incident at Florida Hospital and charged with him first degree murder, among other charges. He had been admitted for an unrelated illness.

REPUBLICAN MEDIA STRATEGIST ADAM GOODMAN COULD WORK FOR A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE IN 2018 GOVERNOR RACE

If Democratic Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine makes a run for governor, as he's widely expected to, he may have a surprising media strategist — Adam Goodman of Tampa. Goodman is a nationally prominent Republican media strategist whose clients have included John McCain's presidential campaign, Republican governor and Senate candidates in a half-dozen states, Attorney General Pam Bondi and numerous Florida GOP congressional candidates. He was just named a teaching fellow in media and politics at Tufts University.

FIESTA BOWL: FORGET PAYBACK, CLEMSON QB DESHAUN WATSON PAYS IT FORWARD

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Deshaun Watson is interviewed by ESPN after Clemson's win over Louisville in October.

A dozen years ago, Deshaun Watson, his single mom Deann and three siblings were residing in government-run apartments in Gainesville, Ga. The primary landscaping was clotheslines. Crime sprouted like weeds through the sidewalk cracks. Watson was 9 when he returned from a trunk-or-treat function at a local church with a bag full of Halloween candy and a Habitat for Humanity pamphlet nestled inside. They were the recipients of a new home, thanks to former Bucs running back Warrick Dunn. Watson has helped construct Habitat homes. Oh, and this: He has evolved into one of the greatest football players in Clemson history.

OHIO STATE-CLEMSON STIRS MEMORIES OF WOODY HAYES, CHARLIE BAUMAN AND THE PUNCH

Ohio State and Clemson are playing again, for the third time in history, and that can mean only one thing, Martin Fennelly writes. You know, other than Saturday's national playoff semifinal. We get to remember Woody Hayes and Charlie Bauman. We get to remember The Punch.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS-CAROLINA PANTHERS PREDICTIONS FROM THE TAMPA BAY TIMES STAFF

The Times' Bucs writers offer their predictions for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.

YOU CAN WATCH DISNEY WORLD'S NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS ONLINE SATURDAY

[Walt Disney World]

For those of us who would rather curl up in our jammies on New Year's Eve than brave the crowds, Walt Disney World will live stream the Magic Kingdom fireworks show online Saturday night. The fireworks show, called Fantasy in the Sky, is an extravagant one, with fireballs sent into the sky from multiple launch sites around the theme park, not just behind Cinderella's Castle.

BEST OF 2016: REVIEWING THE YEAR IN REVIEW, FROM ALBUMS TO SONGS TO CONCERTS

Wow, 2016. What a great year, huh? Actually, no, Jay Cridlin writes. It was an unbearable dirge of angst and loss that stretched for 12 solid months. We lost some amazing musical talents, including some Tampa Bay favorites, and pondered our own mortality in the process. It's time for a fresh start. Bring on 2017! But before we do that, let's look back at Soundcheck's year in review, one last time, with feeling.

WINTER TV PREVIEW: PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW AND RETURNING SHOWS

Did you think you were going to have a break to catch up on other shows? Nope. Starting Sunday, your TV will be fully loaded with new stuff, such as the highly anticipated fourth season of Sherlock. So bookmark this list to make sure you don't miss the new shows(*), and your returning favorites. We're not including midseason premieres, only new seasons of returning series.

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Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Both southbound lanes of Bayshore Boulevard between W. Barcelona and W. Rubideaux streets are closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break.The repair and roadway restoration work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Sunday but ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

We’re all waking up to the impacts of Alberto: dreary rain, gusty wind, the reluctant change of Memorial Day plans.But while the effects are routine for storm-weathering Floridians, the category of storm Alberto falls into is a little less familiar. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

TEMPLE TERRACE — A round of applause from the audience followed the recent vote by the Temple Terrace City Council to negotiate a contract with a company that plans to build and manage luxury apartments in the long-idle downtown redevelopment area.Th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a driver who hit and killed a 46-year-old bicyclist then drove from the scene.Shawn Michael Grady, of New Port Richey, was biking south on Rowan Road south of Massachusetts Avenue abou...
Updated: 4 hours ago
FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. M...
Updated: 4 hours ago
A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
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Updated: 05/27/18
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Published: 05/26/18