Monday, July 16, 2018
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News at Noon: Pasco deputy fatally shoots man; road-rage shooting; Trump must expand base; flood insurance scare returns

An off-duty Pasco County detention deputy shot and killed a man early today during "a very violent fight" on a dark, rural stretch of U.S. 41., Sheriff Chris Nocco said. Before dawn, Ronald Michael Robbibaro, 30, was been involved in three crashes, two involving off-duty detention deputies, and had stolen a Coca-Cola truck, Nocco said. The deputy was expected to recover.

POLICE: MAN SHOT DURING ROAD-RAGE INCIDENT

An argument in the middle of North Nebraska Avenue involving a group of motorcycle riders ended with one of the riders shot in the back and a motorist under arrest Thursday evening, Tampa police said. A witness said he saw the motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic before it appeared one of riders yelled "menacingly" at a car stopped behind them.

TRUMP MUST EXPAND BASE, BUT CONTROVERSY TESTS VOTERS

As Donald Trump's path to victory narrows to just a few key states, none is bigger or more diverse than Florida, making it crucial that he broaden his appeal. But interviews with more than a dozen voters, several GOP strategists and observations at his campaign events show those efforts have been stymied by the candidate's explosive rhetoric and his inability to stay focused. On top of that, many of Tampa Bay's most prominent Republicans won't vote for Trump or won't say if they will.

JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

Aidan Gummere, 12, looks out the back porch of his grandfather's St. Petersburg home. "We wanted to get closer to the water but we didn't want to get stuck with flood insurance going up," the homeowner, Randy Sessions, 58, explained. The living quarters of his home are on the second story, and the electrical system is elevated, helping keep the property's flood insurance rates very low.

FLOOD INSURANCE SCARE OF 2013 IS CREEPING BACK

Tampa Bay residents who faced jacked up flood insurance rates two years ago got a reprieve. Well, brace yourself for the chorus of discontent to rise again. That 2014 congressional fix slowed down — but didn't stop — the first wave of higher flood insurance premiums now hitting homeowners.

MacDILL AFB PREPARED FOR RISING SEA LEVELS

Officials at MacDill Air Force Base, which has more than seven miles of shoreline, say they are prepared to cope with storm surges and, in the near-term, rising sea levels. The response comes as the Union of Concerned Scientists found that by 2050, based on tidal studies of St. Petersburg, sea levels at MacDill are projected to rise 1.1 feet to 1.7 feet. By 2100, those levels are expected to rise 3.8 feet to 6.2 feet.

WE'RE BLOGGING LIVE FROM TAMPA BAY COMIC CON

Follow along with Tampa Bay Times staffers and share your nerdy adventures from Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center beginning today and throughout the weekend. Get there early: There are long lines, many in the heat outside, for the more popular celebrity panels.

U.S. ADDS 255,000 JOBS IN JULY; UNEMPLOYMENT STAYS 4.9%

The Labor Department said today that the unemployment rate remained a low 4.9 percent in July. More Americans launched job searches, and nearly all were hired. But the influx of job seekers meant that the number of unemployed fell only slightly.

AT UT, NO BUTTS ON CAMPUS

Smokers are scrambling at the University of Tampa, which this week joined a growing number of colleges and universities to ban all types of smoking and tobacco use on the 105-acre campus. Research shows that such bans result in fewer students reporting exposure to second-hand smoke and more students quitting smoking, according to a CDC official.

DIRK SHADD | Times (2015)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins was Tampa Bay's 2014 second-round draft pick, the highest the Bucs have taken a tight end.

SEFERIAN-JENKINS ON SECOND TEAM IS A BIG DEAL

Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a 2014 second-round draft pick. He's only 23. He's going into his third season. We should be talking about him going to the Pro Bowl, columnist Tom Jones writes. We should be talking about how he is ready to make the jump to elite status. Anything other than Seferian-Jenkins being the Bucs' clear-cut starter should be unacceptable, Jones writes.

BEACH TAMPA OPENS TODAY AT AMALIE ARENA

The Beach Tampa opens today at Amalie Arena, and the free tickets to float on an ocean of 1.2 million white balls are already hard to come by on weekends. The exhibit, created by New York design firm Snarkitecture, is set up in a space the size of the arena's ice rink. It runs through Aug. 25.

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