Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Pepper spray at Trump rally; Local Amazon center opening; 3 Daughters expanding production; Weekend planners for arts, dining and events

A 15-year-old girl protesting a Trump rally in Wisconsin yesterday was pepper-sprayed in the eyes. As with previous skirmishes between Trump protesters and supporters at rallies across the country, the incident was caught on camera and quickly spread on social media.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel takes over U.S. Central Command in a ceremony today at MacDill Air Force Base. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will also address the media. Follow along at tampabay.com for more updates.

A 60-foot wide hole opened near a Tarpon Springs mobile home park this morning, triggering evacuations as authorities responded to the scene off U.S. 19 near Mango Street.

Corey Lewandowski had never even worked on a presidential campaign, much less run one, when he was summoned to a meeting on the 26th floor of Trump Tower in December 2014. Donald Trump hired him as his campaign manager on the spot. Lewandowski's council, Kendall Coffey is a prominent lawyer and former federal prosecutor who, as national political reporters discovered yesterday afternoon, resigned from his U.S. attorney gig in 1996, a few months after being accused of biting a stripper on the arm. Meet the Miami Lawyer representing Donald Trump's campaign manager.

Gov. Rick Scott faces a deadline today to take action on a number of bills passed during the 2016 legislative session, including one that would give pay raises to state elections supervisors. Watch tampabay.com/politics for the latest developments.

Teachers and administrators at five struggling elementary schools stand to make up to $25,000 more next year, one of several major reforms proposed to transform the south St. Petersburg campuses, Pinellas County schools officials said last night.

Have a fascinating look at all the gadgets, gizmos and robots inside the brand newAmazon fulfillment center in Ruskin.

Three cheers for more beers! Today 3 Daughters Brewing announced that it will expand operations with 10,000 square feet of warehouse space, a plan to boost production capacity five-fold.

Ry Cooder is on a mission to revive country music. Cooder, 69, is currently on the road with mandolinist Ricky Skaggs and singer Sharon White, performing a night of country, folk and bluegrass numbers from the 1960s and earlier.

Ten years ago, the Gasparilla International Film Festival sailed into Tampa on bumpy seas. Now principally sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union, the Gasparilla festival is thriving. See the lineup of 115 features, documentaries and shorts here.

Our insiders help you plan your weekend: from dining, movies, music, arts, stage, things to do, shopping, and outdoors there's something for everyone in Tampa Bay. This week features Duran Duran, Filopino food, Rays home opener and Kathy Griffin.

This season you can get Pipo's at the ballpark and a craft beer from Green Bench brewed especially for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have just unveiled a renovated concourse at Tropicana Field with new menu items from Tampa Bay businesses.

Show us your wits for this week's All Eyes caption contest.

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