Sunday, January 21, 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.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

And here we are, one year later.If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider:In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between Presi...
Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

ST. PETERSBURG — USF had expected to have four former players in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, but QB Quinton Flowers had to miss the showcase game after learning that his grandmother had died late last week."I most definitely ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than a week to install a playbook, offenses can have it tough in college showcase games.And for 58 minutes on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, the teams combined for just one offensive touchdown.But...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

For years, Edward Peachey has bragged about the number of jobless people he has helped find work.As president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, he’s in charge of the two main government agencies that provide training to the...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Updated: 12 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Published: 01/20/18
The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the U.S. economy much. No workers are missing paychecks yet, and because it is a weekend, few businesses expect to feel the effects of lost customers or suppliers.That could change, quickly...
Published: 01/20/18