Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Primaries recap; FL Zika threat on Capitol Hill; Local photographer captures fragile moments; Weekend/Beyoncé planner

Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepares Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner of "playing the woman card" in her presidential campaign. He will give a speech at noon. Delegate tracker: Here's where things stand after Tuesday's primaries.

• A Zika war has broken out on Capitol Hill. Democrats and Republicans are escalating a fight over a $1.9 billion request from President Barack Obama to combat a growing threat most pronounced in Florida.

• Seeking Marco Rubio's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat, U.S. Rep. David Jolly said during a debate in Orlando that he's committed to sticking to conservative principles, even if it means voting against his own party. Jolly met with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, at an Open Debate Coalition event on April 25, 2016, to discuss the Senate candidates' platforms.

• Hillsborough County commissioners will vote tonight whether to put a half-cent sales tax for transportation on the November ballot -- a plan more than three years in the making that would raise $117 million annually for road and transit projects.

• Sheri Kendrick puts off the sadness while photographic seriously ill kids. She needs only now. A few frames to immortalize their fragile lives.

• The case against a Tarpon Springs man accused of possessing dozens of images of child pornography will go forward after a judge denied his request to toss out evidence he said police obtained illegally.

• Six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has paid out an average of $25.5 million every day. And it's not over.

• If you need something delivered to your door and you want it RIGHT THIS MINUTE!, you're in luck: Amazon Prime Now will deliver items to your door within two hours for free in the Tampa Bay area.

• People need to be less ridiculous in pricing their homes, even in a seller's market.

• Think every call to 911 is a true emergency? Think again. We've rounded up some of the stranger calls that dispatchers have to field, and talked to Hillsborough sheriff's officials about how that taxes the agency. Check out the story and audio recordings of the calls.

Welcome to Beyoncé Week on the Soundcheck blog! Oh, who are we kidding. Here in Tampa, we're in Beyonce MONTH. The singer has been rehearsing for her Formation World Tour at Raymond James Stadium since earlier this month, mostly in secrecy. But that hasn't stopped us from paying attention.

• First for some history: In 2000, Destiny's Child stole the show from Christina Aguilera in Tampa. Then, a year later in 2001, Destiny's Child outshone the rest of the MTV's Total Request Live Tour in Tampa.

• She is pop culture's superwoman, a force who won't be reckoned, able to do whatever she wishes better than anyone else dares to dream. Except one thing, according to our movie critic Steve Persall. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter can't carry a movie.

• On with the tour: For fashion, don't even try to imitate. When you dress like Beyoncé while actively still breathing the same air, you will suffer by comparison. Here are some ideas. You've got the concert ticket, the outfit, the diva attitude. Now, in order to properly usher in the biggest concert of the year on Friday, you need flawless tailgate food Bey would approve of.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including MadTV's Bon Qui Qui, the comic alter ego of comic Anjelah Johnson-Reyes; and Dan and Phil, the YouTube stars of BBC radio at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Also, a guide to help plan your weekend.

• From coach Jack Capuano to center John Tavares, here are five things to know about the New York Islanders, ahead of tonight's Lightning game at home.

• On the photo blog: Local law enforcement members run with a 'flame of hope' for Special Olympics:

SCOTT KEELER | Times

St. Petersburg Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Kovacsev, right, carries the Special Olympics Florida torch on Wednesday as the group runs west on First Avenue N in St. Petersburg, with other members of the department.

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