Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: SeaWorld ends orca breeding; record hot February; new designs for the Pier; Jill Kelley writes a book; gambling in Florida; growing hops here; March Madness, Rays; and more fog on the Skyway

SeaWorld has announced it is ending its practice of killer whale breeding after years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity. The company also said it is ending theatrical shows at its parks and will introduce "new, inspiring natural orca encounters." We're exploring what that could mean for the SeaWorld park in Orlando.

Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures as "astronomical," "staggering" and "strange." They warned that the climate may have moved into a new and hotter neighborhood.

A clearer picture of St. Petersburg's new Pier Park emerged today when architects unveiled schematic designs for the $46 million project. The designs, which you can view here, will be used to develop construction documents for the downtown landmark that city officials hope will be completed by 2018.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Kriseman's chief of staff, Kevin King, will be traveling to Cuba next week to see the Tampa Bay Rays play an exhibition game and pursue closer ties with the island nation.

Coming soon, according to the New York Post's gossipy Page Six column: a book by Tampa's own Jill Kelley. You won't believe what the title is.

What's next for gambling in Florida? When legislators finished their annual session last week without a gaming bill or a compact with the Seminole Tribe, they raised the stakes on the future of casinos in the state, and it's precisely where gaming opponents want it. Instead of lawmakers deciding the future of expanded gambling, that decision will now be made by the courts in pending lawsuits before the Florida Supreme Court and a federal judge.

When Katie Sanders' Japanese translator asked "Do you like animals?" Katie wasn't sure whether it was a real question or a warning. You can decide when you read about Katie's taste-test of the octopus cracker and other delicacies on her trip to Japan.

After making his own beer for a few months, Brian Pearson wanted fresher hops. Good hops, he realized, were key to good beer, since they shape its flavor and aroma. But fresh hops were nowhere to be found in Florida. Now Pearson is part of a group of UF researchers that plans to test how well hops grow in Florida with a two-year study in Hillsborough and Orange counties.

Who's ready for some basketball? March Madness begins with UNC-Wilmington against Duke at 12:15 p.m. on WTSP-Channel 10. Get ready for it with Tom Jones' Guide to the NCAA Tournament.

The Rays are in Clearwater to take on the Philliestoday. Matt Moore is on the mound. Keep up with the action in our live blog.

Matt Baker has a theory for why Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher ripped his Seminoles after their opening spring practice. In involves Jim McElwain.

ANOTHER FOGGY MORNING

Florida Highway Patrol troopers closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge again this morning because of dense sea fog. Here's a video from the Dick Misener Bridge on the approach to the Skyway shot about 7 a.m.

Video footage from Dick Misener Bridge

Heavy fog closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge again Thursday morning. Times staffer Graham Brink shot this video a few minutes ago from the Dick Misener Bridge, approaching the Skyway.

Posted by Tampa Bay Times on Thursday, March 17, 2016

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

Comments
Bryce Harper wins All-Star home run derby

Bryce Harper wins All-Star home run derby

WASHINGTON — Nationals star Bryce Harper has not had a lot to enjoy in his last season before free agency, struggling — at least by his usual standards — with a .214 average and other deficiencies in his game.Monday turned out to be...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays journal: Some warn that pitching strategy comes at a price

Rays journal: Some warn that pitching strategy comes at a price

WASHINGTON — The success the Rays have had during two months of using a game opener followed by a relieving starter seems to have tamed some of the criticism of the unusual plan.Until Arizona ace Zack Greinke, a Cy Young award winner and five-t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays’ Blake Snell now in a starring role

Rays’ Blake Snell now in a starring role

WASHINGTON — Blake Snell first got the feeling after arriving at the All-Star hotel late Sunday night. He'd shared the first-class cabin on the Delta flight from Minneapolis with Rays teammate Wilson Ramos plus manager Kevin Cash and his wife, ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

ORLANDOwoman killed, 2 passengers hurt in crossfireAuthorities said a pregnant woman was fatally shot and two children were wounded Monday as someone fired from a moving vehicle during a chase in Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reported that the shooti...
Updated: 5 hours ago
More than 30 Riverview residents awaken to broken car windows

More than 30 Riverview residents awaken to broken car windows

RIVERVIEW — Residents in more than 30 households woke up Monday morning to find their car windows had been smashed in.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said it is searching for a pair of males who may be connected to the incident.The vehicles,...
Updated: 5 hours ago
DNA site helps make arrest in 1988 slaying

DNA site helps make arrest in 1988 slaying

The last time 8-year-old April Tinsley was seen alive, a man was dragging her into a beat-up blue pickup truck in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Police and her family fanned out that Friday afternoon in April 1988, searching through the weekend, but there was n...
Updated: 6 hours ago

FHP: Tampa motorcyclist fatally struck by driver who ran red light

TAMPA — A 54-year-old motorcyclist was killed Sunday night after being struck by a driver who ran a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 9 p.m. at the intersection of Bearss Avenue and Interstate 275.Motorc...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Lutz man dies in motorcycle crash on I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG A 38-year-old man died Sunday night after the Florida Highway Patrol said he lost control of his motorcycle on Interstate 275.The crash took place just before 8 a.m. Michael Coniglio, of Lutz, was traveling in the northbound inside lan...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Gun-rights lobbyist’s TV promo misfires

RICHMOND, Va. — One of Virginia’s top gun-rights lobbyists drew criticism from his own supporters Monday after he was duped into promoting guns for children as young as 3 and hawking toys such as a teddy bear with a concealed pistol on a television s...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Hillsborough deputies locate owner of wandering horse

Hillsborough deputies locate owner of wandering horse

DOVER — Tampa Bay may be one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation but, in certain places, it stubbornly remains a little bit country.Proof of that came on last week when the Hillsborough County’s Sheriff’s Office was called to the ...
Updated: 7 hours ago