Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Shooting at Florida Hospital; Gov. Scott's budget plan; endangered rhinos; $6M South Tampa real estate deal; 'Creed' review; Bucs Turning Point

A 41-year-old woman was shot and killed inside Florida Hospital Tampa just after 7 a.m. Monday, authorities said. The shooter then committed suicide.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday proposed a $79.3 billion state budget for next year that includes major tax cuts, a boost in paying for jobs incentives and increased school funding.

Lou Hockel, a disabled Vietnam veteran, was surprised to hear that a new law allowing people with a state-issued disabled veterans license plate to get free parking at any parking lot run by a county, city or "any agency thereof" doesn't apply to Tampa International Airport. That may be changing.

In a single day, the world's population of northern white rhinos declined by 25 percent. All it took was one last ragged exhalation from a 41-year-old rhino named Nola, one of four of the massive, two-horned animals remaining on Earth. Now there are only three.

Belgian police launched more raids in Brussels and beyond early Monday, detaining five more people as they continued their hunt for a fugitive suspect in the Paris attacks. In Paris, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he will ask for parliamentary approval for the U.K. to join airstrikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria.

Go behind the scenes with us as more than 90 sales associates, shelf stockers, managers and Geek Squad customer service agents at a Tampa Bay Best Buy store practice drill after drill in preparation for the store's busiest day of the year: Black Friday.

In a deal that reflects the resurgence of a once down-and-out South Tampa area, a megachurch has bought a closed Sweetbay supermarket on W Gandy Boulevard for $6 million. Grace Family Church, which already has campuses in Lutz, Ybor City, Temple Terrace and on West Waters Avenue, paid cash for the cavernous space in a derelict strip shopping center.

Consumer Reports has listed which companies in 2015 were Naughty or Nice. A dozen corporations earned a naughty designation while 14 were identified as nice. We have the full list.

Fewer Americans bought homes in October, a sign that rising home values may be pushing more would-be buyers to the real estate market's sidelines.

In his review, Steve Persall writes that Ryan Coogler's Creed gives the Rocky formula some needed fizz, paying tribute to Sylvester Stallone's creation with a fresh Philly vibe.

Do you have no Thanksgiving plans? We can help. Lonely Thanksgiving week kicks off with a list of the shows you could binge watch over the long holiday weekend.

If you are cooking, you might need some ideas for what to do with the leftovers. Plus, we have tons of tips, recipes and reader traditions to enjoy all week long.

Is it true? The Bucs are now legitimate playoff contenders after the 45-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday? Turning Point explains how it happened.

Facing highest threat alert, Belgians bring out their cats

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For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

UPDATE, 2:38: Clarifying what was a communication error with the team PR staff, Rays manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell was slated for an extra day's rest all along and will face the Nationals on Monday not the Yankees on Sunday. The Rays will u...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

The Lightning is on the board in the 2018 NHL draft, using their first pick — 59th overall in the second round — on Gabriel Fortier, an undersize left wing from Quebec."I spoke with them a couple of times, so I knew there was an interest,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged Saturday in a tweet that she was booted from a Virginia restaurant Friday night because she works for President Donald Trump.Sanders said she was told by the owner of T...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

A Clearwater man who authorities said sideswiped a car while driving more than 100 miles per hour the wrong way on U.S. 41 was arrested Friday. Wendel Jamel James, 35, is charged with DUI with property damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said, in interviews, that she would have loved to have been an opera singer.She has certainly become a fixture at many opera houses around the country: She is often spotted in the audience; she sometimes presides...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

An Oldsmar cheerleading coach charged this week with sending explicit images to a minor now faces additional sexual battery charges.Victor Martin Valenty, 28, is accused of having "inappropriate sexual activity" with a 15-year-old at his home for mor...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

After crossing the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum, 123 men have been detained for weeks, caged in prison cells for up to 23 hours per day and denied access to attorneys at a federal detention center in Sheridan, Oregon, a lawsuit filed Friday by t...
Updated: 5 hours ago
First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

TAMPA — As chief of diversity for the Hillsborough County School District, Minerva Spanner-Morrow tries to keep her expectations realistic."We want the best of the best and I know that’s very difficult," she told principals last week as they prepared...
Published: 06/23/18
Girl Scout convinces companies to cut down on millions of plastic straws

Girl Scout convinces companies to cut down on millions of plastic straws

Last fall, the CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health received an email out of the blue. It was from a 16-year-old Girl Scout named Shelby O’Neil. With all due respect, she wrote, the company’s "Human Kindness" commercial had a glarin...
Updated: 2 hours ago