Wednesday, May 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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Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student fell from a ladder on campus in the hours before her graduation ceremony and remained hospitalized Wednesday with critical head trauma.Chicago native Rebecca Ryan Lavin-Burgher, known as Becca on campus and ...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Mother fatally struck while pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

Mother fatally struck while pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa

TAMPA — A mother was struck by a car and killed while pushing a stroller on Bayshore Boulevard and her 2-year-old daughter was seriously injured, Tampa police said.The two were hit by the northbound car around 11:43 a.m. Wednesday near W Knights Aven...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Stanley Cup final berth at stake tonight in Game 7

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Stanley Cup final berth at stake tonight in Game 7

Game 7. Need we say more? The Lightning faces the Capitals tonight with a berth in the Stanley Cup final on the line. Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss the biggest game to this point of Tampa Bay's season.Plus, the Rays fall to Boston and lose J...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
NFL’s new anthem policy requires players to stand on sideline or remain in locker room

NFL’s new anthem policy requires players to stand on sideline or remain in locker room

ATLANTA — The NFL and the owners of its 32 teams enacted a new national anthem policy Wednesday designed, they said, to compel players to stand if they’re on the sideline for the playing of the anthem prior to a game."Clearly our objective as a leagu...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Live blog: It comes down to this for Bolts-Caps

Live blog: It comes down to this for Bolts-Caps

Follow our live coverage of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.We'll have updates, analysis, photos, video and more on and off the ice from Times reporters, editors, sports columnists and photo journa...
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Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

TAMPA —After nine months of meetings, Tampa’s first charter review commission has delivered its recommendations.It’s a modest wish list but an important start, commissioners said in advance of today’s City Council workshop.Mostly, the commission clea...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FDLE: Victim in $480,000 scam is heiress to Wrigley gum fortune

FDLE: Victim in $480,000 scam is heiress to Wrigley gum fortune

A woman state authorities say was scammed out of $480,000 by two of her employees is an heiress to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed Tuesday that the victim in the case is Helen Rich, 69, formerly Hel...
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State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

State softball: Land O’Lakes advances to second straight title game

VERO BEACH — Land O'Lakes had just finished a hard-fought 5-0 victory over Clay in the Class 6A state semifinal. Callie Turner threw a no-hitter. Jolene Bodner had a two-run single.The win was big, clinching the Gators' second straight champion...
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Stock up for hurricanes, Buckhorn warns, or ‘we may be coming for you in a body bag’

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Bucs bring back Lakewood’s Bernard Reedy to compete for WR/KR job

Bucs bring back Lakewood’s Bernard Reedy to compete for WR/KR job

Lakewood grad Bernard Reedy, who handled the Bucs' kickoff and punt returns for much of last season, is back with Tampa Bay again.Reedy, 26, was signed on Wednesday, one day after the Bucs began OTA workouts. Thomas Sperbeck, the former Boise State r...
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