Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Small St. Pete building gets big attention; Scientology buying more of Clearwater?; couple allegedly hid landlord's body; should Bolts trade Bishop?

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

RENOVATION OF SMALL BUILDING GETS BIG ATTENTION

A 12-unit apartment building dating to Harry Truman's presidency recently drew kudos from Mayor Rick Kriseman and other civic leaders. Built in 1948, the Prince Gregor Apartments at 844 5th Ave. S have been restored to their Art Deco glory by a Canadian couple who became smitten with the place on visits to relatives in St. Petersburg.

TRUMP DENOUNCES THREATS AGAINST JEWISH CENTERS

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as "horrible" and "painful." He said they are a "very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil." Threats were made against 11 Jewish Community Centers on Monday, including one in Tampa.

MYSTERY BUYER RAISES SCIENTOLOGY QUESTIONS

An Ybor City real estate broker has been buying up downtown property on behalf of a buyer working very hard to remain secret. This month, a newly formed LLC called 601 Cleveland paid $13 million for Clearwater's largest office tower in the center of downtown.

Speculation has turned again to the default assumption whenever downtown property changes hands — that the Church of Scientology is somehow involved.

GRADEBOOK PODCAST: REP. RALPH MASSULLO

Even though he's a freshman lawmaker, Rep. Ralph Massullo hasn't shied from taking on some of the biggest education issues facing Florida's public schools. He's filed bills seeking to change high school graduation test requirements and class size calculations, among other tough topics. Reporter Jeff Solochek spoke with Massullo about his views.

POLICE: CLEARWATER COUPLE HID LANDLORD'S BODY

Police have arrested two people in the death of a woman they say was shot in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but only discovered on Monday morning. Officers had arrived at the home on Monday morning to conduct a welfare check on Ring when they discovered her body. The pair were tenants of the victim.

SHOULD LIGHTNING RIDE - OR TRADE - BEN BISHOP?

Still want to trade Ben Bishop? With Tampa Bay fightning for its playoff life, Bishop has won his last four starts, including Sunday's 3-2 overtime victory in Colorado. The Lightning goaltender is playing some of his best hockey of the season. And, depending on how you look at it, the timing couldn't be any better.

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF TWENTY ONE PILOTS PERFORMANCES IN TAMPA BAY

When Twenty One Pilots came onstage in their undies this month to accept a Grammy for their huge hit Stressed Out, many viewers probably wondered: Who were these weirdos, and how on earth did they get here?

Here in Tampa Bay, however, fans can say they saw it coming.

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Rays journal: Alex Cobb on his return to Trop: ‘I got lost’

Rays journal: Alex Cobb on his return to Trop: ‘I got lost’

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Orioles RHP Alex Cobb, who was 48-35 in six major-league seasons with the Rays, returned Friday night to Tropicana Field for the first time after being allowed to walk away during the offseaso...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal charges tha...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

Sparks fly among Hillsborough School Board members as private messages are leaked

TAMPA — Somebody got into Hillsborough County School Board member Melissa Snively’s Facebook account, copied her messages and gave them to a newspaper publisher who is a friend of her rivals on the board.The posts discussed politics and power struggl...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Raccoon bites bicyclist, now the Health Department is looking for the victim

TAMPA — A bicyclist in the Palm River area was bitten by a raccoon Friday morning, the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said.Now the department is concerned the animal had rabies and is searching for the bicyclist."While it is impo...
Updated: 4 hours ago