Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Supreme Court rules on Texas abortion law, what effect will it have on Florida?; cold case news; Fourth of July ideas; new Thai restaurant; Jameis Winston buys a mansion; Lightning offers; football camps; and 'Game of Thrones'

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.


This year, the Florida Legislature approved and Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that in part has a provision similar to the Texas abortion clinic law. It goes into effect Friday. It's not yet clear what impact the Supreme Court's opinion will have on Florida. "We are reviewing the ruling," Scott spokewsoman Jackie Schutz said.


If you think "Robot Rubio" faded away after Marco's painful debate in New Hampshire, think again. The Carlos Beruff Senate campaign has resurrected that image of Marco Rubio as a talking points repeater in a new digital ad.


St. Petersburg police plan to announce a "major development" in the cold case of 17-year-old Morgan Martin, who was pregnant and wearing pajamas when she went missing outside her home four years ago. Authorities released no further details ahead of the anticipated news conference. Martin's case was originally investigated as a missing persons case, but the circumstances were suspicious from the start. She had stepped outside to call the father of her unborn child to tell him it was going to be a girl, her mother told investigators.


State Road 54 remains closed in both directions near Starkey Boulevard after a construction crew hit a gas line, creating a leak. Crews are working to repair the 6-inch gas line.


What could have been a painful discussion about transgender rights will not take place Tuesday at the Hillsborough County School Board meeting. A policy that would have provided protection for students and employees based on "gender expression" will no longer be discussed. District officials took the proposed policy change off the table last week at the suggestion of board member Cindy Stuart, who first raised the issue in January.


We're heading into a three-day weekend with Independence Day on Monday. Here are five adventures designed to help you enjoy the holiday and avoid the crowds.

Regardless of your plans this weekend, it's likely you'll be eating outdoors at some point, in the presence of a picnic blanket or a smoking grill. Here are some ideas for side dishes to accompany a traditional Fourth of July feast. If adult drinks are on the menu, you may want to try this layered Fourth of July cocktail, the Rocket Pop.


Our restaurant review this week looks at Thai Prime Kitchen & Bar, which brings a new cuisine to Boy Scout Boulevard's restaurant row.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has paid $1.195 million for a 5,400-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion on an acre fronting Lake Keystone in Odessa, Multiple Listing Service records show .


The Lightning issued qualifying offers Monday to most of their remaining restricted free agents, including wings Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn. Vladislav Namestnikov, Kristers Gudlevskis, Nikita Nesterov, Tye McGinn, Yanni Gourde also received qualifying offers.


After becoming the most scrutinized subject of college football's offseason, satellite camps made their first major splash across Tampa Bay this month. More than 1,100 high school football players worked out in front of representatives from 40-plus colleges over a 16-day stretch. At least seven Division I-A head coaches attended the instructional camps away from their campuses. Here are five lessons we came away with in a controversy that will likely continue to be dissected next spring.


What a finale! Game of Thrones finally confirmed that much talked about Jon Snow fan theory, Daenerys is finally sailing to Westeros, Jon takes his rightful place in Winterfell, Cersei finally laid waste to all that scorned her and Arya ticked another off her kill list. So many great and wonderful things happened on Sunday's season finale, it's hard to pick which one brought us the most joy.

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‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

He was chronically depressed, beguiled by firearms and violence, an oddball ostracized by peers and prone to angry outbursts.He experienced, in rapid succession, blows of the sort that can send a disturbed, isolated young man hurtling into a spiral o...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

One man stabbed to death during Saturday incident in Plant City

PLANT CITY — A man stabbed another man to death Saturday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The two men, neither of whom were identified, got into "an altercation," deputies said, about 10:15 p.m. at 4308 James L Redman Park...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Published: 02/24/18
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Published: 02/24/18

boca ratonState lawmakerencourages Scott to remove sheriffA lawmaker is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a letter sent to ...
Published: 02/24/18

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Published: 02/24/18

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
Published: 02/24/18
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
Published: 02/24/18

Published: 02/24/18
Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Published: 02/24/18