Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Supreme Court's new dynamic; A business review of Frontier; Hillsborough County to discuss transgender student policies

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• Down to eight justices, the U.S. Supreme Court is on everyone's minds these days. Decisions and effect on the election aside, find out what is going on internally with a new dynamic. The court, facing the prospect of an extended stretch with an eight-member bench, is "working really hard" to reach consensus and avoid deadlocks, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday.

• The reviews are in. Five days after the cable TV/Internet switchover to Frontier Communications from Verizon FiOS in the Tampa Bay market, business columnist Robert Trigaux is giving Frontier's performance a C-minus with a strong recommendation to improve. Quickly.

• The Hillsborough County School Board is sitting down to a workshop on policies that will include protections for transgender students and staff. Follow The Gradebook blog for more updates as this discussion takes place.

• A developer is planning to build a 136-unit townhouse complex on the site of what used to be the Largo location of Orange Blossom Groves. While it is known for its orange ice cream, fresh juice and kitschy store, the grove is the last piece of commercial orange grove in Pinellas County.

• Lance C. Ringhaver, a businessman long associated with the Bay Area's long quest to get a Major League Baseball team, died Monday after the sedan he was driving collided with a semitrailer truck in Palm River-Clair Mel.

• The mayors of Tampa Bay's two largest cities will be honored today at a Planned Parenthood luncheon, which will also include discussion of the latest political developments threatening the nation's largest abortion provider. Check back for updates on this event.

• Casual and homespun, Maximo Seafood Shack draws locals and out-of-towners by foot, car, bike and boat for such specialities as grouper sandwiches, smoked whitefish spread, crabs, clams and oysters. But all this could end soon.

• Relax, college hockey fans. After a season full of scrapbook-worthy victories, your team has landed at the NCAA Frozen Four — which means you get a two-fer. On top of the one-in-four chance that you'll see your captain hoisting the trophy, the big games are happening Thursday and Saturday at the Amalie Arena in sunny Tampa Bay.

• For the formerly frozen refugees of colder climates here for the Frozen Four, Tampa Bay's world-famous beaches may all look alike. But just as every snowflake (or starfish) is unique, the many beaches here have their own personalities and vibes.

• A few weeks ago, the Salzburg Easter Festival found itself in trouble. Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was to play Iago in Otello, was ill.

• It started with a few kittens. But nearly a quarter century later, a California woman has transformed her 4,000-square-foot home into what's believed to be the largest no-cage cat sanctuary and adoption center in the U.S.

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.

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Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

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