Sunday, July 22, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Terror strikes again in France; Trump picks Pence; on the lookout for Pokémon Go; Eakins on reorganization

Terror strikes again in France. A 'big white truck', 'crushing over people' after a Bastille Day celebration along a packed seaside avenue in Nice. The carnage left at least 80 people dead — "bodies, limbs and blood." The victims included a man and his 11-year-old son from Texas. The driver of the truck has been identified in reports as a French-Tunisian with a criminal record.

IT'S OFFICIAL: TRUMP NAMES PENCE AS RUNNING MATE

Donald Trump says on Twitter that he has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. The presumptive GOP nominee had planned to introduce his selection at a news conference this morning in New York, but decided to postpone the event because of the deadly attack in Nice, France.

POKÉMON GO BRINGS GOOD AND BAD TO TAMPA BAY

SARA DINATALE | Times

Kasamba Kokayi, 16 and of St. Petersburg, moments after he caught a Doduo in the Pokémon Go app on his smartphone. Kokayi regularly rides his skateboard down Central Avenue to hit PokéStops and catch the fictional pocket monsters.

Using modern "augmented reality," those who grew up collecting Pokémon cards are reveling in being able to do what they only dreamed of as children: look for Pokémon. However, the real, Pokémon-less world is feeling the effects, and not everyone is happy.

DEPUTIES: TEEN BROUGHT HOME GUN USED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING DEATH

A Town 'N Country grandmother was killed early Friday after her daughter accidentally fired a gun brought into the home by one of her teenage children, investigators said. Carolyn Wright, 52, died at the scene.

AS RAYS' SECOND HALF BEGINS, WELCOME TO RUMOR WORLD

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Starter Jake Odorizzi, 3-5 with 11 no-decisions, might be one of the pitchers dangled by the Rays as the trade deadline nears.

The players have many reasons to play well after a disastrous first half of the season: pride, professionalism, competitiveness. But for a handful, it's legitimately possible they are playing for a chance to play more meaningful games elsewhere. Yes, the trade deadline is only 18 days away.

SUPERINTENDENT: REORGANIZATION NEEDED TO IMPROVE READING

Addressing community leaders at a South Tampa breakfast, Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins said he is understandably disturbed by this year's state testing results. But, rather than singling out schools, he said it is important to work top-to-bottom on the organization.

A LITTLE 'POLICE WORK' HELPS HOUND GET HOME

The booking photo of a furry, four-legged fugitive that helped a Tarpon Springs woman reunite with her pet has gone viral, appearing on news web pages and in Facebook posts across the country.

FROM 'KICKING AND SCREAMING' TO RUNNING FOR RECORDS

Jesuit High running back Malik Davis was born to run. And he's put his talents to good use on the football field, where his penchant for outsmarting defenses has him on the cusp of Hillsborough County's all-time rushing record. That's more than enough reason to crown him our top football player to watch in Tampa Bay.

FLORIDA BANKS GET STRONGER, BUT WHO'S REAPING THE BENEFITS?

Big banks are acing the federal government's stress tests and poised to start doling out dividends to shareholders again. These may not be boom times again, but both community banks and megabanks have rebounded strongly from the Great Recession. But is that trickling down to their customers? Not so much.

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Rays journal: New faces, same old loss

Rays journal: New faces, same old loss

ST. PETERSBURG — To get a sense of how things are going for the Rays right now, consider that opening day starter Chris Archer was wearing a promotional DJ Kitty head in the dugout and veteran OF Carlos Gomez was playing second base during Satu...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Kevin Kiermaier frustrated as injuries continue

Kevin Kiermaier frustrated as injuries continue

ST. PETERSBURG — This season has been quite a pain for Rays centerfielder and centerpiece Kevin Kiermaier.A cold bat, a nagging illness, a searing foul ball we'll come back to shortly and a torn thumb ligament that required surgery, all in the ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rowdies gain needed victory

Rowdies gain needed victory

ST. PETERSBURG — Georgi Hristov, the Rowdies' all-time goals leader, extended that mark with his 59th and Junior Flemmings had a goal and two assists to lead a revamped lineup in Saturday's 3-1 win over Indy Eleven at Al Lang Stadium in front o...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Marlins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Marlins game

Joey Wendle continues to impress, playing anywhere asked and hitting everywhere. Friday he joined the play-of-the-year race with an amazing glove flip to first. Saturday he was the first Ray with a decent swing off Pablo Lopez, homering in the fourth...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays Tales: Sure is a lot to talk about

Rays Tales: Sure is a lot to talk about

WASHINGTON — There was a lot of talk specific to the Rays at the All-Star Game last week, from commissioner Rob Manfred's strong endorsement of the Ybor stadium plan to Wilson Ramos' rousing ovation from the Washington fans to Blake Snell's imp...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome misses cut but has a blast in PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome misses cut but has a blast in PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome did not make the cut in her first PGA Tour event, but she did improve by seven shots in her second round.Lincicome shot 1-under 71 on Saturday at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky., after having to wait an e...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Another bad look for Rays in 3-2 loss

Another bad look for Rays in 3-2 loss

ST. PETERSBURG – To get a sense of how shorthanded the Rays were by the final innings of Saturday night's game, all you had to do was look at the field and see Carlos Gomez playing second base.It was that kind of night for the Rays, who lost an...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Pasco Sheriff’s Office releases names of two killed in apparent murder-suicide Saturday

Pasco Sheriff’s Office releases names of two killed in apparent murder-suicide Saturday

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two people killed in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday.At about 1 p.m. Saturday, Alisa Medovich, 23, of Holiday, was shot and killed by Mario Medina, 43, of New Port Richey, who then shot ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only person that Bucs receiver Mike Evans reached out to on Twitter on Saturday.The Bucs receiver fired back at the president after a tweet suggesting that NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa police seek driver in fatal Saturday morning hit and run

Tampa police seek driver in fatal Saturday morning hit and run

Tampa police are looking for a motorist who they say killed a man in an early Saturday morning hit and run.About 2 a.m. Saturday, a 38-year-old man was hit by a car travelling east on the 3600 block of E Columbus Dr. in Tampa, according to a Tampa Po...
Published: 07/21/18