Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Testing the Cross-Bay ferry; parental leave for Hillsborough employees; Rays spring workout; Shatner vs. Tampa man in court?

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

WE TESTED THE CROSS-BAY FERRY

Commuter vessel or party boat? We took three rides on the Cross-Bay Ferry between downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg, both for business and pleasure, to find out what this boat is all about. Here's what you need to know.

AETNA AND HUMANA CALL OFF $34 BILLION MERGER

Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

CRUISE WILL SAIL FROM TAMPA TO CUBA

The Carnival Paradise ship will begin offering voyages from Tampa to Cuba beginning June 29, the cruise line announced Tuesday. The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 different four- and five-day cruises from Tampa.

NEW YORK DEVELOPER PAYS $2.6 MILLION FOR ST. PETERSBURG ARCADE

The New York firm under contract to buy and redevelop a prime downtown block has bought an historic building directly across the street. Red Apple Group paid $2.625 million this month for the Florida Arcade, a 1920 structure at 449 Central Ave.

HILLSBOROUGH REPUBLICAN WANTS PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES

A Hillsborough County commissioner wants to follow the lead of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and offer paid parental leave for county employees, too. Commissioner Sandy Murman said providing the benefit to the county's government workers would help attract and retain talent while investing in local families.

WILLIAM SHATNER COULD FACE TAMPA MAN IN COURT

The Hollywood star best known for going where no man has gone before may have a visit to a Florida courthouse in his future. William Shatner, Capt. James T. Kirk of Star Trek fame, faces a lawsuit alleging slander, libel and defamation from a Tampa man a who claims he's the actor's son.

JOSE FERNANDEZ: THE HEARTBREAK THAT HOVERS OVER THE MARLINS

Florida Marlins pitchers and catchers report to spring training today in Jupiter. There will be one pitcher missing. Jose Fernandez's extraordinary star, his passion, won't be there.

PORT CHARLOTTE REPORT: RAYS TAKE FIELD FOR FIRST WORKOUT

After a busy off-season that reshaped their roster and renewed hope internally, the Rays took the field this morning in Port Charlotte for their first workout of the spring at about 10:30.

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Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Tampa Bay is finally clear of the bitter chill that covered the region this week as temperatures picked up on Saturday. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around t...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 4 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Romano: If UCF is national champion, then I’m a Hollywood stud

Romano: If UCF is national champion, then I’m a Hollywood stud

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said people were entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.Clearly, Moynihan never dealt with Florida legislators.Because around Tallahassee, facts are fungible. They aren’t just up for debate, they...
Updated: 3 hours ago
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Friday’s scoreboardBoys soccerIndian Rocks Christian 2, Lakewood 1Lennard 3, Spoto 0Girls soccerPCAC Championship: Largo 3, Osceola 1Lennard 8, Spoto 0
Published: 01/19/18

Four people linked to Tampa carjacking captured hours later

TAMPA — It took officers just 27 minutes Friday night to capture four people who they said stole a car from its owner.The incident started outside the Ybor Coffee Shop at 5:45 a.m. A group approached the driver as he sat in his 2010 Toyota Corolla. T...
Published: 01/19/18