Friday, August 17, 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?

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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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In Spring Hill, 9-month-old baby boy dies after being left in hot car

In Spring Hill, 9-month-old baby boy dies after being left in hot car

SPRING HILL — A 9-month-old infant died Friday after the boy was left in a hot car at the family home, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Keyton O’Callaghan was found in a car seat inside the vehicle at about 11:30 a.m. by his father, ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: The stats that matter

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: The stats that matter

Yeah, but …Every Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota debate is full of them.Winston has completed more passes (939), gained more passing yards (11,636) and thrown more passing touchdowns (69) before his age 24 season than any quarterback in NFL histo...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyers for Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot last month, have listed the Pinellas County sheriff’s initial decision not to arrest Drejka as a reason to reduce their client’s $100,000 ba...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays at Red Sox, in another tough test

For starters: Rays at Red Sox, in another tough test

UPDATE, 6:30: Another round of heavy rain and lightning has come through, though Cash said earlier he was told the storm would clear out and the game would be played. A delay seems likely as the tarp is still on.UPDATE, 5:51: C Jesus Sucre said his s...
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Putting a face to the name: Picture of Marine killed in Vietnam one of the missing

Putting a face to the name: Picture of Marine killed in Vietnam one of the missing

Private Ruben Bell Jr. has a name, a rank, a hometown, five service medals and several living family members. For 50 years, though, he has remained a ghost.Bell enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1967, when he was 19, and arrived in Vietnam that De...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man went on crime spree Thursday afternoon, stealing two vehicles, failing to steal two others and burglarizing three homes before being taken into custody, authorities say.Pinellas County deputies on Thursday arrested Shano...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas commission candidate faced stalking, abuse claims

Pinellas commission candidate faced stalking, abuse claims

ST. PETERSBURG — A political newcomer seeking a Pinellas County Commission seat has faced accusations of physical abuse and stalking from her former fiance, who twice sought court-ordered protection from her.Both allegations came after Democrat Amy K...
Updated: 1 hour ago
From Hawaii to the honky-tonk: Nashville’s in love with Marcus Mariota

From Hawaii to the honky-tonk: Nashville’s in love with Marcus Mariota

NASHVILLE — Ten thousand blue leis were distributed to Titans fans for the NFL draft on the day their team picked Marcus Mariota.The Heisman Trophy winner wasn't even at Nissan Stadium for the party, which drew a crowd of 20,000. But the warmth...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police use stun gun on 87-year-old woman carrying a knife to cut dandelions

Police use stun gun on 87-year-old woman carrying a knife to cut dandelions

When Martha Al-Bishara went on a walk near her home in northern Georgia last week, she was on a quest for dandelions. The stroll would end in her getting stunned by a Taser and arrested by police officers.The 87-year-old woman often ventured outside ...
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Former Plant High football player charged with murder in Detroit

Former Plant High football player charged with murder in Detroit

Tykese Keaton-Baldwin wanted to be remembered as a state champion, the best running back in Plant High School history.Now, the 20-year-old former Panther is facing murder charges in Detroit and the possibility of leaving behind a much different legac...
Updated: 1 hour ago