Saturday, April 21, 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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Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

After a two-hour weather delay Saturday evening at USF, the remote local threat of lightning finally dissipated.The postseason intensity never did.For the second consecutive night, the UCF-USF baseball series delivered, this time with the Bulls (25-1...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

The original Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition in 2012 was inspired by the how the Florida black bear roamed ó and the space it needed to do so successfully. In 2010, expedition team member Joe Guthrie conducted research through the University of ...
Published: 04/22/18
Athleticsí Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

Athleticsí Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. – Sean Manaea watched as Marcus Semien fired a ball from short to second baseman Jed Lowrie, turned around, and jumped into the arms of catcher Jonathan Lucroy. History was made at the Coliseum.Manaea no-hit the Red Sox on ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

BOSTON — Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored 1:19 apart in the second period, and then the Maple Leafs killed off a 5-on-3 and three more power plays in a row to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night and avoid playoff eliminatio...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkinís takeaways from Raysí 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

* Is it time to take the leap and believe this is the real Blake Snell? He talked a good game this spring and pitched well in his debut, but that rough second outing raised old doubts. But a good outing in Chicago and two dominant ones on the homesta...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

When the Rays, in the opening weekend of their 20th anniversary celebration season, brought back and honored the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays squad, it got us thinking unexpected thoughts, such as which was a better team:The first one, or the current on...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

ST. PETERSBURG – Let's be clear here, the Rays still have a long way to go, and a lot of ground to make up.But seeing them play like they did Saturday in beating the Twins 10-1, putting on a solid all-around show in cobbling their first three-g...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning-Devils: How the NHLís top offense went on the defensive

Lightning-Devils: How the NHLís top offense went on the defensive

TAMPA — It was a couple of days after the Lightning beat the Bruins at home late in the regular season when associate coach Rick Bowness talked about how the defensive effort used in that shutout victory was the one the Lightning would need in ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays will go forth with four starters

Rays will go forth with four starters

ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks was enough for the Rays to officially ditch their three-man rotation plan.Starting Sunday, they will go forth with Yonny Chirinos as their fourth starter.Which is a five-star idea.The flaws in the three-man plan ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachevís playing like a seasoned pro

Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachevís playing like a seasoned pro

TAMPA — Pardon Mikhail Sergachev if he isn't so good at one of hockey's greatest traditions. After all, growing a Stanley Cup playoff beard isn't easy when you're still just a teenager.As he stood in the Lightning locker room Saturday evening w...
Updated: 3 hours ago