Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: The State Fair opens today; Dem debate preview and live fact-checking; Controversial shooter drill by Tampa PD; Antifeminist group cancels meetup; St. Pete YMCA building plans; Lightning podcast; 'Hail, Caesar!' review

The Florida State Fair opened today, and it is filled with firsts. It is the first state fair in the country. It is featuring the first Black History Month exhibit and an oval-office replica with dresses of First Ladies. Find information about events, parking and dining at the fair.

Before a mock "active shooter" demonstration by Tampa police on Wednesday, Senior Cpl. Jared Douds told a crowd of hundreds that mass shooting perpetrators come from a variety of backgrounds. But, to many, the drill itself sent a different message. A Tampa police officer pretending to be the shooter wore a scarf that, according to the group, reinforced mistaken perceptions about Muslims.

Who is a real progressive? Tonight's face-to-face meeting between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is rooted in an intensifying debate over who understands the great divide between rich Americans and everyone else.A Democratic debate viewer's guide.

PolitiFact reporters are on the ground in New Hampshire to see the candidates and analyze their statements first hand. Follow along here.

Even as Hillary Clinton has stepped up her rhetorical assault on Wall Street, her campaign and allied super PACs have continued to rake in millions from the financial sector, a sign of her deep and lasting relationships with banking and investment titans.

The worldwide "tribal gathering" of a controversial antifeminist group Return of Kings has been canceled, but a protest of the group and its values will go on.

Today, the family of the 14-year-old Riverview boy who died two years ago while trying to cross Interstate 4 after he was kicked out of the Florida State Fair filed a lawsuit.

Airport officials say two tires under the left wing of an Allegiant Air airplane blew out during a landing at a Pennsylvania airport. Also, a single Allegiant Air aircraft made four emergency landings within a little more than a month late last year, part of a series of maintenance problems the airline contended with in 2015.

A La Carte Pavilion, a popular Tampa Bay party site, will soon no longer be a venue for weddings, charity events and other functions.

The redeveloper of downtown St. Petersburg's former YMCA building envisions sweeping changes for the historic building. South Florida developer Nick Ekonomou, whose purchase of the boarded-up said he will erect a nine-story luxury rental apartment complex and garage behind the building at 116 Fifth St. S.

According to Film Critic Steve Persall, Hail, Caesar! is what happens when that book is dumped open, its contents fluttering into randomness. Why he thinks the Coen brothers can't keep this movie together.

Matt Baker on national signing day: What recruiting history tells us about next year's national champion.

In our Lightning Strikes podcast coming this afternoon, beat writer Joe Smith talks about the stretch run of the season and interviews NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk about Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning's plans at a new goaltender.

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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Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

Portions of the Tampa Bay area under a freeze warning as this weekend’s cold blast extends into the start of the workweek.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area That wintry feel, however, is coming into an end as conditions beg...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

When the fire chief asked if anyone in the room had fallen before, a few in the gray- and white-haired crowd raised their hands. One woman lost her footing as she was answering the phone. Another saw a palmetto bug, sprayed it with repellent, then s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is using the controversial topic of sanctuary cities to drum up Republican support in his bid for governor.At a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Putnam warned voters that one of his Democratic opponents want...
Published: 12/11/17

Hooper: Yacht StarShip weathers the storm

At the height of the economic downturn, Yacht StarShip owner Troy Manthey said he and his wife, Jill, worried about the company’s survival."We were counting ice cubes," Manthey said.But they made it. The dining cruise business that sails out of the C...
Published: 12/11/17
St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

BY CHARLIE FRAGOTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — It was a big promise made by Mayor Rick Kriseman more than two years ago: Get the Sunshine City to eventually run on 100 percent renewable energy.In a few months, the city will take small but tangibl...
Published: 12/11/17
WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

WWE’s Rich Swann arrested in Gainesville, faces battery charge against wife, who’s also a wrestler

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to ...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Freeze warning in northern Tampa Bay; Pinellas works to reduce 911 calls; fact-checking Putnam’s sanctuary city claims; should Dirk Koetter be fired?

The Daystarter: Freeze warning in northern Tampa Bay; Pinellas works to reduce 911 calls; fact-checking Putnam’s sanctuary city claims; should Dirk Koetter be fired?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• Some residents in northern Tampa Bay are under a freeze warning, according to 10Weather WTSP. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

  TAMPA — Dirk Koetter isn’t going to return as coach of the Bucs next season. That’s not official. No announcement has been made. No press conference is scheduled. It’s not an absolute fact. Not yet. And this isn’t a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

Veteran 3B Evan Longoria as uncertain as anyone about Rays’ plans

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Uncertain with all the talk about potentially rebuilding if the Rays would go as far as trading franchise cornerstone 3B Evan Longoria?So is he."I don’t know what to think, really,’’ Longoria said via text message Sunday night as t...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Sunny day floods become new norm

WASHINGTON — The tide watchers start patrolling whenever the celestial forces align. From coast to coast, hundreds of tide watchers come out with their cameras to record the latest ‘‘king tides,’’ brief episodes of tidal flooding that could become th...
Updated: 9 hours ago