Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Top TBX official resigns; happy Thanksgiving homecomings; a new cruise ship out of Tampa; and last-minute Thanksgiving menu ideas

A top official at the Florida Department of Transportation's local district who oversaw the controversial Tampa Bay Express project resigned last week. Debbie Hunt was director of transportation development for the Tampa Bay district. She led new road and transit projects, including the $6 billion overhaul of the area's interstates known as TBX.

PORT TAMPA BAY GETS ANOTHER CRUISE SHIP: HOLLAND AMERICA'S MS OOSTERDAM

Holland America's MS Oosterdam is the newest cruise ship to call Port Tampa Bay home. The ship has undergone a slew of renovations, including new lounging, dining and entertainment venues and refreshed suites. The new Holland America cruise will depart from Tampa on Friday for the first time. The ship will offer a variety of cruise options, from seven-day, 14-day and 21-day itineraries to the western and southern Caribbean.

LIVE NOW: HAPPY HOMECOMINGS AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AS FAMILY, FRIENDS ARRIVE FOR THANKSGIVING

ANDRES LEIVA | Times

Brayden Villafranca, 3, earned a big hug from Grammy Sharon after he greeted her with a sign he helped his dad to paint

Will you be welcoming loved ones back home for Thanksgiving? Christopher Spata (@SpataTimes) and Samantha Putterman (@SamPutterman) will be at Tampa International Airport this morning as folks await the arrivals of their friends and family. Check out their stories, and photos from the airport, in our live blog.

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY LAUNCHES $4 MILLION CAMPAIGN FOR NEW MULTIPURPOSE CENTER

Admiral Farragut Academy officially launches its $4 million fundraising goal to build a multipurpose student center. The proposed 20,000-square-foot building will feature a 302-seat auditorium with a retractable seating system as well as classrooms, audio-visual rooms and art-specific studios, serving as the home for the music and arts programs. The building will also feature conference rooms equipped with the latest audiovisual technology.

TAMPA HOME BUILT FOR FORMER NEW YORK YANKEES STAR JORGE POSADA HITS THE MARKET FOR NEARLY $6 MILLION

Photo by Raif Fluker

Located in Tampa's Avila community, this mansion built for former New York Yankees slugger Jorge Posada and now owned by the CEO of an e-commerce company is on the market for nearly $6-million.

In one of Tampa Bay's best years for luxury home sales, another mansion is testing the market — an Avila estate built for former New York Yankees slugger Jose Posada. Listed at $5.95 million, the house is on a two-acre golf course site with a designer pool, grotto spa, waterfall and two slides. It has six ensuite bedrooms, a billiard room, a theater room and 24-foot ceilings in the living and dining rooms.

SOME IDEAS TO FILL OUT YOUR THANKSGIVING MENU

Are you still combing your cookbooks for some last-minute Thanksgiving dishes? Here are nine stuffing recipes for apples, squash and your Thanksgiving turkey, as well as some . There are plenty more; check out our Holiday page for all things Thanksgiving.

MEET THREE NEW TAMPA BAY BUSINESS EXECUTIVES CHARGED WITH TACKLING BIG CHALLENGES AT THEIR COMPANIES

Business editor Robert Trigaux introduces us to a trio with much to accomplish — and not always a lot of time to make things happen. These three business leaders are tackling new challenges to push their companies and the Tampa Bay economy forward. Here's a peek at their business passions and why each agent of change may become a bigger player here in the future.

LET US HELP YOU PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

Once the tryptophan wears off and you're ready to talk off that massive Thanksgiving food-fest, we have lots of ideas — from ice skating at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to David Crosby at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Sunday.Check out our Weekend Planner for fun stuff to do.

SPORTS TURKEY OF THE YEAR: SORTING THROUGH THE CANDIDATES AND PICKING A REAL WINNER

It's an annual tradition. A big bird with all the stuffing and gravy. Side of potatoes, side of yams, side of cranberry sauce. Fall asleep watching the Lions. And the Sports Turkey of the Year, a Times mainstay since 2007. See who Tom Jones gave that honor to this year.

RB XAVIER JACKSON GIVES EAST LAKE PLENTY OF REASONS TO SMILE

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

East Lake High School's Xavier Jackson (4), center, scrambles through the Tampa Bay Tech defense during the first quarter of Friday's (11/18/16) high school football playoff, Class 7A region semifinal game at East Lake.

Xavier Jackson studies comedians. He can imitate Kevin Hart, Kat Williams and Eddie Murphy. "I'm just a funny guy," Jackson said. "I watch those comedians and can do pretty good impersonations of them. Basically, I try to make everyone laugh and put a smile on their face." Jackson also studies running backs. The East Lake High senior enjoys watching Florida State's Dalvin Cook and the Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott. At 5-foot-11, 172 pounds, Jackson is a deceptively powerful, breathtakingly fast runner. That combination of speed and strength is a big reason Jackson can put up big numbers.

BERKELEY PREP'S DEFENSE 'SNEAKS UP' ON OPPONENTS

Meet the Berkeley Prep defense, a group of guys that just might surprise you. They are exceedingly polite and well-spoken and they do not act particularly tough. But they are tough. They also do not strut around, trying to show off that they are strong or fast. But they are strong and fast. And perhaps most importantly, they appear to be much tougher, stronger and faster than they were at the beginning of the season

OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS, CREATIVE ORDINANCES HELP BEACH CITIES TACKLE SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Redington Beach, Indian Shores, Clearwater and other beach cities are battling the influx of short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods. Some of the rotating visitors are quiet vacationers looking for a peaceful getaway. But many come just to party, forcing some affluent, residentially zoned strips on the Gulf to share the neighborhood with de facto hotels. Check how some are dealing with the short-term rentals.

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Forecast: Tampa Bayís bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bayís bitter cold snap is finally over

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Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

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Updated: 2 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: 2 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: 2 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

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Floridaís 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 Iím a Hollywood stud

Romano: If UCF is national champion, then Iím 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 arenít just up for debate, they...
Updated: 2 hours ago
U.S. government shuts down; Democrats, GOP blame each other

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

WASHINGTON ó 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 Trumpís inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunctio...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

High school scoreboard for Jan. 19

Fridayís 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 ó 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
Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

Inspector General launches investigation into Tampa Bayís local career centers

The state has opened an investigation into CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, days after the Tampa Bay Times asked about whether the two regional job centers were inflating the number of people they had helped get hired. The agencies, ...
Published: 01/19/18