Tuesday, February 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Tornadoes in the South; Trump rolls on; Rays deal with rain; weekend planners; Josh Groban; and TWD's Daryl is coming

Severe thunderstorms rolled across the Tampa Bay area much of the morning, leading to tornado warnings and making for soggy commutes and soaked socks. The dark skies should turn sunny by late afternoon.

That same storm system spawned tornadoes in several Gulf Coast states overnight, including Florida. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to Pensacola to view the damage there. A possible tornado ripped through the city Tuesday evening, snapping trees, downing power lines and destroying at least 24 units at an apartment complex.

With a big win in Nevada, Donald Trump claimed a third straight commanding victory in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. A tight race for second between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz offered little evidence that Republicans were ready to coalesce around one strong alternative to the businessman billionaire.

As he was leaving Nevada, Rubio told reporters that he has spoken to Jeb Bush and the two will meet soon. Could an endorsement from Bush come after that meeting?

In his victory speech, Trump named many things he loves, including the "poorly educated."

HSN Inc. beat Wall Street expectations when it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $59.7 million. The St. Petersburg-based company said it had net income of $1.12 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $1.15 per share.

The rain forced the Rays to move practice inside in Port Charlotte. But there was some good news. Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings has reported to camp and he says his left knee is healthy and he's ready to get back on the field. "I'm excited to actually participate in baseball again. I just look forward to having some fun and playing," he tells The Heater blog.

What are you doing this weekend? If you need some ideas, check out our Weekend Planners. You could see the Jaume Plensa exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. Saturday is Family Day, which means admission is pay what you will or can afford. Or, you might want to catch Kristin Chenoweth on Friday at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Josh Groban will be at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday. He spoke with Jay Cridlin about Broadway, Saturday Night Live, blending music and humor and more.

And don't forget that the Oscars are on Sunday night. Steve Persall writes that as the Academy Awards become increasingly irrelevant, we're left to ask, so what? He also offers his predictions, a look at past snubs, trivia, and much more. It's all in our live Oscars blog.

Everyone's favorite zombie-killing archer and his beautifully sculpted arms are heading to this year's Tampa Bay Comic Con. Norman Reedus, best known for playing Daryl Dixon on AMC's The Walking Dead, is one of a few celebrity guests announced for the con in August.

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