Friday, February 23, 2018
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News at Noon: Trump arrives in Tampa; Spectrum angers snowbirds; school on Saturdays; Sea Riders seafood review

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS TAMPA

President Donald Trump is visiting MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa today, home to two of the military's most important commands, one that oversees military operations in a region that includes Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and another coordinates the global war on terrorism. The visit comes at a moment of high foreign policy drama for the new administration. You can get the latest updates and photos from the president's visit on our live blog.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II MARKS RECORD ON THE THRONE

Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne. Monday's Sapphire Jubilee is being marked with cannon salutes in London's Green Park and at the Tower of London. Buckingham Palace also released a photo of the queen by David Bailey to mark the occasion.

CAN SCHOOL ON SATURDAY HELP STUDENTS?

More than two dozen schools in Pinellas County are offering Saturday classes this year as part of an effort to give students more opportunities to catch up or even get ahead in their schoolwork. The programs fit into superintendent Mike Grego's vision of expanding school hours for students who need it the most. Research about the approach is mixed, however..

WORLD'S 500 MOST VALUABLE BRANDS RANKED

The domineering value of the Apple brand on the global business scene faded just enough for Google to replace the maker of the iPhone as the world's most valuable brand for the first time since 2011. So says Brand Finance's "Global Brand 2017" ranking of the 500 most valuable brands in the world.

FLORIDA SNOWBIRDS SAY SPECTRUM WRONGLY BILLED THEM

Ohio residents Ralph and Eleanore Parker said they returned to their seasonal home in Largo to find a rude surprise — a cable bill from Spectrum for service when the couple wasn't even in Florida. Four seasonal Tampa Bay families told the Tampa Bay Times in recent days that Spectrum, owned by Charter Communications, started billing them for service before their return to Florida and before they ever called the company to reconnect TVs, phones and Internet.

BEAT BUCS IN TAMPA? BELICHICK GETS HIS SHOT THIS FALL

The Bucs will play host to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriotsin the 2017 season, which brings up a curious piece of trivia: Tampa is the only NFL city where Bill Belichick has never won a regular-season game as a head coach or an assistant.

ROOKIE POINT BECOMES LIGHTNING'S GO-TO SHOOTOUT OPENER

As the Lightning prepared for a shootout Saturday against the Ducks, coach Jon Cooper knew whom he wanted to take the first shot. Cooper didn't hesitate to call on rookie center Brayden Point to take that first shot. he rookie is having a solid first season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEKEND

We took a look at the things that trended this weekend that you might have missed if you took a break from social media, including Melissa McCarthy playing Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live, the return of Spuds MacKenzie and new trailers for Stranger Things, Pirates of the Caribbean and other franchises.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: SEA RIDERS

It's still Southern and Floridian coastal cuisine, with an emphasis on the gulf's bounty, but there's more to share, more nibbles and small plates, a reflection of how folks seem to enjoy eating these days, at the updated Sea Riders restaurant in Dunedin..

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Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

Winter Olympics: Alina Zagitova wins figure skating gold, Russia’s first of Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — The Russians finally have a gold medal at the  Olympics, thanks to a 15-year-old who beat the fellow teen who inspired her to become a figure skater.Alina Zagitova won one of the Games' spotlight events Frida...
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High school scoreboard for Feb. 22

Thursday’s scoreboardSoftballBoca Ciega 4, Pinellas Park 2Admiral Farragut 7, Northside Christian 1Boys tennisOsceola 7, Dixie Hollins 0Clearwater Central Cath. 4, Jesuit 3Girls tennisOsceola 7, Dixie Hollins 0Boys basketballClass 3A, region semifina...
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Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed ...
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A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

In 2015, Conchy the flamingo showed up at Florida’s Naval Air Station Key West, and he wouldn’t leave. Normally, managers on the grounds lethally remove feathered troublemakers — it can be very dangerous with birds flying around million-dollar fighte...
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Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Associated PressSTARKE — An inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor’s office said Eric Scott Branch, ...
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After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor and the police chief came to Northeast High on Thursday to warn students about the dangers of circulating rumors of school safety threats on social media.While they were there, one of those unfounded rumors popped up on Fac...
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Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Haley Loeun, a top aide to the embattled leader of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards, was fired Thursday from her $130,000-a-year position as business services director.Loeun came under criticism after the Tampa Bay Times reported that employ...
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V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

TAMPA — Across Interstate 4 from Ybor City’s nightlife, another part of the historic neighborhood has an odor less nostalgic — and much less pleasant — than cigar smoke and roasting coffee beans.V.M. Ybor, named after the Spaniard who founded the cit...
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Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to propose to President Donald Trump that transgender members of the U.S. military be allowed to continue serving despite the president’s call last summer for a ban on all transgender service, acc...
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