Friday, June 22, 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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FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

DADE CITY — A 31-year-old man was killed and three others were seriously injured after a pickup truck and motorcycle crashed head-on Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Floyd Williamson, 72, of Lakeland, was driving northbound on ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

TAMPA — The days ahead were supposed to be bright.For weeks, health care tech company CareSync had been thrown into question as founder and CEO and founder Travis Bond unexpectedly departed, kicking off multiple rounds of layoffs. But that was all in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

TAMPA — A federal judge ordered a 25-year prison term Friday for a man convicted of running an organization that moved large quantities of heroin into St. Petersburg.The sentencing of William Harold Wright punctuated a criminal case that was emblemat...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Georgia detectives on Friday recovered the body of Mitzi Marie Babb, a 43-year-old Hernando park ranger who had been missing since Tuesday.Her boyfriend, arrested Thursday on unrelated charges, has been called a person of interest in her disappearanc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

PORT RICHEY — A 41-year-old Uber driver was arrested Friday after police said he pointed a firearm at another driver because he was annoyed that she was texting and driving.Philip Macchio was driving near State Road 52 and U.S. 19 around 12:30 a.m. F...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

TAMPA — A Democrat has officially joined the race for Hillsborough County sheriff.Gary Pruitt, a 50-year-old former Tampa police corporal who now works as director of security at a local mall, qualified Friday to challenge Republican Sheriff Chad Chr...
Updated: 3 hours ago
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo

Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo

Talia Lavin, whose tweet about a Pasco veteran’s tattoo implied he was a Nazi, has apologized to him and resigned from her position as a fact-checker at the New Yorker magazine.But in another tweet, Thursday evening, Lavin also lashed out at the fede...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

At first I thought it was a snake.Because wouldn’t it be typically Florida to come home and find a snake poking its nose out from under your stove? Which wouldn’t be a problem or anything. I would just have to move out is all.But no, the creature th...
Updated: 3 hours ago