President-elect Donald Trump hadn't been seen in public for days when he walked into New York's 21 Club to applause from fellow diners. The unannounced evening out with family was a contrast to the behind-the scenes machinations that suggested a struggling transition as names surfaced and sank for top administration positions. Not to worry, Trump suggested in a Tuesday night tweet: "Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!"
STAMKOS COMING HOME FOR FURTHER EVALUATION
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will head back to Tampa for further evaluation on a right leg injury suffered in the first period Tuesday. The team said there is no further updates, but the fact Stamkos is getting sent home isn't a good sign he'll return on this five-game road trip, which continues Thursday in Buffalo. Follow beat writer Joe Smith for the latest @TBTimes_JSmith.
HAVE YOU NOTICED A DOZEN EGGS ARE REALLY CHEAP RIGHT NOW?
Last summer, it was hard to find a carton of a dozen regular eggs for under $3 at the grocery store. To keep breakfast omelettes on the menu and cake displays filled, restaurants resorted to raising prices, adjusting their recipes with egg substitutes, or taking a financial loss. Today, some grocers are selling eggs for as low as 79 cents a dozen. Restaurant owners say they can't recall the price of eggs ever drifting so high, then plummeting so low, in such a short period of time.
PIG CARCASSES FALL ONTO I-75, AND THE INTERNET LOSES ITS MIND
A truck carrying dead pigs spilled part of its load on Interstate 75 in Sarasota this morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At least four pig carcasses, which were not secured properly, splattered onto the roadway, creating a gruesome scene that backed up traffic for miles starting around 8 a.m. as emergency crews worked to clean up the remains. On Facebook, several shared the video with the expected "only in Florida" comment.
MINNESOTA OFFICER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN PHILANDO CASTILE DEATH
A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a black man in a St. Paul suburb. St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile, 32, during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile's girlfriend, who was with him in the car along with her young daughter.
LOCAL JEWELER DONALD SILVERBERG DIES AT 87
Longtime Tampa Bay area jeweler and community leader Donald Silverberg died Tuesday at the age of 87. With his wife, Jane, he opened Silverberg Jewelry Co.'s first store in downtown St. Petersburg in 1968. The chain grew to five stores from Port Richey to Sarasota. The flagship store opened across from Tyrone Square Mall in 1982.
DIY BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: DEVICE LETS WOMEN DO PART AT HOME
This might be the ultimate do-it-yourself project: Doctors are testing a device that would let women do part of their own breast reconstruction at home. It's aimed at not only making treatment more comfortable and convenient, but also giving women a sense of control — something cancer often takes away.
TAMPA BAY'S 'ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM'? IT COULD USE A BOOST
An analysis of the state of Tampa Bay's young "entrepreneurial ecosystem" — the foundation of services that supports innovative business start-ups here — finds the region is making fair progress. But in a familiar refrain, an academic team assessing the ecosystem's health concludes there's a need for stronger leadership, less duplication of efforts and an investor base more attuned to the risks and opportunities of backing start-ups.
IRAQI FORCES PUSH DEEPER INTO ISIS-HELD MOSUL
Heavy fighting broke out in Mosul's eastern Tahrir neighborhood today, where Iraqi special forces said a suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group disabled an Abrams tank belonging to the Iraqi army. Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil says the special forces control 70 percent of the district, where most residents are sheltering indoors. The army is trying to evacuate them as it battles street by street. Mosul is still home to more than 1 million civilians.
SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES POUND ALEPPO FOR SECOND DAY
Syrian government warplanes and artillery pounded rebel-held districts of Aleppo for the second day, killing at least 11 people and damaging two hospitals, a blood bank and several residential buildings in the city's eastern neighborhoods. Residents rushed for cover and doctors cowered with their patients in a hospital basement amid the relentless onslaught.
DYLAN NOT GOING TO STOCKHOLM TO PICK UP NOBEL PRIZE
Bob Dylan won't be going to Stockholm to pick up his Nobel Prize for literature at the Dec. 10 prize ceremony, the Swedish Academy says. The Academy says Dylan, 75, told them that "he wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible."
CONCERT REVIEW: TEGAN AND SARA TALK POLITICS, OFFER LOVE TO FLORIDA
Exactly one week after election night, one couldn't help but wonder what Tegan and Sara's show Tuesday at the Ritz Ybor might look like. Despite their Canadian heritage, twins Tegan and Sara Quin are deeply attuned to American politics, frequently discussing social justice, supporting Hillary Clinton and advocating for LGBT causes. Last week's events could still be felt on their tour, yet the show was far from gloom and doom.
ALL EYES PHOTO GALLERY: RENOVATED U.S. CAPITOL DOME
A week after a bitterly divided country elected its 45th president, government officials unveiled the revived U.S. Capitol dome — a renewed emblem of national unity — and showed reporters some of the work. The debut came at the end of a mammoth three-year, $60 million project that covered the 150-year-old iconic dome in scaffolding as workers repaired 1,300 cracks and fixed or replaced scores of cast-iron ornaments and windows.
HAN AND LEIA IN REAL LIFE: FISHER REVEALS 'STAR WARS' AFFAIR
Possibly the most cherished romance in all of geekdom, the on-screen love affair between Princess Leia and Han Solo in the Star Wars films, went beyond the movie screen. Actress Carrie Fisher told People magazine that she carried on an "intense" affair with co-star Harrison Ford during the three-month filming of Episode IV: A New Hope, the original Star Wars film released in 1977. At the time, Fisher was 19 and Ford was 33. He was also married.
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