Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Trump says it's not a 'Muslim ban'; St. Pete councilwoman fighting cancer; can John Lynch follow Elway?

Here's what's happening today.

FORMER PTC CHIEF TO APPEAR AT HEARING

A judge has ordered former Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission chief Kyle Cockream to appear today at a hearing looking into why public records may be missing from his agency cellphone. . Judge Richard A. Nielsen issued the order in a suit filed against the PTC by a Sarasota law firm. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. For updates, check in later today at tampabay.com.

TRUMP: IT'S NOT A 'MUSLIM BAN'

President Donald Trump is vigorously defending his immigration restrictions, as protests spread throughout the country, saying "this is about terror and keeping our country safe." Trump released a statement asserting, "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting."

ST. PETE COUNCIL CHAIRWOMAN HAS BREAST CANCER

Council chairwoman Darden Rice has fought for environmental causes for decades and tangled with a multitude of thorny urban issues since her 2013 election. Now, she's engaged in a battle with breast cancer. And she's confident of victory.

CAN JOHN LYNCH FOLLOW JOHN ELWAY'S FOOTSTEPS AGAIN?

John Lynch grew up as the biggest fan of John Elway. He wanted to follow in his cleat prints, first to Stanford, where he was recruited as a quarterback, then to the NFL. Lynch again will be a finalist Saturday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Super Bowl LI. And Lynch still has a chance to follow Elway, who took over the reigns as the general manager of the Broncos and built a Super Bowl championship team.

TAMPA RANKED NO. 19 AMONG BEST FOOTBALL CITIES

There are 244 U.S. cities that have at least one college or professional football team. And out of all of those, Tampa - home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and University of South Florida Bulls - is the 19th best place to live for a football fan, at least according to WalletHub.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: CATCHER AND THE RYE IS PLEASANT, BUT NEEDS WORK

Times food critic Laura Reiley wondered if the new restaurant Catcher and the Rye would resonate with millennials. After a couple of visits she's patting myself on the back: "This is a fully grownup bar, an indoor-outdoor good times kind of place that reads like a beach bar without the beach. But maybe the clientele says more about the demographics of Palm Harbor." Read the full review.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Chelsea Tatham has this week's picks for what to watch on TV and streaming services, from the "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" special to the premiere of the new series set in the DC Comics universe, "Powerless" to the NPR true crime podcast "Suspect Concvictions." Find them all here.

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Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Justices adopt new privacy rules for cellphone tracking

Justices adopt new privacy rules for cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones. The justices’ 5-4 decision Friday is a victory for priv...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

A cancer lurks within Florida’s otherwise rosy job numbers, one that’s has been called a quiet catastrophe and an intractable time bomb.Too many men between the ages of 25 and 54 have stopped working.Economists call those the prime-age years. Incomes...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
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SunPass charges will soon be showing up again on customer accounts — without late fees

SunPass charges will soon be showing up again on customer accounts — without late fees

It has been more than two weeks since SunPass customers have been able to access their accounts after the Florida toll service took down its website for system maintenance.While SunPass continues to accumulate toll charges since the maintenance perio...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

New York Knicks fans are a boisterous bunch. They voice their displeasure at just about everything. Four years ago, the fans booed the team's first-round selection of Kristaps Porzingis, who became an all-star this past season.So it was widely assume...
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Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Hillsborough Player of the year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonWhy we picked her: Henderson is the type of player opponents know they have to stop. That has proven easier said than done. The Knights went 22-3 and that record would be much worse with...
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Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston to receive three-game suspension

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended by the NFL for three games according to reports, and that number could go up if he doesn't meet certain criteria.Rick Stroud explains that the suspension is not for a failure to report the 2016 i...
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At a Mexican shelter, migrants who fled death threats prepare for ‘zero tolerance’ at the border

At a Mexican shelter, migrants who fled death threats prepare for ‘zero tolerance’ at the border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico — In Honduras, their lives were surrounded by death.Lourdes Cruz had just started a new job when the maras, the deadly gangs plaguing Central America, demanded half of her paycheck. She quit her job, but they found her number a...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Forecast: Muggy and hot with a chance of rain for Pride festivities

As the first weekend of summer swings in, it appears Tampa Bay should expect more heat, humidity and a chance of afternoon showers.Increased moisture in the Gulf of Mexico will result in scattered showers and isolated storms for coastal areas of Tamp...
Updated: 4 hours ago