Sunday, September 23, 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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Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

TAMPA – After Sunday morning, the Lightning sat five cuts away from having a 23-man roster to start the regular season.It announced 27 cuts that left 28 players on the roster with the start of the regular season less than two weeks away.Gone ar...
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Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

TAMPA — A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash on Bayshore Boulevard, police reported.About 3:10 p.m., the motorcyclist was driving southbound, according to the Tampa Police Department. At the same time, a driver in a Jeep Cherokee was h...
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This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

If you give an octopus MDMA, it will get touchy and want to mingle.What sounds like the premise of a children's book set at Burning Man is, in fact, the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. Neuroscientist Gül ...
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Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

TORONTO – Blake Snell earned his team record and majors-most 21st win on Sunday as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-2.The victory improved the Rays to 87-68 and kept alive their slimmest chances to make the playoffs, though perhaps for only a few ...
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Find A Friend: Sweet Caroline the Tabby Kitten

Find A Friend: Sweet Caroline the Tabby Kitten

Put your paws in the air like you just don’t care! Sweet Caroline thinks good times never seemed so good. A bundle of gray stripes and spots, she and her litter mates were rescued at three weeks of age. Caroline’s the most social of the...
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Women's Expo to feature Tampa Bay Times staffers

Women's Expo to feature Tampa Bay Times staffers

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Times presents its inaugural Tampa Bay Women’s Expo and the event will include an opportunity to meet many of its key women staff writers and editors.Susan Taylor Martin (Senior Correspondent/Real Estate) and Manag...
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USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

Editor’s note: Academy of the Holy Names junior Tress Jacobs spent the summer of 2018 shadowing Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper. To conclude the experience, she interviewed Academy alumnus Kim Wilmath Hill and filed this report.By Tres...
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Christine Blasey Ford reaches deal to  testify at Kavanaugh hearing

Christine Blasey Ford reaches deal to testify at Kavanaugh hearing

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers has committed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, her lawyers said Sunday. The lawyers said some details — including whe...
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Stolen smokes: Florida man gets 20 years for cigarette theft

Stolen smokes: Florida man gets 20 years for cigarette theft

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.A jury in Pensacola convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August. Authori...
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Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide to Steelers-Buccaneers: Where is Ronald Jones?

Sound-Smarter-Than-Your-Friends Guide to Steelers-Buccaneers: Where is Ronald Jones?

One of the dominant storylines heading into Monday Night Football between the first-place Buccaneers and the last-place Steelers will be the things we didn’t expect to see. It’s the team that usually melts down against the team that actua...
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