Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: Trump targets General Motors; boy's family speaks out about hit-and-run crash; everything you need to know about Tampa's championship weekend

In another tweet targeting a U.S. company, President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to slap a tax on General Motors for importing compact cars to the U.S. from Mexico. But GM makes the vast majority of compact Chevrolet Cruzes at a sprawling complex in Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland. Trump tweeted early Tuesday that GM is sending Mexican-made Cruzes to the U.S. tax-free.

BOY CRITICAL AFTER HIT AND RUN ON CHRISTMAS BIKE

Cameron Fuller had ridden his new Christmas present, a black BMX bicycle, to a recreation center about a mile and a half from his family's home on SW 9th Avenue. He should have been home, his mother thought. Then came a knock on the door. Cameron had been hit by a car on U.S. 41. Authorities are still searching for the driver, and Cameron's mother has a message for that person. 

CHARLIE CRIST ALREADY FUNDRAISING

Charlie Crist, who has a fundraiser today after being sworn in as a member of Congress, will travel Florida later this month to collect more cash for a 2018 e-election bid. Read it on the Buzz blog.

THE ROAD TO TAMPA

[James Borchuck, Times]

Workers prepare steel trusses on the giant stage in Curtis Hixon Park.

We've got you covered for everything you could possibly need to know about the events surrounding the college football playoff championship weekend in Tampa, from info on the parties and concerts to parking and transportation to the game itself. We even have tips on avoiding it altogether. Find all of our special coverage here.

CHALLENGE FILED AGAINST DEMOCRAT'S 'SHELL GAME' CAMPAIGN FOR STATE PARTY CHAIR

The knives are out in Florida's unpredictable contest for state party chairman, where some of the candidates are going to extraordinary lengths to qualify for the post after being snubbed and/or outmaneuvered at their recent local party elections.

LOBBYIST RON BOOK IS RUNAWAY LEADER IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

For the first time, the Florida House is posting copies of contracts between lobbyists and local governments online and nearly half of the first set of contracts posted are with one lobbyist: Ron Book of Aventura. He is among the first lobbyists in Tallahassee to comply with a new requirement to disclose all local lobbying activity. 

BUCS' AYERS RIPS LANE KIFFIN FOR 'BAILING' ON ALABAMA

One small perk of the Bucs' season being over is players having more time to spend on Twitter, and that's already started, with Bucs defensive end Robert Ayers ripping former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who won't be with the Crimson Tide in Tampa this coming week as they play Clemson for a national title. Read it on Bucs Beat.

VOTE FOR THE BEST PHOTO

[Marc Yacht]

Blackbird alert and waiting.

Our latest reader photo poll features four blackbirds standing in a row, lake and ocean sunsets, an eagle taking wing and a beautiful nature photo taken in an alley. Please cast your vote here to help decide which of these five will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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The Bucsí problem isnít how they finish; itís how they start

The Bucsí problem isnít how they finish; itís how they start

For the second straight week, the Buccaneers had the ball in the final minutes of a tie game.For the second straight week, they could not finish.As disappointing as that might be, they have a larger problem, and one that has existed all season: The B...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning opens road trip with shutout of Blues

Lightning opens road trip with shutout of Blues

ST. LOUIS ó This showdown was supposed to be about the best team in the East versus the best in the West. In reality, the Lightningís 3-0 win over the Blues on Tuesday night pretty much came down to this:Andrei Vasilevskiy is one of the best goalies ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 12

Tuesdayís scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 5, Tarpon Springs 0Palm Harbor U. 8, Alonso 0Boys soccerShorecrest 2, Indian Rocks Chr. 0Palm Harbor U. 3, Alonso 0Girls basketballNortheast 65, Dixie Hollins 25...
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Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

LARGO ó Daniel Richards, on trial in the murder of his 83-year-old mother, began his own criminal defense on Tuesday by asking a few questions to the pool of prospective jurors."If you were accused of killing your mother, would you want to represent ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Career Q&A: Two bosses who donít care for each other

Career Q&A: Two bosses who donít care for each other

Q: I seem to be caught between two high-level managers who really donít like each other. One is a director, the other is a vice president, and I am an assistant to both. Whenever the director stops by my desk to chat, she makes critical remarks about...
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St. Pete losing two assistant police chiefs; one will join Rays

St. Pete losing two assistant police chiefs; one will join Rays

ST. PETERSBURG ó Two assistant police chiefs are stepping down next month, leaving two of the three second-in-command jobs vacant at the St. Petersburg Police Department.Assistant Chief Jim Previtera announced this week that he will resign from the d...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Winter meetings journal: Rays add more infield depth, claim it isnít prelude to a trade

LAKE BUENA VISTA ó The Rays on Tuesday adding their third infielder in the past two weeks would sure look like a precursor to trading front-liners such as 3B Evan Longoria or 2B Brad Miller.But GM Erik Neander insisted that was not the case and that ...
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Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

WASHINGTON ó Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and co...
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GMs-turned-pundits believe now may be the time for Rays to sell

GMs-turned-pundits believe now may be the time for Rays to sell

LAKE BUENA VISTA ó The Rays have been doing a lot of talking, making another small deal Tuesday while still working toward bigger ones of a still-being-determined degree.And there have been a lot of baseball people at the winter meetings talking abou...
Updated: 5 hours ago