Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Trump's impact on Tampa Bay business; Clinton's concession speech; Uber, Lyft get Hillsborough OK; Gov. Buckhorn in 2018?

Down in the polls not long ago, Donald Trump predicted his unconventional election as president would be "Brexit times 10." From an immediate shakeup in the stock market to heightened anxiety over an economic downturn, he may have been right. Business writer Jeff Harrington examines what the Trump presidency could mean to the Tampa Bay area from a business standpoint.

HILLARY CLINTON ADDRESSES SUPPORTERS

Hillary Clinton offered her first public remarks since her stunning defeat to Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. Clinton did not give a formal concession speech. But she did call Trump early Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday's election. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

PTC GIVES UBER AND LYFT GO-AHEAD TO OPERATE IN HILLSBOROUGH

After more than two years operating in Hillsborough County, Uber and Lyft are finally street legal. The Public Transportation Commission on Wednesday narrowly approved a new temporary agreement for the two ridesharing market leaders to operate in Hillsborough for the next 13 months. The 4-3 vote is expected to end the agency's dispute with the two firms that have operated for more than two years in violation of laws that govern taxicab and limousine rental firms.

BOB BUCKHORN: DON'T EXPECT A DECISION ON GOVERNOR'S RACE BEFORE JANUARY

BRIAN BLANCO | Special to the Times (2012)

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who said he's received a lot of encouragement to run for governor in 2018, said Wednesday he'll take some time to digest this week's election results and likely make a decision after the first of the year.

Recent speculation about Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's political future has toggled between two possibilities: running for governor in 2018 or taking a job with a Hillary Clinton administration. Today, with option two off the table, it's all about the governor's race. Wednesday morning Buckhorn said, check back with me after New Year's.

DEMOCRATS MAKE MEAGER GAINS IN FLORIDA LEGISLATURE

Democrats gained a little ground in the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, but it was far from the dramatic change some had banked on. Democrats picked up just one seat in the Florida Senate and now Republicans hold a 25 to 15 advantage. In the House Democrats are close to gaining two seats in the Florida House, to cut the GOP majority there to 79-41.

[JIM DAMASKE | Times]

Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) breaks away from Bucs linebacker Lavonte David (54) in the second quarter.

INCREASED PRODUCTION FROM LAVONTE DAVID AND CO. A MUST FOR BUCS DEFENSE

In the defense under new coordinator Mike Smith, linebacker Lavonte David has been largely a non-factor and the face of the Bucs failure. After averaging 144 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and 2.2 interceptions through his first four NFL seasons, David has watched his production plummet.

NEW BUCS WR JOSH HUFF WORKING FOR SECOND CHANCE, COACH SAYS

Receiver Josh Huff, signed to the Bucs' practice squad Monday, is coming off an arrest last week on gun and marijuana charges that led to his being waived by the Eagles, but his former college coach at Oregon said Huff has the work ethic to make the most of a second chance in Tampa Bay.

Courtesy John Ismay for American Public Media Group

Commander Mary Katey Hays stands on the deck of the USS Decatur, a guided missile destroyer in Sand Diego. Hays is scheduled to become captain of the guided missile destroyer Nov. 18.

TAMPA WOMAN WHO EARNED BRONZE STAR NOW TO CAPTAIN WARSHIP

TAMPA — At barely 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, Mary Katey Hays is not your typical image of a warrior. But despite her diminutive frame, she has served three tours in Iraq, earned a Bronze Star in 2007, and next week will take command of the USS Decatur, a guided-missile destroyer.

REVIEW: 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' DELIVERS UNUSUAL THEATER IN SEVERAL DIMENSIONS

Watching The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is like going for a run when you're out of shape, performing arts critic Andrew Meacham writes. Muscles of imagination grumble at being reawakened, before they feel refreshed. The hit play, now at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, is easy to enjoy but not to explain.

AUSTIN APPLEBY TO START AT QUARTERBACK SATURDAY FOR FLORIDA GATORS

Austin Appleby will start at quarterback for the Florida Gators this week against South Carolina, coach Jim McElwain said during Wednesday's SEC teleconference. The grad transfer from Purdue will get at least the first few snaps with Luke Del Rio out with an injured shoulder.

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Carlton: Victorious Ybor chickens make Tampa Tampa

Carlton: Victorious Ybor chickens make Tampa Tampa

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Updated: 11 hours ago
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Police identify man killed in shooting at South Tampa McDonald’s

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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Updated: 8 hours ago
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Updated: 8 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
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Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
Updated: 10 hours ago