Sunday, December 17, 2017
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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Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Motorcyclist, 24, dead after Lutz crash

LUTZ — A 24-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday after she crashed near Lutz Lake Fern Road and Apian Way, Hillsborough deputies reported.The unnamed woman was trying to pass vehicles in a no-passing zone about 9:15 a.m., according to a Hillsborough Cou...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of a small Florida town arrested for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits to park at city hall has resigned.The Bradenton Herald reports that Teresa Bradley resigned and was given six-months of probation as pa...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

LARGO — A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle Saturday night, police said.Khadijah Wood was walking through the parking lot of the Sandy Lane Apartment Homes on Belcher Road about 7:30 p.m.At the same time, Ju...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Warm, sunny Sunday in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s another bright, sunny day in Tampa Bay. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay areaHigh temperatures should reach about 80 d...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

Murder suspect is on the run after fatally shooting a father, cops say

A first-degree murder suspect remains at large almost a week after the fatal shooting of a Winter Haven father.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Johnny Ray Owsley’s murder of 35-year-old Adam Thrower, called "Cook" by friends, involved Owsley’s e...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 12 hours ago

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Published: 12/16/17
Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
Published: 12/16/17
Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

Florida Keys News BureauVisitors to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters dive with among indigenous Keys fish Friday in Marathon. The attraction reopened Friday after closing just before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Although tourism f...
Published: 12/16/17