Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Unhappy Spectrum customers; church takes over neglected cemetery; Mexico, White House on presidents' talk; MacDill statue honors fallen officer

Here's our guide to the latest news at midday.

CUSTOMERS SAYS SPECTRUM BROKE PROMISE ABOUT NOT RAISING RATES

Charter Communications and its Spectrum cable brand have been telling their broadband customers for months that rates for TV, Internet and phone service won't change now that Charter owns Bright House Networks. A growing number of customers have a word for that assertion: hogwash.

CHURCH TO TAKE OVER NEGLECTED AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY

Lincoln Cemetery, resting place of African-Americans dating back to a time when they could not be buried in the same earth as whites, has found a long-term caretaker. The historic cemetery is being taken over by the nonprofit arm of St. Petersburg's Greater Mount Zion AME Church.

MEXICO, WHITE HOUSE REFUTE CHARACTERIZATION OF PRESIDENTS' TALK

President Donald Trump comments in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he might send U.S. troops to stop "bad hombres down there" unless the Mexican military does more to control them have been described by the White House as "lighthearted." And the Mexican government said "the negative statements" reported by the Associated Press "did not occur during" the call and that Trump never threatened to send troops to Mexico.

MACDILL AFB STATUE HONORS FALLEN OFFICER WHO TRAINED POLICE IN IRAQ

It's been nearly eight years since Air Force Lt. Joseph Helton Jr. 24, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. But now, his likeness will stand vigil outside the 6th Security Forces Squadron headquarters building at MacDill Air Force Base. Helton, widely known by his personal motto "Don't be a weak sauce," was the first Air Force security officer killed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

FHP: 3-YEAR-OLD KILLED, FIVE OTHER CHILDREN INJURED IN DUI CRASH

A drunk driver hit an SUV at an intersection in Ruskin on Wednesday night, fatally injuring a 3-year-old boy in the SUV and sending its six other occupants to the hospital, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

BILL WOULD KILL VISIT FLORIDA AND ENTERPRISE FLORIDA

As Gov. Rick Scott sharpens his criticism of the Legislature over tourism marketing spending and job incentive programs, the Florida House has retaliated by proposing a bill that would completely eliminate whole agencies charged with carrying out Scott's biggest priorities.

TILLERSON: DIPLOMATS MUST BE A TEAM DESPITE PERSONAL BELIEFS

Making his debut as America's global envoy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to reassure U.S. diplomats who are anxious after a turbulent first two weeks of President Donald Trump's presidency. Still, he warned diplomats that unspecified changes would be coming.

CUT BY BUCS, LB JOSH KEYES AT SUPER BOWL WITH FALCONS

When the Bucs got off to a 1-3 start, backup linebacker Josh Keyes was cut loose in October, but the special-teams player had the good fortune to be signed by the Falcons, who now play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Patriots in Houston.

CARNIVAL SHIP DELIVERS A MEMORABLE CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE

Aboard the Carnival Breeze, the prospect of mingling with 4,000 or so other passengers on a confined ship could make guests a bit antsy. But as it turned out, being on a megasize 1,004-foot ship with a 122-foot width and 15 decks spread out the crowd remarkably well via a multitude of simultaneous events and things to do.

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Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical system as it enters the gulf in the next 3-5 days.Thursday morning, the hurricane center bumped up ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The rain is back, and it won’t let up through the Memorial Day weekend. Blame Invest 90L, the low-pressure system brewing in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center predicted...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

ST. PETERSBURG — The increased competition in the IndyCar Series was on display during qualifying for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Two fan favorites (Pippa Mann and 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner James Hinchcliffe) couldn't crack th...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

LARGO — Residents may see the first trash and recycling rate hike in more than a decade next year as the city faces changes in the global recycling landscape and rising costs.The potential 20 percent increase, which would bring the rate for residenti...
Published: 05/24/18
St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council rejected a request from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for a letter the agency said would help it proceed with a $43 million makeover of Jordan Park.There’s also a question about whether the housing authority, ...
Published: 05/24/18
What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

TAMPA — The historic charm of Ybor City is only part of the reason developers will break ground today on a $50 million boutique hotel on E Seventh Avenue.Two other key factors are Tampa’s larger business climate and the hospitality market in particul...
Published: 05/24/18
Two vacant lots in the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg. Why does one look so much nicer?

Two vacant lots in the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg. Why does one look so much nicer?

ST. PETERSBURG — When several old buildings on the 400 block of Central Avenue were demolished two years ago, the owners were required to attractively fence and landscape the property. The reason? To avoid having an unsightly vacant lot in the "heart...
Published: 05/24/18
Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

In the past couple of months, I have had to travel about 25 miles from the bucolic burg of Brandon to Lakeland several times.I take Interstate 4 because it is the most direct route.I may have to rethink that strategy, though, especially with Memorial...
Published: 05/24/18