Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: UVA student arrested in North Korea; Gasparilla lineup announced; McMansions in Florida; PolitiFact in Iowa; Donations for an apartment project; Bucs rings of honor announcement

A University of Virginia student honored as an "intellectual risk-taker" has been arrested in North Korea, its state-run media said Friday, accusing the American of unspecified "hostile acts" against the state with "the tacit connivance of the U.S. government."

Over the past several months, a two-story concrete behemoth has been rising just a few feet from Shirah and Sara's fence. After four years in Tampa's Davis Islands, a McMansion next door threatens the privacy of their one-story ranch home.

After weeks of anticipation, Tampa's Gasparilla Music Festival has unveiled its initial 2016 lineup at noon Friday — and we have it right here for you.

No income tax, warm weather and endless coastline all seem like ingredients for Florida to be awash in millionaire households. A new study suggests there are fewer here than one might expect.

Move over, Tampa, St. Petersburg also has a burgeoning foodie scene. Times Food Critic Laura Reiley has compiled a list of the Top 50 Restaurants, pulling a wide price and geographic range of places to eat in Tampa Bay.

Despite a slowdown toward year's end, Tampa Bay home sales in 2015 continued a strong recovery from the darkest days of the housing crash.

Thunderstorm warnings were issued as a band of storms passed through Tampa Bay. Check back for weather updates and information.

East coast snowfall estimates are coming in at more than 2 feet for Washington, a foot to 18 inches for Philadelphia and 8 inches to a foot in New York. Meteorologist Paul Kocin compared the storm it to "Snowmageddon," the first of two storms that "wiped out" Washington in 2010 and dumped up to 30 inches of snow in places, but he said the weekend timing and days of warning could help limit deaths and damage.

The captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, who oversees one of the nation's largest parades this month, took on another challenge: designing a new float for the men's club annual parades. But the float is more like a cruise ship with running water, rotating pirate figurine, coolers and urinals.

This week, the PolitiFact team members were unbound from their desks… in Iowa! Three fact-checkers drove the icy roads of Iowa and tramped through snow to watch candidates Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders answer real questions from actual voters.

Two doctors want to build 20 apartments in the shadow of the Hindu Temple of Florida in a quiet Carrollwood neighborhood. The doctors and their associates donated $11,200 to Hillsborough County commissioners before and after a critical vote. How a Hillsborough apartment project appeared doomed, then the campaign donations poured in.

A model, known as direct primary care, makes financial sense for family practice doctors and could grow in popularity among Florida health care providers soon. Since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the number of practices taking cash, check or credit card over insurance has jumped from about 20 to more than 400 nationwide.

With more cargo expected to come to the eastern United States by sea, Port Tampa Bay hopes to stake a claim to some of the new cargo traffic flowing through the soon-to-be widened Panama canal.

Allegiant Air looked in its own ranks to find a new chief operating officer and announced late Thursday the appointment of its current senior vice president of planning to the job. COO Jude Bricker will oversee Allegiant flight operations, maintenance and safety as well as retaining his old job of leading network and fleet strategy.

The number of Floridians without jobs drifted downward for most of 2015, and the state kept pace with the rest of the country for much of last year. The jobless rate opened this year at 5.7 percent and the Tampa Bay area led the state in job growth.

A doctor for Jackson Health System has been placed on administrative leave after a YouTube video of her hitting and screaming profanities at an Uber driver went viral. Watch the video to try and see what went wrong on this otherwise-unassuming Miami Uber trip.

Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist and nine-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch will be the next member of the Bucs' Ring of Honor.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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