Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Veterans Day tributes; St. Pete murder investigated; fact-checking the debate; and movies, music and football

In honor of Veterans Day: Read about a group of friends' odyssey to make sure this Vietnam War hero was remembered by his alma mater, the University of Florida.

Plus, imagine you are strapped into the backseat of his F-18 Hornet blasting along at 700 mph. Now imagine you have a bunch of camera equipment and you have to make a stunning photo. Meet the military photographers who fly with Blue Angels.

Tomorrow, former Army Capt. Florent Groberg will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan. Watch as he describes the day he tackled a suicide bomber and saved lives.

Police continue to investigate the death of Lennie Acostas, the 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed Tuesday night near Wildwood Park. They say they believe his home was intentionally targeted.

Seven of the nine people believed killed when a small business jet crashed into an Ohio apartment building were employees or executives in Pebb Enterprises, a real estate developer based in Boca Raton, the firm confirms.

Did you watch the Republican presidential debate last night? Our PolitiFact team tells you which candidates' claims wilt in the cold light of day. Also, if you're into politics, you should sign up for the PolitiFact email newsletter.

The money race for two dueling solar power groups is heating up fast. In October alone, the supporters of one constitutional amendment seeking solar power regulations raised $2.3 million, about half from the state's largest utility companies, including Tampa Electric Co. and Duke Energy.

As if rising income inequality in this country isn't already a front burner debate, now we learn that Tampa again ranks in the top 10 "most unequal" larger cities in America. Read more to find out where we sit on the list.

Times movie critic Steve Persall says The 33, the movie about the rescue of the Chilean miners, has a disappointing lack of depth for a movie about being trapped 2,400 feet below.

The Beach Boys' sweet and deceptively simple songs have long transcended generations, appealing to both parents and children in ways few artists ever have. Pop music critic Jay Cridlin talks with Al Jardine and his son Matt in advance of the group's show Tuesday at the Mahaffey Theater.

Half a season isn't enough to tell us whether Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota — the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in this year's NFL draft — will become a franchise quarterback like Bledsoe, Manning or McNabb. But both of their pro careers are off to encouraging starts. Check out this week's comparison of the two.

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Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

DUNEDIN — After losing a four-run lead thanks to a bad sixth inning, it would have been easy for Clearwater Central Catholic to fold against Dunedin in the final of the 49th annual Dunedin Spring Tournament. But quality relief pitching from Gar...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG — Roughly four hours before taking the field against his former team Friday, Rays outfielder Denard Span spoke admirably about the Minnesota Twins, their organization in general, even hometown icon Joe Mauer.But business is busin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

BRANDON — Ryan McDonagh blocks shots. He competes for pucks in the corners and wins those battles. He moves the puck up the ice well. He can join the rush. He can shoot from the blue line. He kills penalties."It was a great pickup by (Lightning...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 20

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 15, Central 0
Updated: 8 hours ago
St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 10 hours ago
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Updated: 10 hours ago