Sunday, March 18, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: We're a top stop for presidential candidates; more on the Clinton emails; Jose Fernandez; Flying with Jerome; happy Halloween

With just one more week left in what has to be the longest presidential campaign in history, both sides want to make sure Tampa Bay and Florida don't forget about them. So in addition to all the ads being broadcast, that means lots of visits. Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will be in Clearwater tonight. And Florida can expect returns visits this week by Hillary and Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.


Doug Mills | New York Times

Hillary Clinton with aide Huma Abedin, right, aboard Clinton's campaign plane as they head to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that the new emails uncovered in the closed investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server were discovered after the FBI seized electronic devices belonging to Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The jolting development last week that the investigation of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting had possibly surfaced more of Hillary Clinton's emails highlighted not only the intersecting lives of Clinton, her top aide Huma Abedin and Weiner, but also the pattern that has characterized the Clintons' relationships with the sometimes oddly behaving inhabitants of their insular world: Even amid accusations of sexual or financial impropriety, the Clintons' first instinct is to hunker down and protect those in their orbit, sometimes leading to more ugly eruptions later and, eventually, to messy public breakups. Several of Clinton's friends and allies suggested she distance herself from Abedin, a painful prospect given that Clinton has described Abedin as a surrogate daughter and has relied on her more than anyone else during her nearly two-year pursuit of the White House.


FBI agents argued — based at least in part on news accounts — earlier this year that the Clinton Foundation should be investigated for potentially giving donors special political access and favors. The Justice Department's public integrity unit said they did not have enough evidence to move forward.

This Q&A explains what we know so far about the latest trove of Clinton emails the FBI is looking into.


Before dawn Sunday, voters were awakened by a phone call urging them to vote against medical marijuana in Florida. The calls — some apparently as early as 1 a.m. — clearly annoyed people, who took to social media and online forums to register their displeasure with the group sponsoring the calls: the Drug Free Florida Committee.


Sen. Marco Rubio is doubling down on his call for his Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy, to release his tax returns, and Rubio's campaign is amplifying that message with a mock website that trolls Murphy's decision to not release them.


Associated Press

Toxicology reports show Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty. The cause of death was listed as "boat crash" in the autopsy report released Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office.

He was legally drunk. There was cocaine in his system. Jose Fernandez, Marlins pitching marvel, Hillsborough County baseball legend, has been gone more than a month, and nothing will ever bring him back, or ease the shock and pain. The details released Saturday were not the news that any of us wanted to hear. But maybe it's important that we do.



Norman Lovett, 51, assembles a cast net on Friday (10/21/16) at his home in Clearwater. Lovett makes and sells his own fishing cast nets, which are popular among local fishermen.

Norman Lovett makes cast nets.

Lots and lots of cast nets. In his Clearwater home, piles of netting fill the living room. There are 1,600-yard spools of 150-pound test line stacked in various parts of the house, some full of line, some empty. Buckets of nets, net horns, ropes, swivels, weights and tools occupy any available space on the floor.


Over the past year about a dozen Times readers have written food critic Laura Reiley to say Flying With Jerome in Clearwater is worth a review. She took their advice and here is her review.


Chart-topping pop star The Wknd has announced plans for his Starboy: Legend Of the Fall 2017 World Tour, and it includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 12. Here's how to get tickets.


Find listings for Halloween events, ghost stories and ideas for last-minute costumes.

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For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, 1:05, with Archer on the mound

For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, 1:05, with Archer on the mound

Opening day starter Chris Archer will be on the mound today as the Rays host the Tigers.Also scheduled to pitch for the Rays today are Yonny Chirinos, Jose Alvarado, Dan Jennings, Chaz Roe and Ian Gibaut.Here is the Rays lineup, with Daniel Robertson...
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Pasco deputies: Hudson man shot, injured

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Updated: 18 minutes ago
Cirque du Soleil performer sustains nasty fall; weekend shows cancelled

Cirque du Soleil performer sustains nasty fall; weekend shows cancelled

A high wire acrobat fell some 20 feet during a Tampa Cirque de Soleil performance Saturday night. The company’s remaining weekend Tampa shows have been cancelled.Around 10:00 p.m. during the Saturday VOLTA show, an aerial straps artist fell "about 20...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

Hail, yeah, Michigan wins on 28-footer at buzzer to make Sweet 16

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Leopard Slam: Final inning, two outs and Sunlake finds a way

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

Florida knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Texas Tech in thriller

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Updated: 11 hours ago
Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

Lightning shut out in showdown against Bruins

TAMPA — This was supposed to be the "biggest game of the year," right?In a measuring-stick matchup with the surging Bruins, the Lightning found out just how far it has to go if it has any plans of making a deep Stanley Cup run.A Boston buzz saw...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

Rays Journal: Miller had a field day, Pruitt bounces back, Gomez speeds up

FORT MYERS – How often and where Brad Miller plays for the Rays – first, second or DH – is yet to be determined. Saturday was just about playing again, his first action since Feb. 23 due to residual issues from a broken toe, and eve...
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FIU: Firm had meeting to discuss crack on bridge

FIU: Firm had meeting to discuss crack on bridge

MIAMI — Hours before the collapse of a 950-pound concrete pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, the engineering company for the bridge held a meeting to discuss a crack on the structure, according to a statement from the ...
Published: 03/17/18
Tampa Police Department searching for hit-and-run suspect

Tampa Police Department searching for hit-and-run suspect

TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department is looking for information about a driver and passenger involved in a hit-and-run accident Saturday afternoon. A man was hit by a white Honda Civic at about 12:25 p.m. Saturday in the 4000 block of W Hillsborough A...
Published: 03/17/18