Thursday, December 14, 2017
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.

ONE SCANDAL TOO MANY FOR HUMA ABEDIN?

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 URGED PROBE OF CLINTON FOUNDATION

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.

THAT CALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

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.

MOCK WEBSITE TROLLS PATRICK MURPHY

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.

FENNELLY: JOSE FERNANDEZ A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS

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.

MEET THE KING OF CAST NETS

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

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.

LAURA REILEY REVIEWS FLYING WITH JEROME

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.

THE WKND IS RETURNING

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.

ALL THINGS HALLOWEEN

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

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