Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Who's next for USF after Taggart's move to Oregon; Facebook live chat with 'Prince Vinegar' writer, photographer; Cuba trip leads to family reunions; panther roadkill reaches new high

USF looks to be in the hunt for a new football coach after Willie Taggart reportedly has accepted an offer at Oregon. USF has yet to confirm Taggart's move, but a team meeting is set for 1:30 p.m. today. In the meantime, speculation has already begun regarding who might take over for Taggart, including Lane Kiffin, Charlie Strong and even Greg Schiano, who resurrected Rutgers' program before spending two less-than-successful years as the Bucs' coach.

FACEBOOK LIVE DISCUSSION 'PRICE VINEGAR'S LAST STAND' AT 12:15 P.M.

Tampa Bay Times staff writer Lane DeGregory and photographer Eve Edelheit will discuss their latest story, Prince Vinegar's Last Stand, live on Facebook at 12:15 p.m. today. The story explores right-to-die issues and whether we actually know when it is time to go. Join the discussion at tampabay.com/facebook.

HISTORY CENTER TRIP TO HAVANA LEADS TO FAMILY REUNIONS

Last week, Henry Valenti, 72, became the first member of his family in the United States to visit Cuba in 60 years. He was in Havana as part of a Tampa Bay History Center delegation that traveled to see the island whose culture is so ingrained with their own city's. But Valenti, a docent with the history center, also went in hopes of tracking down a cousin he had never met because of the decades of tension between the two countries.

PANTHER ROAD KILL IN FLORIDA REACHES GRISLY NEW HIGH

A driver has run over a Florida panther in Collier County, breaking the mark for how many of the endangered cats have been killed by vehicles. The record is now 31. The carcass was discovered Wednesday morning. The driver who killed it did not stick around to answer questions about how it happened.

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DISNEY TURNS EPCOT'S ICON INTO 'STAR WARS' DEATH STAR

Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth was turned into the Death Star for a one-night stunt Monday for the release of new Star Wars film Rogue One. Check out the video. It's pretty cool! Meanwhile, Disney theme parks are getting on the Rogue One bandwagon, adding scenes and props from the movie to Disney Hollywood Studios shows and shops.

LIGHTNING FACEBOOK CHAT WITH BEAT WRITER JOE SMITH

Tune in at 1:30 this afternoon as Times beat reporter Joe Smith goes live from Amalie Arena, where the Lightning will play the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Send in your comments and questions during the live feed, and Joe will try to answer as many as possible. Go to facebook.com/TampaBayTimesSports.

VINCENT JACKSON IS BUCS' MAN OF THE YEAR

A knee injury ended his season two months ago, but for the fourth year in a row Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been honored as the team's Man of the Year and nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Jackson continues to lead the team's community outreach efforts with his Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, which works with military personnel and their families.

EDUCATION LEADER CHARLIE REED IS DEAD AT 75

Charlie Reed, an outspoken leader of Florida's higher education system who left for a similar post in California in 1998 and returned to Tallahassee, has died. He was 75 and was one of the nation's most widely respected educational leaders.

FIRE DESTROYS YACHT IN APOLLO BEACH

Fire investigators are looking for what sparked a blaze that destroyed a 60-foot yacht that was up for sale in Apollo Beach. The yacht was docked in a bayou at 6649 Dolphin Cove Drive when it caught fire Tuesday just before midnight, officials say. No injuries were reported.

REPORT: FLORIDA PRIVATE-SECTOR JOB GROWTH SLOWS IN NOVEMBER

Florida is still adding private-sector jobs but at the slowest pace in seven months. The state grew by a net 14,400 private-sector jobs in November, according to a report by payroll processor ADP. That's the lowest number posted since April and far off the pace during the height of the recovery, when it was adding more than 20,000 jobs a month.

RAYS' CASH TALKS ABOUT WINTER MEETINGS

At his winter meetings media session, Rays manager Kevin Cash couldn't say much about any moves the Rays have made (reaching agreement with C Wilson Ramos, pending a physical) or may make (adding an outfielder or trading a pitcher), he did have a pretty good line about the Red Sox acquiring former White Sox ace Chris Sale.

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FROM HAMILTON TO DYLAN, GIFT BOOKS WITH CONTENT

Every year, a few books seem like viable candidates for a place under the Christmas tree. Times book editor Colette Bancroft offers up some gift books that might strike a chord with someone on your list.

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Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Beware of callers saying they’re with the IRS and demanding payments, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office warned Friday.According to a news release from the agency, scammers have been phoning residents across the county this week and trying to trick...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Updated: 6 hours ago