Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Will SeaWorld's plan work?; GOP debate prep; MLB commish on Tampa Bay; unnecessary police force; 'Fargo' recap

Top managers running SeaWorld Entertainment just pitched a new vision of a theme park company that will become the best pal and advocate of endangered wild animals on the planet. But here's the sticky question: Will vacationers intent on fun and diversion pay big money to visit a theme park whose mission sounds a lot like going to a zoo?

The high stakes matter of resolving Florida's congressional boundaries moves to the Florida Supreme Court this afternoon as lawyers for the House and Senate ask the court to reject a map recommended by the trial court and pick their proposals instead.

Eight contenders for the Republican presidential nomination will debate again tonight. Here are 4 things to watch for. And during the debate, PolitiFact will once again provide live fact-checking.

In other political news, reports say Jeb Bush's allies intend to unleash holy hell on Marco Rubio — highlighting the 44-year-old Florida Republican's lack of accomplishment and hard-line approach on abortion.

An internal review has found that a St. Petersburg police officer used unnecessary force during an Aug. 20 arrest after surveillance video showed the officer pushing a handcuffed man to the ground.

The optimism that the recent St. Petersburg City Council election will lead to progress in the Rays stadium situation has reached MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who expressed his support for the Tampa Bay market. "I believe that Tampa-St. Pete is a viable major-league market with the right facility,'' Manfred said Tuesday at GM meetings in Boca Raton.

We knew going into this season of Fargo that the body count was going to be high. But the scene of the bloody Gerhardt ambush in the snow, will keep us talking for awhile. Read about it in our recap of "The Gift of the Magi'' episode.

We take a behind-the-scenes look at how all the volunteers pull off Ribfest, one of the largest live music events in all of Tampa Bay.

With just about two weeks left before Thanksgiving, the countdown is officially on for Black Friday shopping promotions. The nation's biggest retailers are still betting that Americans want to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Here's an early look at which will be open.

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Unusual paddle design earns worldwide market

Unusual paddle design earns worldwide market

Paddling on the heels of the last supermoon of 2017, Phil Hughes navigated an uncommonly low tide off Dunedin through St. Joseph Sound on an effortless but lengthy glide.This is not easy water, nor an easy paddle, and could be especially daunting for...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Punit Shah’s Liberty Group building new Channel District hotel with Jameis Winston as limited investor

Punit Shah’s Liberty Group building new Channel District hotel with Jameis Winston as limited investor

TAMPA — Punit Shah’s Liberty Group announced plans Tuesday to start construction in January on a Channel District project that will include a Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites, both by Hilton, plus a Starbucks Coffee.Financing for the $40 million project ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Democrats say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, unsavory

Democrats say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, unsavory

WASHINGTON — Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anyth...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A life-sized Pittsburgh Penguin once roamed Earth 60 million years ago

A life-sized Pittsburgh Penguin once roamed Earth 60 million years ago

NEW YORK — Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds (9 kilograms) heavier than t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Nicko’s Fine Foods, classic diner and Seminole Heights icon, closes after six decades

Nicko’s Fine Foods, classic diner and Seminole Heights icon, closes after six decades

Nicko’s Fine Foods, known as the place Elvis Presley ate following a 1956 concert and Tampa’s last classic prefabricated diner, has shut down after more than 60 years in business.Owners Karen and Nicholas Liakos could not be reached for comment but w...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Top 5 at noon: Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations; Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everything The Force Awakens was missing; and more

Top 5 at noon: Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations; Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everything The Force Awakens was missing; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.WARREN SAPP ACCUSED OF HARASSMENT; NFL NETWORK SUSPENDS THREE ANALYSTS OVER SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONSWarren Sapp, a former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been accused of sexual hara...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Creating PDQ from scratch: CEO of growing brand came from Bucs’ front office

Creating PDQ from scratch: CEO of growing brand came from Bucs’ front office

Shortly after leaving his job as chief financial officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to strike out on his own as an entrepreneur, Nick Reader wondered if he’d made the right move. "I probably had one of the coolest jobs in Tampa," said Reader, 42. Si...
Updated: 2 hours ago
‘Lead us not into’ what? Pope Francis suggests changing the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

‘Lead us not into’ what? Pope Francis suggests changing the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

One of the best-known prayers in the English language might need an update for the sake of theological clarity, Pope Francis recently suggested in an interview.The words in the Lord’s Prayer that ask, "Lead us not into temptation," can cause confusio...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Downtown St. Pete’s 24-hour diner 2nd & Second is open

Downtown St. Pete’s 24-hour diner 2nd & Second is open

Downtown St. Petersburg’s only 24/7 restaurant has opened and doesn’t plan to close, ever. The 2nd & Second diner at the corner of Second Street and Second Avenue N will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week offering a spot f...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Warren Sapp, a former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been accused of sexual harassment while working as an analyst with NFL Network, according to a lawsuit.NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pendin...
Updated: 2 hours ago