Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

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

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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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Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 5 hours ago