Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

Edgar Bronfman, who transformed Seagram Co., is dead

Edgar M. Bronfman, 84, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who as chairman of the Seagram Co. expanded his family's liquor-based empire and who as president of the World Jewish Congress championed the rights of Jews everywhere, died Dec. 21 in New York.

Saul Zaentz, 92, an acclaimed independent film producer who adapted literary works for the screen and won best-picture Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday in San Francisco.

John S.D. Eisenhower, 91, the son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower who forged a reputation in his own right as a military historian, died Dec. 21 in Trappe, Md. He wrote about World War II, World War I and the Mexican-American War.

Harold Simmons, 82, a billionaire who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack ads against Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and donated substantially to other conservative causes, died Dec. 28 in Dallas.

Janet Rowley, 88, a medical researcher whose innovative study of chromosomes led to a revolutionary understanding that certain forms of cancer are caused by genetic abnormalities, died of ovarian cancer Dec. 17 in Chicago. She was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2009.

George J.W. Goodman, 83, who demystified financial complexities in best-selling books and on a long-running public television program under the name of one of history's most famous economists, Adam Smith, died of leukemia Friday in Miami.

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The Daystarter: Latest on potential tropical system; taking action along dangerous Bayshore Boulevard; Denis Philips talks hurricanes and beer; Memorial Day things to do

The Daystarter: Latest on potential tropical system; taking action along dangerous Bayshore Boulevard; Denis Philips talks hurricanes and beer; Memorial Day things to do

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.ē Todayís forecast calls for warm and humid weather up until lunch time. Then in the late afternoon thereís an up to 80 percent chance of thundershowers and the rain wonít let up until ...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
After Danica Patrick, why arenít there more women in auto racing?

After Danica Patrick, why arenít there more women in auto racing?

If you assumed Danica Patrick's success would lead to a tidal wave of female drivers into racing's top series, you're not alone."I kind of thought the Danica thing would bring out a lot of people, honestly," said Tampa's Megan Rae Meyer, a 21-year-ol...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Indianapolis 500: How Danica Patrick changed racing

Indianapolis 500: How Danica Patrick changed racing

Tampa's Carlie Yent was at a racing banquet a few years ago when someone asked her to name the driver who influenced her the most.The answer was easy and obvious: Danica Patrick."She was someone I could look up to," Yent said, "and she was the most i...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Felled by fire, popular tower at Wall Springs Park to reopen soon

Felled by fire, popular tower at Wall Springs Park to reopen soon

PALM HARBOR ó The long, strange saga of the Wall Springs Park observation tower is finally coming to a close as county officials hope the rebuilt structure, along with refurbished decking leading up to it, will be open in time for the Fourth of July....
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

On a Wednesday morning, a mother and her little girl, not quite 2, went for a stroll along one of Tampaís prettiest streets.It was nearly lunchtime when they were crossing back over Bayshore Boulevard, headed to the home nearby where they were stayin...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Calvary Christianís record win streak ends in state final

Calvary Christianís record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
At Pinellas Parkís iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

At Pinellas Parkís iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

PINELLAS PARK ó The iconic model train store that has sat at U.S. 19 and Haines Road for close to 30 years announced on its website it will be moving to another location."Itís difficult trying to stock a store thatís bigger than the reality is these ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

SAFETY HARBOR ó Denis Phillips cracks a pop-top and pulls a can that looks a lot like him to his lips."Itís got that citrusy feel to it," he says. "Which is a Florida thing. Thatís not bad." Indeed, thereís a grapefruit finish to Rule #7 Hurricane Sa...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Bayshore race claims two lives: child dies day after motherís death

Bayshore race claims two lives: child dies day after motherís death

TAMPA ó Jessica Raubenolt seized on the sunshine and blue sky at midday Wednesday to take her daughter out in the stroller for a walk along scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Visiting from Ohio, the family had been cursed by rain all week.At the same time, C...
Updated: 1 minute ago
Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

[UPDATE:†Friday just after midnight, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced it has located the mother of the abandoned baby. She has yet to be identified.] TAMPA — An abandoned a newborn baby was found in the University area on Thu...
Updated: 23 minutes ago