Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Keep that umbrella handy, check out the burger dog, and Def Leppard is back!

Today will start out sunny, but have your umbrella ready. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to start about 2 p.m. and go well into the evening, according to 10Weather WTSP. Expect temperatures in the low 90s during the day.

• A Tampa woman has invented a device that brings together the taste of a burger in the shape of a hot dog. After attending summer cookouts a few years ago, Ingrid Sterling came up with the idea for a pan that could shape ground beef like a hot dog and drain the grease as it cooks, providing a healthier alternative to a hot dog while preserving the convenient shape. The Burger Dogs Pan will likely appear on QVC this summer.

• Donald Trump's campaign says the candidate will lay out his plan for defeating radical Islamic terrorism in a speech today. The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to speak at Youngstown State University in the battleground state of Ohio.

• Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigns with Vice President Joe Biden today in his hometown of Scranton, Pa. It will be Biden's first campaign rally with Clinton.

• Former Rays outfielder Wil Myers comes back to St. Petersburg with the Padres as an All-Star. He returns to the Trop tonight for his first game against his former team since being traded in December 2014. Rays vs. Padres, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field. In his second season since being shipped to San Diego, Myers has emerged as the kind of all-around impact player and All-Star he was supposed to be for the Rays, hitting .276 with 23 homers, 70 RBIs, 21 steals and an .854 OPS while moving from the outfield to settle in at first base. Did Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman give up on him too early?

• Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including the first Dixie Chicks tour in a decade and Ash Bash, a stogie soiree in Channelside for Cigar City aficionados. For Def Leppard fans, rock reigns supreme today when the group brings its Summer 2016 Tour to the MidFlorida Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds with REO Speedwagon and Tesla opening.

Comments
St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, under construction since 2015, is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2019.The five-story, 137,100-square-foot building will house businessman and collector Rudy Ciccarello’s...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
What you need to know for Friday, Dec. 15

What you need to know for Friday, Dec. 15

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• A stray shower is possible today as another cold front moves through, according to 10Weather WTSP. Luckily, the front only depresses temperatures into the lower 70s. The week...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

TAMPA — The speakers at Dr. Ferdie Pacheco’s memorial on Thursday evening were asked to keep their remarks to under 10 minutes, and to refrain from using profanity.They all thought that was pretty funny, of course."Like Ferdie ever spoke for less tha...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

CLEARWATER — The next Community Redevelopment Agency director who will be tasked with trying to revive the long-struggling downtown has come down to two women, narrowed from a pool of 40 applicants. Emily A. Colon, 31, a Pasco County budget analyst a...
Published: 12/15/17
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.That included blowing a one-goal third-period lead at home down the stretch, with Tampa Bay missing the playoffs by a point."You l...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
Updated: 7 hours ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and the Huffington Post published re...
Updated: 8 hours ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Updated: 8 hours ago