Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Sunny skies, cool temperatures; a new day for Bright House subscribers; a Mother's Day weekend and Lightning playoff games

Enjoying the cool weather we've had of late? There's more to come today. With a low of 64, temperatures should climb to the mid 70s by this afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. The weather clears up even more over the weekend, with mostly sunny skies on Mother's Day.

• But if you spend Friday and Sunday indoors watching hockey, that'll be just fine. The Tampa Bay Lightning face the New York Islanders for Game 4 in New York. On Sunday, the team returns to Amalie Arena for Game 5. Heading into today's game, the Bolts are up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. For updates, follow tampabay.com/lightning — and watch for updates all day long in our live blog.

• It's expected that Bright House Networks, the largest telecom provider in the Tampa Bay area, will merge with Charter Communications in the near future. The Tampa Bay area is still smarting from the last cable and Internet takeover in this area, which occurred April 1, when Frontier Communications took over Verizon's Florida assets — there were all kinds of problems in that merger, including people who lost service for days and even weeks. So our reporter William R. Levesque asks: What can Bright House customers expect? Smoother sailing? Or something similar?

• One business owner likens them to zombies from the Michael Jackson Thriller music video. Homeless people in downtown Tampa are succumbing to an abundance of spice, responding with seizures and erratic behavior. Cops and paramedics are seeing more of it, and it is consuming public resources like never before. Dan Sullivan's story hits our website later this morning.

• Here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay today, including the Florida Orchestra playing the music of the Police (so you can wear that dress tonight) and the Sunset Music Series in Dunedin's Weaver Park brings in the DeLei'ed Parrots to help us wind down from the week.

• In the latest installment of our series, The Florida Voter, the Times/Herald Tallahassee bureau takes an in-depth look at voter fraud and whether it really is a serious problem. Some politicians say it is, but Steve Bousquet and Michael Auslen found that the record from law enforcement speaks for itself: Voter fraud cases rarely are prosecuted, and convictions are hard to come by.

• In a series of stories coming to tampabay.com today, the Times pays tribute to the Tampa Tribune's 121 years of service to Tampa Bay.

• Ahead of Mother's Day, Michelle Duhamel promises to become the mom she should have been all along. But it took losing everything for the 47-year-old to see the truth. This morning, Lane DeGregory tells her story on our website.

• Now that SeaWorld has announced it will phase out its famous Shamu killer whale shows, how will the theme park lure visitors, especially with so much competition from young wizards and Jedi knights at other Orlando theme parks? It will be an uphill battle, says Times business columnist Robert Trigaux. Read his full column later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Thousands of students will graduate from the Tampa Bay area's major colleges and universities this weekend, starting with the University of South Florida's commencement ceremonies this morning at the Sun Dome — the first of six today and tomorrow. Also Saturday, the University of Tampa will hold its commencement at Amalie Arena and St. Petersburg College grads will walk at Tropicana Field. USF St. Petersburg has two ceremonies Sunday afternoon and evening at Mahaffey Theater. Watch for Times photo coverage today on our All Eyes photo blog.

• Last-minute shoppers, we have ideas for things to do with Mom this weekend for Mother's Day that are not brunch. More like rock climbing, concerts and craft beer.

Comments
Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, later found in swamp

Deputies: Plant City men fled in stolen car, later found in swamp

DOVER — Two Plant City men, with several outstanding warrants, face additional charges after Hillsborough County deputies said they were driving a stolen car when they fled an attempted traffic stop on Thursday afternoon.The men ran away from deputie...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Hudson pedestrian killed while crossing U.S. 19

HUDSON — A Hudson man was killed Thursday night while crossing U.S. 19.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Gerald Berube was crossing the northbound lanes of U.S. 19 north of Stahl Drive around 6:40 p.m. when he walked into the path ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: Morning clouds yield to bright, warm weekend sunshine across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Morning clouds yield to bright, warm weekend sunshine across Tampa Bay

Early clouds and possible morning sprinkles will yield to increasing sunshine later in the day, setting the stage for a pleasant and warmer weekend across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Temperatures are starti...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Missing Child Alert issued for Port St. Lucie girl, 17

Missing Child Alert issued for Port St. Lucie girl, 17

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 17-year-old Port St. Lucie girl who was last seen on Thursday.Heaven Flores was last seen near the 1400 block of SW Cashmere Boulevard in Port St. Lucie, according to the Florida Department of Law E...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Bicyclist killed in Seminole Heights crash; portion of E Hillsborough Avenue closed

TAMPA — A bicyclist was killed early Friday morning in a crash in Seminole Heights.Tampa Police say the bicyclist was struck by a car just after 12:15 a.m.Eastbound E Hillsborough Avenue is closed from N Florida Avenue to N Central Avenue while polic...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Daystarter: Focus on free speech in colleges; Rays trades may still be coming; Katy Perry tonight in Tampa; remembering ‘The Fight Doctor’

The Daystarter: Focus on free speech in colleges; Rays trades may still be coming; Katy Perry tonight in Tampa; remembering ‘The Fight Doctor’

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: 2 hours ago
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: 3 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: 10 hours ago
Taxpayer subsides of Tampa golf courses are on the rise as struggles continue

Taxpayer subsides of Tampa golf courses are on the rise as struggles continue

TAMPA — For the half of the year that Harry Nichols lives in Oldsmar, he plays 18 holes several times a month at Rocky Point Golf Course. On a good day, Nichols said he shoots close to par on the Dana Shores course. And if he’s really lucky, it’ll on...
Published: 12/15/17
Howard Altman: Military-themed gifts for your holiday shopping needs

Howard Altman: Military-themed gifts for your holiday shopping needs

The season of giving is upon us, so here’s a selection of military-themed gifts for the folks on your Christmas and Hannukah lists.Drink up: American Freedom Distillery is a veteran-owned maker of artisan whiskeys, rums, vodkas and gins located in St...
Published: 12/15/17