Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: Helping hands on Cedar Key; also, a Tampa firm that hires military spouses

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

SPIRIT OF PRIDE, HELPING HANDS LIFT CEDAR KEY

One night last month the Gulf of Mexico, roused and angered by Hurricane Hermine, swallowed Cedar Key. A nine-foot storm surge blanketed the downtown area with slimy brown muck. Businesses lost their lucrative Labor Day weekend. Many around town wore the same dazed, defeated face. But the waters receded, and the resilience of the island's 700 residents kicked in. Determined not to lose the city's annual Pirate Festival two weeks later, they worked tirelessly to clean up and recover. "You walked around and this place looked like an anthill with all the activity," said Andy Bair, owner of the historic Island Hotel. And when they looked up, residents were surprised to see hundreds of volunteers at their side.

BREAK OUT YOUR SWEATERS! FALL CHILL FINALLY COMING THIS WEEKEND

Folks waiting patiently for a true sign that fall has arrived in Tampa Bay can finally break out their sweaters for the first time starting Saturday morning. At least for a few days.

PART OF FLETCHER AVENUE CLOSED IN NORTH TAMPA AFTER CAR HITS POLE, CAUSING POWER OUTAGES

Fletcher Avenue was closed from 15th Street to Nebraska Avenue in north Tampa this morning after a vehicle hit a pole, causing power outages across the area.

POLICE ID WOMAN FATALLY BEATEN, LEFT IN MIDDLE OF TAMPA STREET

A woman died Thursday afternoon after she suffered head injuries and was left in the middle of a residential west Tampa road, police said.

FORENSIC EXPERTS WORKING AT USF TO HELP SOLVE 20 COLD CASES

Forensic specialists from across the country have been creating clay facial reconstructions to aid in cold case investigations and will present the results of their work during a news conference this morning at the Tampa Bay History Center. This is the second year that the scientists and artists have gather to work on the project at the lab of Dr. Erin Kimmerle, director of the University of South Florida's Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING TO CUBA

When Southwest Airlines begins direct service from Tampa to Havana on Dec. 12, it will be cheaper and easier than it has been in decades for locals to visit Cuba. Tickets are now on sale. Still, following more than five decades of isolation, Cuba remains foreign in more ways than one. And potential travelers may have questions about what to expect. So we spoke to more than a half-dozen experts about what advice they'd give you.

HOW ONE TAMPA BUSINESS IS CLEANING UP WITH A MILITARY TALENT POOL

The itinerant life of the military family typically doesn't impress human resources folks who see a trailing spouse bouncing from job to job, often with significant resume gaps and a lack of long-term experience. But Julie and Kevin McAdoo instead saw a potential talent pool with values that lined up with their business. "The big seller for us was the core values for Office Pride were so in synch with the core values of the military," Kevin McAdoo said. "Integrity, excellence, customer satisfaction."

UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES TO BE RELEASED

Florida's unemployment figures will be released this morning. Business reporter Jeff Harrington will have a story published online by about 10:30 a.m. at tampabay.com/money.

BILL CLINTON TO GO ON BUS TOUR OF FLORIDA TODAY

Bill Clinton will go on a bus tour of Florida on Friday and Saturday, according to the campaign. It starts this morning with remarks at 2016 Florida Education Association Delegate Assembly in Orlando. Then he'll attend an early voting rally in Jacksonville.

YOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL VIEWING GUIDE

Saturday gets off to a slow start, but there's one game to rule them all. And it's a guarantee that at least one unbeaten team will take its first loss of the season.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND

Hamilton's America on PBS, The Room Where It's Happening podcast — and the new Black Mirror season premieres on Netflix. Don't miss out.

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Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

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Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

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It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
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In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

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Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
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The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

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The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
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Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

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Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 7 hours ago