Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: Orlando to purchase Pulse nightclub and turn it into memorial

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

LIVE NOW: TAMPA BAY VOTES ON ELECTION DAY 2016

Millions of Americans have voted and millions more will go to the polls today. Interest in this unprecedented election has never been higher. Here we will provide the latest updates on the national campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the races in Florida, and anything else you need to know as you cast your vote.

ORLANDO TO BUY PULSE NIGHTCLUB, TURN IT INTO MEMORIAL

The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million.

[Libby Baldwin | Times]

For $125, buyers can have their names or messages engraved on one of two paver sizes and name their location -- anywhere between the History Center and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

NEARLY 2,000 ARE SHARING THEIR MESSAGES WITH TAMPA RIVER WALK PAVERS

The Tampa River Walk brings a new holiday tradition to town — ordering a granite paver as a gift to honor a loved one, advertise a business, even ask for a hand in marriage. As many as 350 of the chiseled memorial messages were ordered during the holidays last year for installation along the River Walk — the scenic, 2.4 mile stretch of concrete and trees flanking the east side of the Hillsborough River from the Tampa History Center north to the Ulele restaurant.

COLUMN: 8 TIMES YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY HAVE YOUR PHONE TAKEN AWAY

Meanwhile, at Friday's show, you won't be able to tweet live dispatches detailing Morgan's fresh glow. That's because you'll have to hand over your cellphone to an attendant, who will lock it in pouch designed by a company called Yondr. You'll keep your phone on you in the locked bag all night, but you won't be able to use it during the show. Entertainment editor Stephanie Hayes says it seems like a good time to review moments when phones should definitely be locked away.

ST. PETERSBURG MAN HAS RIBBON FROM GRANDMOTHER'S FIRST TIME VOTING IN 1920

Roy Jones has collected some historic items over the decades — some old coins here, a dollar bill from a Titanic survivor there. But with the presidential election looming, the 62-year-old St. Petersburg resident is looking to one valuable family heirloom as a reminder of the importance of the right to vote.

INTERVIEW: TRACY MORGAN IS BACK TO LAUGHS AFTER HIS ACCIDENT AND COMA

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Tracy Morgan Performs During New York Comedy Festival at Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2016 in New York City.

Life has completely flipped for Tracy Morgan, who performs Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. In 2014, he and some friends were returning from a gig in Dover, Del., when a Walmart semitrailer truck collided with their bus, killing one passenger, injuring several others and putting Morgan into a coma. Morgan and the others settled with Walmart for millions, but for a while, his comedy career looked very much over.

HARRY POTTER FANS CRY OUT AGAINST JOHNNY DEPP CAST IN 'FANTASTIC BEASTS'

Johnny Depp is joining the cast of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" – and fans aren't happy about it. The Nov. 2 announcement by Warner Bros. was met with outcry from Harry Potter fans around the globe, who are criticizing author JK Rowling and Hollywood for rewarding Depp with a major role in a family-friendly franchise amid allegations from his ex-wife, Amber Heard, that he physically abused her during their 15-month marriage.

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Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

A chance meeting during a really tough time in Rossie Newson’s life resulted in him finding a talent he never knew he had. After leaving his job as an illustrator at the Tampa Bay Times in 2009, Newson devoted most of his time and energy to his fathe...
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Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn stood with good ol’ boys as firefighter proved city harassed her

Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn stood with good ol’ boys as firefighter proved city harassed her

They tried to shut her up. They tried to make her go away. They made her life miserable. Yet Tanja Vidovic — persisted. Long before most people had ever heard of the knuckle-dragging sexually harassing escapades of oafs like Harvey Weinstein, ...
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Woman, 54, killed while crossing U.S. 19 in Hudson

HUDSON — A Hudson woman died Tuesday evening after being struck by a car while crossing U.S. 19 near Babson Avenue, according to Florida Highway Patrol.Patricia Lynn Pla, 54, was crossing U.S. 19 westbound about 6:10 p.m. when troopers said she was s...
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Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars top 2018 Rock Hall of Fame inductees

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars top 2018 Rock Hall of Fame inductees

NEW YORK — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Si...
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Canseco’s tweets about sexual misconduct could jeopardize job on A’s telecasts

Canseco’s tweets about sexual misconduct could jeopardize job on A’s telecasts

LAKE BUENA VISTA — A series of tweets by former Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco about sexual misconduct and politicians could put in jeopardy his job as a studio analyst on A’s telecasts. Canseco posted several times ...
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Flipping homes for big profits is getting harder in Tampa Bay

Flipping homes for big profits is getting harder in Tampa Bay

Michael Sadeghpour was just 18 when he did his first flip.Using money saved from a job and borrowed from his grandmother, he bought a foreclosed condo in north Pinellas County for $67,000. He did some inexpensive renovations and flipped it for $125,0...
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The Daystarter: Roy Moore won’t concede Alabama Senate race; ex-Tampa police sergeant learns fate; older Americans take too many unneeded pills; Rays’ dilemma: Retool or rebuild?

The Daystarter: Roy Moore won’t concede Alabama Senate race; ex-Tampa police sergeant learns fate; older Americans take too many unneeded pills; Rays’ dilemma: Retool or rebuild?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• It was cold. Then it was warm. And now it will be cold again. Our yo-yo weather continues as another cold front rolls in and drops tempera...
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Forecast: Warmer temperatures will follow another sunny, crisp day across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Warmer temperatures will follow another sunny, crisp day across Tampa Bay

Another dose of chilly temperatures is in store for the Tampa Bay region before a warming trend takes temperatures back into the 70s through next week.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Dry air and winds from the north are ...
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Democrats jubilant, and newly confident about 2018, as Alabama delivers win on Trump’s turf

Democrats jubilant, and newly confident about 2018, as Alabama delivers win on Trump’s turf

The Democrats’ seismic victory Tuesday in the unlikely political battleground of Alabama brought jubilation — and a sudden a rush of confidence — to a party that has been struggling to gain its footing since Donald Trump won the presidency 13 months ...
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For Weeki Wachee River, Hernando commission agrees to study how much use is too much?

BROOKSVILLE — For a year and a half, residents along the Weeki Wachee River have loudly voiced their concerns about the waterway’s future, begging local and state officials to do something to protect the important resource and to curb growing public ...
Published: 12/13/17