Sunday, September 23, 2018
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: Trump's administration is beginning to take shape

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

OFFICIAL: TRUMP TO TAP ALABAMA SEN. JEFF SESSIONS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Donald Trump appears to have settled on Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as his pick for attorney general, a source told The Associated Press. It was not clear whether Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump and a close adviser during the campaign, has accepted the job.

TRUMP'S PICK FOR NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER BRINGS EXPERIENCE AND CONTROVERSY

The most influential national security job in the still-forming Trump administration will likely go to a retired three-star general who helped dismantle insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq but then surprised — and sometimes dismayed — colleagues by joining the political insurgency led by Donald Trump. Read more about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS TO BE ANNOUNCED

For five months, Florida's unemployment rate has been stuck at 4.7 percent even as the state continues to add jobs. Will the needle move this month? Check tampabay.com/business at 10 a.m., when the state's jobs report for October is released.

HERE'S WHY TOYS "R" US IS ALL ABOUT TAMPA BAY RIGHT NOW

Courtesy of Victoria Scipione

Promising economic indicators means Tampa is a target for expansion by struggling big-box store Toys "R" Us.

Toys "R" Us has revamped three Tampa Bay stores with a slew of new gadgets and a fresh look as it works to stay afloat in a cutthroat toy and retail industry this holiday season. "Tampa is getting very, very special treatment here," said Richard Barry, executive vice president and global chief merchandising officer for New Jersey-based Toys "R" Us. "We're looking to say, 'How do we completely revitalize the market?' "

LARGO PROPOSES MORATORIUM PROPOSED ON MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

Largo city commissioners are considering a moratorium on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries into the city after the passage of a state constitutional amendment that legalizes use of the plant to treat certain medical conditions. The moratorium would allow time for city officials to come up with regulations for the dispensaries, such as how close the businesses can be to, say, a school. Commissioners have discussed making the moratorium six months.

LEGISLATIVE LEADERS CORCORAN AND NEGRON PREVIEW THEIR TENSIONS, DIVIDING LINES

Incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has little interest in continuing the tradition/charade of recent legislative presiding officers who acted like they were BFFs totally on the same page heading into a legislative session, Adam C. Smith writes. Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and incoming Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, appeared together Thursday at the Sayfie Review's 2016 Leadership Forum in Orlando, where clear dividing lines and tensions were on display.

BUCKHORN, GRAHAM, LEVINE RESPOND TO JOHN MORGAN'S POSSIBLE GOV CAMPAIGN AGAINST THEM

Trial lawyer John Morgan's flirtation with running for the 2018 Democratic nomination for governor could upend what already looked like a potentially strong field of Democratic contenders, Adam C. Smith writes. The Buzz asked their thoughts about Morgan, who is not only a potential rival but also a Democratic top money raiser with a short fuse — not someone an ambitious Democrat wants to antagonize.

TARPON SPRINGS WORKS TO CLEAN UP PROBLEMS AT NUISANCE PROPERTIES NEAR SPRING BAYOU

After a decade of crime and complaints stemming from three properties near the city's prized Spring Bayou, city leaders said they're making some headway combatting the problems there. Officers have cracked down on code violations at all three buildings, according to Tarpon Springs police, and officials are considering buying one of the properties, the Sunbay Motel at 57 W Tarpon Ave., where a man was shot dead in August during an argument between what police have described as two well-known drug dealers.

FROM THE FOOD EDITOR: FOUR NOT-SO-TRADITIONAL DESSERT IDEAS FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

Associated Press (2015)

Warm Pumpkin-Bourbon Cheesecake: yum!

We know some of you may be planning an entire Thanksgiving dinner, but if you're yearning for a difference-making dessert, here are four ideas for Thanksgiving treats to serve alongside or, if you're in the mood to branch out, instead of, the classic pie.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND

Our pop culture watchers on the The Feed have your guide to what to watch and listen to this weekend, including J.K. Rowling's wizarding world returning with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We also explore what's newly available to stream and to watch on TV, such as the 2016 American Music Awards hosted by Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah.

NATION IN A SNAP: CONTENDERS AND PRETENDERS

After wild week of college football upsets, Matt Baker ranking the playoff contenders most likely to get challenged>/a> (or knocked off) Saturday.

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Tiger Woods caps off amazing comeback with a win

Tiger Woods caps off amazing comeback with a win

ATLANTA — A comeback not even Tiger Woods saw coming a year ago.A chaotic celebration that golf hasn't seen even in the best of times.Woods delivered the perfect ending to his amazing return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performanc...
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The deadliest battle

The deadliest battle

Associated PressMen in WWI military uniforms kneel Sunday in the Meuse-Argonne cemetery in northeastern France during a remembrance ceremony. The Meuse-Argonne offensive began on Sept. 26, 1918, and was America’s deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U....
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Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

After four full weekends of college football, here's what I know:There is one great team (Alabama). There are three very good teams (Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson).After that? There are a lot of flawed teams with messy results that seem bunched tog...
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Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

TAMPA – After Sunday morning, the Lightning sat five cuts away from having a 23-man roster to start the regular season.It announced 27 cuts that left 28 players on the roster with the start of the regular season less than two weeks away.Gone ar...
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Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

TAMPA — A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash on Bayshore Boulevard, police reported.About 3:10 p.m., the motorcyclist was driving southbound, according to the Tampa Police Department. At the same time, a driver in a Jeep Cherokee was h...
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Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

TORONTO – Blake Snell earned his team record and majors-most 21st win on Sunday as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-2.The victory improved the Rays to 87-68 and kept alive their slimmest chances to make the playoffs, though perhaps for only a few ...
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Find A Friend: Sweet Caroline the Tabby Kitten

Find A Friend: Sweet Caroline the Tabby Kitten

Put your paws in the air like you just don’t care! Sweet Caroline thinks good times never seemed so good. A bundle of gray stripes and spots, she and her litter mates were rescued at three weeks of age. Caroline’s the most social of the...
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Women's Expo to feature Tampa Bay Times staffers

Women's Expo to feature Tampa Bay Times staffers

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Times presents its inaugural Tampa Bay Women’s Expo and the event will include an opportunity to meet many of its key women staff writers and editors.Susan Taylor Martin (Senior Correspondent/Real Estate) and Manag...
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USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

Editor’s note: Academy of the Holy Names junior Tress Jacobs spent the summer of 2018 shadowing Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper. To conclude the experience, she interviewed Academy alumnus Kim Wilmath Hill and filed this report.By Tres...
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