Saturday, June 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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First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

TAMPA — As chief of diversity for the Hillsborough County School District, Minerva Spanner-Morrow tries to keep her expectations realistic."We want the best of the best and I know that’s very difficult," she told principals last week as they prepared...
Published: 06/23/18
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

1. SS Willy Adames had a nice night, and there appear to be many more in his future. He had two hits, an RBI and an inning-ending leaping catch on a line drive by Didi Gregorius in the fifth.2. DH C.J. Cron needs to shake things up. Take a different ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Marc Anthony pays a visit to the Trop

Marc Anthony pays a visit to the Trop

By Allana BarefieldTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — Latin pop star Marc Anthony visited Tropicana Field on Friday to see his beloved Yankees play the Rays.Anthony spent nearly an hour on the field before the game as fans and players surrounde...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Daniel Robertson’s return crowds up infield

Rays journal: Daniel Robertson’s return crowds up infield

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays reinstated INF Daniel Robertson from the 10-day disabled list (left hamstring strain). To make room, RHP Austin Pruitt was sent to Triple-A Durham."It's out of my mind. I don't think about (the hamstring) when I'm bend...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Brady Singer, Gators eliminated by Arkansas at CWS

Brady Singer, Gators eliminated by Arkansas at CWS

Times wiresOMAHA, Neb.  —Defending champion Florida failed to win a third straight elimination game, losing to Arkansas 5-2 Friday night and departing the College World Series.The Gators (49-21) had to win to force a rematch. The Razorback...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays hang on for a 2-1 win over Yankees

Rays hang on for a 2-1 win over Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG – Many times this season the Rays' strategy of opening the game with a short reliever and using the bullpen to finish hasn't had much success.Friday wasn't one of those nights.A total of six pitchers held the Yankees and their va...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rowdies fall to Penn FC

Rowdies fall to Penn FC

By Darek SharpTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For the second time this season, Penn FC got two goals from a former Rowdie that led the way to a win over Tampa Bay.Lucky Mkosana doubled his season total Friday in a comeback 2-1 win before an...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

Ronald Darby’s friend: Jameis Winston got into second Uber ride alone

New details emerged Friday night about the Uber ride in Arizona in March 2016 that led to Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's three-game suspension to start the upcoming season, including the fact that Winston was in a car that night with a former Vand...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

TAMPA — Police want to know who shot 14-year-old De’Nico Thomas after a night of playing video games.Thomas was at a friend’s home Wednesday night and walking home when Tampa police said he was shot, resulting in life-threatening injuries.As he faces...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

At first I thought it was a snake.Because wouldn’t it be typically Florida to come home and find a snake poking its nose out from under your stove? Which wouldn’t be a problem or anything. I would just have to move out is all.But no, the creature tha...
Updated: 11 hours ago