Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Warm and windy, Sophia Loren visits Ruth Eckerd — and are bay area home sales being used to park illicit cash?

After some patchy fog this morning, today should be sunny and windy with highs in the mid to upper 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A cold front Saturday brings some rain into the mix, but it should dissipate by the afternoon. And Sunday should give us a break from recent humidity, with sunny skies and highs in the mid 70s.

• Cash sales of expensive homes have come under scrutiny in New York City and Miami as authorities suspect people are using them to park ill-gotten cash. With some recent high-profile cash purchases of million dollar homes in Tampa Bay, real estate reporter is there much of that happening here? Read real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin's full report this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Tourism records have been shattered left in right in Tampa Bay and Florida, but something has some tourism officials worried: Donald Trump. Tourism boosters are hearing from foreign travel agencies that some international travelers will be be scared away from the U.S. if Trump keeps gaining momentum in the presidential race. Read about the issue this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• You've seen Chris Archer broadcasting postseason baseball games, chatting up the president and his wife in Cuba and even pitching for the Rays. How Archer is becoming one of the faces of baseball this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Film legend Sophia Loren will sit down for a Q&A tonight in Clearwater, but first our film critic Steve Persall created this portrait of her fame told in photos.

• It's time to plan your weekend. From the Rays home opener to a celebrity-studded film festival to a teen violin virtuoso, check out our Weekend Planner page to narrow your choices.

• Her broadcasting career includes covering the Billboard Latin Music Awards and toiling through Hurricane Ike, but after a 14-year hiatus, Cristina Puig never imagined she would head up Tampa Bay's most-watched Spanish news program..

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Rick and Tom podcast: What does it mean when Bucs GM cringes at expectations?

Rick and Tom podcast: What does it mean when Bucs GM cringes at expectations?

Bucs general manager Jason Licht told Rick Stroud that he cringed at some of the preseason expectations last season, and the outrage from some fans has been more than he expected.In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones break down what it a...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Black ice and brutal cold: Tampa Bay weathering short-lived arctic blast

Black ice and brutal cold: Tampa Bay weathering short-lived arctic blast

It’s freezing — literally.Wind-chill advisories are out as feels-like temperatures sit between a bitter 20 and 30 degrees during a blast of near record-breaking cold across Tampa Bay.Hard-freeze watches and warnings had been issued across Tampa Bay t...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
In Hernando, overnight cold ‘really sets us on our heels,’ farmer says

In Hernando, overnight cold ‘really sets us on our heels,’ farmer says

BROOKSVILLE — Farmers in Hernando County on Thursday woke up to the newly familiar sight of frost covering their crops.Temperatures took a dive overnight Wednesday, reaching into the low 20s near Brooksville, forcing a handful of local farms to brace...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Black ice in Tampa? Leaking water truck blamed for crash on Veterans Expressway

Black ice in Tampa? Leaking water truck blamed for crash on Veterans Expressway

TAMPA — A woman in a black BMW encountered a hazard on the Veterans Expressway she probably never expected in Tampa, especially on a dry day.Black ice. The woman was driving south about 6 a.m. Wednesday when she hit a patch of ice just south of Hutch...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Slow-moving winter storm leaves lingering effect in South

Slow-moving winter storm leaves lingering effect in South

DURHAM, N.C. — Several Southern states will be dealing with the lingering effects of a slow-moving winter storm that dumped a half-foot (15 centimeters) of snow on North Carolina’s largest cities, dusted the Deep South and killed at least 10 people. ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.This time, it’s no rumor. It looks very likely that by the end of spring the corner of 16th Street and Central Avenue will no longer be graced by World Liquors and its ic...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: ‘The most intoxicated’ they had ever been

"On Nov. 3, 2017, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 1012 Buena Vista Drive … in reference to a death investigation."So begins a charging document in the case of Andrew Coffey, the 20-year-old Florida State University student who was foun...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Two treated at hospital after fire at Apollo Beach home

Two elderly residents were treated at a local hospital after a fire at an Apollo Beach home early Thursday morning.Hillsborough Fire Rescue crews, responding to the 600 block of Flamingo Drive around 4 a.m., found the home fully engulfed in flames.Tw...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

The Daystarter: Tampa Bay freeze won’t last long; report describes binge drinking in FSU hazing death; Lord Stanley, meet Jose Gaspar; 15,000 ball pit balls up for auction

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• The worst is behind us, but we’re not quite yet finished with the chilly weather. Last night was one of the coldest nights in years, prompting shelters to open across Tampa B...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

To the members of the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership group:Listen carefully when a new plan for a rapid bus system is unveiled to you on Friday. All the benefits the supporters will tout will undoubtedly be true.A rapid bus syste...
Published: 01/18/18