Sunday, February 25, 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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Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Updated: 9 hours ago

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Updated: 9 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Updated: 10 hours ago
Call her more than just a survivor

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TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
Published: 02/24/18