Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Get a look inside Ted Cruz's hunt for the GOP nomination — and get a rundown of the best things to do this weekend

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There's about a 50 percent chance of rain today as a cold front approaches, according to 10Weather WTSP. A few thunderstorms are possible. The rain won't hang around too long, though, clearing up Saturday afternoon and paving the way for a beautiful, sunny Sunday.

• Ted Cruz has prevented Donald Trump from wrapping up the GOP nomination and stands, improbably, as the last hope of a GOP establishment that openly loathes the brash, theatrical Texan. Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary will have more on Cruz's hunt for the nomination today on tampabay.com.

• Prince seemed as immortal as his music, writes our pop music critic Jay Cridlin, who grapples with the pop icon's death in a piece that mourns the loss of a "violet-hued, sexually electrified supernova." Here, another critic looks back at his five most memorable albums.

• Dressed in gold robes and wearing a tiny crown, she is only about 3 feet tall. But Our Mother of Monserrate, a statue of the Virgin Mary that survived when the basilica that bears her name came crashing down in a major earthquake, has become a beacon of hope in Ecuador.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a performance by humorist David Sedaris and downtown Tampa's new Fourth Friday party along the Riverwalk.

• With the weekend ahead, check out our Weekend Planner page for ideas. There's a Bloody Mary Festival and a Grilled Cheese Festival to consider, not to mention art, music and five things to do under $5.

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Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Region football: Clearwater Central Catholic 37, Calvary Christian 10

CLEARWATER — The ice bath ensued for Clearwater Central Catholic coach Chris Harvey after the Marauders’ 37-10 victory over Calvary Christian in Friday’s Class 3A region final. The win placed the Marauders (11-0) in their fifth state tournament since...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

Tampa police investigate drive-by shooting in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — Police took one person into custody late Friday after a drive-by shooting ended in Seminole Heights.The incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., did not appear to be related to the spate of other recent shootings in Seminole Heights that have ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

Region football: Armwood 22, Hillsborough 0

SEFFNER — Hillsborough conquered one nemesis with last week’s win over Class 6A defending state finalist Lake Gibson, the team that knocked the Terriers out of the playoffs in the first round a year ago.But there was an even bigger stumbling block to...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Region football: Ocala Vanguard 35, Mitchell 31

NEW PORT RICHEY — The start wasn’t quite befitting of a playoff game between undefeated teams, but the end of Friday’s war between Ocala Vanguard and Mitchell certainly was.Like last year’s Class 6A regional semifinal, the Mustangs held a three-point...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

Region football: Green Cove Springs Clay 52, Zephyrhills 49

ZEPHYRHILLS — For Zephyrhills, Friday night’s Class 5A region semifinal against Green Cove Springs Clay was doomed by 12 bad minutes. The Bulldogs led by four points at halftime but allowed 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and were not able ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

Region football: Lakewood 20, Jesuit 7

ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Friday’s playoff game knowing its defense had to help control field position against Jesuit. The Spartans (9-1) left Friday’s game with a ticket to Immokalee for a region final — and six Tigers (6-5) turnovers en r...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Region football: Tampa Bay Tech 42, Palmetto 26

TAMPA — Another Friday night, another offensive explosion.Tampa Bay Tech’s offense continued its torrid pace and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. accounted for five total touchdowns as the Titans rolled past Palmetto 42-26 in a Class 7A, Region 3 semifi...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Region football: Cambridge Christian 50, Indian Rocks Christian 14

TAMPA — The Cambridge Christian offense was clicking, and quarterback Jaylin Jackson couldn’t seem to be stopped. Still, as the second quarter clock dwindled, Indian Rocks Christian was hanging around.So with just more than a minute left in the half,...
Updated: 6 hours ago