Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

What you need to know for Friday, Feb. 5

The clouds should clear today, but the temperatures will drop for the next few days, according to 10Weather WTSP chief meteorologist Jim Van Fleet. Highs should be in the low 60s, with wake-up temperatures in the mid 40s. And it could be breezy, too.

• Did you stay up to watch the final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary? Wonder who got the story straight? PolitiFact reporters were up late.

• Who owns the 25 most expensive homes that sold in the Tampa Bay area in 2015? It's a pretty interesting list of people, including many who work in the same industry. Read all about it this morning from real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin.

• A potential three-county commuter rail system will be on the table again as transportation leaders in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco discuss regional transit plans during a 9 a.m. meeting. Caitlin Johnston will be there to follow the discussion. Follow @cljohnst on Twitter for live updates.

• Here are the top things to do today and this weekend around Tampa Bay, from Masters of Illusion at the Mahaffey to First Friday in downtown St. Pete.

• Looking to save some money but still get out of the house? Here are five things to do this week for under $5, including tonight's free party at the Henry B. Plant Museum to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

• Planning ahead for Valentine's Day? (You should) With the holiday on a Sunday this year, restaurants are likely be packed all weekend. Our food editor Michelle Stark put together this master list of the best places to eat with your sweetie.

• From fried Oreos to ferris wheels, we're collecting all the social media fun from the 2016 Florida State Fair. Share your photos with hashtag #FloridaStateFair to be featured in our live blog.

Thomas Bassinger breaks down the film and provides his scouting report on Super Bowl 50. Do Peyton Manning and the Broncos have a chance against Cam Newton's Panthers? Find out this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

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Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

Two airmen and an object that ‘accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen’

The following recounts an incident in 2004 that advocates of research into UFOs have said is the kind of event worthy of more investigation and that was studied by a Pentagon program that investigated UFOs. Experts caution that Earthly explanations o...
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Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

Are UFOs real? A Pentagon program tried to find out

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.For years, the program investigated r...
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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital.Deputies said the crash happened near 17928 Gunn Highway, close to the Keystone Recreation Center.The Sheriff’s O...
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Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
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CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.Polic...
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Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
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Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
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Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
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She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

She was about to celebrate her 94th birthday — and ended up in the back of a police car

Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
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Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
Updated: 4 hours ago