Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Friday, Sept. 2

As Hurricane Hermine takes its toll on the Big Bend region, we'll be seeing more rain and flooding here in the Tampa Bay area. Gov. Rick Scott warns that the storm could be life-threatening.

• To get the latest on Hermine, be sure to check in regularly with our live blog at tbtim.es/hermine. We're tracking street flooding, the storm's path and more.

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• The recent disbarment for three Tampa Bay lawyers for setting up a DUI sting of the opposing counsel in a highly publicized trial has brought the lawyer-punishing practice back in the news. Check out tampabay.com/money for a closer look into disbarments through the years (48 of them in Tampa Bay since 2011).

• Whenever people ask Craig Pittman why Florida produces so much weird news, he points to our huge population, the large number of tourists, so many people from so many different places, the weather and, last but not least, one other key fact: Florida is routinely ranked as 49th among the states in funding for mental health treatment. Pittman connects Florida's craziness toits Kafkaesque treatment of our mentally ill in his latest "Oh, Florida" column.

• Zika, the political conventions, the Olympics and a growing storm dubbed Hermine have all grabbed our attention this summer. Keeping up with the rest of the news? Try your hand at our Biz Quiz at tampabay.com/money.

• What are the implications for Florida's red-hot tourism industry as we are increasingly branded elsewhere as the Zika State? Times business columnist Robert Trigaux investigates at tampabay.com/money.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including New Zealand indie pop duo The Broods and a roller derby match.

• September brings bargains! Pass holders at the zoo, aquarium and MOSI get a Swaptember perk, and other attractions have big bargains after Labor Day. Check out our tips on finding a fall deal as a Florida resident.

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Lightning falls to Golden Knights

Lightning falls to Golden Knights

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Updated: 1 hour ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 18

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Day after-party raises ire

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ST. PETERSBURG — One after another, speakers stepped to the lectern at City Hall on Thursday and described the same image: police cruisers on every corner in Midtown, uniformed officers lined up across the roadway, souring what should have been a joy...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa Bay record lows burst pipes, threaten berry and fish farms

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

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Updated: 6 hours ago
Booty and books on Blackbeard’s ship; critics warn new Trump offic would allow doctors to discriminate; more in U.S. news

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Updated: 6 hours ago

Consumer agency to spend rainy day funds

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Updated: 6 hours ago
Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

A Tampa man convicted of DUI manslaughter for drunkenly running down a tourist and released on bail while his case winds through the appeals process was arrested Tuesday.Brock Troutman, 34, violated the conditions of his release from jail by consumin...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

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Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

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Updated: 8 hours ago