Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Unseasonably warm December day; Electoral College votes; Farm to Fable: state investigates food claims; Bucs' win streak ends in Dallas; favorite holiday cookie recipes

• Today won't feel much like December, with a high in the mid 80s that might tie a record set in 1933, according to 10Weather WTSP. Rain chances will be low, only 20 to 30 percent. Temperatures remain in the low 80s until Friday when we cool down to a high only in the lower 70s.

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• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• The 538 electors in the Electoral College are expected to vote today to seal the election of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president. In Florida, the electors' meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the newly remodeled state Senate chamber in Tallahassee and will be chaired by Secretary of State Ken Detzner, the state's top elections official. Capitol police will be ready for anticipated protests. Follow Tallahassee bureau chief @stevebousquet for live coverage.

• He lost a fumble. He threw three interceptions. For goodness sakes, he head-butted a linebacker, drawing a penalty and likely costing his team a touchdown. Buckle up, Bucs fans, because this is what you get with Jameis Winston. Every game he takes you on a carnival ride to rival anything you will find at Busch Gardens. That's basically what happened in Sunday night's 26-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Rick Stroud writes.

• Farm to Fable: Attorney General Pam Bondi says her office is investigating Florida restaurants for bending the truth when it comes to "farm-to-table" offerings. And other state agencies are stepping up enforcement. But is enough being done to patrol the wild world of food fibbing?

• Hillsborough County lawmakers support promises from state officials to pause and rethink plans for the $6 billion Tampa Bay Express proposal to add toll lanes to 90 miles of Tampa Bay's interstates. But TBX's critics are concerned that the funding remains, which means the project is still on. Read Times staff writer Caitlin Johnston's story to find out what state Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, had to say about TBX.

• In preparation for the College Football Championship in Tampa on Jan. 9, AT&T has spent $9 million and deployed a team of about 10 engineers over the last year to upgrade its service inside Raymond James Stadium as well as a handful of hotspots around Hillsborough County, including Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Convention Center, Tampa International Airport and Curtis Hixon Park. About 100,000 people are expected to be in town for the championship game, making it one of the biggest sports events in Tampa Bay's history.

• How much classroom time Florida students spend actually learning will be a major focus for key state lawmakers in charge of dolling out more than $23 billion for pre-K-12 education next year. Learn how some of those overhauls could be further reductions to mandatory testing as well as tweaks to the school-year calendar.

• Like the Meals on Wheels program that delivers food to homes of shut-ins and the elderly, the Humane Society's Senior Pet Connection brings pet food to needy owners throughout the county who otherwise wouldn't be able to feed their animals.

• We asked, you answered. Readers sent in their favorite recipes for holiday desserts and appetizers. And then we asked local chefs to put their own spin on classic holiday recipes.

• Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including Hanukkah and Christmas Eve coinciding and child-prodigy opera singer Jackie Evancho.

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Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orche...
Updated: 5 minutes ago

Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan along Memorial Highway on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway f...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

PARKLAND, Fla. — A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group.Law enforcement officials have said the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
How killer’s path through a school left 17 dead in six short minutes of terror

How killer’s path through a school left 17 dead in six short minutes of terror

It was Valentine’s Day across America.At an all-American high school in a green and placid Broward County suburb strung with waterways and golf-course communities, that innocent fact would take on dreadful significance well before the day was out.Bet...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

TAMPA — "Elevate," a Hillsborough County School District initiative that was to focus on seven troubled schools and use them as models for dozens more, is becoming but a memory as the district seeks instead to support all schools equally."We’re more ...
Published: 02/17/18

High school scoreboard for Feb. 16

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Published: 02/16/18
Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

TAMPA — Well, that was fast.Adult film actress Stormy Daniels made her first appearance at Thee Dollhouse on Friday evening, the first of several shows planned this weekend at the Tampa strip club.She took the stage about 7 p.m. dressed in a pink, fl...
Published: 02/16/18
Two students wounded by gunfire outside Tampa’s Middleton High campus

Two students wounded by gunfire outside Tampa’s Middleton High campus

TAMPA — With a nation in jitters over a South Florida school massacre, gunfire erupted a block from Tampa’s Middleton High School on Friday, prompting a reaction that had some students hiding behind locked doors.Two senior girls, ages 17 and 18, were...
Published: 02/16/18
Longtime Northcliffe Baptist pastor passes torch

Longtime Northcliffe Baptist pastor passes torch

SPRING HILL — Long time senior pastor Jerry Waugh will ceremonially "pass the torch" to his associate pastor, Jeff Dye, at a special service Feb. 25 at Northcliffe Baptist Church. "We will have a time of celebration, which will honor Pastor Jerry’s c...
Published: 02/16/18

Published: 02/16/18