Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: 'Stand your ground' case begins; Politifact dissects Scott attack; Hillsborough schools' budget struggles; 'Indivisible' takes root locally

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

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• Fog might hover in places this morning, but it will give way to sunshine and warm temperatures for the afternoon with a high near 80, according to 10Weather WTSP. In parts of Polk County, there is a warning of heavy fog until 9 a.m. because of fog mixed with smoke from a smoldering brush fire.

• The "stand your ground'' defense of a retired Tampa police captain goes before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Barthle starting today. The judge will weigh whether Reeves, 74, should be immune from prosecution in the fatal shooting of Chad Oulson during a confrontation in a Wesley Chapel movie theater on Jan. 13, 2014. If his defense is not upheld, Reeves will head toward trial on a second-degree murder charge. The court has set aside two weeks for attorneys to present evidence and question experts. Stay with tampabay.com for live updates from the courtroom.

• Gov. Rick Scott is painting fellow Republicans as job killers for their support of a bill that would decimate the state's agencies for tourism promotion and business incentives. PolitiFact Florida dissected his attack against Rep. Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, and found it highly misleading.

• The Hillsborough School District is 19 months into a financial shake-up that began when investment advisors sounded alarms about a $200 million loss in reserves. But while the district has economized in some areas and upended its accounting practices, it's been slow to retreat from some of the practices that landed it in hot water. Marlene Sokol has the details.

• The weekly demonstrations at Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office are among the most visible signs of a national grassroots movement taking hold in Tampa Bay. The goal: Block President Donald Trump's agenda by pressuring members of Congress at home.

• A Dutch baby — also known as a German pancake, David Eyre's pancake or a Bismarck — is the preferred pancake of weekend mornings in Ileana Morales Valentine's house, and she's convinced it should be in everyone's home. Check out this recipe, and tips on perfecting them.

• Today is Presidents Day, so government offices are closed and most kids are out of school. If you have the day off, find some fun on our Things to Do page.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including performances by Grammy winner Lucinda Williams and the noisemakers of Stomp! and a red-carpet party to watch the Oscars at Tampa Theatre.

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Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18
Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Hope of another Stanley Cup has dissolved, and soon the ice will follow. Yet even if sorrow is the price of devotion, the true hockey fans will still buy in when the next season comes around.That concept may not be unique to Tampa Bay, but it does se...
Published: 05/26/18
Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

TAMPA — As city workers set up signs Friday establishing a lower speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, neighborhood residents and transportation activists urged more steps to improve safety for pedestrians all across the city.The move is a good beginnin...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Published: 05/25/18
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Published: 05/25/18
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Published: 05/25/18
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Published: 05/25/18