Tuesday, February 20, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Monday, June 6

• As Tropical Storm Colin approaches the Florida panhandle this morning, the Tampa Bay region will be getting its own share of the severe weather. Schools are planning to stay open, but drivers should be aware of flash flood conditions and tornado warnings. Keep up with all of the action on our weather live blog, and find more information on the storm here.

• The Baltimore police officer who faces the most serious charge in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray heads to court with motions hearings being heard today. The third trial in the case will focus on what responsibility Officer Caesar Goodson Jr had for Gray the day he sustained a fatal neck injury in the back of a police van driven by Goodson, who is facing second-degree murder and other charges.

•Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-day, when Allied forces began storming the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate German-occupied Western Europe.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including World Oceans Day at the Florida Aquarium and Star Wars Night at the Trop with a Chris Archer Stormtrooper bobblehead giveaway.

• Runners can be fanatical, but Jim Behr of Trinity takes it to a new level. He runs every day. EVERY day. We're talking every day since March 19, 1975. He has one of the nation's top 10 longest streaks for consecutive days running. Look for his story this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Talk about rocking the boat. After a recent absence of several years, rock cruises — floating festivals that let fans rub shoulders with their favorite bands on the high seas — are returning to Tampa in a big way. At least a dozen cruises will depart Port Tampa Bay this year and next with rockers on board, including Train, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Melissa Etheridge, 311, Vince Gill, Chris Young, Keith Sweat, Joe Bonamassa and Yes.

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The Daystarter: The St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race returns to a difficult climate; meet Stormy Daniels; and commandos come to Palm Harbor.

The Daystarter: The St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race returns to a difficult climate; meet Stormy Daniels; and commandos come to Palm Harbor.

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• For the latest legislative coverage from Tallahassee, keep checking The Buzz, which is updated throughout the day by the reporters of the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau.• We...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Romano: Until the Parkland shooting, lawmakers ignored requests for school safety funds

Romano: Until the Parkland shooting, lawmakers ignored requests for school safety funds

His words and his pleas are similar to what we’ve heard from others in recent days.Kids deserve to feel safe when they walk into a classroom in Florida. More security is needed. More boots on the ground would be helpful. Mostly, more money must be de...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Today: Senate to put its own stamp on Florida education proposals

Today: Senate to put its own stamp on Florida education proposals

The massive education measure known as House Bill 7055 has received plenty of attention during the legislative session, with its emphasis on decertifying teachers’ unions and using state-backed scholarship programs to steer kids away from public scho...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Following deaths from Irma, Florida looks to new rules for keeping nursing homes cool after outages

Following deaths from Irma, Florida looks to new rules for keeping nursing homes cool after outages

After national headlines and a public outcry over the deaths of 14 people at a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma, nursing homes across the state are working to comply with new rules requiring them to have back-up power.But the process ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

St. Petersburg regatta to Havana again buffeted by politics

The 2017 St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race was celebrated as more than a competitive regatta to Cuba’s capital city of Havana.The relaunch of the maritime competition cancelled since 1959 was hailed as a reflection of the detente started under Preside...
Published: 02/20/18
Girl, 12, sister of murder victim, calls relative after being reported missing

Girl, 12, sister of murder victim, calls relative after being reported missing

Seven months ago, Jalyssa Shannon’s older sister Janessa went missing, sparking a frantic search that ended with the discovery of the 13-year-old’s body in a Hillsborough County nature preserve and, later, the arrest of the girls’ father in her murde...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Feb. 19

Monday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 11, Central 0
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Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Mon., Feb. 19, midday:46 278 6907e_SRit78769Mon., Feb. 19, evening:59 597 4363e_SRit97936Fantasy 5Mon., Feb. 19...
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Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay

Water Wars starting to simmer again in Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER — A simmering feud between Tampa and the regional water authority avoided boiling over Monday, but little was resolved.At a Tampa Bay Water meeting, board members requested Tampa work with the agency on the city’s plan to convert tens of m...
Updated: 8 hours ago