Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

DayStarter: Today should be beautiful; last night's debate gets the Truth-O-Meter test — and get your mock football draft on

• You'll wish the weekend lasted a few days longer, as mostly sunny skies are expected to be the norm for the next few days, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs should be in the low to mid 80s, with lows in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

• Waking up and wondering about the Democratic presidential debate? Who told the truth? Who didn't? PolitiFact will be fact-checking throughout the day at PolitiFact.com.

• Meanwhile, on the Republican side, party leaders, donors and other supporters of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio portray a political operation that continues to come up short in its message, both in its attention to the fundamentals of campaigning and in its use of a promising politician. The failures have all but doomed Rubio's chances of securing the GOP nomination, leaving him far behind Trump and Cruz in both delegates and states won.

• The issue of migrants flowing to Europe will be at the center of a summit in Brussels between the European Union and Turkey. EU leaders, such as Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, want to persuade Turkey to reduce the number of migrants leaving its shores and to take back large numbers of people who are not eligible for political asylum in Europe.

• The White House is cautioning against expecting any breakthrough in Middle East peace talks as Vice President Joe Biden visits the United Arab Emirates, Israel, the West Bank and Jordan this week. The Islamic State group and the Syrian war are also expected to be on his agenda.

• It's Mock Draft Monday. Staff writer Matt Baker brings you up to date on the latest projections for the Bucs and the top state college players this morning.

• Looking ahead, here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay this week, from Grand Prix racing to both Rihanna and Jewel in concert and an early start to St. Patrick's Day celebrating.

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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

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 9, Belleview 1
Updated: 12 hours ago
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
Fire Chiefs Gone Wild: Ex-chiefs ran free-spending ‘frat house,’ investigators find

Fire Chiefs Gone Wild: Ex-chiefs ran free-spending ‘frat house,’ investigators find

HERNANDO BEACH — Trading the county gasoline card for smokes and energy drinks, falsifying training documents, paying themselves salaries for volunteer jobs and boasting about setting a fire that torched prized artwork.FROM THE ARCHIVES: After fire, ...
Published: 02/16/18
St. Petersburg car thefts dropped in 2017, police say

St. Petersburg car thefts dropped in 2017, police say

The number of reported auto thefts in St. Petersburg has dropped for the third consecutive year.According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the annual crime report for 2017 found that reports of auto thefts were down 10.7 percent compared to 2...
Published: 02/16/18
Plant High students commemorate Parkland victims with sidewalk messages

Plant High students commemorate Parkland victims with sidewalk messages

TAMPA — Students at Plant High School honored the victims of the Parkland school shooting with a series of sidewalk chalk messages.The chalk art carried a series of messages such as "How many times?" and "Do something. Protect us." according to a Fac...
Published: 02/16/18
HCC Ybor City president charged with DUI

HCC Ybor City president charged with DUI

TAMPA — The president of Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus was charged early Friday with driving under the influence after a trooper reported him negotiating Interstate 4 without headlights.Shawn H. Robinson, 48, had blood alcohol lev...
Published: 02/16/18