Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: E-cigarettes are poisoning young kids, a survey finds, and some celebrities are talking about what happens when they talk about their depression

• Take in this morning's temperatures in the mid to upper 60s, because this week it's just going to get hotter and more humid. Highs this afternoon range from the mid-80s to about 90 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• The Lightning beat the New York Islanders 4-0 yesterday to complete a five-game victory in the best-of-seven second-round playoff series. And after watching defenseman Victor Hedman's dazzling two-goal performance Sunday, Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said the 6-foot-6 Swede is "back to where he was" last year. Our columnist Tom Jones writes about the Bolts' resilience, recovering from the "devastating" news that they'd enter the playoffs without captain and leading scorer Steven Stamkos and top-flight defenseman Anton Stralman to clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference finals, four wins away from playing for the Stanley Cup. Tickets go on sale Thursday.

• 59-year-old Lagloria Johnson was on her way home from church with friends last night when someone fired several bullets in the car she was riding in near 15th Avenue S and 42nd St. in St. Petersburg, police said. She was shot in the arm, but was expected to survive.

• The Women's Conference of Florida, the first ever statewide conference for female leaders, entrepreneurs, business women and spokeswomen, will take place May 19 and 20 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. Aside from networking and panel workshops, the conference has a long list of high-profile female speakers, including Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook executive and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; Jill Abramson, the first woman to serve as the executive editor of the New York Times; and Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir turned Academy Award-nominated film Wild. Our Justine Griffin caught up with conference organizer Arlene Dibenigno, who discussed the topics and speaker lineup.

• Electronic cigarettes have sickened rising numbers of young children, a study of U.S. poison center calls has found. Most cases involve swallowing liquid nicotine. Here, see what the government is doing to try to protect them.

Chelsea Tatham has a recap of last night's Fear the Walking Dead episode. Basically, everyone on the boat is doing literally everything one should not do during a zombie apocalypse. Except Nick.

• Our critic Jay Cridlin has a review of the surprise new Radiohead album release, A Moon Shaped Pool. He notes that the sudden release isn't the only surprising thing about it.

• Many young black men say cases of police brutality have prompted them to alter how they live their lives. Some are reluctant to drive alone — or at all. Some worry about going out at night or walking alone.

• Mental health issues have always been shrouded in stigma, but that may be shrinking as celebrities like Kristen Bell and Captain America's Chris Evans share their personal experiences and encourage others to seek help.

• Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including Styx at Ruth Eckerd Hall and a lively battle of the seasons from RuPaul's Drag Race at the Ritz Ybor.

• Today brings a daytime sight for astronomy fans when Mercury passes across the face of the sun. But you need a solar telescope to protect your eyes, so St. Petersburg College Planetarium has a free viewing area set up today to safely watch with special filters.

• Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week is under way. Here's a guide from our food critic to some of the best places to take advantage of the prix fixe menus available through May 22.

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Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
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Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
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‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
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Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
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Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
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Oxfam highlights sharp inequality as Davos elite gather

DAVOS, Switzerland — A CEO from one of the world’s top five global fashion brands has to work for just four days to earn what a garment worker in Bangladesh will earn in an entire lifetime, campaigning group Oxfam International said Monday. In advanc...
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Amazon opens cashier-less store in Seattle

SEATTLE — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store today in downtown Seattle. The ...
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At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on

At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on "what we can do"

ST. PETERSBURGNear Mirror Lake, as protesters posed for pictures, hung signs on their dogs and distributed chant scripts just after noon Sunday, Linda Pair and her friend Beth Gavin arrived to march.Asked why she came out, Pair, 72, of Largo put it b...
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USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

WICHITA — USF led by eight points in the fourth quarter but went cold, and Wichita State pulled off the upset 64-56 Sunday afternoon in a potentially costly loss for the Bulls.USF (15-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) missed 14 of its last 15 fiel...
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