Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (sunny, with high probability of Jeb Bush) and a day-after look at what went right in yesteray's Bucs win

Expect mostly clear skies after a morning with possible patchy fog, according to WTSP 10Weather, with isolated showers. Highs in the upper 80s with lows in the mid-70s.

• Over the past year, as the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigated injuries at six of the state's primary mental institutions, officials repeatedly denied reporters information. In some cases, they used their power to classify fatalities as natural or accidental even though employee mistakes or neglect contributed to the deaths. In others, they cited a law that experts say was designed to crack down on abusers, but now protects them. Read Part 2 of the Times/Herald investigation, Shrouded in secrecy, today online and in print editions.

• Jeb Bush will be at the Tampa Garden Club this morning for a campaign rally at 10 a.m., followed by stops in Orlando and Jacksonville later in the day. Follow Times reporter Steve Contorno on Twitter at @scontorno for coverage of the Tampa rally and Times/Herald reporter Kristen M. Clark at @ByKristenMClark for news from the Orlando stop.

• President Barack Obama today visits Newark, N.J., to mark the release of thousands of federal prisoners who are benefiting from a reduction in drug sentences. Obama has declared "criminal justice reform" a priority and his trip will "highlight the re-entry process of formerly incarcerated individuals," the White House said. Tune in to tampabay.com.

Plan your week: Here are some of the top things to do this week, from Mary J. Blige at the Sun Dome to America's Got Talent's first-ever all-stars tour. Or check out St. Pete's Folkfest, now in its ninth year and still growing as a huge two-day event of music and art that jams Central Avenue.

Thomas Bassinger breaks down the film on the Bucs' overtime win at Atlanta and finds the Turning Point. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

• Follow all the high school football playoff tiebreaker action this evening at tampabay.com/hometeam.

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Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch had won nine straight heading into Friday’s game against Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental lea...
Published: 12/16/17
Jones: Tony Dungy didn’t leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

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It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You don’t even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what you’re talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
Published: 12/16/17
Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

Rays’ trade silence likely a short-lived phenomenon

LAKE BUENA VISTA — There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.Most obvious was them not finding the just-right deal to move closer Alex Colome...
Published: 12/16/17
Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a potential solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenter, and use voucher funds to attend a private s...
Published: 12/16/17

High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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Updated: 11 hours ago

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Gators play Nebraska, still seeking elusive volleyball title

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is very little these days that can dampen the mood of Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise, whose Gators knocked off reigning national champion Stanford in Thursday’s NCAA semifinals and face Nebraska tonight for the title. Not...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

Pinellas sheriff’s investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff’s child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.Jayne Johnson, who has worked for the She...
Published: 12/15/17
Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

Festivus 2017: Send us your best grievances

Here's your chance. Tell us what annoyed you in 2017, and we'll share it with our readers.
Published: 12/15/17
Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

Experts chart path for Hillsborough to grow smarter before sprawl takes over

TAMPA — Nearly 600,000 more people will live in Hillsborough County by 2040, and if elected officials and county planners don’t take bold steps now, the population boom will turn the county into the soulless sprawl of Anywhere, U.S.A.That’s the messa...
Published: 12/15/17