Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for New Year's Day

• Happy New Year! It starts off with another warm day, cloudy to partly cloudy skies and a chance of scattered rain, according to 10Weather WTSP, but expect temperatures to drop on Saturday.

• It's a new year and instead of looking back, let us help you look forward and fill out your wish list for 2016. Our critics and writers have the inside track on the most noteworthy, exciting and otherwise interesting things coming your way in movies, music, art, stage, theme parks and restaurants.

• The Outback Bowl kicks off the New Year's bowl games at noon with Northwestern taking on Tennessee. Follow @_kellyparsons for updates. And check with tampabay.com throughout the day for coverage of the scene at Ray Jay.

• Also at tampabay.com today, check out the story about an interesting lawsuit filed by an ammunition dealer against developer and political donor Charles "Bing" Kearney and his Shooters World gun shop and range in Tampa.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including comic Dan Cummins at the Improv and the Gulfport Art Walk

• Nearly 70 antique cars, some up to 100 years old, will depart from a St. Petersburg McDonald's today for a tour of the Shine mural art district in downtown-. The PinMar club for antique car lovers will have their wheels on public display before the tour in the parking lots surrounding the Fourth Street McDonald's. Learn more about it here

• Thomas Bassinger studies the film and produces this week's scouting report on the Bucs game against the Carolina Panthers. Look for it this morning at tampabay.com/bucs.

• The Gators take on Michigan at 1 o'clock in the Citrus Bowl. Follow our live blog at tampabay.com/sports/colleges/gators for updates from writer Matt Baker and photographer Loren Elliott.

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Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

ST. PETERSBURG — With construction booming throughout Florida, private inspectors are increasingly reviewing the work of building contractors. But that has sometimes led to missed code violations and other problems.Now the city of St. Petersburg is r...
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Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville has died at age 79. His career dated back to the 1950s and included gigs backing up B.B. King among others. But he was best known for three decades of performances with his siblings Aaro...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick Scott suspends Hernando official facing prostitution charges

Rick Scott suspends Hernando official facing prostitution charges

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson from his position on Thursday, a week after the 71-year-old commissioner was arrested on prostitution-related charges.Nicholson was arrested April 19 on charges of operating a loca...
Updated: 2 hours ago
So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

BALTIMORE — LHP Jonny Venters ran through some pretty good emotions Wednesday night when after battling through a series of elbow injuries, he made it back into a major-league game for the first since 2012 — with a four-pitch out and a ga...
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Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

BROOKSVILLE — A 17-year-old Hernando High School student was arrested Wednesday for threatening to shoot people at the school, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The student was serving a suspension at the time of the incident, deputie...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Details emerge in fiery crash that killed prominent Moffitt doctor

TEMPLE TERRACE — Investigators say an orange Dodge Charger was moving about 90 mph when it ran a red light and broadsided a prominent doctor’s car last month on Fowler Avenue. The impact caused Dr. Charles Canaan Williams’ Acura to...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Live blog: News, analysis, photos, more from the NFL draft

Live blog: News, analysis, photos, more from the NFL draft

Whether you're a fan of the Bucs, Gators, Seminoles, 'Canes or Bulls, you'll want to follow our live coverage of the 2018 NFL draft today through Saturday in Arlington, Tex. We'll have live news, commentary, photos, videos, stories and more, so come...
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St. Pete police: Man who stole car with baby inside arrested

St. Pete police: Man who stole car with baby inside arrested

ST. PETERSBURG — A man accused of stealing a car with a baby inside earlier this week was arrested Thursday morning when officers spotted him in another stolen car, according to St. Petersburg police.Rashad Webb, 19, was arrested at about 2 a.m. afte...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

TAMPA — A customer visited Wingstop on Sunday night to pick up his order. What happened next was off-menu:Robert Williams said he suffered second-degree burns on his back and legs after a Wingstop employee threw hot oil on him during a scuffle.Willia...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

NEW YORK — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee by 20 percent starting next month. The company said Thursday that Prime members in the U.S. will now pay $119 a year, up from $99, starting May 11 for new members. The new pric...
Updated: 3 hours ago