Monday, November 20, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: The forecast calls for April — maybe even May; find a holiday event anyway (also, we'll salute Tampa Bay's top football talent)

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Here we go again. We're on a record-setting heat streak that forecasters say will continue into next week, with highs expected in the low 80s for the next seven days or so — about 10 degrees hotter than usual. Christmas looks like it'll be the hottest here, ever, with a high of 84 degrees.

Six news anchors have left Tampa Bay news stations in the last year or so, including big names like John Wilson and Gayle Sierens. What does that mean for viewers when so many years of experience walk out the door in such a short amount of time?

Could commercial flights to Cuba be coming to Tampa International Airport next year? And what kind of impact might that have on already existing charter flight businesses here?

Remember the troubled Tampa condo that was on the market for $1,500 earlier this year? Find out if it ever sold and catch up on a number of other faces in Tampa Bay real estate this morning.

Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including Vodka Latke, one of the top social events of the year for young Jewish singles and couples.

We are in the thick of entertaining season, between Christmas and New Year's and our food critic Laura Reiley has the best prepared holiday foods (including many that deliver) to shorten your to-do list on our Weekend Planner page.

Look for the annual All-Tampa Bay high school football team by lunchtime at tampabay.com/hometeam.

Columnist Tom Jones doles out his Christmas gifts to the Tampa Bay sports community this afternoon at tampabay.com/sports.

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Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

On Sunday, the Buccaneers and Dolphins played one of those football games that gets only an obligatory mention at the end of highlight shows. In that spirit, this week’s Turning Point will focus mostly on the final three minutes of Tampa Bay’s 30-20 ...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
‘He’s going to come back and finish me off,’ Adam Matos victim told her boss

‘He’s going to come back and finish me off,’ Adam Matos victim told her boss

NEW PORT RICHEY — At a hearing to decide whether he should live or die, Adam Matos smiled at family members Monday.He saw them sitting in a Pasco County courtroom as his sentencing for four murders began. A bit later, a witness reminded jurors of the...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Deputies: Port Richey woman arrested for hitting boy, 4, with hanger

PORT RICHEY — A Port Richey woman was arrested on a charge of felony child abuse after a 4-year-old boy in her care told deputies she hit him with a clothes hanger, leaving bruises, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.Teresa White-Fry, 38, was arr...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Largo police active shooter training ‘a sign of the times’ for participants

Largo police active shooter training ‘a sign of the times’ for participants

LARGO — The classroom was full, but the chatter was quiet as the students picked at doughnuts and sipped coffee from paper cups.Many were strangers to each other, but the reason they showed up at the Largo Police Department on a sunny Saturday mornin...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Top 5 at noon: Adam Matos sentencing begins; Seminole Heights thanks first responders; and more

Top 5 at noon: Adam Matos sentencing begins; Seminole Heights thanks first responders; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:SENTENCING PHASE CONTINUES IN TRIAL OF ADAM MATOS, FOUND GUILTY IN MURDER OF FOURThe sentencing phase begins Monday in the trial of Adam Matos, convicted Friday of first degree murder in the ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

St. Petersburg pedestrian fatally struck in Osceola County

A pedestrian from St. Petersburg was killed Sunday night when he was struck by an SUV in Osceola County.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 24-year-old Matthew Mitchell was struck along on U.S. 192 at Pine Grove Road in St. Cloud around 7 p.m.Tr...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Vermont man, 51, struck and killed walking across SR 54 in New Port Richey

Times Staff WriterA 51-year-old Vermont man died Sunday night after he was struck by a car on State Road 54 east of Pecan Drive in New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Howard Leach Jr., of Enosburg Falls, was trying to cross all s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Tampa Electric $18,108 and gave the company two "serious" citations for its response to a gas leak at the Big Bend Power Station in May, the agency announced late Friday.The May 23 incident invo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Most air travelers say taking off your shoes is okay. An etiquette expert disagrees

Most air travelers say taking off your shoes is okay. An etiquette expert disagrees

Unless you are ensconced in first class, sleeping on a plane is as intimate as dozing off in a waiting room on jury duty — everyone on the aircraft knows the decibel level of your snoring and the sad state of your socks.To gauge how passengers percei...
Updated: 1 hour ago

FHP seeks New Port Richey hit-and-run driver who left man severely injured

NEW PORT RICHEY — Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that left a New Port Richey man seriously injured after a hit and run Sunday evening, according to Florida Highway Patrol.Randy Pearson, 58, tried to walk across State Road 54, west o...
Updated: 1 hour ago