Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Craig Pittman explains how Florida is trying to kill you — and Hillsborough County debates bear hunts

It should be a mostly sunny day today, with some storms possible late, according to 10Weather WTSP. It will be hot again, though, with highs topping 90.

• Oh, Florida! Columnist Craig Pittman writes about something the Chamber of Commerce folks don't like to mention: Florida is trying to kill us.

• Animal abusers could soon have to register in Hillsborough County. The goal of a proposal commissioners will debate today is to keep animals out of the hands of convicted animal abusers.

• Hillsborough commissioners also will hear how much money a watered-down sales tax hike for transportation could bring the county. And the jam-packed meeting also will include debate on a symbolic opposition vote to the black bear hunt. Read one commissioner's stance against it, and follow Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) for live updates from the meeting.

• The Tampa City Council will hear a report today on the cost to the public of policing Walmart stores, and consider whether to hire a company that would use disgraced former Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Rob Turner to help create a foreclosure registry. Rick Danielson tells you what to expect from this morning's meeting.

• Hillary Clinton plans to attack Donald Trump today on foreign policy during a speech in San Diego. The Democratic front-runner's campaign says the speech will show the dangers of a Trump presidency.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• We talked to chart-topping pop singer Ellie Goulding before her show tonight at the Amalie Arena and found a surprisingly relatable star who has many a sleepless night. Read pop music critic Jay Cridlin's interview with the Grammy-nominated singer. Indie pop duo Matt and Kim open.

• A gospel superstar titling an album Losing My Religion and pop icon Cyndi Lauper bringing a country show to Clearwater. These are just some of the unusual music highlights in this week's Music Planner.

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Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

PHILADELPHIA — Not even a coat of Crisco on light poles across the city could keep Philadelphia Eagles fans from scaling new heights in celebrating their team’s first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years and setting up a rematch with the AFC champion N...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Hillsborough County deputies are searching for the driver who seriously injured a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in Dover on Monday morning.Deputies say the suspect was driving a Toyota Camry that is now missing part of its right front air dam afte...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lessons of another Belichick-Brady Super Bowl

Lessons of another Belichick-Brady Super Bowl

TAMPA — Next victim, please.Shouldn't we just start penciling the Patriots into the Super Bowl before every season?It would save us a lot of time.Mind you, the rest of the NFL is fighting Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and this foregone conclus...
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Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

CLEARWATER — Investigators are searching for a suspect in a taxi carjacking Monday morning near Crest Lake Park.Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said the taxi was taken about 7:40 a.m. and abandoned a few blocks away. No one was injured, Shaw sai...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Woman, 35, struck and killed while walking across SR 60 in Valrico

VALRICO — A 35-year-old Thonotosassa woman was struck and killed by a car while walking across State Road 60 west of Mount Carmel Road on Sunday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Brandi Eckelstafer was walking south across SR 60 just after 8 p....
Updated: 2 hours ago

Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

The Daystarter: PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; breaking down the Super Bowl matchup; free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
St. Pete spilled 266,000 gallons of waste into Smacks Bayou

St. Pete spilled 266,000 gallons of waste into Smacks Bayou

ST. PETERSBURG — It may be a new year but the city finds itself still dealing with an old problem: spilled sewage.The city announced Thursday that two spills at its Northeast sewage plant at 1160 62nd Ave. NE had been contained.But the release — with...
Updated: 9 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Published: 01/22/18