Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Problems for a Tampa women's shelter, Tesla plans an affordable announcement and the Rays owner takes questions

10Weather WTSP forecasters say to expect another muggy but sunny day in the mid 80s.

• Continued high emissions of heat-trapping gases could launch a disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet within decades, according to a study published Wednesday, heaving enough water into the ocean to raise the sea level as much as 3 feet by the end of this century. For half a century, climate scientists have seen the ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization. Larger than Mexico, it's thought to be potentially vulnerable to disintegration from a relatively small amount of global warming, and capable of raising the sea level by 12 feet or more should it break up. Researchers long assumed the worst effects would take hundreds — if not thousands — of years to occur. This new research suggests the disaster scenario could play out much sooner.

• Tesla Motors built its reputation making sporty, sexy and very expensive electric cars. It's staking its future on something more affordable. Tesla plans to unveil its Model 3 electric car tonight at its Los Angeles design studio. At a starting price of $35,000 — before federal and state government incentives — the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla's previous models. The car is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles when fully charged, about double what drivers get from competitors in its price range, such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.

• Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg talks about his favorite car (Honda Odyssey? Really?), souvenirs from Cuba and the slogan he'd use if he ran for president ("Feel the Stern!"), all in a Q&A this morning at tampabay.com/rays.

• Women will be able to take the so-called abortion pill later in a pregnancy and with fewer doctor visits under a new federal label for the drug that undermines several state laws aimed at restricting medical abortions. The Food and Drug Administration notified the manufacturer of the drug Mifeprex in a letter on Tuesday that the drug is safe and effective for terminating a pregnancy in accordance with the new label.

• Working to display a united front, the United States and key Asian countries will seek to put more pressure on North Korea as world leaders open a nuclear security summit today in Washington. President Barack Obama, the summit's host, will also seek to smooth over tensions with China over cybersecurity and maritime disputes as he and President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines. The summit also offers Obama his last major chance to focus global attention on disparate nuclear security threats before his term ends early next year.

• The Tampa Bay HomeTeam crew selects the Times' All-Tampa Bay high school wrestling team. Look for it this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) beginning at 8:30 a.m. today as she gets a tour of Port Tampa Bay, Tampa's cruise ship portal and shipping district in the Channel District in downtown Tampa.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a block party on Tampa's Franklin Street and a note-for-note recreation of Led Zeppelin I by Classic Albums Live.

• At age 80, Johnny Mathis is still a smooth crooner who performs tonight at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. Pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked with the legendary singer about reaching his 60th year in show business.

• With so many strange things happening here every day, chances are that eventually one of those "Only in Florida!" stories may involve you or someone you love. Craig Pittman reflects on how sometimes those funny mug shots aren't funny anymore in his column for the April edition of Floridian magazine.

• Give your wallet a rest. Here are 5 things to do under $5 around Tampa Bay this week, including a free talk by the creator of the popular Humans of New York blog and a huge family festival in Largo Central Park with storytelling, train rides, a food court and much more.

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Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

Elkanah Kibet wins the men’s Gasparilla half-marathon

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 2 hours ago
3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

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Published: 02/24/18
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

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Published: 02/24/18

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Published: 02/24/18

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

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Published: 02/24/18

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

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Published: 02/24/18