Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (fog now, clear later), GOP debate fact-checks and live Bucs chat. Also: Part 1 of our investigation of neglect and soaring violence at Florida's mental hospitals

The day starts with cool temperatures and patchy fog, according to WTSP 10Weather, but should clear up throughout the afternoon, warming to the low 80s. It still looks like we'll get sunny skies this weekend.

•Florida stripped millions from its mental hospitals and fired hundreds of workers. The result? Violence doubled, and no one is safe on the inside. The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigated what happened when Florida neglected its mental institutions. Read Part 1 of the investigation at tampabay.com/mentalhospitals.

• PolitiFact stayed up late to fact-check the Republican presidential debate. Check out our coverage at PolitiFact.com.

• The Lightning returns home after a four-game road trip to play Colorado tonight. Look for beat writer Joe Smith to get you ready with his Lightning Strikes podcast.

• At 6 p.m., a nine-month hiatus in executions in Florida comes to an end. Convicted Orlando killer Jerry Correll is scheduled to be put to death, the 22nd execution ordered by Gov. Rick Scott, exceeding the previous high mark of 21 under former Gov. Jeb Bush. Follow @MichaelAuslen for developments.

• What better way to prepare for Halloween than a screening of The Exorcist tonight at the Tampa Theatre with special guest Linda Blair on hand to take questions? Film critic Steve Persall caught up with the head-spinning actor before her Tampa appearance to talk about her role and those scary '80s fashions in Roller Boogie.

Greg Auman chats about the Bucs' epic loss at Washington and looks ahead to the game Sunday at Atlanta. Join him for a live chat at 10:30.

• Now celebrating its 40th year, The Rocky Horror Picture Show stands in the history books as the longest running theatrical release in film history. There are several showings and parties this weekend, so we've compiled 10 things to know (and bring) before you go shout at the screen.

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Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

TAMPA — Three firefighters were injured early Saturday morning battling a fire at a W Waters Avenue strip mall, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.Firefighters said the two-alarm blaze started in the attic of L.A. Nail Supply at 2:45 a.m. The store is in...
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CDC gets list of forbidden words: ‘fetus,’ ‘transgender,’ ‘evidence-based’

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Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail.The Eustis woman’s crime?She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Resi...
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Female congressional candidate leaves race after sexual harassment allegations resurface

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A Democratic candidate hoping to flip a hotly contested congressional seat in Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations that she sexually harassed a male subordinate resurfaced amid her campaign.Andrea Ramsey, 57, who was running to unseat...
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Forecast: Weekend brings sunny skies and warmer temperatures

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

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Published: 12/16/17