Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: N.Y. heads to the polls and our food critic takes your 'Farm to Fable' questions on Facebook

It should be gorgeous, just gorgeous, today and for the next couple of days, according to the forecast from 10Weather WTSP. Dry air, highs in the low to mid-80s, breezy, few if any clouds. What's not to like?

• Armed militants in Afghanistan staged an assault on a government security agency in the capital this morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack, including a suicide car bombing, appears to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service — providing protection for high-ranking government officials.

• Have you read food critic Laura Reiley's Farm to Fable series yet? Today at 3 p.m. Laura will be taking over our Facebook page for a live Q&A. Join us on Facebook and bring your questions on the series, what she learned, and what's next.

• It's presidential primary day in New York for both Democrats and Republicans. There are a lot of delegates at stake, the biggest one-state pool in a while. Tune in to tampabay.com/politics later tonight for results.

• Authorities say a father died after jumping into the ocean while trying to rescue his 6-year-old daughter, who was swept away by strong surf on Florida's Atlantic coast. Relatives wrote on a gofundme page that Moritz died as a result of trying to save his daughter's life. The girl was later pulled from the water and taken to the hospital.

• A proposed $40 million renovation of George M. Steinbrenner Field that will keep the New York Yankees' spring training operations in Tampa through 2046 faces its first test. The Tampa Sports Authority will vote today on the deal, which includes a $13 million commitment from Hillsborough County tourism taxes. The TSA will also ask the state to chip in $13 million, and the Yankees will pick up the rest. Hillsborough County commissioners will take up the proposal Wednesday. Follow Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) for updates.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Tory Kelly at the Ritz Ybor and the Sugar Sand Festival continues.

• Before she takes the stage tonight in Ybor, singer Tori Kelly talked to pop music critic Jay Cridlin about her rise from American Idol also-ran to YouTube star to one of the brightest young pop singers around.

• It was a pretty big day for the Times and our readers yesterday as the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes honored two of our projects — one that exposed rampant indifference and inequity in five predominantly African-American Pinellas County schools and another into neglect in Florida's state-run mental health system. The awards, the highest prize in American journalism, are the 11th and 12th in the Times' history. Six have come since 2009.

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Pasco man fatally struck on Interstate 70 in Kansas

SALINA, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Florida man died after he was hit by a car as he walked along Interstate 70 near Salina.The patrol says 35-year-old Cody Nordlund of New Port Richey died Sunday night.He was walking in an eastbound lane...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
North Korea calls Trump a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘loser’ in response to nuclear button tweet

North Korea calls Trump a ‘lunatic’ and a ‘loser’ in response to nuclear button tweet

North Korea’s official news agency responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s controversial "nuclear button tweet," describing it as the "the spasm of a lunatic," according to AP."The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental st...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

Forecast: More warm weather, but frigid conditions are returning to Tampa Bay

The sunny skies and warmer temperatures that took hold on Martin Luther King Day will extend into Tuesday across Tampa Bay.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area They will last only a day, however, as the region will see a shor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

The Daystarter: Boat fire claims 42-year-old mother of two; cold kills fish, attracts vultures, Licht on Bucs’ ‘brutal’ year; warm returns, for a day

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• It will actually warm up just a tad before another cold front arrives and sweeps east across the Gulf coast. Tuesday’s highs will be in the 70s but expect cooler temperatures...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Help wanted: Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa has 250 jobs to fill

Help wanted: Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa has 250 jobs to fill

TAMPA — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is holding a hiring event next week to fill more than 250 positions. The event will take place in the Hard Rock Cafe from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24. Available positions include culinary, beverage, hotel, spa, ...
Published: 01/16/18
Thanks to Hurricane Irma, you need a boat to get to Shell Key again

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, you need a boat to get to Shell Key again

AT THE SHELL KEY PRESERVE — From a boat puttering along in the water, the sandy beach seems to go on and on. Then, abruptly, it ends at a mass of tangled, overturned mangroves where a great blue heron sits on an exposed root.And there, stretching for...
Published: 01/16/18
Bill to ban orca breeding filed in House faces pushback from SeaWorld

Bill to ban orca breeding filed in House faces pushback from SeaWorld

A bill that would outlaw the breeding and performing of killer whales in Florida has cleared the initial hurdle that kept it off the table last year: getting a lawmaker to file it in the first place. In an effort to solidify a voluntary policy change...
Published: 01/16/18
Vultures drawn by fish killed during cold snap pose hazard for MacDill flights

Vultures drawn by fish killed during cold snap pose hazard for MacDill flights

TAMPA — The recent cold snap has been more than just an inconvenience for Floridians. It’s been tough on fish and potentially hazardous to flights at MacDill Air Force Base.The National Weather Service says temperatures in early January fell to as lo...
Published: 01/16/18
Editorial: Balancing the playing field for workers’ compensation

Editorial: Balancing the playing field for workers’ compensation

For the longest time, injured workers in Florida were basically at the mercy of the whims of employers to treat them fairly. A 2003 law aimed at reducing the cost of workers’ compensation coverage for businesses had the desired impact, but it also di...
Published: 01/16/18
Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Review: Truth and lies are the focus of ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

Maybe Jack Nicholson was wrong. We can handle the truth.The #MeToo movement is giving a microphone to once unheard voices. Political lies are constantly challenged. At the Golden Globes, Oprah’s rousing speech asserted "the most powerful tool is spea...
Published: 01/16/18