Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Your DayStarter: Scattered showers but no chill, a congressman goes to bat for undead veterans and 'The Sound of Music'

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop declaring veterans dead when they are not dead.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, wants the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop declaring veterans dead when they are not dead.

A chance of rain today, particularly in the afternoon, according to WTSP 10Weather, but not the kind that brings a dip in temperatures behind it. Highs will stay in the mid to low 80s, with lows around 70.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has found the dream cause for a conservative Republican running for the Senate. The subject of prematurely declaring the death of former service members by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows Jolly to help veterans denied benefits while he also gets to bash a federal agency for incompetence. And he gets plenty of attention for it. (See here and here.) At 10 a.m., Jolly will hold a news conference on the topic at his Seminole office. He'll be joined by two Floridians who were mistakenly declared dead. Check later this morning at tampabay.com for details.

About 50,000 Puerto Ricans leave the island every year to come to the United States. And now Puerto Rican businesses — including restaurants and furniture stores — are starting to follow. Several have opened up shop in other parts of Florida and Tampa is likely to see some of these businesses open here in the next year. Read the full story this morning at tampabay.com/money.

Rick Stroud and Greg Auman talk about the latest Bucs news in the Cannon Fodder podcast. Look for it this afternoon at tampabay.com/bucs.

Here's the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including one of our favorite things: The Sound of Music on stage at the Straz Center this week, starting tonight.

Cuteness alert! If you are going to the Florida Aquarium today, the otters and the ring-tailed lemurs are getting a pile of snow to play in this afternoon.

Here are some recipes for Christmas morning, dinner and drinks that will perfume your house with cloves, ginger, cinnamon and more of those signature aromas of the holiday season. Some can be made ahead or are easy to whip up while presents are being opened.

Your DayStarter: Scattered showers but no chill, a congressman goes to bat for undead veterans and 'The Sound of Music' 12/22/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 12:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    Personal Finance

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms — scams that can put staffers' Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves.

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms.
[McClatchy DC/TNS file photo]
  2. Barcelona fugitive shot dead outside city wearing bomb belt

    World

    SUBIRATS, Spain — A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said.

    Police bomb squad officers work by a road near Subirats, Spain, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. A police operation was underway Monday in an area west of Barcelona, and a Spanish newspaper reports that the fugitive in the city's van attack has been captured. Regional police said officers shot a man wearing a possible explosives belt in Subirats, a small town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona. [Associated Press]
  3. Man accused in slaying of two Kissimmee officers was well-regarded during time at MacDill

    Macdill

    A man accused of shooting to death two Kissimmee police officers was well-known at MacDill Air Force Base as a Marine who served key roles at two major commands.

    Everett Glenn Miller, a suspect in the fatal shooting of two Kissimmee police officers, was well-regarded by colleagues with whom he worked at MacDill Air Force Base. But his Facebook posts, friends say, show he was becoming increasingly angry. [Kissimmee Police Department]
  4. Recipe for Chicken Wings with Coconut Sweet Potato Puree

    Cooking

    This dish is an homage to one of my favorite Epcot International Food and Wine Festival dishes: Grilled Beef Skewer With Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from the Patagonia kiosk. A boniato is a sweet potato with whiter flesh and a typically sweeter flavor. I use standard sweet potatoes in this recipe, plus a little …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  5. Rubio attacked for not attacking 'Antifa'

    Blogs

    The far right is angry with Sen. Marco Rubio for condemning white nationalist groups in Charlottesville -- and faulting President Trump for not doing some more clearly – while not …