Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

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

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.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

A Jacksonville boy, 2, who was reported missing early Thursday morning, has been found safe.A Florida Missing Child Alert has been canceled for Legend Jones, who had last been seen in the 1900 block of Fouraker Road in Jacksonville, according to the ...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Be ready for busy roads and airports: 5.6 million Floridians to travel for the holidays

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A record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel during the holiday season next week, according to a AAA report released Thursday.The travel company projects 107.3 million Americans will pack their bags and leave their homes between Dec. ...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Here’s who’ll benefit, and who might not, if net neutrality is repealed as expected

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal net neutrality rules Thursday, a move that will likely have major implications for internet service providers, startups and consumers.The hotly contested move centers on a set o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa chamber of commerce evolves to take on more policy challenges

Tampa chamber of commerce evolves to take on more policy challenges

TAMPA — A couple of the ways the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has changed — evolved, really — will be on view today at the organization’s 132nd annual meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.But first, recall what the chamber used to be."A coffee...
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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

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NEW YORK — Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology compa...
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Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

You know that little snap of frigid — OK, chilly — weather we just had? In Florida, we call that winter, a season we typically measure in hours.If it’s really savage, the thermometer might not rise above 50 degrees for two or sometimes three whole da...
Updated: 2 hours ago
‘This has gone too far,’ says defiant Tavis Smiley after PBS suspends his show for ‘misconduct’

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PBS is "indefinitely" suspending distribution of the late-night talk show "Tavis Smiley" after multiple misconduct allegations emerged against the show’s 53-year-old host, PBS announced Wednesday.While a statement from a PBS spokeswoman did not say w...
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The Daystarter: ‘Star Wars’ debuts tonight; a carpet heir and 22-year-old’s death; it could be Trading Day for Longoria, Rays; new parking garage for St. Petersburg?

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Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll see temperatures in the low 70s today as highs march toward 80 degrees by Monday, according to 10Weather WTSP.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• As you head out for ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Palm Harbor woman, 23, killed while crossing Seminole Boulevard

SEMINOLE — A Palm Harbor woman was killed Thursday night after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Seminole Boulevard.The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. just north of 53rd Avenue N, deputies said.According to deputies, 23-year-old Kala Gombos...
Updated: 3 hours ago