Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: A rainy day; Obama visits MacDill in Tampa, a plot twist in St. Petersburg's sewage sage; and backlash over Carson's appointment

• Rain is expected Tuesday with a chance for storms, as highs reach the mid-to-upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

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• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• President Barack Obama will visit MacDill Air Force Base today, where he'll meet with active duty service members and give remarks about his administration's counter-terrorism efforts.

• President-elect Donald Trump on Monday announced Ben Carson as his nomination for secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The former Republican presidential candidate, who lived in public housing during part of his childhood, has never held office. He has said helping the poor is not the job of government. The appointment has alarmed some public housing advocacy groups.

• The Pinellas County Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the renewal of the Penny for Pinellas 1-cent sales tax. Residents will get the chance in 2017 to vote to renew the tax for another 10 years. Follow Mark Puente at @MarkPuente for updates.

• Remember when Gov. Rick Scott ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate St. Petersburg sewage crisis? Well, one of the DEP officials who took part in the state investigation of St. Petersburg has applied for a job with the very city agency at the heart of the sewage mess. Charlie Frago's explains what happened.

• Elections are done everywhere else, but voters in New Tampa and northern Tampa go to the polls today to decide a runoff in a special election for Tampa City Council District 7. It's between emergency room doctor Jim Davison and lawyer Luis Viera. The winner will replace Lisa Montelione, who left her seat early to run for the state House of Representatives.

• Getting kicked out of Tyrone Square Mall in 2000 for wearing a sideways hat is a vivid memory for Ephraim Sykes as he prepares to portray the role of Seaweed in NBC's 'Hairspray, Live!' Wednesday. Read our interview with Sykes and his father.

• Movie critic Steve Persall says Manchester by the Sea is one of 2016's top film highlights. Get that Oscar buzz going and read the review..

• The first few weeks in December are just about the best times to visit Florida's many theme parks to enjoy the holiday lights, shows and Christmas characters. From Busch Gardens to Universal, Universal and Disney, check out our roundup of where to see them.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Grammy winner Lauryn Hill and Donny and Marie Osmond's Christmas show.

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FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

DADE CITY — A 31-year-old man was killed and three others were seriously injured after a pickup truck and motorcycle crashed head-on Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Floyd Williamson, 72, of Lakeland, was driving northbound on ...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

TAMPA — The days ahead were supposed to be bright.For weeks, health care tech company CareSync had been thrown into question as founder and CEO and founder Travis Bond unexpectedly departed, kicking off multiple rounds of layoffs. But that was all in...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

TAMPA — A federal judge ordered a 25-year prison term Friday for a man convicted of running an organization that moved large quantities of heroin into St. Petersburg.The sentencing of William Harold Wright punctuated a criminal case that was emblemat...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Body of missing Hernando park ranger found in Georgia; boyfriend being questioned

Georgia detectives on Friday recovered the body of Mitzi Marie Babb, a 43-year-old Hernando park ranger who had been missing since Tuesday.Her boyfriend, arrested Thursday on unrelated charges, has been called a person of interest in her disappearanc...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

PORT RICHEY — A 41-year-old Uber driver was arrested Friday after police said he pointed a firearm at another driver because he was annoyed that she was texting and driving.Philip Macchio was driving near State Road 52 and U.S. 19 around 12:30 a.m. F...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

TAMPA — A Democrat has officially joined the race for Hillsborough County sheriff.Gary Pruitt, a 50-year-old former Tampa police corporal who now works as director of security at a local mall, qualified Friday to challenge Republican Sheriff Chad Chr...
Updated: 2 hours ago
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo

Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo

Talia Lavin, whose tweet about a Pasco veteran’s tattoo implied he was a Nazi, has apologized to him and resigned from her position as a fact-checker at the New Yorker magazine.But in another tweet, Thursday evening, Lavin also lashed out at the fede...
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Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

Carlton: That snake-like thing living under your refrigerator? It’s a skink. Welcome to Florida

At first I thought it was a snake.Because wouldn’t it be typically Florida to come home and find a snake poking its nose out from under your stove? Which wouldn’t be a problem or anything. I would just have to move out is all.But no, the creature th...
Updated: 3 hours ago