Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

Morning briefing: Warming to the low 60s; a bombing in Turkey; preview tonight's states of the State and Union; 'Bama claims national title

Last night was the coldest it will be for at least a few days, with the threat of frost as lows dipped near freezing in the North Suncoast. Besides that, the weather should be quiet for the rest of the week — until storms approach the area near the weekend. Look for a high around 60 today, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• A Syrian suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists this morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 others, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

• Even when Jake Coker was stuck on the bench at Florida State, the Seminoles raved about his arm. Former FSU teammate Clint Trickett said he has never seen a player throw a prettier ball than Coker. In the fourth quarter of the biggest game of his life, the entire college football world got to see what Coker could do for his new team, No. 2 Alabama. Coker followed a pivotal third-down throw with a go-ahead 51-yard touchdown pass — all part of a career-high 335-yard night in last night's thrilling 45-40 win over No. 1 Clemson.

• The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts whose members are appointed by the federal government, issued a final set of recommendations late Monday saying that women between the ages of 50 and 74 should get routine screening once every two years. The task force's guidelines are important because insurers and government programs often follow the panel's recommendations in deciding whether to cover certain preventive services. The task force's final recommendation is likely to be controversial because some other groups say the screening should start earlier.

• Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivers the State of the State address to open the 2016 session around lunchtime today. Follow along with our live blog or watch him on the Florida Channel. Our Tallahassee bureau will be tweeting all day about developments to start the annual 60-day session using #legfl16. For now, we're previewing Five things to watch today on our politics blog, The Buzz.

• President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address is tonight at 9, and PolitiFact will be live tweeting and fact-checking. Preview the issues now, and follow @PolitiFact on Twitter.

• The Hillsborough County School Board meets at 3 p.m. They'll name new principals for Ballast Point and Bryant elementary schools. Education reporter Marlene Sokol will be there, listening for possible updates as well on the budget shortfall and the teacher evaluation system. Follow @Marlenesokol on Twitter.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including the classical Chinese dancers and orchestra of Shen Yun.

Osaka Sushi & Thai's stellar sushi is drawing crowds to Seminole, our food critic Laura Reiley says.

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Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

ST. PETERSBURG ó Three people forced their way into a St. Petersburg house before dawn Sunday before gunfire broke out, killing a suspect and injuring two residents, police said.About 5:30 a.m., the people arrived at a house in Childs Park, on the 41...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa police seeking vehicle in hit and run

Tampa police seeking vehicle in hit and run

The Tampa Police Department is seeking a vehicle involved in a hit and run on Sunday afternoon at New Tampa Boulevard and Wood Sage Drive that left a father with life threatening injuries and his young son in serious condition.The vehicle is either a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

TAMPA ó Stripped to the girders, the old Bromley office building looked about as substantial as fish bones on a dinner plate.But the 5-story structure proved Sunday it still had a surprising amount of fight left in it.A demolition team had planned to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

NEW PORT RICHEY ó A 19-year-old driver died in a three-car crash on Moon Lake Road on Saturday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.Jillian Faith Hitt, 19 and of New Port Richey, was driving north on the road in a 2008 Hyundai Accent, weari...
Updated: 3 hours ago
President Trumpís trade war threatens the US newspaper industry

President Trumpís trade war threatens the US newspaper industry

STERLING, Ill. - As a longtime editor of small-town newspapers, Jeff Rogers has seen his industry face the collapse of print advertising, the rise of the internet and more. Today, his 18 employees work in a newsroom here that puts out two daily newsp...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Police: St. Petersburg driver falls asleep at wheel after drinking, kills motorcyclist

Police: St. Petersburg driver falls asleep at wheel after drinking, kills motorcyclist

ST. PETERSBURG ó A 22-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel after drinking and ran a red light, hitting and killing a motorcyclist Saturday night, police said.Just before midnight, Michael P. Majchrowski, 48, was riding a 2016 BMW motorcycle eastb...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Making the case for more drones

Making the case for more drones

BLACKSBURG, Va. - They considered how well everyone slept the night before. They considered the chances a military jet might scream by on a training mission. They considered the farmer in the field.Then they considered some more.After making it throu...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and would do it again

Why a small-town restaurant owner asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave - and would do it again

LEXINGTON, Va. - Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening - nearly 200 miles from the White House - when the choice presented itself.Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

Rays team up to beat Yankees again 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG — With all that's been said, tweeted, ranted and written on these pages and elsewhere about the Rays' odd, unorthodox, weird and some days downright wacky pitching plan, this might be the craziest thing yet:It's working.Like, rea...
Published: 06/23/18
Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

There are many unanswered questions and discrepancies about the story of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the March 2016 Uber ride in Arizona that has led to his upcoming three-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy.The Bucs won't ...
Published: 06/23/18