Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: A bay area product has a big day for the Rays, and a Sarasota father talks about what went horribly wrong at a gun range

• Expect temperatures to be in the relatively cool 70s in the morning but it's going to get a lot hotter from there, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Garton had a memorable Fourth of July: The Mitchell High School product from New Port Richey notched his first major-league save, helping the Rays beat the Angels 4-2 at Tropicana Field on Monday night. Sports columnist Martin Fennelly writes about how Garton shored up Tampa Bay's struggling bullpen.

• The Sarasota father who authorities say accidentally fired the gunshot that killed his 14-year-old son at a gun range on Sunday told the Tampa Bay Times: "The gun didn't kill my boy. I did." Read the father's harrowing account of what happened.

• When a nonprofit ran out of bed space for 17 Hillsborough County foster children in May and June, Eckerd Kids officials had them sleep on air mattresses in an office building. The Department of Children and Families is investigating. Read what went wrong and what officials are doing to make sure it doesn't happen again.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

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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...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

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...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
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: 27 minutes ago
‘This has gone too far,’ says defiant Tavis Smiley after PBS suspends his show for ‘misconduct’

‘This has gone too far,’ says defiant Tavis Smiley after PBS suspends his show for ‘misconduct’

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...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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?

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?

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: 1 hour 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: 2 hours ago
Forecast: Building humidity a precursor to warm weekend across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Building humidity a precursor to warm weekend across Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay region will soon be seeing an end to the cool mornings and below-average temperatures that have prevailed for much of the week.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Temperatures early Thursday morning are startin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida Missing Child Alert issued for Jacksonville boy, 2

Florida Missing Child Alert issued for Jacksonville boy, 2

A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued early Thursday morning for a 2-year-old Jacksonville boy.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Legend Jones is 3 feet tall and 33 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.He was last seen in th...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Crash downs power lines, closes N Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — A portion of North Florida Avenue is closed in downtown Tampa as TECO crews repair downed power lines after a crash late Wednesday night.The crash occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of N Florida Avenue and E Fortune Street, accord...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

ST. PETERSBURG — For years, Edge District merchants and residents have been united by this grievance: there isn’t enough parking to accommodate visitors to the booming entertainment and retail district.The City Council will consider a plan to fix tha...
Updated: 11 hours ago