Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Trump addresses nation in infomercial-style video; your Black Friday shopping guide; and Politifact's guide to navigating politics

• Tuesday morning will start out chilly, but warmer weather is on the way, with temperatures in the mid-70s by Tuesday afternoon 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-elect Donald Trump released a 2 ½-minute infomercial-style video that largely steered clear of his most inflammatory campaign promises to deport immigrants, track Muslims and repeal President Barack Obama's health law. Instead, Trump offered what he called an update on his transition, which he said was working "very smoothly, efficiently and effectively." Reading from a script and looking into the camera, Trump vowed to focus on creating jobs, reducing regulations and combating corruption once in office.

• Be honest with yourself: Politics is on the table this holiday season, like it or not. The best advice we have is to try keeping the conversation rooted in reality. We have PolitiFact's guide to navigating politics on Thanksgiving.

• The Florida Senate at 10 a.m. swears in 20 new members, including Dana Young, R-Tampa, and Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg. At 11 a.m., the Florida House swears in 46 new House members. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Rep. Richard Corcoran, R- Land O'Lakes, formally take over the Senate and House. There is already friction between the two.

• When Tampa Bay opened this five-game road trip, starting a slate of 12 of 17 away from Amalie Arena, goalie Ben Bishop insisted the team needed to play with more of an attitude. Stop waiting to get hit first. Start a streak. And the Lightning did just that, winning four of five games on this road trip, which ended in a 3-1 loss to the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

• Kristina Gaime, the Pasco County mother who went to prison for killing her youngest son and attempting to kill her oldest, was recently ordered by a jury to pay more than half a billion dollars to her surviving child and his father for the infamous 1999 crime. The judgment ended the long civil suit against Gaime filed by her ex-husband, Stephen Rotell; her surviving son, Adam Rotell, now 25; and the estate of her son, Mathew Rotell, who died at age 6. Even 17 years after the crime — even after his wife took a plea deal and was released from prison earlier this year — Stephen Rotell still wanted his day in court against his ex-wife. Check back with tampabay.com around 8:30 for a story.

• If you're gearing up for some Black Friday shopping, be sure to check out our list of store openings and hours.

• Here are all the movies you can see over the holiday weekend, and you can read reviews from Tampa Bay Times film critic Steve Persall.

• Dolly Parton and Barbra Streisand in the same week? It's happening in Tampa. Our pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked to the legendary country star who squealed with delight at the news she and Barbra are in the same town in the same week. It's her first concert to the city of Tampa since the early '90s, and Streisand's first local show ever.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including free ferry rides and ice skating at Tampa's Winter Village.

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The government admits it studies UFOs. So about those Area 51 conspiracy theories.

The government admits it studies UFOs. So about those Area 51 conspiracy theories.

For decades, Americans were told that Area 51 didn’t really exist and that the U.S. government had no official interest in aliens or UFOs. Statements to the contrary, official-sounding people cautioned, were probably the musings of crackpots in tinfo...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Another reason to buy a home in Tampa Bay--- downpayments are lower here

Another reason to buy a home in Tampa Bay--- downpayments are lower here

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Updated: 28 minutes ago
Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails south of Seattle

Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails south of Seattle

TACOMA, Wash. — An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle on Monday, spilling train cars onto a busy interstate and authorities reported "multiple fatalities."The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m.Amtrak says...
Updated: 1 hour ago
ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

NEW YORK — John Skipper, president of the sprawling ESPN sports network, said Monday that he is resigning to treat a substance abuse problem.Skipper’s sudden announcement will force the Walt Disney Co.-owned network to search for new leadership at a ...
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Cannon Fodder podcast: Monday night football preview, Bucs vs. Falcons

Cannon Fodder podcast: Monday night football preview, Bucs vs. Falcons

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman has a final preview of tonight’s Bucs-Falcons game — Matt Ryan’s history with the Bucs, how Tampa Bay will handle its absences on defense and a few Ring of Honor hypotheticals as well … Listen below: ...
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Top 5 at noon: The hole in DJJ’s beefed-up screening process; can Gruden coach Bucs again?; and more

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Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.ALTHOUGH FLORIDA JUVENILE JUSTICE SAID IT WOULD WEED OUT BAD HIRES, SOMEHOW THIS GUY SLIPPED THROUGHWhile the beefed-up screening governs how the Department of Juvenine Justice hires officers...
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Riverview father accused in daughter’s murder tells judge he wants to drop his attorney

Riverview father accused in daughter’s murder tells judge he wants to drop his attorney

TAMPA — Nahshon Shannon wants to drop his attorney.Shannon, accused of murdering his 13-year-old daughter, argued in court Monday morning that Assistant Public Defender Jennifer Spradley should be removed from his case.His main complaint was that Spr...
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American Social tries to draw a young Tampa crowd with New York prices

American Social tries to draw a young Tampa crowd with New York prices

TAMPAPaul Greenberg and Rick Mijares believe something. They believe that millennials are nostalgic for a time they didn’t live through. American Social, the long-anticipated waterside restaurant adjacent to Jackson’s on Harbour Island, reads like a ...
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Police: Woman killed in Clearwater drive-by shooting while daughter, 10, in back seat

Police: Woman killed in Clearwater drive-by shooting while daughter, 10, in back seat

CLEARWATER — A Palm Harbor woman was killed in a drive-by shooting while riding with her husband and 10-year-old daughter in a Nissan Sentra late Sunday, police said.Elizabeth Rosado, 30, was in the front passenger seat of the sedan, which was headed...
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Florida gas prices back to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels

Florida gas prices back to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels

Just in time for one of the busiest travel periods of the year, gas prices across Florida are back down to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels. Tampa Bay gas hit $2.30 per gallon today, while state prices averaged $2.37 per gallon, according to AAA, The Auto...
Updated: 4 hours ago