Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Fact-checking the Trump-Clinton debate; crackdown on Hillsborough "courtesy busing" and sewage crisis takes new turns

• After storms yesterday, expect more of the same today, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Wonder who told the truth in the first presidential debate? The staff of PolitiFact stayed up late to fact-check the candidates. Check out the full report on PolitiFact.com.

• One of the questions that exploded on Twitter during the debate was why Republican candidate Donald Trump was sniffing so much.

• Trump will return to Florida for a scheduled rally at the Melbourne International Airport at 7 tonight. Follow Times/Herald reporter @MaryEllenKlas.

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

•Hundreds of students in Hillsborough County are getting bus rides that they don't really need, judging by state standards. If your child lives within two miles of a school, the state says he or she should walk unless the conditions are hazardous. To save money, Hillsborough school officials want to crack down on this so-called "courtesy busing," which costs them somewhere between $5.5 million and $9.5 million a year. We'll cover the conversation at a 9 a.m. School Board workshop. Follow @marlenesokol on Twitter.

• From the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board: More reversals and revelations about St. Petersburg's sewage crisis undermine public confidence in City Hall and bring home the importance of independent, outside investigations to understand what went wrong and correct it. Find it at tampabay.com/opinion.

• For the first time following two years of hushed negotiations between city officials and the Toronto Blue Jays, residents and baseball fans can see what the future may hold for the team's springtime facilities. During the city's first public meeting Monday, officials released an animated video showing a renovated version of the team's current game day spot, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Douglas Avenue.

• The newest grocery store to jump into the Tampa Bay market is Earth Fare, which opens Wednesday in Seminole. Business reporter Justine Griffin toured the store and talked to the company's CEO. See her full report, which should be published online by 9 a.m. today, at tampabay.com/business.

• A movie that recounts the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico opens this week and our film critic Steve Persall has an interview you can read here with Mark Wahlberg, where the star talks about real-life heroics on the Deepwater Horizon set.

• Check out our preview today of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which is opening Friday. We preview the films and also a new deal aimed at younger viewers getting them free admission.

• Former Ray James Shields worked six solid innings in winning for the first time since July 26, helping the White Sox top Tampa Bay, 7-1. He put a good finish on what has been a bad year for the Padres and White Sox (6-18, 5.82 overall) and beat the Rays for the third time in three tries, though noting Evan Longoria was the only former teammate in the lineup Monday. "It's always nice to face your old team and get a win," Shields said.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Dancing With the Stars winner Nyle DiMarco using his good looks for a good cause, giving a free talk at USF about his advocacy for the deaf. Also, acclaimed metal band Gojira will be at the Ritz Ybor.

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Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular season. The Tor...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Pinellas Park man killed in rollover crash near Feather Sound

Pinellas Park man killed in rollover crash near Feather Sound

ST. PETERSBURG — A 47-year-old Pinellas Park man died Friday night after his pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic, rolled over and ejected him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Troopers said the crash took place at 7:15 p.m. at Feather So...
Updated: 1 hour ago
USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

Before resuming her assault on USF's record books, Kitija Laksa will try to make history with her homeland.A native of Riga, Latvia, Laksa begins play with her native country this morning in the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Spain.Latvia is ma...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Published: 09/22/18
How do you explain active shooters to a first-grader? For educators, school safety is a ‘work in progress.’

How do you explain active shooters to a first-grader? For educators, school safety is a ‘work in progress.’

Active assailant. Run-hide-fight. Barricade the classroom. The language of preventing a shooting like the one this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is often filled with terms that can stir up fear in students, often out of necessity.But f...
Published: 09/22/18
Doby needed surgery. It cost $10,000. Twitter to the rescue.

Doby needed surgery. It cost $10,000. Twitter to the rescue.

Two full-time University of South Florida students found themselves with a $10,000 bill to keep their beloved mutt Doby alive. So they turned to the Internet.Twitter to the rescue — for once.It started Sept. 15, when USF student Sarah Marie Grassi le...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/22/18

Football: Armwood 24, Jefferson 14

SEFFNER — Armwood is becoming accustomed to winning close games.The Hawks fended off visiting Jefferson 24-14 in a defensive battle that featured a plethora of holding penalties in the second half.Armwood (3-1) earned two rushing touchdowns from juni...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/22/18