Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: A look at the presidential campaign, five questions facing Duke Energy — and May the Fourth be with you

Showers and storms move onshore this morning, including strong wind gusts and lightning, 10Weather WTSP reports. The rain should dry up by the afternoon. And after our hot streak, highs will only reach the mid-to-upper 70s.

• After Donald Trump's resounding victory in Tuesday's Indiana primary, and Ted Cruz's announcement that he's suspending his campaign, Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary examines the state of the presidential campaign. Look for his report later today at tampabay.com/politics.

• Ahead of Duke Energy's annual meeting Thursday, Business columnist Robert Trigaux weighs in on five questions facing the company from a Florida perspective. Watch for the column to appear later today at tampabay.com/business

President Barack Obama visits Flint, Mich., amid a state government scandal over the lead contamination of the city's drinking water. The White House said Obama is responding in part to the request of an 8-year-old girl from Flint who had sought to meet with him in Washington about the water crisis.

The NATO alliance gets a new supreme commander at a time of escalating tensions with a resurgent Russia, including the recent buzzing of U.S. Navy ships and aircraft in the Baltics. U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, a former head of U.S. forces in South Korea, replaces U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including the hip-hop group Cypress Hill at Jannus Live and Spamalot at American Stage in the Park.

• "May the Fourth be with you." What started as an inside joke among Star Wars fans has turned into a full-fledged Star Wars Day holiday, an excuse to have parties and spend money on Star Wars collectibles (like we need a special day for that). Here are the parties and deals you can find today.

• Bar review: Tampa has a bar-arcade where you drop in quarters to play Tron, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Galaga, Ms. Pac Man and more. Our Barfly says it's a simple concept, but it works.

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Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

WASHINGTON — A draft statement former FBI director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator s...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

Rays re-sign pitcher Jonny Venters, among 13 invited to spring training

LAKE BUENA VISTA — LHP Jonny Venters got as far as Triple A in September. Now the former All-Star is positioned to make it all the way back to the majors for the first time since 2012, re-signing with the Rays and headlining Thursday’s announcement o...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Pack your bags: 107.3M Americans to set holiday traveling record

Pack your bags: 107.3M Americans to set holiday traveling record

A record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel this holiday season.The American Automobile Association projects that 107.3 million Americans will pack their bags and travel more than 50 miles by planes, trains, automobiles and other mod...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas judge: U.S. Army major found incompetent to stand trial can leave Florida

Pinellas judge: U.S. Army major found incompetent to stand trial can leave Florida

LARGO — A Pinellas circuit judge ruled this week that Roman Izzo, a U.S. Army major charged with murder but found incompetent to stand trial after he was injured in a motorcycle crash, can move to Kansas with his family.Izzo was released on $1.5 mill...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bob’s Carpet and Flooring heir was source of family strife before arrest

Bob’s Carpet and Flooring heir was source of family strife before arrest

An heir to a local flooring company charged with failing to report the death of a young woman last year has a troubled criminal history and was a source of strife in his family business, according to court records.Robert Butler III, 52, was arrested ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

PLANT CITY — Jonathon Adams heard a scream, "like a dog getting run over by a car," then saw a minivan come tearing around the corner with a woman he knew dangling out of the passenger side.It was the start of a deadly sequence of events Dec. 8 that ...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Column: Tax reform is the right path forward for Florida

In Washington, the tax reform process continues to move steadily forward, increasing the likelihood that Floridians will be able to keep more of their own money next year. While it has been the subject of a great deal of criticism (and outright misle...
Updated: 3 hours ago
NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Dade City man turns himself in on warrants for Polk armed robbery

Dade City man turns himself in on warrants for Polk armed robbery

DADE CITY — A 25-year-old man wanted in connection with the attempted robbery of a taxi driver in Lakeland turned himself in late Wednesday night after being prompted by his mother, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Edner Dely of Dade Ci...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Local widowers say baby powder caused their wives’ cancer

Local widowers say baby powder caused their wives’ cancer

Two Tampa area widowers whose wives died of ovarian cancer are suing Johnson & Johnson, joining nearly 5,000 other plaintiffs across the country who blame their illness on the daily use of the pharmaceutical company’s talcum powder.Bryan Isa’s wife, ...
Updated: 4 hours ago