Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Gov. Scott faces a deadline, two transit plans in Hillsborough County and we'll live-blog today's 1:10 p.m. Rays game

Besides a possible brief shower this evening, today should be another beautiful and breezy spring day, with highs in the low 80s and mostly sunny skies, according to 10Weather WTSP.

Gov. Rick Scott faces a deadline today to act on 20 bills from the legislative session, including one that would create a Holocaust memorial at the state Capitol and one that would repeal a 148-year-old law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. Lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully in previous years to repeal the law, which makes it a second-degree misdemeanor for men and women to "lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together." Scott can sign, veto or allow legislation to become law without his signature.

• Hillsborough County has spent more than two years weighing its transportation needs and trying to come up with a way to pay for them. April may prove to be a pivotal month in that process. The Hillsborough County Commission meets at 9 a.m., and county administrator Mike Merrill is set to make a presentation outlining the two options: the half-cent sales tax known as Go Hillsborough and mobility fees for developers. Next week, the commission could finally vote on whether to put the proposed sales tax on the November ballot and whether to bless new mobility fees. Follow Caitlin Johnston on Twitter (@cljohnst) for the latest developments.

• The Florida Gators have been searching for a quarterback since Tim Tebow left. With the quest continuing in Friday's spring game, staff writer Matt Baker will examine the reasons today.

• The Rays play a day game at 1:10 p.m. If you can't watch at work, sneak a peek at our live blog.

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, including Cult of Personality rockers Living Colour in Ybor and avant-garde dance company Pilobolus at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

• Catch up on concert announcements and music news on our Soundcheck blog. In recent news: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are coming to Tampa, and after six years without a Tampa tour stop, so will country superstar Carrie Underwood.

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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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, ...
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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...
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Lawsuit attempts to end conversion therapy ban in Tampa

Lawsuit attempts to end conversion therapy ban in Tampa

TAMPA — A conservative advocacy group is asking a federal court to overturn Tampa’s ban on conversion therapy for minors.The City Council approved an ordinance in March that bars the controversial practice, which tries to change a person’s sexual ori...
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Jabil’s fiscal results top Wall Street expectations

Jabil’s fiscal results top Wall Street expectations

ST. PETERSBURG — Jabil Circuit Inc. beat Wall Street expectations for both profits and revenue Thursday.The St. Petersburg-based contract electronics manufacturer — one of Tampa Bay’s biggest public companies — posted fiscal first-quarter earnings of...
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Deputies: Fleeing suspect shoots, injures dog as he runs through yards

DOVER — While fleeing from deputies, a man shot a dog inside a fenced yard Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said they were attempting to pull over a vehicle that might have been stolen near Milagro Court and Bl...
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Amtrak train strikes, kills 60-year-old woman in Lakeland

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman who was hit by an Amtrak train on Thursday.The woman was struck at 12:30 p.m. in the railroad intersection of Highway 92 East and Fairway Avenue in Lakeland, deputies ...
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