Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: It's hot, the future of national defense is discussed in Florida — and is truth dead in presidential politics?

It should be brutally humid today, according to 10Weather WTSP, with "feels-like" temperatures approaching 110 degrees. There is a decent chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

• The defense industry brings in some $80 billion a year to Florida. On Wednesday, a panel of experts and lawmakers will examine the future of this important sector, including the prospects for another round of base closings and how MacDill Air Force Base might avoid it. It's part of the 2016 Florida Chamber Foundation's Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit in St. Petersburg. Look for a story from reporter Howard Altman at tampabay.com later today.

• Should animal abusers be allowed to adopt a dog or work with cats in shelters? Hillsborough County will consider the question today when commissioners hold a public hearing to decide whether to create a registry for convicted animal abusers. To follow the discussion and other commission action, follow county reporter Steve Contorno, on Twitter (@scontorno).

• We've seen the stories that 2016 will go down as the post-truth or post-fact election. But is that true? PolitiFact has been fact-checking the presidential candidates since 2007, and through July 2016, we have amassed a library of more than 950 fact-checks of the major party presidential nominees. We dug into that data to compare the major party nominees for the last three election cycles — 2016, 2012 and 2008. Read the report at PolitiFact.com.

• Want to know what it's like to climb into the controls of one of the new cranes at Port Tampa. At 135 feet in the air, it offers terrific views of Tampa Bay but is pretty dizzying. To read about the full experience, check out a report from business reporter Justine Griffin later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• A Tampa Bay area home belonging to a famous Floridian has hit the market. To see whose home it is and if it's in your price range, see the story from real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• The advocacy group Florida Community Health Action Information Network has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. at St. Petersburg City Hall to present a new report that will make the case for Florida to increase its spending on Medicaid. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be among those joining the group.

• Visit the Gradebook blog to keep up with education news from across Florida. Tampa Bay Times education reporter Jeff Solochek offers a roundup every day, Monday through Saturday.

• From the restaurant team the brought us Pietopia comes Oggi Italian Street Food on Davis Islands' main drag. Our food critic Laura Reiley checked out Joe DeBartolo's first nonpizza venture.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a Shiners parade in Ybor City thanks to a nation convention being held in Tampa.

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Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan along Memorial Highway on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway f...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

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Updated: 29 minutes ago
How killer’s path through a school left 17 dead in six short minutes of terror

How killer’s path through a school left 17 dead in six short minutes of terror

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

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Published: 02/17/18

High school scoreboard for Feb. 16

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Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

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Published: 02/16/18
Two students wounded by gunfire outside Tampa’s Middleton High campus

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Published: 02/16/18
Longtime Northcliffe Baptist pastor passes torch

Longtime Northcliffe Baptist pastor passes torch

SPRING HILL — Long time senior pastor Jerry Waugh will ceremonially "pass the torch" to his associate pastor, Jeff Dye, at a special service Feb. 25 at Northcliffe Baptist Church. "We will have a time of celebration, which will honor Pastor Jerry’s c...
Published: 02/16/18

Published: 02/16/18
Fire Chiefs Gone Wild: Ex-chiefs ran free-spending ‘frat house,’ investigators find

Fire Chiefs Gone Wild: Ex-chiefs ran free-spending ‘frat house,’ investigators find

HERNANDO BEACH — Trading the county gasoline card for smokes and energy drinks, falsifying training documents, paying themselves salaries for volunteer jobs and boasting about setting a fire that torched prized artwork.FROM THE ARCHIVES: After fire, ...
Published: 02/16/18