Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's temps are more October than December, Hillary Clinton visits and Hillsborough considers how much it wants a Super Bowl

Morning clouds should give way to sunshine today before a front moves through later this week, according to WTSP 10Weather. Highs should top 80.

• Hillary Clinton swings through Central Florida today, starting with a private fundraiser this morning at former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink's Thonotosassa home. In the afternoon, she'll outline her economic agenda at a grassroots rally at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center in Orlando. Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith will be on the scene. Follow @adamsmithtimes on Twitter.

• It's Hillsborough County's turn to offer symbolic support for Tampa's bid to host a Super Bowl in the near future. Following the lead of the Tampa City Council last month, county commissioners are expected to vote today on whether to pen a letter to the National Football League backing Tampa's bid for the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl. Here's the background.

• We started a new tradition in our Taste section in today's Tampa Bay Times, expanding far beyond Christmas cookies. We asked readers to send in their favorite family holiday desserts and got such a variety of entries that there were barely any duplicates. From Polish Angel Wings to Caramel Pecan Rolls, you'll find a wide selection of recipes and the family stories behind them here.

• Farmer Dave Smiles has invested a lot of sweat and brain power into Uriah's Urban Farms. When it's running at full capacity, the 24,000-square-foot warehouse will grow about eight football fields of produce. It will accomplish this using 5 percent of the water of regular farms. It will do this with no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. And it will employ one of the world's most energy-efficient lighting systems. If all goes as planned, it will become one of the three largest indoor farms in North America. Times food critic Laura Reiley has the story later this morning on tampabay.com.

• Think you have what it takes to spot a bogus Florida headline? Prove you have real Sunshine State smarts and take the True Florida Quiz.

Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a concert from country star Clint Black and a talk by Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post executive editor David Maraniss.

Thomas Bassinger charts each pass by top NFL draft picks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota and analyzes their performances. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

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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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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...
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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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