Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Happy Thanksgiving homecomings; taking flight at iFLY; and your guide to sports on TV this weekend

• Warmer weather continues to arrive, with temperatures near 80 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP.

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

• From the Tampa Bay Times editorial board: The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, which serves an important oversight role, needs a thorough review and overhaul to ensure it is fulfilling its mission and protecting consumers.

Will you be welcoming loved ones back home for Thanksgiving? Christopher Spata and Samantha Putterman will be at Tampa International Airport this morning as folks await the arrivals of their friends and family. Check out their stories, and photos from the airport, in our live blog.

• Call it "Still Life at City Hall." St. Petersburg responds to Tampa's "mannequin challenge" and there's a pretty funny spoiler by the mayor.

• Our pop music critic interviewed David Crosby, who performs in Clearwater on Sunday. He talks about Joni Mitchell, old bandmates and the 'stupid' Donald Trump. Read about it here

• Our Chris O'Donnell visited iFLY, Brandon's new indoor skydiving center, where people can now skydive without jumping from a plane. Read the first person account of his experience at the new center.

• The so-called 'Microsoft scam' -- in which someone pretending to be from tech support calls you and gets you to unlock personal information from your computer -- has been around for a while, but seems to be gaining momentum along with other cybersecurity threats. Read more about the threats to your computer that you need to be aware of.

• This is one of those weeks where it seems as if there is too much sports on television. Here are some of the best bets to help you plan your holiday weekend:

• The head of Hernando County's purchasing operations was dismissed abruptly Nov. 17, he said because he tried to enforce county spending rules and because of complaints by a cliquish group of women employees in his office. "I'm out on the street because of a bunch of girls squawking," said Anthony Garzione, the county's purchasing and contracts manager, who said he was escorted from his office in downtown Brooksville after a brief meeting with his immediate boss, budget services director Pamela Lee and human resources director Cristi Charlow.

Nocturnal Animals is why they hate us, whoever we are for others to despise, Steve Persall writes. As a citizen of the Western world, Tom Ford's movie is a billboard of cultural decadence, its grotesque nudity and violence polished to an empty, artful sheen. ISIS could use it for recruitment, an example of the infidel enemy. Read his review here.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including the Lightning playing Philadelphia tonight and there's ice skating in a balmy Florida park.

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Man, 78, proposes to newfound love at ‘senior’ prom in Riverview

Man, 78, proposes to newfound love at ‘senior’ prom in Riverview

RIVERVIEWJaime Rodriguez, 78, popped the question Friday morning but skipped the "getting down on one knee" part."If I get on my knee, you’d have to help me," he told the emcee a moment before asking Luz Rivera to marry him.Rivera, 69, smiled and sai...
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Tampa Bay workforce development initiative looks to Houston for lessons

Tampa Bay workforce development initiative looks to Houston for lessons

The biggest hospitals in Houston had a problem.To earn a prized institutional certification, they needed more nurses with bachelor of science degrees in nursing.But local colleges were more focused on turning out nurses with two-year degrees who, to ...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

The Lightning has re-signed one of its restricted free agents in backup goalie Louis Domingue, who will be back with Tampa Bay on a two-year deal worth $2.3 million.Domingue, 26, was acquired from Arizona in November after he had posted a 4.33 goals-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

TAMPA — The days ahead were supposed to be bright.For weeks, the future of health care tech company CareSync had been thrown into question as founder and CEO and founder Travis Bond unexpectedly departed, kicking off multiple rounds of layoffs. But t...
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Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

TAMPA — De’Nico Thomas, 14, isn’t a bad kid, police say, but he was the victim of a terrible shooting.Thomas had played video games with a friend Wednesday night and was likely bicycling home when someone fired a gun, critically wounding him in the a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Six candidates waltz into their seats as qualifying ends. The rest still have a fight

Six candidates waltz into their seats as qualifying ends. The rest still have a fight

Six local candidates across Tampa Bay — all county commissioners and city council members — effectively won their elections Friday by default: No one qualified to run against them.The rest still have a fight.Some will square off in an Aug. 28 primary...
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Romano: You better hope I’m wrong about flood insurance

Romano: You better hope I’m wrong about flood insurance

Chances are, I’ll go down as the Boy Who Cried Flood.You might have noticed, I’ve been shouting about the imminent calamity of flood waters for quite a few years now. If I wasn’t trying to frighten you into buying flood insurance, I was worrying you ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines says it’s no longer allowing passengers to fly with "pit bull type" dogs as service or support animals, a policy that’s being met with criticism by groups that train service dogs and the people who use them.The Atlanta-based...
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Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

Here’s an intriguing set of facts: Coal produces the same percentage of the world’s electricity as 20 years ago. Oil and gas remain about level, too.Same for nonfossil fuel sources. In other words, the massive push towards renewables over the past co...
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Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

A cancer lurks within Florida’s otherwise rosy job numbers, one that’s been called a quiet catastrophe and an intractable time bomb.Too many men between the ages of 25 and 54 have stopped working.Economists call those the prime-age years. Incomes gen...
Updated: 3 hours ago