Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Florida fuels Trump's shocking win; complete election results; Uber and Lyft regulations in Tampa; and where is SeaWorld headed?

• A weak cold front is arriving Wednesday, bringing cooler and drier air and temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80, 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.

• Many of you may be waking up to learn Donald Trump is the president-elect, and Florida was very much a center of attention. Watch the video as Trump accepted the presidency, and how companies and economists worldwide are reacting to the news.

• Marco Rubio is headed back to the U.S. Senate with his prospects of another run for president intact. Rubio defeated two-term Congressman Patrick Murphy, who couldn't overcome poor name recognition or questions about embellishments on his résumé.

• Charlie Crist revived his political career by winning a Pinellas County congressional seat that was held by Republicans for more than 60 years. Crist, a former Republican governor running as a Democrat, beat incumbent Republican David Jolly by a relatively slim 52 percent to 48 percent margin in the 13th Congressional District, according to preliminary returns.

• We also wrap up Election Day 2016 throughout the day at tampabay.com/tbtvotes, but look for our best political reporting on the Buzz blog..

• Most of the local races were settled by Tuesday night. But Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober may be out of a job. He was losing narrowly to Democrat Andrew Warren with a few thousand mail-in and provisional ballots still being counted. Check in with tampabay.com/tbtvotes.

Hillsborough County has another close race that was too close to call, for school board. Lynn Gray was narrowly leading Cathy James by fewer than 2,000 votes with a few ballots still to be scanned. Again, click tampabay.com/tbtvotes this morning for updates.

• Since they arrived in 2014, Uber and Lyft have become as much a part of the Tampa Bay transportation landscape as delays on the Howard Frankland. That's despite the two companies having regular run-ins with the Public Transportation Commission. Today, the agency, which regulates for-hire vehicles, is set to vote on a new operating agreement that would finally make Uber and Lyft street legal in Hillsborough. But the vote is expected to be close with some board members still of a mind that fingerprint background checks should be mandatory for drivers. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Stay tuned to tampabay.com

• Fall often brings deals at Florida attractions to draw local residents after the tourists have gone home and the snowbirds haven't arrived yet. Busch Gardens just announced one that gets you two months free.

• Speaking of Busch Gardens, its parent company, SeaWorld, first started moving toward eliminating its Shamu shows a year ago this week. What's happened since and where is SeaWorld heading next? Read business columnist Robert Trigaux's take.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a Tony-winning Broadway show at the Straz Center and former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark giving a free talk at USF.

 
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Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the rest...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

NEW PORT RICHEY—A 15-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he threatened to stage a shooting attack on River Ridge High School, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The student attended Schwettman Education Center, dep...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was taken to the hospital Thursday after being found in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies were called at 12:31 p.m. to the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive.An adult was watching the c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Those who use mass transit across the Tampa Bay area can ride for free on Sunday.To celebrate Earth Day, both the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will be offering free rides on Su...
Updated: 1 hour ago