Tuesday, April 24, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (more rain — but free coffee), spacewalk, GOP debate and Amazon opening

Most of the rain should have tapered off overnight, but showers will likely linger through the morning with a high in the low 80s. Good news, though: WTSP 10Weather has a dry forecast for Halloween and the rest of the weekend.

• Today, the ongoing wrangling over how to carve up the Florida Senate's districts to meet court mandates is finally coming to a head — at least in the Senate. Members are expected to vote on a proposed map. From there, the issue heads to the House … and then likely back to court … and then … well, in the meantime, keep up with the latest at tampabay.com/politics and follow @MaryEllenKlas.

• Years of neglect and $100 million in budget cuts have created chaos at Florida's mental hospitals, leaving violent patients unsupervised and easily able to attack workers and other patients. A new Tampa Bay Times investigation launches online tomorrow, but you can watch the trailer video today.

Today's a good one for foodies. For coffee lovers, Kahwa is opening its eighth location and first drive-through, with local celebrity Anthony "OxiClean" Sullivan handing out java, and in Seminole Heights the much-anticipated Tampa spin on the red-hot ramen trend debuts. Later this week, new foodie-approved restaurants are coming to Gulfport (Boca Bay Grille) and Tampa (BT To Go).

• Two U.S. astronauts, Commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren will embark on the first spacewalks of their careers outside the International Space Station for station upgrades and maintenance tasks. NASA TV coverage will begin at 6:45 a.m., with the spacewalk scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m.

• Catch the third Republican presidential debate at 8 tonight on CNBC, featuring frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has seen a surge since the last debate. Keep your eye on @PolitiFact for live fact-checking.

• This morning at 10:30, Amazon celebrates the opening of a new fulfillment center in Lakeland that will employ 2,000 people. Follow retail reporter Justine Griffin on twitter at @SunBizGriffin for updates, then visit tampabay.com/money around noon for a full story.

Thomas Bassinger charts all the passes from the Bucs' Jameis Winston and analyzes his latest performance. Check it out on your lunch break at tampabay.com/bucs.

The top things to do today include radio-friendly hitmakers Kansas carrying on in Clearwater and an Ybor preview of Gainesville's popular punk music concert series, Fest.

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The Daystarter: A Patrick-Jolly gubernatorial run in 2018?; Air Force major convicted of kidnapping his own daughter; and Romano writes St. Pete has a trust problem.

The Daystarter: A Patrick-Jolly gubernatorial run in 2018?; Air Force major convicted of kidnapping his own daughter; and Romano writes St. Pete has a trust problem.

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Give thanks for drier air. There is a small rain chance this morning, but things dry out by the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Beats yesterday’s humidity. The high temperatur...
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Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox’s ‘Empire’ say they’d like to tell Tampa stories

Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox’s ‘Empire’ say they’d like to tell Tampa stories

JaNeika and JaSheika James’ television obsession was fueled by scarcity and convenience. As self-described "military brats" living in Germany, the girls treasured the VHS tapes their grandmother shipped overseas filled with English-language Saturday ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

LARGO — The contents of the Armed Forces History Museum have been sold, but no one is ready to talk about the future of the collection of military memorabilia.A collector named John Piazza used his personal collection to start the public museum, whic...
Published: 04/24/18
Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

TAMPA — A jury Monday found a former Air Force major guilty of kidnapping his daughter and holding her overseas to stop his ex-wife from exercising her part of a Hillsborough County custody agreement.Andrew Haley Morcombe had argued that his 2014 jau...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

TAMPA — The 1-month-old infant reported missing Monday was found hours later about 300 miles north in Quincy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Sage Cooper was reported to be unharmed, officials said, and Gadsden Cou...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

As former teammates with the Rays and throughout baseball share thoughts and prayers, RHP Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" in a Chicago hospital after suffering a hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurysm on Friday.The White Sox on Monday released th...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 23

Monday’s scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 10, Citrus Park Christian 0Northeast 12, Countryside 5
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Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

TAMPA — A 68-year-old man was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge, according to Tampa police.Officers took James Leon Jackson into custody at 2712 W Nassau St. in west Tampa at about 1 p.m. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Friday....
Updated: 7 hours ago
A new museum will honor America’s lynching victims, including those killed in Tampa Bay

A new museum will honor America’s lynching victims, including those killed in Tampa Bay

In May 1914, a Hernando County grand jury decided not to indict John Davis, a black man accused of attempting to assault a white woman in a hotel. But days after he was released from the Citrus County jail, Davis’s body was found beaten with a ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
Updated: 7 hours ago