Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

WHEN TO CALL IT QUITS?

fracking bill gains support in state house

The proposal would establish new regulations for fracking, making it easier for oil and gas companies to bring the controversial drilling technologies to Florida. Environmentalists and some local governments oppose the measure. Local, 1B

ABC Action News anchor leaving

Longtime Tampa Bay news anchor Brendan McLaughlin is leaving ABC Action News after 21 years, continuing a recent trend of shakeups at local television news stations. Local, 1B

USF trustees pass on veteran's return

The board did not act on a request to readmit a former U.S. Army Green Beret expelled after insulting a Muslim store clerk and firing his gun outside a Tampa gas station. Local, 1B

Concussion doctor tells his story

Dr. Bennet Omalu led a crusade to expose the effects of repetitive brain injuries on NFL players. "The humanity of science required me to speak out," he said. Local, 1B

Bonfires and bees for the Pier?

The three companies vying to manage, operate and program the city's new $66 million Pier District are floating an array of ideas. Local, 1B

European travel boosts TIA traffic

Tampa International Airport had nearly 1.5 million passengers in October alone, the highest passenger count for October in the airport's history. Business, 4B

TECO Energy sale is approved

A large majority of shareholders vote for the sale of the Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas parent company to Emera. Business, 4B

Doug Williams set for Ring of Honor

Williams reached the playoffs three of his last four seasons with the Bucs, but this honor with the team was never certain. Sports, 1C

Okeechobee fest adds big names

Okeechobee Music Festival in South Florida already had the likes of Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers. But there's more for the first-time fest. Etc, 2B

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A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.The storm was about 85 miles north of the Dry Tortugas as of Sunday morning, producing winds up to 40 mph a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

Vegas envy: Is Tampa Bay ready for a Vegas’ birth-to-best story?

What in the name of the 0-26 Bucs is going on here?The breathtaking Vegas Golden Knights are the greatest expansion team in professional sports history. They are the best (or worst) thing to ever happen to our games, having won 51 times during the re...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

Rays pitchers Ryne Stanek, Anthony Banda dominate in 5-1 win over Orioles

THE BASEBALL LABORATORY IN ST. PETERSBURG — Up is down. Down is up. Hello is goodbye. Goodbye is hello. A reliever is a starter. A starter is a reliever.These are your 2018 Tampa Bay Rays.You never know what's going to happen. And just when you...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

Rays journal: After Alex Colome trade, Rays’ closer situation is fluid, Kevin Cash says

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have had to get creative in how they start games. Now, after Friday's trade of closer Alex Colome, they might have to get creative in how they finish them.How they handle the ninth inning going forward will be a fluid ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs QB Josh Freeman says he’s retiring from football

Former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was trying to resurrect his career with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, said Saturday that he is retiring from football.Freeman, 30, was a first-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2009 and was their starting ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

Her husband wouldn't apologize to her father — so she shot him, police say

RIVERVIEW — A Riverview woman shot and killed her husband Saturday because he punched her father and wouldn’t say sorry, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Sabrina Michelle Hendley, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge in th...
Published: 05/26/18
Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Thomas Bassinger’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Orioles game

Interesting decision by the Rays to start RH reliever Ryne Stanek on Saturday. The Orioles' Nos. 1 through 5 hitters were righties, and Stanek came in allowing a 1.228 OPS against righties and a .592 OPS against lefties. It ended up working.How ...
Published: 05/26/18
Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18

Police investigating shooting outside nightclub

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside a south St. Petersburg nightclub early Saturday morning.Brennan-Aire D. Williams, 28, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving by cab at Bayfront Health. Police invest...
Published: 05/26/18

Woman dies in Plant City after SUV flips off road

PLANT CITY — A Seffner woman died Saturday from injuries sustained when her sports utility vehicle flipped off the road and crashed into a fence near the intersection of Tanner Road and State Road 574.Amanda K. Cepeda-Duque, 21, was traveling west on...
Published: 05/26/18