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  • Englewood woman confesses to wife’s murder, authorities sayEnglewood woman confesses to wife’s murder, authorities say

    SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Detectives say an Englewood woman called 911 to report her wife’s murder on Saturday. According to an affidavit, Jessica Winkler, 48, is accused of killing Rhiannon Layendecker, 51, at their home in the 1400 block of Overbrook Road. Investigators believe Winkler shot her wife during an argument and tried to cover up her murder. After Winkler called 911, detectives came to the home and found Layendecker’s body wrapped in a blanket in the bed of her own truck. A preliminary medical examination revealed she died as a result of homicidal violence by gunfire. Investigators found a makeshift burial plot at a family home in Charlotte County. According to detectives, neighbors watched Winkler digging a hole on the property. This information was corroborated by detectives who saw the hole. A dive team found a chair with wheels used to move the body and a firearm in a nearby body of water. Winkler was charged with murder and tampering with evidence. She’s being held at the Sarasota County Jail without bond. The investigation is ongoing.    

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  • Woman woke to find burglar standing over her bed; police searching for suspectWoman woke to find burglar standing over her bed; police searching for suspect

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  • US soldier ambushed in Niger wasn’t capturedUS soldier ambushed in Niger wasn’t captured

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  • 24-year-old woman killed in motorcycle crash24-year-old woman killed in motorcycle crash

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  • Motorcyclist dead after crash near LutzMotorcyclist dead after crash near Lutz

    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Lutz Sunday morning, deputies say. The crash occurred near Lutz Lake Fern Road at Apian Way around 9:15 a.m. According to an incident report, 24-year-old Erica Kristen Rodriguez of Wesley Chapel was traveling eastbound with a group of riders. She was following a grey 2017 Toyota Corolla 4-door driven by 39-year-old Michel Ghobrial.  Investigators said Ghobrial was taking his family to church, but he turned back because they had forgotten something at home. Witnesses saw Rodriguez enter the westbound lane, while still traveling eastbound and try to pass traffic in a no passing zone.  She ended up hitting the driverside of the Toyota and suffered critical injuries as a result of the impact. Rodriguez was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa where she was pronounced dead. No one in the Toyota was injured. No charges are pending, and no further information is available at this time.

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  • Headlines: Virus outbreak on cruise; Off-duty officer finds missing woman; Hot Chocolate race in TampaHeadlines: Virus outbreak on cruise; Off-duty officer finds missing woman; Hot Chocolate race in Tampa

    TODAY’S FORECAST:  It’s getting warmer and drier in Tampa Bay! See your full forecast here. TODAY’S HEADLINES: Off-duty officer finds missing North Port woman in woods 220 passengers fall ill with stomach virus on cruise docked in Florida Strangers pay respects at funeral for Marine veteran with no family Annual light display lights up Polk community Runners hit the streets of Tampa for Hot Chocolate race Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender?’ Experts alarmed Stralman, Lightning overcome Landeskog’s hat trick for Avs DON’T MISS IT: WATCH: The moment a 5-year-old girl hears clearly for the first time Citrus County SWAT team looking to ‘send Christmas cards’ to drug dealers 8 fun things to do this weekend in Tampa Bay | Dec. 15-17

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  • Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

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  • Woman hit, critically injured in apartment complex parking lotWoman hit, critically injured in apartment complex parking lot

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  • Leadership Tampa, Coolest Office Spaces and Irma: The most-viewed images of 2017Leadership Tampa, Coolest Office Spaces and Irma: The most-viewed images of 2017

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  • Florida ranks among least healthy statesFlorida ranks among least healthy states

    A newly released ranking places Florida in the bottom half of the nation when it comes to overall health. The Sunshine State moved up four places in the United Health Foundation’s 2017 Health Rankings Annual Report to land at No. 32 overall, partly because the number of children in poverty decreased 23 percent in the past year, to 18.7 percent of children Florida was No. 28 when it came to healthy behaviors, No. 28 for community and environment, No. 46 for policy, No. 39 for clinical care and…

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  • PCSO: Woman stole Christmas decorations while walking with kidsPCSO: Woman stole Christmas decorations while walking with kids

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  • Runners hit the streets of Tampa for Hot Chocolate raceRunners hit the streets of Tampa for Hot Chocolate race

    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — America’s sweetest race took place in Tampa Sunday morning. The Hot Chocolate Race kicked off at 7 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center with a 5K. A 15K race started at 7:45 a.m. Once the run is over, the real fun begins at a party with music, food and, of course, hot chocolate. Each runner gets a finisher’s mug filled with cocoa. The first Hot Chocolate Race was held in Chicago back in 2008. Since then, more than 200,000 people have taken part in the race. The race series has raised more than $1 million for event charities. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the official charity of the race, according to organizers. One boy who benefitted from Make-A-Wish was in attendance Sunday morning in Tampa and talked about his experience with News Channel 8. You can watch the interview by clicking the video above.

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    Apple Inc. is one of the most secretive companies on the planet, but its patents can sometimes provide clues about what the iPhone-maker sees in its future. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on Thursday published a number of patent applications filed by Apple in recent months. The patents illustrate several interesting potential technologies that could one day make their way into Apple products. Some of the filings relate to artificial intelligence, others to helping the hearing- and sight-impaired.…

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    By most accounts, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the biggest blockbuster in the series. The relaunch of the space opera franchise opened like gangbusters for The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) in December 2015 with nearly $248 million domestically and went on to gross $937 million in North America. But the original “Star Wars,” released 40 years ago by 20th Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX), was an even bigger hit. (Side note: Distribution rights to the franchise, past films and present,…

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  • Off-duty officer finds missing North Port woman in woodsOff-duty officer finds missing North Port woman in woods

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  • Outdoor movie night in Seminole...Outdoor movie night in Seminole...

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  • Stralmans two goals help Lightning top AvalancheStralmans two goals help Lightning top Avalanche

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  • Annual light display lights up Polk communityAnnual light display lights up Polk community

    MULBERRY, Fla. (WFLA) — Every year a dazzling light display transforms a Mulberry home into a winter wonderland.  Hundreds of families visit the home of Don Weaver every night just to catch a glimpse. For the past ten years, Weaver has turned his home on Marquise Lane into a breathtaking light show with 150,000 lights set to music. “When we first started, we went with only 42,000 lights, then it went to 60,000, then it went to 90,000, then 110,000 and then this year, 150,000. I’m about running out of room,” Weaver laughed. Weaver, a lighting expert by trade, tells News Channel 8 that setting up the lights takes more than a month. He works 12 hours a day. Every night, people from all over the county and beyond set up lawn chairs and watch how the Christmas lights dance to different holiday jingles. “Seeing people’s reactions is what it is all about,” Weaver said. If you’d like to see this spectacular Christmas light display for yourself, the address is 3832 Marquise Lane in mulberry. The lights are on every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec. 31. Follow Melissa Marino on Facebook STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON: Sheriff says woman was killed by her dogs, friends suspect otherwise Trump calls wife of hospitalized Sen. John McCain Scientists keep eye on 1st interstellar visitor, which some say could be an alien spacecraft Man accused of keeping stepdaughter captive for 19 years, fathering 9 children Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death

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  • Police: Clearwater woman wakes up to find burglar standing in her bedroomPolice: Clearwater woman wakes up to find burglar standing in her bedroom

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Police in Clearwater said a woman woke up to find a burglar in her bedroom early Saturday morning. Clearwater Police Department/Ring.com Around 4:30 a.m., the unidentified man entered her home through an unlocked window. The woman was awakened when her dogs started barking, then she saw the man standing in her bedroom. As soon as he saw her, he fled the residence through the front door. Now authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man. He’s believed to be in his mid to late 40s, standing about 5’10” to 6′ tall. He weighs approximately 200 pounds and has salt and pepper hair and a gray goatee. He was wearing black pants, a black jacket, a black hat and had black-rim glasses when the burglary occurred, police said. If you recognize the suspect, call Clearwater Police at 727-562-4242 or email tips@myclearwater.com. STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON: Sheriff says woman was killed by her dogs, friends suspect otherwise Trump calls wife of hospitalized Sen. John McCain Scientists keep eye on 1st interstellar visitor, which some say could be an alien spacecraft Man accused of keeping stepdaughter captive for 19 years, fathering 9 children Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death

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  • Fatal crash snarls SB traffic on US 19 in Pasco Co.Fatal crash snarls SB traffic on US 19 in Pasco Co.

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  • New video shows SRO use taser on Pinellas middle school studentNew video shows SRO use taser on Pinellas middle school student

    PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – News Channel 8 has obtained a new video of a school resource officer using a taser on a student at a Pinellas middle school. RELATED: SRO uses Taser on student during Pinellas Park bus circle brawl; girls may face charges As we previously reported, a school resource officer deployed the taser on one of two girls who was involved in a fight at a bus circle outside Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School in Pinellas Park. On Friday, we shared video of the aftermath, which shows the student sprawled out on the ground, then placed in handcuffs. In the new video, the officer is seen approaching the student. “Get on the ground,” he yells twice, but the student, who is hysterical, does not comply, and he deploys his taser. The student can be heard screaming in pain. He asks her to get on the ground again, repeatedly, and she does. “I’m down,” she yells in response. The shocking incident unfolded as hundreds of students mingled nearby, waiting to get home. Authorities tell us the girl who was shocked by the taser was involved in a fight with another girl, and would not stop fighting until the officer managed to get the girls separated. Pinellas Park officials say the girl may face charges. The officer is referring charges to the State’s Attorney’s office of assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest without violence. He’s also working with the school to determine what disciplinary action or charges the other female student may face. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Man wants to re-adopt dog he surrendered after shelter pays for surgeries Scientists keep eye on 1st interstellar visitor, which some say could be an alien spacecraft UPS employee delivers package containing iPhone X in Pinellas, goes back to steal it GRAPHIC VIDEO: Cows burned, tortured at Okeechobee dairy farm, animal rights group says Citrus County SWAT team looking to ‘send Christmas cards’ to drug d

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  • PHOTOS: Clearwater police, firefighters surprise dozens of children with gifts for the holidaysPHOTOS: Clearwater police, firefighters surprise dozens of children with gifts for the holidays

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Anderson has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, but will be difficult to trust in the fantasy semifinals. Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images WR: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Evans’ fourth season in the NFL can be described as nothing short of a bust. The 6-foot-5 receiver has caught just 55 passes for 760 yards and four touchdowns, and has been unable to hit the 100-yard mark even once all year. Evans hasn’t found the end zone since Week 7, which was also the last time he had more than six receptions in a game. Tampa Bay’s last two games have been some of the worst for the big receiver, as he combined for four receptions for 58 yards on 11 targets. The problem with those numbers is that they came with Jameis Winston back under center. Evans will need to be targeted more than 5.5 times to make a difference, and that might be difficult this week. The Bucs face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, meaning Evans will see plenty of coverage from Desmond Trufant. 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TE: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers Olsen’s return to the field excited many fantasy owners, myself included. But in the two games the talented tight end has appeared in since returning from a foot injury, he has only been able to catch 1-of-4 targets for a measly 10 yards. It might be tough to bench Olsen because of his name alone, but a win this week takes you into your league’s championship. With his fantasy floor being as low as it is, the 32-year-old is very hard to trust this week. Add in the fact that the Green Bay Packers are allowing the second-fewest fantasy PPR points per game to opposing tight ends, and this seems like a week to leave Olsen on your bench. The one good sign is that Carolina used Olsen on 92 percent of their offensive snaps last week. If he can put up a solid performance on Sunday, then he would be a strong play next week at home against the Buccaneers. 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THE NFL TODAY analyst Bill Cowher weighed in on this week’s Patriots-Steelers matchup, which will be called by CBS’s lead broadcast team, featuring play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, analyst Tony Romo, and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. >>WATCH: The NFL ON CBS All Access – Try It Free Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – 4:25 PM ET Sunday – CBS CBS Local Sports: The Patriots are coming off one of their weakest offensive performances in recent memory. What does their Monday-night loss show about the importance of Rob Gronkowski to the offense? Bill Cowher: He’s a weapon that brings balance to their offense. It was an unusual night for Tom Brady and his inability to convert third downs, which never allowed the offense to get in sync. That was as rare of a third-down performance as you are going to see from a Tom Brady-led offense. Rob Gronkowski is back, and he will be another weapon for Brady, especially in the red zone and particularly on third downs. He will be a big lift to an offense that needs it at this point. CBS Local Sports: We know Tom Brady will come into this game looking for a big bounce-back performance. But after gaining just 25 yards on 10 rushes against Miami, how important is it for New England to establish the run game against Pittsburgh? Bill Cowher: With New England, their run game can come from the short-passing game as well. You never know what you’re going to get with the New England offense under Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels. It could be no-huddle. It could be a fullback in the backfield. That’s the one thing you know… from Pittsburgh’s standpoint, you have to be ready to respond and adjust, because there are things you are going to see that you’re not prepared for. That’s… who New England is. They design a game plan, week in and week out, which can vary differently. These two teams have a familiarity with each other. It will be interesting to see the chess match unfold and how patient one team can be. Making adjustments will be a big key to being successful. Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images CBS Local Sports: Ben Roethlisberger just threw for over 500 yards on his way to an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. How will he keep up this level of play against New England’s defense, which has looked much improved over the last two months? Bill Cowher: New England’s defense has gotten better since Week 2. They played very well during the team’s eight-game winning streak that came to an end on Monday night. From Ben’s standpoint, he has to be patient. He has a healthy offensive line. He will get JuJu Smith-Schuster back this week in the slot. Martavis Bryant will play opposite Antonio Brown. Again, they have a familiarity with each other. The key will be Ben’s approach to this game. He must be patient enough to run the ball when needed. At the same time, he can find AB. But he also has other weapons, as well. The one thing Ben has been doing a really good job of is spreading the ball around. He’s been patient, hitting check-downs and moving the chains. The patience will be a big part of it, and situational football will play a large part in being successful. [He’ll have to] convert third downs and score touchdowns in the red zone, and not settle for field goals. CBS Local Sports: There is no doubt that emotions will be running high for the Steelers on Sunday. But after racking up six penalties for 101 yards in Sunday night’s win over Baltimore, how will Mike Tomlin keep his team focused and disciplined in this weekend’s matchup? Bill Cowher: It’s a football team that plays with a lot of emotion. They know the importance of this game. These are two of the top teams in the AFC, and, quite frankly, they could meet again in the playoffs. The winner of this game could determine where that game is played. Everyone knows what the implications are with this game. But at the same time, the ability to stay focused and control your emotions has a lot to do with it. These are two good teams, and you can’t beat yourself with foolish penalties. You have to respond and overcome the ones that happen before the whistle. Playing good situational football, being aware of where you are on the field, and not letting emotions get the best of you will be a big part of this game. This is a football team that’s been very focused. We saw the response after the injury to Ryan Shazier, who’s been very inspirational to this football team. So we’ll see. The most important thing for both of these teams is to play with discipline, focus, and be ready to try to seize each opportunity as it comes. Again, you don’t want to turn the football over, and you have to play good situational football. Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. 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(Credit: Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) >>MORE: Get Your 2017 College Football Bowl Picks CBS Local Sports: Bowl season is here, as you look across the slate of games outside of the two semifinal match-ups, which bowl sticks out to you as the most intriguing? Aaron Murray: The one that I’m really looking forward to is the UCF-Auburn game. This UCF team has shown that they are a really good football team by going undefeated this year, 12-0. But [it is] going against an Auburn team that is still one of the best teams in the country. They’re big, they’re fast, they’re physical. This UCF team is going to get a chance to prove why they, in years to come, may be… one of those teams [to get] into a playoff eventually. They’ll have their chance to prove why they belong with the big boys when they play Auburn in Atlanta in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. 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It’s funny, because you watch some games with Oklahoma — the Oklahoma State game in particular — and it looks like 7-on-7 out there, throwing it back and forth. It was comical. But then, you look at the fact that they played TCU well in both games, giving up 20 points and 17 points respectively. West Virginia, they gave up 31, but that’s a high-powered offense for West Virginia, so that’s pretty good. And, early in the year, they shut Ohio State down. You just don’t know what you’re going to get from their defense. They haven’t faced an offense like Georgia yet this year. Both teams defensively haven’t faced the types of offenses they’re going to see in this game before. Oklahoma really hasn’t faced a ground-and-pound team like Georgia. Most of the Big 12 teams are going to spread you out and pass the ball. Georgia is more traditional, get in the I-formation, run it and then go play-action from there. 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  • WWE Insiders Pick Clash Of Champions 2017WWE Insiders Pick Clash Of Champions 2017

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Chuck Carroll (@ChuckCarrollWLC) – Pro wrestling contributor, CBS Local Sports Pick Record: 70-49 (59% correct) Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) – Pro wrestling contributor, Miami Herald, TV Insider and Channel Guide Magazine Pick record: 69-48 (59% correct) Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) – Pro wrestling contributor, Rolling Stone and Baltimore Sun; Host, Jobbing Out Podcast Pick Record: 77-33 (70% correct) Sami Zayn (Photo Credit: Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images) Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan as guest referees Chuck: This match has two huge plots to follow. First, if Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn lose, they’re fired from not just SmackDown, but all of WWE. Second, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan’s simmering feud will get a little hotter as they both guest referee this match. WWE is teasing that Bryan is backing Owens and Zayn while McMahon is firmly in Orton and Nakamura’s corner. The best way to accomplish everything is to have McMahon try to screw Owens and Zayn out of a win. Bryan then, in the impartial interest of fairness, will make sure that doesn’t happen. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Aaron: There is no way that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are getting fired, particularly now that the Yep shirts are instantly going to become the biggest merch movers in the company. Yet, it’s too obvious that Daniel Bryan ends up helping them, right? Granted, sometimes the obvious thing is what’s best for storylines. I can’t shake the feeling though that this isn’t going to go down exactly how people expect. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Scott: With Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon both serving as referees, one is bound to make a difference in this match. I’m going with Bryan because it would be natural for him to align with Owens and Zayn. Perhaps, Bryan can accidentally cost Orton and Nakamura the match if they don’t want to go full heel. But they seem to be going in the direction of Bryan versus McMahon in some setting. Whether it means in the ring or not remains to be seen. Pick: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn >>MORE: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE Superstar Randy Orton >>MORE: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About WWE’s Kevin Owens WWE Championship AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal Chuck: Jinder Mahal left AJ Styles laying on Tuesday’s go-home show, which tells you everything you need to know about this match. Styles will retain with some shenanigans from The Singh Brothers. I’ve slowly warmed to having Jinder as a credible contender on SmackDown and am hopeful that he won’t fade into oblivion following this match. It would be a shame to lose all of the momentum built this year. Pick: AJ Styles Aaron: I know some people think that AJ only held the title so he can face Brock and could drop it back here. 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Their chemistry in the ring is something that cannot be taught. But this isn’t the pure match we’re accustomed to seeing them in. Every woman on the roster will gather outside the ring and serve as a lumberjack. So, I am making a bold prediction on this one. Both Charlotte and Nattie are laid out by Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. I can see a scenario where Carmella capitalizes and cashes in her Money In The Bank. But for this match… Pick: Charlotte (then Carmella) Aaron: I can’t figure out what’s happening with the Riot Squad. They show up unheralded as mirror images of Absolution, get taken out by Naomi singlehandedly, and just don’t look strong right now. This match is more about them than the match itself. The question is just how it plays out with them as lumberjacks. I’ll say Charlotte retains, but it could end up being a no-contest. Pick: Charlotte Scott: With Ruby Riott essentially having Charlotte’s number, there seems to be a program in the making involving her and the current champion. For that reason, I’m going with Charlotte retaining the gold against Natalya. There is also Carmella lurking, which means you can never rule out a cash-in. Pick: Charlotte >>MORE: From the world of Pro Wrestling The Usos and The New Day (Photo Credit: Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images) SmackDown Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match The Usos (c) vs. The New Day vs. Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs. Rusev & Aiden English Chuck: SmackDown’s tag division is still dominated by The Usos and The New Day. Rusev and Aiden English are gaining ground, but do you want them carrying the titles into the new year? Probably not. The same goes for Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable. So that narrows the choice down to two teams, and I do believe we’ll see the titles change hands. Plus, you have to figure New Day will have some fun ringing in the new year with gold around their waist. Pick: The New Day Aaron: Who are the winners here? All of us, because we get to celebrate Rusev Day! But, as much as he should win, he won’t. The Usos continue their reign here, with a chance of Benjamin and Gable getting a short run, especially if The Bludgeon Brothers are entering the scene. Pick: The Usos Scott: As much as I would like to see Rusev and Aiden English celebrate Rusev Day with a championship, I’m choosing Usos to retain. Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable would make for a fun upset. I’d love to see it, but it’s doubtful. At the same time, New Day doesn’t need the gold to be over, and neither do the Usos. But there is a potential feud against the Bludgeon Brothers that I can see happening, with the Usos turning back into fan favorites. Pick: The Usos Dolph Ziggler (Photo Credit: Foc Kan/WireImage) United States Championship – Triple Threat Match Baron Corbin (c) vs. Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler Chuck: Baron Corbin is getting better with each passing month. I’m still not sold that he’s connected with the audience enough to be a longterm holder of any title. The wise move would be to move the strap, and I’d like to see Bobby Roode get his due here. It’s also a possibility that the title will change hands again before the Royal Rumble, given there’s more than a month between now and then. Pick: Bobby Roode Aaron: Baron Corbin asked a good question during this build: why is Ziggler in this match? And why has Ziggler gone back to having an entrance? I assume it’s so Ziggler can eat a pin, but it could go either way as far as who wins. My gut says that if Roode were going to win, he would have pinned Corbin. So I’ll say Corbin retains. Pick: Baron Corbin Scott: The triple threat stipulation allows for Roode to win the match and keep Corbin looking strong by not taking the pin. The company remains high on the “Glorious One,” and I believe winning gold is the next step in his ascension. Pick: Bobby Roode Breezango vs. The Bludgeon Brothers Chuck: How great was the one jobber’s scream in the match against Harper and Rowan on SmackDown? The shriek was legendary. He won’t become the next James Ellsworth, but his high-pitch legacy will live on. As for this match… Picks: The Bludgeon Brothers Aaron: Bludgeon Brothers win, and props to Juan Francisco de Coronado for winning the week with that epic scream on Tuesday. Pick: The Bludgeon Brothers Scott: The Bludgeon Brothers have been dominant, and I see that continuing against Breezango. At the same time, I can see the Ascension trying to lend a helping hand. Don’t think this one will last long, in any case. Pick: The Bludgeon Brothers Kickoff Match Zack Ryder vs. Mojo Rawley Chuck: The split of the Hype Bros has been coming for months. Prior to Zack Ryder’s return from injury, Mojo Rawley was coming into his own as a singles competitor and is now positioned to pick up where he left off. His stock can rise quickly, which is why it’s puzzling this match was relegated to the kickoff show. Frankly, Breezango vs. Bludgeon Brothers should be here instead. Pick: Mojo Rawley Aaron: I hope the Hype Bros breakup actually serves a purpose and there’s a plan for one of these two. And my gut says if there’s a plan for one of them, it’s for Mojo. I do have doubts that there’s an actual plan though. Pick: Mojo Rawley Scott: The breakup of the Hype Bros was needed for both Ryder and Rawley. Rawley won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania and can use a win over Ryder to cement his singles run. At the same time, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ryder team up with his former Edgehead partner Curt Hawkins at some point. Pick: Mojo Rawley Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room. Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.

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  • “Rick’s Recession” website critical of Florida governor Scott“Rick’s Recession” website critical of Florida governor Scott

    The Great Recession was supposed to have ended years ago, but many Floridians are still struggling; a new web campaign called Rick’s Recession draws attention to people still suffering economic hardships under Governor Rick Scott. WMNF News interviewed Blake Williams, communications director with the group that organized Rick’s Recession, For Florida’s Future. Listen: https://s3.amazonaws.com/wmnf/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/RicksRecessionFull.mp3     The post “Rick’s Recession” website critical of Florida governor Scott appeared first on WMNF.

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  • Paulie Malignaggi: ‘Joshua Vs. Klitschko Was Best Fight Of 2017’Paulie Malignaggi: ‘Joshua Vs. Klitschko Was Best Fight Of 2017’

    By DJ Sixsmith Boxing had an incredibly interesting year. But ‘interesting’ only begins to describe the sweet science in 2017, with all the surprising, unexpected, and, of course, entertaining events that happened in and around the boxing ring. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fought possibly the most anticipated fight ever, with a buildup and payday to match. Anthony Joshua went to Wembley Stadium and took down Wladimir Klitschko in what some argue was the best heavyweight fight in many years. And Errol Spence Jr. lived up to the hype, taking down Kell Brook to win the IBF welterweight title. Paulie Malignaggi, Showtime boxing analyst and former IBF junior welterweight and WBA welterweight champion, was ringside for much of the action. He reflects on his favorite fight of the year, what he’ll remember about the Mayweather-McGregor super fight and the fighters to watch in 2018. CBS Local Sports: What was the biggest thing you learned about the world of boxing this year? Paulie Malignaggi: Expect the unexpected, and anything is possible. I don’t think I learned that, but it was certainly reiterated this year. We had a fight where the most popular fighter on the planet and former number-one pound-for-pound fighter in Floyd Mayweather fought the biggest draw in Mixed Martial Arts in Conor McGregor, and that was totally unexpected. This year reiterated that boxing won’t go away and won’t die. Boxing had a very strong year. Every year will not be a great year, but there will be years like this one, when people get excited about boxing, especially those people who follow the sport closely. CBS Local Sports: Mayweather vs. McGregor stole all the headlines in 2017. What was your favorite fight of the year? Paulie Malignaggi: Mayweather vs. McGregor wasn’t the top fight, it was the top draw. The best fight of the year that I saw was Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko. That was probably the most amazing event I’ve ever been a part of. That took the cake. It beat Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, it beat Mayweather vs. McGregor. That was their Mayweather vs. McGregor in the UK. What an amazing experience. On top of the insane amount of hype and press coverage it got, the fight actually lived up to the expectations. Without a doubt, that was my favorite moment from a very exciting year in boxing. CBS Local Sports: It was a big year for Anthony Joshua. Which boxer took the biggest jump in their career this year? Paulie Malignaggi: There are a lot of guys you can mention. You can mention Errol Spence Jr. winning the IBF welterweight title. I don’t know if it was a jump, because a lot of people expected that from him. Errol Spence Jr. finally lived up to the hype and joined the elite in the welterweight division. Anthony Joshua solidified himself with a win over Klitschko. He is for real, even though there was always a question mark about him. There’s a lot of hype around him and deservedly so. He’s a very good fighter and great personality. CBS Local Sports: You mentioned the fighters who stood out this year. Who should we keep our eyes on in 2018? Paulie Malignaggi: Now that Errol Spence Jr. has won the welterweight title, there’s really a chance for him to solidify himself and set a precedent that he is the dominant force in the welterweight division. I’m sure Keith Thurman will have something to say about that. We’re going to see how hungry Keith Thurman is, because he’s made a lot of money and is living very well. You get to a point in your career when you are a little bit more settled in. Thurman’s reign at the top will definitely be tested by the young phenom Errol Spence Jr. That’ll be interesting to see. >>MORE: Errol Spence Jr. Discusses Next Steps As IBF Welterweight Champion CBS Local Sports: You said Mayweather vs. McGregor was the biggest draw of the year. Five years from now, what will you remember most about this fight? Paulie Malignaggi: Just the amazing amount of coverage it got. I don’t think the fight will ever go in the annals of [boxing] history. There wasn’t anything in particular from the fight to remember. The insane amount of hype and buildup was a lot of fun. We will probably remember that more than the actual fight. It will also be remembered for how we all felt going into the fight. Everybody was excited about it and the unexpected possibilities. CBS Local Sports: Finally, why will boxing continue to be relevant across the mainstream-sports spectrum? Paulie Malignaggi: I think boxing will always remain popular, because people will always be interested in watching a good fight. While not every fight is a great fight, when you have a good fight, nothing can match it. When you have an insane boxing event, nothing can match it. You can put people in a stadium to watch a soccer match or a baseball stadium, and if a fight breaks out, everybody’s head turns toward the fight. People are always attracted to any kind of combat or any kind of fighting. If we can keep generating major fights, like the great matchups we had in 2017, you can just never get rid of the sport.

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  • 95-Year-Old Marine Fights Burglar, Daughter Chases Him Through Town95-Year-Old Marine Fights Burglar, Daughter Chases Him Through Town

    CBS Local — An alleged burglar got more than he bargained for when he entered the Wisconsin home of a 95-year-old former Marine and his daughter. Fred, a World War II veteran, says his dog started barking and alerted him to someone breaking in through a back door of the West Allis house on Dec. 4. “I was almost standing nose to nose with him. That was a shocker,” the veteran told the Journal Sentinel. Fred added that the robber threatened to kill him and his dog if he didn’t hand over his wallet. “I wasn’t scared. I was so damn mad,” the veteran of the war in the Pacific told reporters. The 95-year-old was able to wrestle alleged burglar, Gary Wells, to the ground before the homeowner’s daughter ran downstairs to help fight the thief off. Fred’s motivated 51-year-old daughter Mary then took off after Wells, chasing the burglar for six blocks before catching and holding him for police. “I was mad because of what he did to my dad,” Mary said. “We jumped over two fences and ran through 12 yards,” the Marine’s daughter added. Mary eventually caught the crook after the 53-year-old’s leg got caught on a picket fence. “It was just reflexes. I guess it rubbed off from my father.” The West Allis family, who asked for their last name not to be used, said they were fortunate Wells did not have a gun. The father-daughter team also saved the property of another Wisconsin home as police found the alleged burglar with nine silver and gold cuff links on him. Authorities are now looking for the rightful owners of the stolen goods and Wells has been charged with felony burglary.

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  • ‘Survivor’ Castoff Ashley Nolan: ‘We Should Have Been on Ben Patrol At All Times.’‘Survivor’ Castoff Ashley Nolan: ‘We Should Have Been on Ben Patrol At All Times.’

    CBS Local – Who leaves a dominant player like Ben alone to search for an idol? These remaining castoffs of “Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” do. That’s partially why this week’s castoff – Ashley Nolan – had her torch snuffed. Here’s her unique perspective (as told to CBS Local’s Adam Bloom and Samantha Bennet) on the goings-on behind the scene as well as the moment she realized her game was done. AB: Do you think it would have made sense for the group to follow Ben – or maybe you were following Ben – while he was looking for an idol? Was anybody else looking for an idol as well? A: That’s the biggest question. Everyone looks at their TV and says, “What are you guys doing letting this guy look alone?” We should have taken shifts more than we did but I think we were following him. It’s just hard when the guy is getting up going stealth mode in the middle of the night. I look back at that last tribal after Lauren when he went to go get water. They don’t show it – I did follow him that night. I tried to talk about the tribal because I was thinking that – he should not go get water alone. He just played an idol and we don’t know if it’s already back. I was looking for idols. I don’t know about anyone else – they didn’t show that – because I didn’t have any luck finding them. We should have been on Ben patrol at all times. I don’t have an excuse for that one. SB: Why did people want to wait to get Ben out? He seemed like an obvious threat, but it seemed like there were other people that everyone was gunning for first. A: For us, when Lauren had won the reward and brought Devin and I in on it – we all decided to be an alliance together. I remember Lauren talking about it out in the open and bringing Ben in on it and we thought, “What the heck is she doing? We don’t need or want Ben. Ben needs to go.” I don’t know why he was brought into that. It ended up working for a little bit – he got to do the double agent thing and that was helpful to extent. But I know in my head – and you saw – I wanted him out sooner than everyone else was planning on. Ben needs to go – what are we doing? It’s interesting – you get a group of people and opinions are all so different even though he’s clearly the threat. You found this one after the last tribal, “He needs to go. This should have happened a long time ago.” It’s just weird how it all works out. AB: Were you surprised that people went along with Chrissy’s plan to get you out? A: Surprised? Yes. I was surprised then because I really did not think that I was going to be the bigger threat. There’s a lot of talk about Chrissy wanting to be the last woman standing and she had a thing about getting the other girls out. In all honesty, I hadn’t had game talk with Chrissy ever. Since the merge, we hadn’t talked at all. Then at the family reward, I blew off her offer to gang up with them so I could see that she saw me as giving her the cold shoulder. So she didn’t know what my plan was – if I was coming for her next. So I think that was her way of splitting up Devin and I. That’s what gets me is that they picked Devin at the last reward but she had just tried to work with me at the family reward. I denied her so she’s like, “Okay now I have to try for Devin” and it worked. I think it made sense that she wanted me out but I don’t think I was the biggest threat. I was a little bit surprised. SB: Your strategy always has to change as things change. What was your strategy going into the game and how did it change over time? A: I have to admit to you, I don’t think I had much of a strategy going into the game. It was, “I’m just going to feel this out.” I’ve never played “Survivor” before. You can say you have a strategy all you want but every conversation, things just happen that you never expect. I did whatever I felt was best, I have to say. I didn’t really have much of a strategy. As the game went on, it evolved based on the person. It was based on the reactions I was having with Devin. We would come up with a plan. “Let’s just stick with it, please!” But nothing’s ever that easy so my strategy was just roll with the punches the best I could. AB: I know Devin had an original alliance with Ryan but his alliance with you seemed way more powerful and the reward challenge selection of Ryan could not have been enough to break Devin in your alliance. As a viewer, it felt like we were missing something. What do you think was another key moment where you missed out securing Devin?” A: What they don’t show a lot of is that Mike actually was so desperate to find somewhere to get in that he wanted to split Devin and I up. Mike was telling Devin and I two different stories – telling Devin that I was planning on flipping on him and telling myself that Devin was going to flip on me. I didn’t want to believe it – apparently Devin did. I think, too, part of it was – the closer you get to somebody and playing the game, you start realizing how good they really are. You start getting insight into how their brain is working and how well they’re playing the game. I think that happened between Devin and I when I came to him wanting Ben out. I came to him at another point wanting Lauren out and he started realizing, “Oh Ashley is playing this game better than I thought. Maybe she’s not the person I want to go to the final three with.” On top of that, Mike’s telling him that I wanted to get him out and he believed it. So I think that’s something that isn’t shown. It wasn’t as simple as sharing a cheeseburger with these guys like, “You know what? Ashley’s old news.” It was more intricate than that. He had to play offense instead of defense at that point. AB: Would you want to play the game again? A: In a heartbeat, yes. It’s so funny because when you’re out there so miserable and you’re like, “I don’t even know why I played this in the first place. This sucks!” But then as soon as you get a meal or two in you, you think, “Oh my gosh I want to go back.” You forget so quickly the bad stuff and you remember how wonderful it all was.

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  • These Tampa Bay Restaurants Are Open On Christmas Day - Patch.comThese Tampa Bay Restaurants Are Open On Christmas Day - Patch.com

    Patch.comThese Tampa Bay Restaurants Are Open On Christmas DayPatch.comThe OpenTable website shows there are 20 restaurants open (with tables available) on Christmas Day for dinner in the Tampa area. (The survey of restaurants was conducted Thursday morning, Dec. 14.) Some of the restaurants with tables available are ...

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  • Are Republican Tax Cuts Setting the Stage for Another Depression? And Politifact Announces Its Lie of the YearAre Republican Tax Cuts Setting the Stage for Another Depression? And Politifact Announces Its Lie of the Year

    Radioactivity Wednesday 12 13 17 Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up— We’ll talk with an historian who will tell us how large tax cuts for wealthy interests led to the Great Depression. He says Republicans are making the same mistakes that they did in the Roaring 20’s. And Politifact has named its Lie of the Year. We’ll talk with a Politifact editor in a moment. Republicans in Congress are moving forward with a massive tax bill that would lower corporate tax rates and tax rates on the wealthy. The final bill is making its way through a conference of House and Senate members. Our first guest is Robert S. McElvaine who teaches at Millsaps College in Mississippi. He is the author of “The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941. He writes: “The crash (of 1929) followed a decade of Republican control of the federal government. During that time trickle-down policies, including massive tax cuts for the rich, produced the greatest concentration of income in the accounts of the richest 0.01 percent at any time between World War I and 2007 (when trickle-down economics, tax cuts for the hyper-rich, and deregulation again resulted in another economic collapse). Yet the plain fact that the trickle-down approach has never worked leaves Republicans unfazed. The GOP has been singing from the Market-is-God hymnal for well over a century, telling us that deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and the concentration of ever more wealth in the bloated accounts of the richest people will result in prosperity for the rest of us. The party is now trying to pass a scam that throws a few crumbs to the middle class (temporarily – millions of middle-class Americans will soon see a tax hike if the bill is enacted) while heaping benefits on the super-rich, multiplying the national debt and endangering the American economy. As a historian of the Great Depression, I can say: I’ve seen this show before. In 1926, Calvin Coolidge’s treasury secretary, Andrew Mellon, one of the world’s richest men, pushed through a massive tax cut that would substantially contribute to the causes of the Great Depression. Republican Sen. George Norris of Nebraska said that Mellon himself would reap from the tax bill “a larger personal reduction (in taxes) than the aggregate of practically all the taxpayers in the state of Nebraska.” The same is true now of Donald Trump, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other fabulously rich people.” Robert S. McElvaine teaches at Millsaps College. He is the author of “The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941.” Link: http://www.theday.com/article/20171130/OP03/171139965 Politifact has just announced it’s “Lie of the Year” and here to tell us about it is Katie Sanders who is the Deputy Editor of Politifact which is a project of the Tampa Bay Times. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/dec/12/2017-lie-year-russian-election-interference-made-s/ The post Are Republican Tax Cuts Setting the Stage for Another Depression? And Politifact Announces Its Lie of the Year appeared first on WMNF.

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  • MUST SEE: Teen’s Celebration After Being Accepted To HarvardMUST SEE: Teen’s Celebration After Being Accepted To Harvard

    CBS Local — A high school junior’s wild celebration after being accepted to Harvard University has quickly gone viral on social media and has viewers around the country joining in on the fun. Ayrton Little, 16, and his classmates burst into cheers after opening the emailed acceptance letter from the Ivy League school. Students quickly started shouting “THREE-PEAT!” because Little’s ticket to Harvard marked the third year in a row a student from T.M. Landry College Preparatory school has gotten into the famous university. The teen’s Harvard celebration has become an instant hit online, with over 240,000 views on YouTube since it was posted on Dec. 13. The Louisiana school’s Facebook page has seen even more attention, with over 480,000 views of Ayrton’s celebration. T.M. Landry College Prep has also posted other celebrations as their students have also been accepted to George Washington, Tulane, and Wesleyan Universities in recent months. Little’s older brother, Alexander, was accepted to Stanford University in an equally joyous viral video. According to WAFB, Ayrton plans to major in Applied Math and Computer Science while Alexander is setting his sights on Physics.

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  • MidPoint for Thursday, Dec. 14 – Former TV journalist Mike DeesonMidPoint for Thursday, Dec. 14 – Former TV journalist Mike Deeson

    Mike Deeson retired in March after 35 year at WTSP 10 News in Tampa, and more than 50 years in the media business overall. The now former TV reporter is keeping busy, producing weekly commentaries that he posts on his Facebook page and is also working on three different documentaries. He spoke to us about his career, local politicians, and why he thought it was time to get out of reporting local TV news. You can hear the show here. The post MidPoint for Thursday, Dec. 14 – Former TV journalist Mike Deeson appeared first on WMNF.

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  • This Week In College Basketball: Wildcats Back At Top Of RankingsThis Week In College Basketball: Wildcats Back At Top Of Rankings

    By Steve Silverman Villanova has staked its claim to the top spot in the college basketball rankings, and the Wildcats may just be able to stay on top for quite a while. Head coach Jay Wright saw his team move into the top spot after Duke lost its first game of the season, dropping an 89-84 decision at Boston College last week. The Blue Devils had a rather shoddy defensive effort against the Eagles that is atypical of a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team. Boston College connected on 31-of-61 shots overall (50.8 percent) and an amazing 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats are not likely to go undefeated this season, but a look at their schedule reveals they are not likely to get a major test until January 10, when the 10th-ranked Xavier Musketeers come calling. Villanova’s biggest win to this point was an 88-72 victory over No. 12 Gonzaga earlier this month. The Wildcats have the ability to take apart excellent teams, and there’s a certain level of confidence that goes to a program that has a recent national championship (2016). Jalen Brunson is averaging 18.5 points per game and connecting on 62.9 percent of his shots from the floor, while Mikal Bridges is right behind Brunson with a 17.1 points per game mark. Three other Wildcats are averaging in double digits. While the Wildcats moved to the top spot, they jumped over the Michigan State Spartans, the No. 2 team in the nation. Tom Izzo’s team continues to roll with a 9-1 record. However, the Spartans may have been overlooked for the No. 1 spot because they are in the soft part of their schedule. After that handled North Carolina and Notre Dame with ease at the end of November – both victories were 18-point beat downs – the Spartans are not likely to have another tough game until they host Maryland in early January. Miles Bridges is Michigan State’s go-to guy and is averaging 15.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per night, while Nick Ward is scoring 13.7 points per game and 64.1 percent. Wichita State (8-1) is the new No. 3 team, while Duke (11-1) slipped to the fourth spot. Keep your eye on the Arizona State Wildcats (9-0), as they garnered five first-place votes. College coaches getting ready to take a much-needed stance The FBI investigation into payoffs in college basketball that led to Rick Pitino’s firing at Louisville before the start of the season is having major ramifications with the sport’s leaders. College basketball coaches are getting involved in an effort to clean it up. The National Association of Basketball Coaches has formed a committee that will ultimately make recommendations to the NCAA Commission on College Basketball. This would not be news if the coaches involved were at small schools with low profiles, but this committee includes Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Izzo and Villanova’s Wright. These coaches are not only the heads of their own college programs, they have intimate knowledge of what’s going on throughout the sport. They are in a position to make the best and most important recommendations about stopping — or at least curbing — cheating. Izzo said the key to the committee’s success is having full and honest discussions and not allowing self-interest on the part of the coaches to determine the course of action that is recommended. Izzo said coaches have to figure out what’s best for the sport and the student-athlete, and act accordingly. Few said coaches have to take a hard line and speak out about cheaters and rule breakers when they know that major violations have taken place. The committee is off to a good start in determining what has to be done to clean up the sport. The onus is on the coaches to keep their eyes open and not let hangers-on influence their programs while they look the other way. That kind of behavior has gone on for decades, and it can no longer be tolerated. It never should have been in the first place. Keep your eye on Tennessee and Texas A&M There are a number of surprising teams thus far in college basketball, and few expected much from the Tennessee Volunteers (7-1) this season. The No. 20 Vols were predicted to be among the worst teams in the Southeastern Conference, but Tennessee has beaten Purdue and North Carolina State, and played an excellent game against top-rated Villanova before losing. Tennessee has four players who are averaging in double figures, and the most important may be 6-7 power forward Grant Williams, who is averaging 16.1 points and a hefty 7 .3 rebounds per game. The 245-pound sophomore plays a physical game, and most of the key plays run through him at crucial moments. The Texas A&M Aggies (8-1) lost 15 games a year ago and seemed to suffer a new injury every week. They have moved into the No. 9 spot in the AP poll because they have pinned double-digit defeats on USC, Oklahoma State and Penn State. This is a team that plays aggressive defense on an every-night basis by pounding interior scorers and having the quickness to get out and defend three-point shooters. Junior forward DJ Hogg is scoring 15.7 points per game while bringing down 6.9 rebounds on a nightly basis. Senior guard Duane Wilson makes the offense run and he is handing out 4.1 assists per night while scoring 10.9 points per game. Leading the way As we hit the middle of December, statistical achievements are starting to have a lot more meaning than they did early in the season. We talked about Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young leading the nation in scoring last week. He is still atop that list, averaging 28.8 points per game for the Sooners. Niagara’s Matt Scott is second in scoring with 25.4 points per game. While Young is a high-profile recruit and a future star, senior guard Erick Neal of Texas-Arlington is not. However, he is worth knowing, because he leads the nation with 9.4 assists per game, and senior guard Emmett Near of St. Mary’s of California second in that category with 9.1 per night. Powerful junior forward Jordan Murphy of Minnesota and junior center Jessie Govan of Georgetown are the nation’s leading rebounders with 9.4 boards per night, while sophomore guard Cassius Winston of Michigan State has made 25-of-41 three-point attempts and leads the nation by connecting on 61.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

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  • Las Vegas killings through another lens, Part 2Las Vegas killings through another lens, Part 2

    The near-absolute cultural hegemony of the rich, through their control of the means of communication and education, allows the self-worshipping Lords of Capital to turn human language – which evolved to explicate phenomena and ideas – into its maddening opposite. The rulers describe the vast dislocations and suffering of deindustrialization and financial meltdown as “creative destruction” – destructive of the livelihoods of those without capital, but engines of opportunity-creation for the big capitalists left standing. Celebrating destruction They specialize in Shock Doctrine to exploit disasters at home, inflict Shock and Awe to facilitate aggressions abroad, and celebrate the destruction of whole economies and nations. They gloat over new opportunities for investments and profits before the blood has dried. Thus, after more than a hundred thousand Blacks were permanently evicted from New Orleans following Katrina, a Democratic cabinet member could see a silver lining in the disaster, based on the imposition of charter schools – classic Shock Doctrine, resulting in near-instantaneous gentrification and school privatization. The ongoing torture of Black Detroit, initiated by a Republican governor but facilitated by Barack Obama’s administration, does not violate the social compact as perceived by most White Americans; clearly, such a compact hardly exists. And President Trump’s callous attitude towards his fellow citizens in Puerto Rico is totally expected; he and his constituency – and plenty of White Democrats – do not view the island and its people as part of their “America.” The carnage in Las Vegas is, however, yet another example of the uniquely American – and characteristically White – propensity to engage in mass domestic murder: crowd killing. It is the ultimate anti-social crime, most often committed by White Americans against their “own” people. It is true that mental illness is a given in such cases, but mentally disturbed people live in all countries. Yet no nation comes close to the U.S. in crowd killing. I submit that such mass slaughter is dramatic evidence of the extreme weakness of the social compact, even among White people in the United States. No human bonds Majorities of White Americans are deeply racist – as can be shown by various measures – but that does not mean they share an intense bond with other Whites. In a society that has historically denied the humanity of people of color, killing and enslaving them, and which has waged modern wars of annihilation against non-Whites around the world, solidarity with other human beings does not come naturally. In a country where cutthroat capitalism is the national ethos, social compacts wither, or are stillborn. Such is the collateral damage that White America has suffered from its failure to fight White supremacy in its ranks; it has poisoned its own soul, creating monsters that turn on their “own.” (Of course, when the social compact is totally lacking, nobody is one of your “own.”) White Americans also suffer much higher levels of incarceration than Whites in other developed nations. That, too, is collateral damage. Unintended victims Mass Black incarceration was politically popular among White constituencies all across the nation. A police and penal state was created to imprison as many Black people as possible, but such an infernal machinery cannot help but ensnare millions of unintended White victims as well. Lack of solidarity with Blacks and Browns created a prison trap for Whites. The extreme weakness of the White social compact with darker U.S. populations has spawned a cancer of non-solidarity among Whites, who have been encouraged to own arsenals to defend themselves against the “Other.” But when the social compact is weak, everybody is the “Other”– and, therefore, a target. Glen Ford is executive editor of BlackAgendaReport.com. E-mail him at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com. 

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  • Las Vegas shooting renders NFL protesters irrelevant Las Vegas shooting renders NFL protesters irrelevant 

    As I watched the heroic efforts of Las Vegas law enforcement rushing to stop the carnage from the gunman who turned Las Vegas into a killing field, I could not help but think of the relative smallness and irrelevance of National Football League players who continue to disrespect our flag and national anthem. They raise their fists and kneel in support of a man who equated those and all cops to pigs. As one witness to the mass shooting told NBC News, “…God bless the police officers…in a world where everyone’s kneeling, these guys stood up…” Someone praising the police. That’s the last thing the major media want their viewers to hear. That eyewitness hit the nail on the head. No pride Regardless of how these athletes and their defenders try to clean up the truth surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s intent and attitude about police and country, they are either disingenuous or ignorant of the words of the man who originated the fad: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” His protest is definitely about not showing pride in the flag. As to the U.S. being a country that “oppresses Black people and people of color,” if that were the case, this biracial athlete would not have been adopted and raised by a White family and siblings. An oppressive America, like the former apartheid South Africa, would not have allowed it. Real oppression For Kaepernick’s benefit and that of many copycat protesting athletes, South Africa is at the southernmost tip on the continent of Africa. From 1948-1991, it had a system of real oppression known as “apartheid” – institutional racial segregation, discrimination, and state sanctioned violence against those categorized as “Black,” “Colored,” or “Asian.” As to those who say the anti-anthem protest is a matter of freedom of speech, would they say the same if White players carried a Confederate flag as they ran onto the field to protest the removal of monuments to Confederate generals? Would Black and White members of Congress kneel in support of those players’ rights to express their views? I doubt it! Sadly, politically correct, left-wing, progressive group-think philosophies have infiltrated the NFL, allowing a few disgruntled athletes to give the finger to the vast majority of Americans from whom they derive their wealth. Disrespect abroad If failing to respect the flag and the anthem at home weren’t enough, some NFL owners and teams have allowed a few disgruntled players to export America’s political correctness and divisiveness to the international stage. Two weeks ago, several members of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee during the national anthem before a football game in London. All of the kneeling players rose for the British national anthem. This past Sunday, in the same London stadium, three members of the Miami Dolphins kneeled during the American national anthem but stood for the British anthem. Miami Herald sports writer Armando Silguero had it right when he said that “having the right to protest doesn’t mean it’s always the wise thing to do. And doing it on foreign soil raises questions about the moral clarity of the protesters.” ‘A few truths’ Prior to Sunday’s game, he had a message for players who might kneel for the American anthem but have no problem rising for the British anthem. He asked them to “consider a few truths” including, “The country whose anthem you are thinking of disrespecting has had a Black president. The country whose anthem you intend to honor has never had a Black king or queen or prime minister.” He went on to say that disrespecting “your national anthem abroad and in the next moment honoring another country’s national anthem is an outright betrayal you may never be able to overcome.” Well-said. So true. Those Black players who claimed to protest racial injustice in this country by kneeling for our anthem and standing for the British flag anthem, apparently don’t know much about history. First, it is estimated that between 1640 and 1807, Britain transported 3.1 million Africans to the British colonies in the Caribbean, North and South America, and to other countries during the British slave trade. Don’t appreciate history Second, they probably don’t know that it was the oppressive rule of the British under King George III that prompted the founders of this country to break away from England in search of the liberty, freedom, and justice the flag they dishonor represents. They also don’t realize that the real goal of many of those on the left encouraging them is to have the flag and national anthem removed from public events like prayer has been removed from schools. Clarence V. McKee is a government, political and media relations consultant and president of McKee Communications, Inc., as well as a Newsmax.com contributor. This article originally appeared on Newsmax.com.

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  • White rights, neoliberal isolation and incompetence in Las VegasWhite rights, neoliberal isolation and incompetence in Las Vegas

      Gun rights in the U.S. are mainly White rights. It’s always been that way, sort of baked into the North American experience. The “well regulated militia” to which the Second Amendment to the federal Constitution refers were a creation of colonial North America, as I explained back in July 2008: Guns as compensation Colonial America and the early U.S. was a very unequal place. All the good, cleared, level agricultural land with easy access to transport was owned by a very few, very wealthy White men. Many poor Whites were brought over as indentured servants, but once they’d completed their periods of forced labor, allowing them to hang around the towns and cities landless and unemployed was dangerous to the social order. So they were given guns and credit, and sent inland to make their own fortunes by encroaching upon the orchards, farms and hunting grounds of Native Americans, who had little or no access to firearms. The law, of course did not penalize White men who robbed, raped or killed Indians. At regular intervals, colonial governors and local U.S. officials would muster the free armed White men as militia, and dispatch them in murderous punitive raids to make the frontier safer for settlers and land speculators. Slavery remained legal in New England, New York and the mid-Atlantic region till well into the 1800s, and the movements of free Blacks and Indians were severely restricted for decades afterward. So colonial and early American militia also prowled the roads and highways demanding the passes of all non-Whites, to ensure the enslaved were not escaping or aiding those who were, and that free Blacks were not plotting rebellion or traveling for unapproved reasons. Historically then, the principal activities of the Founding Fathers’ “well regulated militia” were Indian killing, land stealing, slave patrolling and the enforcement of domestic apartheid, all of these, as the Constitutional language declares “being necessary to the security of a free state.” A free state whose fundamental building blocks were the genocide of Native Americans, and the enslavement of Africans. White protection That, my friends, is why the United States of America in 1791 needed a Second Amendment. It was about deputizing every available White man for what the Constitution called “the security of a free state.” Those were the original intentions of the nation’s founding fathers, baked into its body politic at birth. With slavery gone and the genocide of Native Americans accomplished 80 or 90 years later, what we know as “gun culture” – along with a substantial arms industry – existed, serving a civilian mass market. They needed to find new reasons to exist. They did exactly that. Advertisers and marketers have been hard at work the last 12 or 15 decades creating and expanding the market for civilian arms. They’ve been so successful that the National Rifle Association and allied organizations now get tens of millions each year from small donors, to match other tens or hundreds of millions in corporate and big donor largesse. Today’s corporate-sponsored NRA makes no bones about appealing to fearful White supremacy. It’s great for business. Black gun control The Kerner Commission, convened to address causes and cures for the series of Black urban insurrections of the late 1960s, recommended tough urban gun control laws. These were adopted in many Northern cities with large Black populations like Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. No cops or lawmakers though, would ever seriously imagine disarming White Americans. It’s pretty much unthinkable. But when two Chicago cops were shot from a Cabrini Green high-rise project in 1970, I recall seeing police seal off a quarter square mile and search more than 1,000 apartments without warrants, seizing every gun and some other goods they could find. Reported gun ownership among Blacks is less than half that among Whites, 19 percent compared to 42 percent. The Pew Research Center breaks the U.S. into four regions with gun ownership lowest in the Northeast at 27 percent, 34 percent in the West, 35 percent in the Midwest and 38 percent in the South. About half of all African-Americans live in the South, so the reported gun ownership for Southern Whites is highest of all, around 50 percent. Two factors Two obvious factors might impact the lower rate of reported gun ownership among African-Americans. The first is that firearms and ammo are expensive and seldom-used items, luxuries less likely to be owned by people with lower incomes, and Blacks generally do have lower incomes. The second is that after 40 years of vicious racially selective policing and mass incarceration, far higher proportions of Black families include one or more person convicted of a felony. In most states convicted felons are banned from owning guns for life unless they file special paperwork which must be accepted by state authorities. It makes sense that fewer Black households would have guns, and that fewer of those that do would report it to pollsters. Again in practice, gun ownership is a White right. The U.S. leads the planet in civilian and domestic gun violence, and gun suicides, and of course it’s the place where the phenomenon of the nonpolitical mass shooter first emerged, the place where this kind of thing still happens most often. Disconnected from people The Vegas killer was a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor with relatively few social and family connections. As Glen Ford points out this week, neoliberal capitalist America produces more than its share of dislocated, disaffected and disconnected people. Some of them are armed, and not just with privilege. Hindsight is 20/20. Concert promoters in Las Vegas packed 21,000 paying customers into a stadium overlooked by multiple high-rise buildings. Helicopter drones with remote cameras are dirt cheap, starting around $300 retail. A couple drones in the air monitoring the sight lines between those vantage points and the stadium might well have spotted the shooter breaking out multiple windows in his 32rd floor hotel suite before the first shot was fired. That’s a mistake that cops and insurance companies likely will not make again. But neoliberal capitalist America isn’t built on solidarity. America won’t stop, can’t stop producing dislocated, disaffected, disconnected people whose manhood, whose personhood is tied not to their class status but to fantasies of rugged individualism and to the gun. And we’re a long, long way from disarming White Americans. Bruce Dixon is managing editor of BlackAgendaReport.com. Contact him at bruce.dixon@blackagendareport.com. 

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  • Is Hollywood more righteous than the ‘Bible Belt?’Is Hollywood more righteous than the ‘Bible Belt?’

    When Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual predator last week, righteous indignation compelled Hollywood actors to rebuke him. By contrast, when Donald Trump was outed as a sexual predator last year, political opportunism compelled evangelical Christians to embrace him. But this oxymoronic state of moral consciousness is hardly surprising. Here is a little of what I wrote in “Evangelicals Supporting Donald Trump Like Israelites Worshiping Golden Calf” in January 2016: I know Evangelicals. As the son of an evangelical preacher, I grew up amongst them. So trust me when I say that, for any sober Evangelical, Trump is the very personification of Mammon. This, after all, is a man who takes diabolical pride in boasting that he never asks God for forgiveness because he’s without sin, he’s rich, and he’s like a god himself. He even boasts that “The Art of the Deal,” his book about the virtues of greed and the salvation of wealth, rivals the Bible. Not to mention that he made most of his money building gambling casinos. Because gambling is as great a sin for most Evangelicals as usury is for most Islamists. But Trump is probably best known for building a gilded tower in New York City as a monument to himself. And, given his delusions of grandeur, one could well imagine him challenging Jesus by channeling the Devil from atop that tower as follows: “Finally, the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain. He showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. ‘If You bow down and worship me,’ he said, ‘I will give You all of this.’ (Matthew 4:8)” Of course, Jesus rebuked and then admonished the Devil to humble himself before God. You’d think Evangelicals would do what Jesus did, especially given that Trump challenges their Christian faith almost every day. Instead of rebuking and admonishing him, however, they invariably hail him as if he were, well, the second coming of Jesus Christ… Again, it would be one thing if Trump troubled himself to show a little regard for their purported Christian values. But mean-spirited, bullying, even profane language is the feature attraction of his campaign rhetoric, which makes a mockery of those values… Evangelicals are sacrificing their Christian faith at the altar of Trump’s political ambition. Moreover, they have ceded their moral authority to speak truth to power and champion family values until kingdom come… I am constrained to ask: What will it profit an Evangelical if he gains Trump as president, but loses his own soul? Hypocrites, too Meanwhile, these Trump-supporting Evangelicals are compounding their apostasy with hypocrisy. For only this explains them leading the chorus of those damning Weinstein’s liberal friends (in Hollywood and Washington) for not rebuking him fast enough. I fear a “jealous” God, so prone to “wrath,” cannot have mercy on their souls. Anthony L. Hall is a native of The Bahamas with an international law practice in Washington, D.C. Read his columns and daily weblog at www.theipinionsjournal.com

    Florida Courier / 64 d. 7 h. 12 min. ago more
  • The treachery of ‘grateful Negroes’The treachery of ‘grateful Negroes’

    While flipping through my television, I heard a host on the comedy show, Fox and Friends, denouncing an NFL player who sat down during the playing of the National Anthem. Their guest on that subject was Burgess Owens, a former player with the Oakland Raiders. Owens, looking every inch like a Black wannabe, proceeded to vigorously attack the protesting player and any other Black person who is insufficiently grateful for the “opportunities” that have been provided us by Whites in general and the country in particular. Bloodshed and death There are few people I find more despicable than those Negroes who talk about the United States having given us anything, including opportunities. Every single gain we have made in this country resulted from some Black folks being murdered to make it happen. Those warriors include Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser and Denmark Vesey, who were murdered for leading uprisings against enslavement by White supremacists/racists; James Chaney, Samuel Younge, Jr., Vernon Dahmer, the Rev. George Lee, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Virgil Lamar Ware, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr. All of whom were murdered by White supremacist/racist opponents of equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity. And Brother Malcolm was murdered by Black collaborators with racists Whites. No gratitude Also murdered by the same forces were Whites such as John Brown, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Viola Liuzzo, the Rev. James Reeb and Paul Guihard. Most of their murderers were never punished by the states or the country. Thus, the states and the country deserve no gratitude from us. Thousands of other warriors such as Fannie Lou Hamer and the children who marched in Birmingham were brutalized by White supremacists/racists. Owens and too many others who think like him bring to mind quotes from George Schuyler and Carter G. Woodson. As Schuyler, a journalist noted in his book, “Black and Conservation,” “…a Black person learns very early that his color is a disadvantage in a world of White folks. This being an unalterable circumstance, one also learns very early to make the best of it. So the lifetime endeavor of the intelligent Negro is how to be reasonably happy though colored.” Mind control Dr. Woodson, the founder of what is now known as Black History Month, also had people like Owens in mind when he wrote in his book, “The Miseducation of the Negro,” that “In like manner, the teaching of history in the Negro area had its political significance. Starting out after the Civil War, the opponents of freedom and social justice decided to work out a program which would enslave the Negroes’ mind…If you can control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. When you determine what a man shall think, you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do…” The program to enslave the minds of Black folks, as cited by Dr. Woodson, has been very successful with people like Owens. And he and others with his beliefs are perfect examples of those Negroes who are grateful to Whites and the country for making it possible for them to be “reasonably happy, though colored.” A. Peter Bailey’s latest book is “Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, the Master Teacher.” Contact him at apeterb@verizon.net.

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  • Was the Las Vegas shooting a true conspiracy?Was the Las Vegas shooting a true conspiracy?

      American history has many examples of governmental and corporate plots that deceive, kill, create wars, and ruin lives. United States covert operations destroyed movements domestically and overthrew governments overseas. No one has to prove the existence of high-level conspiracies that furthered the interests of the state and or its corporate partners. But these facts do not mean that every shocking and inexplicable occurrence is a plot concocted by powerful forces. The recent killing of 59 people by a Las Vegas gunman is the latest event to draw speculation for all the wrong reasons. Nothing more or less The official explanation – that a man brought guns into hotel rooms, broke windows with a hammer, and then proceeded to shoot more than 300 people – is entirely plausible. Yet there is an impulse to pursue questionable reasoning and prove that the official story is a lie meant to cover up a nefarious purpose. Seizing upon incidents such as this to prove larger conspiracies is a waste of time. This bad habit actually gives the rulers a greater ability to do wrong. Instead of focusing on very clear and obvious efforts to deprive us of our human rights and our very lives, otherwise intelligent people spend precious time debating how someone gets luggage into a hotel room. Another distraction The search for cover-ups is understandable because so much official subterfuge abounds. But the eagerness to question any and everything is misguided and disempowering. While amateurs suddenly consider themselves experts on ballistics the system grinds on, committing acts of evil under our very noses. The media work hand-in-hand with the imperialist duopoly to spread tall tales about election interference from Russia. These falsehoods are worthy of greater examination. They are very dangerous because they further the cause of the neoconservative, imperialist duopoly and make the case for war. We are told to believe that Russia used social media to sow discontent. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus – a useless relic full of Democratic Party hacks – respond with a chorus of approval. While websites are being “disappeared” under spurious claims of fighting fake news, the people most impacted by governmental wrongdoing give full support. Always more lies There is always a conspiracy afoot to start wars. There is always a lie used as a pretext – Iraq has weapons of mass destruction (WMD); Libya plans to massacre its people; North Korea is planning to kill us all; Syria is killing democracy and using WMD to do it. The targets keep changing, but the game is the same: a never-ending conspiracy meant to get buy-in for American aggressions. While there is endless questioning about whether someone could fire multiple rounds of ammunition from a 32nd story window, no one is asking how Congress and the New York Times have concluded that photos of puppies in a Facebook ad are part of a plot to attack the United States. Election interference is a purely American affair. The Republicans have stolen local elections, the presidency itself in 2000, and may have done so again in 2016. No puppies were used in the process. A federal judge ruled that Green Party candidate Jill Stein did not have legal standing to demand a vote count in Michigan. But the person who did, Hillary Clinton, refused to do so. The duopoly rolls along, playing at phony differences. One political party habitually refuses to speak up for itself and its voters; suspicious behavior indeed. The ‘Big Lie’ The most effective lies are the biggest, the ones created by influential people who insist on having their way in the world. They want to keep us distracted and frightened. They want to intimidate other nations, or take their resources, or keep their own people incarcerated. So they tell us to be afraid of crime or WMD or North Korean rockets. We are whipped into a frenzy of fear about Vladimir Putin, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar al-Assad, Kim Jong Un or some other villain du jour. We are most likely to be correct if we assume that these assertions from the corporate media and politicians are themselves meant to create dissension. A distracted and hypnotized public won’t ask questions, make demands, or build movements. If Stephen Paddock was part of a conspiracy in Las Vegas, it might have worked in this way: create a crime that would make millions of people ask questions, but not about the right things. Now that would be a conspiracy worth discussing. Margaret Kimberley’s column appears weekly in BlackAgendaReport.com. Contact her at Margaret.Kimberley@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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  • Nursing home tragedy claims lives of couple married 61 yearsNursing home tragedy claims lives of couple married 61 years

    BY DAVID J. NEAL MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — Cecilia Franco, 90, died at 3:45 a.m. Monday, becoming the 14th Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills resident to die from ailments suffered when the nursing home turned into a hotbox following Hurricane Irma. Franco lived only 26 days after her husband of 61 years, Miguel Antonio Franco, who was among the eight Sept. 13 deaths at the overheated Hollywood Hills facility across a parking lot from Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital. Cecilia Franco, one of the residents evacuated hours after residents began dying, was described by family lawyers as being in serious condition. She died at St. Catherine’s Rehab Hospital in Hialeah. Family statement “The Franco and Navarro families are now mourning the passing of their mother and grandmother Cecilia Franco, this on the heels of losing her husband of 62 years, their father and grandfather Miguel Franco, both of whom perished in a horrific avoidable tragedy which should never have occurred,” read a statement from Albert Levin, attorney for daughter Margarita Navarro. “Their pain cuts deeply having lost not one but two loved ones.” Navarro filed a wrongful death and negligence suit against Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills Sept. 22. Three days after Hurricane Irma knocked out power – including air conditioning — residents began dying in the facility. The nursing home and rehabilitation center is now just a homicide investigation crime scene after the state revoked the facility’s license on Sept. 20 and the facility laid off all 245 workers the same day.

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  • Charities seek donations for hurricane survivorsCharities seek donations for hurricane survivors

    The news reports paint a grim picture. People in Puerto Rico, as well as other islands ravished by hurricanes Irma and Maria are in great need of even basic necessities, such as drinking water, food and medicine.

  • Goodwill, Red Cross partner to help Hurricane Irma victimsGoodwill, Red Cross partner to help Hurricane Irma victims

    In response to Hurricane Irma and the overwhelming generosity of the American people, the American Red Cross and Goodwill in Florida have established a partnership that will better serve Floridians affected by the hurricane during recovery efforts.

  • Bealls to raise funds for hurricane reliefBealls to raise funds for hurricane relief

    Bealls Inc., headquartered in Bradenton, and employing over 10,000 associates in the areas impacted by the recent hurricanes, recently announced a companywide effort to contribute funds for hurricane victims.

  • Hurricane relief concert planned at Madeira Beach Marina ParkHurricane relief concert planned at Madeira Beach Marina Park

    MADEIRA BEACH – The second of two Hurricane Irma relief concerts will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. at Madeira Beach Marina Park, 565 150th Ave.

  • Kroll Ontrack offers free services to hurricane victimsKroll Ontrack offers free services to hurricane victims

    In an effort to help Florida residents and businesses in the metro Tampa/Clearwater areas recover critical data from damaged media, Kroll Ontrack, a subsidiary of KrolLDiscovery, is donating data recovery services to those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

  • RCS Food Bank sees increased need following Hurricane IrmaRCS Food Bank sees increased need following Hurricane Irma

    CLEARWATER – Following Hurricane Irma, there has been surge of families in need of food.

  • OneBlood sending blood to Puerto RicoOneBlood sending blood to Puerto Rico

    ST. PETERSBURG - OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast, announced Sept. 27 that it has sent several shipments of blood to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and plans to send more in the coming days and weeks.

  • Tips for safe disposal of sandbags after Hurricane IrmaTips for safe disposal of sandbags after Hurricane Irma

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  • The lights are ALL on in Pinellas - NOTThe lights are ALL on in Pinellas - NOT

    CLEARWATER – One of the most important parts of the recovery phase from Hurricane Irma is restoration of power. Monday morning, Duke Energy Florida reported that power had been restored to all its customers in Pinellas County.

  • SBA opens Business Recovery Center in LargoSBA opens Business Recovery Center in Largo

    The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center Sept. 18 at Pinellas County Economic Development office in the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Largo. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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  • DHSMV implements fee waivers for those impacted by IrmaDHSMV implements fee waivers for those impacted by Irma

    The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is waiving certain driver license and motor vehicle service fees for individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma.

  • Gov. Scott puts insurance companies on noticeGov. Scott puts insurance companies on notice

    Gov. Rick Scott has directed Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to take every action authorized pursuant to the state’s emergency declaration to provide additional protections to support recovery efforts as it relates to Hurricane Irma’s impact on Florida’s families.

  • BBB says be careful of hiring contractors post-IrmaBBB says be careful of hiring contractors post-Irma

    As the immediate crisis of Hurricane Irma passes, consumers will start to evaluate any damage done and begin the clean-up process.  

  • The lights are on in Pinellas - mostlyThe lights are on in Pinellas - mostly

    CLEARWATER – One of the most important parts of the recovery phase from Hurricane Irma is restoration of power. However, despite Duke Energy’s best efforts, 9,256 customers still were without power as of 10 p.m. Sunday.