Wednesday, September 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Mother arrested in missing child’s death; Gordon makes landfall as tropics heat up; what ex-FBI agents say about the Andrew Gillum investigation

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.

 

• Tropical Storm Gordon — which made landfall late Tuesday night at the Alabama-Mississippi border — will be in Mississippi this morning, so it won’t be to blame when the usual summer showers roll up, according to the National Weather Service. Expect a 40 to 50 percent chance of showers and isolated thundershowers this afternoon. Highs will be in the low 90s, but the rain will bring a reprieve to the heat.

 

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

 

• Gordon is gone but it’s still the midpoint of the 2018 hurricane season. It’s never too soon to get ready for storm season using the Tampa Bay Times hurricane guide and other weather resources. Read our 2018 hurricane guide, keep track of storms with our live radar, download our weather app and sign up for weather alerts

 

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including an artist talk and a food truck rally in downtown Tampa today at lunchtime.

 

• Read the latest updates on the case of missing 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau. Largo police announced late Tuesday that the toddler was found dead and his mother was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder. For the latest updates on the case, check tampabay.com today.

 

• Also learn more about the volatile relationship between 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau’s mother and father. The parents have a history of allegations of domestic violence against each other, and the father shared with the Times what he said are text messages he exchanged with the mother while their child was missing, before her arrest.

 

• Food critic Laura Reiley wonders whether the taco is overcoming the burger as America’s favorite dish. Today she reviews five new taco places in the Tampa Bay area to consider for your next Taco Tuesday.

 

• Now that Andrew Gillum is the Democratic nominee running for Florida governor, Republicans are already using the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Tallahassee development deals and City Hall against the mayor. Gillum, tough, has repeatedly said he was told by the FBI that he is not the target, while the FBI itself won’t comment at all. But Elizabeth Koh and Kirby Wilson explain why nothing in this case is likely to happen before Election Day.

 

• You might not be getting as many glasses out of your Tropicana orange juice container these days. Over the past month, America’s favorite OJ producer has shrunk its plastic container in a way that’s hard to notice and Times Business columnist Graham Brink explains why.

 

• Americans for Prosperity, the political group bankrolled by oil billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch, has helped derail several plans to raise taxes for public transit in Nashville and Little Rock. Now, Christopher O’Donnell reports, the group has set its sights on sinking Hillsborough’s proposed transportation referendum.

 

• Dunedin city commissioners slammed the brakes on staff’s recommendation to enforce a time limit on visitors parking for free downtown and charge for parking in city-operated lots and garages. During a lengthy discussion recently Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said facts have changed during the city’s long experiment with paid parking downtown.

 

• When compiling his AP Top 25 ballot Tuesday morning, Matt Baker was stuck with a question that was tougher than he expected: Who’s the best team in the state? He offers his take.

 

• From our food editor: These Orange Ricotta Bars make for a light, easy dessert.

 

• Now that summer is over, it’s time to block out some TV time. Here’s our guide to fall TV so you know when your old favorites are coming back and when the new shows are popping up.

 

• In anticipation of Paul Simon’s farewell tour coming to Amalie Arena on Friday, pop music critic Jay Cridlin put the topic of retirement and "farewell tours" to nearly a dozen legendary artists throughout interviews for different appearances in 2018. Among them: Ann Wilson of Heart, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Joel, Daryl Hall and John Oates Read here for their thoughts on the topic

 

• The Times editorial board writes that the air conditioning crisis in Hillsborough County schools is so great that the district cannot wait for voters to pass a half-cent sales tax in November to act: The hyper linked words here" target="_blank">school district must act now. And this report about just how bad the cool air crisis is in Hillsborough schools.

 

• In that vein, columnist Sue Carlton asks whether the Hillsborough County School board endangered the full-cent transportation tax on the November ballot by putting it’s on half-cent tax there at the same time. Will that cause voters to reject both taxes, or approve them?

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