Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Senate takes up gun bill today; circulator could ease USF gridlock; sneak peek at Florida Boat Show; place your Oscar bets

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

• The hottest February on record in the Tampa Bay region will be followed up by a respite from the heat this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Friday’s high will be around the 80s and the lows will reach a mild 67, but then a cold front will roll in for a weekend visit. By Saturday get ready for highs in the low 70s and lows that could drop all the way down to the mid to low 50s. The cool weather will stick around, too, as another cold front is expected to arrive on Wednesday. It could bring cold and wet weather, however.

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

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a record-breaking 30th trip to Ruth Eckerd Hall by singer Frankie Valli, and the all-male comic ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and the sensual art show Nude Nite continues in Tampa’s Channel District.

• The Florida Senate will do something today that would have been unthinkable a month ago: It will vote on legislation that will restrict access to firearms. Kirby Wilson explains what to look out for with today’s vote, and stay with The Buzz for the latest from the floor.

• The inaugural Sunshine Skyway 10k is set to take place Sunday morning on the northbound span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. But that means no one will be able to drive north on the bridge from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Just in case you need a reminder (and you know someone’s going to drive to take the bridge on Sunday morning) Tracey McManus breaks it down.

• For most of the local boating industry, the boat show at the Florida State Fairgrounds starting today means a kick-start to the season. Sara DiNatale offers a sneak peak of what to expect and why some sellers have high expectations for the season.

• The area around the University of South Florida is notorious for gridlocked traffic from Fletcher Avenue to Busch Boulevard. But relief is on the way: a new 7-mile circulator is set to start running this summer, connecting the university to the medical hubs and theme park in that part of Tampa. Caitlin Johnston explains the project and how a public-private partnership is making it happen.

• The story line was supposed to be how rookie forward Anthony Cirelli dazzled in his NHL debut. Instead, the Lightning’s 5-4 overtime win against the Stars on Thursday night included a very polarizing — and puzzling — topic: Goaltender interference. Read more from Joe Smith.

• Nobody is going to disagree if you say Saquon Barkley is the best running back in the NFL draft. So the only thing left to debate is whether he is also the best player in it, Rick Stroud writes. The last running back to be taken No. 1 overall went to the same school as Barkley. Penn State’s Ki-Jana Carter was the top pick in 1995 by the Bengals. Follow Rick @NFLSTROUD for the latest from the NFL combine.

• From a boat show to a Cuban hip-hop artist to free museum admission, here’s this week’s list of 5 things to do under $5.

• Ready for Sunday’s Oscars? Place your bets against our film critic’s picks in Steve Persall’s Oscar cheat sheet

• But for some meatier Oscar fare, chew on this analysis of 90 years of Oscar winners that found 80 of the 90 male Oscar wins were for heroes of all stripe. Less than half the women played heroic characters, more often they were sexually portrayed or victims.

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