Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Superintendent out in Hernando; Disney Springs’ hip restaurant options; Bucs start mini-camp; will kids heed lessons from Bayshore tragedy?

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

• Another scorching day, with high temperatures hitting 90 degrees, according to 10Weather WTSP. And watch out for more afternoon or evening showers.

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

• Florida’s economic future hinges on talent — nurturing and retaining the homegrown kind and attracting it from other places, business columnist Graham Brink writes. As the state grows, we need more entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors and good teachers. We also must be prepared to grab a big share of the occupations that don’t exist yet, the ones that right now are no more than an itch in the back of some genius’ mind.

• The Hernando County School Board voted Tuesday night to fire Superintendent Lori Romano. Megan Reeves explains how Romano’s decision to fire 47 teachers at struggling Moton Elementary School without notifying the board or teachers union came back to haunt her in the vote.

• New Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made it in town for Tuesday’s start of mandatory mini-camps after missing 10 voluntary workouts. Rick Stroud explains what the Bucs’ newest pass-rusher can do and how he’ll help.

• St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s Men’s Residence has added seven newly renovated two-bedroom units at the transitional program that helps men stay sober and drug-free as they get back on their feet. Waveney Ann Moore explains how the upgrades came to be and how they help the residents.

• With a documentary opening Thursday with a neighborly block party in downtown Tampa, our writer asks: Why is Mister Rogers making adults cry decades later?. A documentary about the beloved host of PBS kids show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968 to 2001 has picked up good reviews festival screenings. And from the moment the first trailer went online in March, many who watched it did so through teary eyes.

• Columnist Sue Carlton writes that if anything useful can come from the horrific Bayshore Boulevard crash that killed a mother and child, maybe it’s one kid who thinks about it a split second before he or she does something stupid because everyone else is doing it, because it seems like crazy fun at the moment, until everything, their entire world, changes.

• Two men were injured in a Tuesday night shooting in South Tampa and the shooter was taken into custody soon afterward, according to police. Both shooting victims were taken to local hospitals and were expected to survive. The shooting took place just after 6:30 p.m. at a home at 3309 W Price Ave., which is just south of Gandy Boulevard and west of MacDill Avenue. Stay with http://www.tampabay.com/" target="_blank">tampabay.com for updates.

• A rookie St. Petersburg police officer resigned Tuesday, hours after police said he used a racial slur while investigating an incident. Justin Trombly explains what the police, and the man who reported the slur, have to say about the incident.

• Six years after undergoing a massive renovation, the most prominent structure on USF’s campus is set for another radical change. Effective July 1, the USF Sun Dome will be re-named the Yuengling Center.

• From our food editor: Disney Springs, the area formerly known as Downtown Disney, has exploded with hip celebrity restaurants. Here are Five restaurants worth checking out at Disney Springs in Orlando.

• Nagging works! Back "by popular demand" Busch Gardens has announced the Tampa theme park will once again have a fireworks on weekends this summer and they also brought back the deal that gets you a free pass to Adventure Island water park with the purchase of a Fun Card. But hurry. That offer expires soon.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a huge dog show called Sunshine State Clusters at the Florida State Fairgrounds and $1 movies for kids.

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