Tuesday, August 21, 2018
News Roundup

Top 5 at noon: Meet the man who could be governor; live at the Rays’ stadium announcement; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:

RON DESANTIS: CAPITOL HILL LONER, FOX NEWS FIXTURE, TRUMP FAVORITE IN FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S RACE

At Dunedin High School, classmates knew him as a super jock and a brilliant student. At Yale, the baseball coach barely hesitated naming the former team captain when an interviewer in 2002 asked if he ever managed someone of presidential material. Now running for Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, 39, has won the backing of President Donald Trump, billionaire donors across the country, and by many accounts is the most likely Republican nominee to lead America’s third-largest state. Adam C. Smith and Alex Leary profile the gubernatorial hopeful.

SOME HIGH-END CONDO BUYERS WANT MORE BEACH THAN BEACH DRIVE

For many high-end condo buyers, nothing can beat the urban buzz of downtown St. Petersburg and especially Beach Drive. Then there are those who would rather walk along a real beach instead of a row of restaurants. Who would rather see a pelican out their windows than the pilings of a $75 million pier. Those are the kind of buyers drawn to a place like Sunset Pointe at Collany Key, Susan Taylor Martin writes.

FLU SEASON IS STILL WORSENING; IT’S NOW AS BAD AS 2009 SWINE FLU

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009.

LIVE AT 1:30: RAYS STADIUM ANNOUNCEMENT

After years of speculation and courtship, the Tampa Bay Rays are announcing they want to relocate the team to Tampa. Check out our live blog starting at 1:30 p.m. for live coverage, and follow Steve Contorno @scontorno and Marc Topkin @tbtimes_rays for updates.

CELEB WATCH: BILLY JOEL, TONY BENNETT, JERRY SPRINGER, RIC FLAIR IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND

Billy Joel and Tony Bennett are just a few of the celebrities that are set to be in town Feb. 9-11. Here’s a roundup of who’s in town.

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Jesuit alum Malik Davis back to 100 percent with Florida Gators

Jesuit alum Malik Davis back to 100 percent with Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE — Florida running back Malik Davis knew something was wrong soon after his right knee landed awkwardly against Georgia.The Jesuit High alumnus had sprained a knee earlier in his career, so he knew what a tweak felt like. This s...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Post Malone fans cheer as jet lands safely after blowing two tires

Post Malone fans cheer as jet lands safely after blowing two tires

TETERBORO, N.J. — A private jet that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport on Tuesday made a safe emergency landing hours later at an airport in New York.Fans of rapper Post Malone had gathered at New York Stewart International ...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
FDLE agents raid office of St. Petersburg attorney Mark Stopa

FDLE agents raid office of St. Petersburg attorney Mark Stopa

ST. PETERSBURG — Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement raided the St. Petersburg offices of suspended foreclosure defense attorney Mark Stopa Tuesday morning.Acting in conjunction with the Office of Statewide Prosecution, which prosecut...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tariffs put a dent in Tampa steel shipments

Tariffs put a dent in Tampa steel shipments

TAMPA — Tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on steel and aluminum are putting a dent in local steel shipments, Port Tampa Bay officials said Tuesday.The tonnage of steel going through the port — most of it comes in — dropped more than 8 perce...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Find a Friend: Dax the Retriever/Terrier Mix

Find a Friend: Dax the Retriever/Terrier Mix

In stock market circles, DAX is commonly known as the German blue chip index. The term may have been inspired by glistening pool profits, or perhaps the Deutsche translation for "adorable water dog?" Introducing Dax of Tampa: a 6-month old, 40 pound ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays vs. Royals, with Snell on the bump

For starters: Rays vs. Royals, with Snell on the bump

Coming off two straight shutout wins, the Rays host the Royals tonight at 7:10.Their top starter, LHP Blake Snell, will be on the mound.The Royals are starting RHP Glenn Sparkman.Lineups when available.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Are Democrats retaliating against Wengay Newton in re-election fight?

Are Democrats retaliating against Wengay Newton in re-election fight?

ST. PETERSBURG — Fallout from the 2017 mayoral race is stirring up emotions in the Democratic primary for state House District 70.Candidate Vito Sheeley is calling into question just how much of a Democrat incumbent state Rep. Wengay Newton really is...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Feleipe Franks: I’m ‘not really worried’ about Florida Gators quarterback competition

Feleipe Franks: I’m ‘not really worried’ about Florida Gators quarterback competition

GAINESVILLE — While Florida fans remain fixated on the quarterback battle, the presumptive frontrunner in the three-way competition said he isn't thinking about whether Dan Mullen will anoint him as the starter."I'm not worried about who h...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Candidates bring varied backgrounds to contentious District 61 House race

Candidates bring varied backgrounds to contentious District 61 House race

TAMPA — One-hundred and one.According to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website, that’s the number of votes that stood between community activist Dianne Hart and Rep. Sean Shaw in 2016 when the two went head-to-head in the District 6...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Fired Brooksville fire captain must wait awhile longer for check from the city

Fired Brooksville fire captain must wait awhile longer for check from the city

BROOKSVILLE — More than two years after a Brooksville fire department captain was fired for breaking her boss’ rule — a rule that violated directives from the agency’s medical director — the City Council on Monday was poised to pay her a financial se...
Updated: 2 hours ago