Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa Bay job fairs will focus on veterans

2 Job Fairs will focus on veterans

Veterans in need of work have two opportunities this week to shop their skills at area job fairs. Hiring Our Heroes, sponsored by local chambers of commerce and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, will take place Thursday at Bayanihan Arts and Events Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Friday, another job fair will take place at Bay Pines VA Medical Center, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the hospital's J.C. Cobb Room.

Dunedin Mardi Gras celebration is tonight

The free and family-friendly Dunedin Mardi Gras celebrates its 21st year tonight with a festival of music, New Orleans-style food, arts and crafts, a parade and a theme of Big Mama's Jambalaya Jive. The fun will take over downtown Dunedin's Main Street, between Louden and Broadway avenues, from 5 to 11 p.m. Beer, wine, food and souvenirs will be available for purchase. No pets, coolers or glass bottles are allowed. Downtown area street parking and road access will be restricted starting at 7 a.m. Visit dunedinmardigras.com for more details.

Pinellas bus ridership hits all-time high

Bus ridership in Pinellas County hit an all-time high last month, according to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. The total of 1,126,563 rides in January was the most ever and topped January 2011 ridership by 8 percent, the PSTA said. Officials said steadily climbing gas prices probably helped ridership but that tourism and the economic downturn also have an effect.

Correction

The Debby Boone show will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. An incorrect day was listed in a calendar Monday.

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Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — The Rays were engaged in a third straight tight, go-either-way battle with the defending champ Astros on Wednesday.Until they were not.A brutal seven-pitch sequence by starter Nathan Eovaldi changed everything, as he gave up three con...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

HOUSTON — The Rays saw a lot on the weeklong trip that ended with Wednesday's game against that Astros, beyond the street hustlers prowling in Times Square and the urban cowboys and girls parading through H-town.There was an impressive debuting...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final last season, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman ...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

RHP Nathan Eovaldi said before his rough start Wednesday against the Astros that he was pitching better than his numbers showed. Well … In four starts since his six no-hit innings debut, he's 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA, allowing eight homers, four Wed...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could be suspended for up to three games  next season following the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, a Tallahassee radio station reported.Jeff Cameron, a&#...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the eng...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Tesla sued a former employee Wednesday, accusing the man of hacking the automaker’s computer systems and stealing company secrets, shedding light on what chief Elon Musk had suggested was the work of a secretive internal saboteur.But the employee, Ma...
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Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

LARGO — Vanessa Rodriguez thought she found the right house for her three kids, in the right neighborhood, for the right rent. She signed the lease for April 30, sent a $2,300 money order and planned to move in June 1.Then the delays started. She sai...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

CLEARWATER —The city’s proposed $79.7 million overhaul of the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training facilities depends on getting $40 million in bed taxes from Pinellas County.But records show even if county officials wanted to bankroll the Phillies...
Updated: 4 hours ago