Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Morning Watch: Artist in Cuba memorializes local Pulse shooting victim, 'Top Hat Eddie'

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

ARTIST IN CUBA MEMORIALIZES LOCAL PULSE SHOOTING VICTIM, 'TOP HAT EDDIE'

Visit Santiago Hermes' art studio in Cienfuegos, Cuba, flip through his guest book, and you'll find the written promise made by American visitor Edward Sotomayor after they spent a few hours together last year. "I look forward to inviting Mr. Hermes to the United States as my friend and unique artist," reads the passage, penned April 14, 2016. Hermes did indeed travel to America, in June, but not for a joyful reunion with his new friend. He came for a vigil marking the life and death of the 34-year-old Sotomayor, a University of South Florida graduate who worked with a Sarasota travel agency and was among the 49 people slain in the June 12 massacre at Orlando's Pulse night club.

STARBUCKS OPENS CAFE INSIDE PUBLIX STORE IN SOUTH TAMPA, AND MORE ARE COMING

[Justine Griffin | Times]

Publix opened a Starbucks cafe inside the store in the Gandy Shopping Center in Tampa.

Shoppers can now sip a Starbucks latte while they browse the aisles at the Publix grocery store in the Gandy Shopping Center. Publix opened a Starbucks kiosk inside the supermarket at 3615 W Gandy Blvd. on Tuesday morning. It's the first Starbucks to open inside a Publix store in Tampa Bay, and only the second to open in the Publix chain, spokesman Brian West said.

ON MLK DAY, TRUMP MEETS WITH ICON'S ELDEST SON TO CALM TENSIONS OVER SQUABBLE WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ICON LEWIS

Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect's squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader. Trump met with King's son on the holiday marking the life of the assassinated civil rights icon, just days after the president-elect had gone on Twitter to strike back fiercely at Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the billionaire businessman's election as president. Lewis and the elder King were among the Big Six civil rights leaders of the 1960s.

MARTIN KING JR. DAY PARADE TURNS VIOLENT WHEN 8 SHOT IN MIAMI

A national holiday that was supposed to be about nonviolence erupted into mayhem in Miami when police say eight people were wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Police say they are not sure what started the shooting on Monday afternoon. Hundreds of people had gathered in the park after the annual MLK Day parade in the Liberty City neighborhood. People scattered in all directions when they heard the gunfire.

PORT TAMPA BAY GOVERNING BOARD MEETING TODAY

Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter @SunBizGriffin beginning at 9:30 a.m. for updates from the first meeting of the year of Port Tampa Bay's governing board.

EPCOT'S NEW FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IS A FEAST FOR THE EYES, EARS AND TASTEBUDS

[Chelsea Tatham | Times]

Disney artist Joe Kaminski demonstrates his techniques during the first day of Epcot's new International Festival of the Arts.

Epcot's new winter festival is heavy on color and creation. The International Festival of the Arts combines three things guests love most about theme park festivals for six weekends of international cuisine, Disney-inspired art and Broadway performances. Here's what you need to know.

'LIVE BY NIGHT,' THE BEN AFFLECK FILM SET IN YBOR CITY, IS A BOX OFFICE BOMB AND HERE'S WHY

Ben Affleck's Live By Night, which is set largely in Ybor City, is bombing bad at the box office. The movie opened in late December in just a handful of theaters, a tactic studios usually use to qualify films for awards nominations like the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. But Live By Night has generated about as much Oscar buzz as Batman v. Superman. Chris Tisch offers some reasons for the poor showing.

COULD USF FOOTBALL PASS THE FLORIDA GATORS IN 2017?

After scanning the too-early top 25 rankings for next season, two things popped out to reporter Matt Baker. First, Florida State is going to be really, really good. Again. That's not a surprise, and we'll get to that later in this agonizingly long offseason. The other one was more interesting: Florida might not be the state's No. 2 team. Or even third.

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Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

Matt Baker’s AP Top 25 ballot: Florida’s new top team

After four full weekends of college football, here's what I know:There is one great team (Alabama). There are three very good teams (Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson).After that? There are a lot of flawed teams with messy results that seem bunched tog...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

TAMPA – After Sunday morning, the Lightning sat five cuts away from having a 23-man roster to start the regular season.It announced 27 cuts that left 28 players on the roster with the start of the regular season less than two weeks away.Gone ar...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

Police: Motorcyclist injured in Bayshore crash, southbound traffic diverted

TAMPA — A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash on Bayshore Boulevard, police reported.About 3:10 p.m., the motorcyclist was driving southbound, according to the Tampa Police Department. At the same time, a driver in a Jeep Cherokee was h...
Updated: 1 hour ago
This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

If you give an octopus MDMA, it will get touchy and want to mingle.What sounds like the premise of a children's book set at Burning Man is, in fact, the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. Neuroscientist Gül ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

TORONTO – Blake Snell earned his team record and majors-most 21st win on Sunday as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-2.The victory improved the Rays to 87-68 and kept alive their slimmest chances to make the playoffs, though perhaps for only a few ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Find A Friend: Sweet Caroline the Tabby Kitten

Find A Friend: Sweet Caroline the Tabby Kitten

Put your paws in the air like you just don’t care! Sweet Caroline thinks good times never seemed so good. A bundle of gray stripes and spots, she and her litter mates were rescued at three weeks of age. Caroline’s the most social of the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Women's Expo to feature Tampa Bay Times staffers

Women's Expo to feature Tampa Bay Times staffers

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Times presents its inaugural Tampa Bay Women’s Expo and the event will include an opportunity to meet many of its key women staff writers and editors.Susan Taylor Martin (Senior Correspondent/Real Estate) and Manag...
Updated: 3 hours ago
USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

USF assistant VP rides AHN wave of support to success

Editor’s note: Academy of the Holy Names junior Tress Jacobs spent the summer of 2018 shadowing Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper. To conclude the experience, she interviewed Academy alumnus Kim Wilmath Hill and filed this report.By Tres...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Christine Blasey Ford reaches deal to  testify at Kavanaugh hearing

Christine Blasey Ford reaches deal to testify at Kavanaugh hearing

The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers has committed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, her lawyers said Sunday. The lawyers said some details — including whe...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Stolen smokes: Florida man gets 20 years for cigarette theft

Stolen smokes: Florida man gets 20 years for cigarette theft

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.A jury in Pensacola convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August. Authori...
Updated: 5 hours ago