Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: $6 million Tamir Rice settlement; Trump blasts Cruz-Kasich collaboration; Senate debate; Latvala's letter; DUI sentencing; rating 10 cooking apps; Laura Reiley's restaurant review; Beyonce week; Mock Draft Monday

The city of Cleveland has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

Donald Trump says an extraordinary collaboration between Ted Cruz and John Kasich aimed at unifying the anti-Trump vote in some remaining primaries is a desperate move by "mathematically dead" rivals. ICYMI: Alex Leary took at look at how Sen. Cruz has survived the GOP primary season to become the last hope of a party that loathes him .

Two of the seven candidates who want to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate will go head to head tonight in a live debate. Reps. Alan Grayson and David Jolly face off at 7 p.m. at the University of Central Florida. You can watch the debate live at tampabay.com/politics. The debate follows Rep. Jolly's appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday night in which he called out congressional money chasers.

Get ready to sweat. High temperatures could get into the 90s this week in the Tampa Bay area, according to 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey.

State Sen. Jack Latvala writes in a letter to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman that he wants a role, along with elected officials outside of St. Pete, in keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the county.

Jason Lanard Mitchell, who pleaded guilty Friday to fatally striking a popular St. Petersburg chef while driving impaired last year, is at a sentencing hearing right now..

One of the few remaining newspaper chain giants, Gannett Co. — owner of USA Today and more than 100 other media properties — this morning offered $815 million to buy Tribune Publishing, whose assets include such major papers as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune as well as the Orlando Sentinel and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. If completed, the proposed acquisition would make Gannett the largest operator of newspapers by circulation in Florida.

Food editor Michelle Stark knows we could all use a hand in the kitchen. So she has reviewed 10 of the most popular cooking apps to find out how they stack up against each other, and how they are most useful.

Now that her Farm to Fable investigation has taken the country by storm, Laura Reiley is back with her latest restaurant review. You'll want to read what she thinks of Lithuanian creation, Drama Burger, the new spot at Kennedy and S Armenia in Tampa.

Beyonce Week has begun on our Soundcheck blog leading up to her huge show Friday night at Raymond James Stadium. She's released Lemonade and we were all over that. And we also take a look at the time Destiny's Child stole the show from Christina Aguilera in Tampa. Oh, it's on!

The Soundcheck blog also has tons of concert news. Drake has announced a headline tour with fellow smash rapper Future and "special guests." It'll hit Tampa's Amalie Arena in August. A handful of boy and girl bands and teen-pop sensations from the late '90s and early 2000s, including 98 Degrees, Dream and O-Town, are teaming up for the "MY2K Tour," which will hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre this summer. And in the fall, Canadian twin pop singer-songwriters Tegan and Sara will perform at the Ritz Ybor.

NFL draft week is finally upon us, and not much has changed (locally) since the first Mock Draft Monday back in February. The Bucs' most likely target seems to be Florida/Wharton High CB Vernon Hargreaves.

The Sporting News unveiled its Top 25 in college football Monday morning. Florida State is the only state program that cracked the list.

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