Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Farm to Fable special investigation; a wilderness rescue; Rubio and Cruz, still; 192 may lose jobs; Lightning playoffs; Clone Club; and our weekend planners

Tilapia masquerading as grouper in sushi. Claims of locally grown produce that really comes from Asia or South America. Do you know where the food in that restaurant is really coming from? Do you shop at weekend farmers markets?

You'll definitely want to read our latest special report, Farm to Fable.

The bleached out elk bones spelled 'HELP.' Ann Rodgers, 72, tells a wondrous tale of how she and her little dog Queenie survived for nine days in the Arizona wilderness after her car ran out of fuel. And tap here to watch the video.

Marco Rubio still isn't endorsing Ted Cruz, but said he would support the Texan on a second ballot in the event of a contested convention. "I hope that they'll nominate a conservative," Rubio told Mark Levin, adding the only one who "fits that criteria is Ted Cruz."

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Jacksonville, says he will not seek re-election after serving eight terms in Congress.

This is the kind of ticket you would want to get from a cop. The Tampa Bay Rays have donated more than 1,000 vouchers to be redeemed for baseball tickets that Tampa police officers can hand out to reward residents for "doing good deeds, teaming up with law enforcement to help keep the city safe, or contributing in any way to help improve the quality of life" in the city.

St. Petersburg's America's Auction Network has filed paperwork with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicating it may lay off all of its 192 employees on June 8.

Former Plant High quarterback Phillip Ely waited four years in college for the chance to be back as a full-time starter, and as he works to extend his football career to the professional level, that journey brings him back to Tampa.

Highly coveted football prospects, most of whom already are inundated on social media from recruitniks and college programs, could be bombarded even more now that the NCAA has deregulated electronic communication between football coaches and recruits.

It's game day! After falling just short last season, the Lightning renews its quest for the Stanley Cup tonight, when it opens play against the Detroit Red Wings in a first-round series. We have all of the action covered, from the morning skate to the pregame festivities to the game itself, on our live blog. You'll find the latest news, photos, video and more.

Hey #CloneClub, Are you ready for the return of Orphan Black? Here's what you need to know before the season 4 premiere at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Our Weekend Planners offer tons of things to do this weekend, from the Safety Harbor Beer and Burger Throwdown to the kid-friendly play, The Lightning Thief.

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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Updated: 7 hours ago
Former Mitchell High player Nathan Smith taken in NHL draft by Jets

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Report: Lightning to talk to John Tavares during free-agent courting period

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Strangers are coming together to honor two killed in Bayshore crash

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Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

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Another small, quick forward headlines Lightning’s draft picks

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