Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Georgia religious exemptions; Pakistan bombing; Fidel Castro writes Obama; economic naysayers; estate sells for nearly $7 million; Walking Dead recap; where to try sake

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.

The death toll from a massive suicide bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has risen to 70. Meanwhile, in the capital of Islamabad, extremists protested for a second day outside Pakistan's Parliament demanding that the authorities impose Islamic law or Sharia.

In a 1,500-word letter in state media, Fidel Castro responds to President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba by writing "we don't need the empire to give us any presents."

Security around the Tampa Bay Rays is being increased after a scary incident during Saturday night's game in Bradenton, when a man upset that the Rays had visited Cuba ran onto the field, screamed obscenities and threw a can of beer into their dugout.

Tampa's economic grump, financial adviser Harry S. Dent Jr., decided this past weekend was the right time to issue another dire warning that the nation's anger that is driving support for presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders may spark civil unrest. "The economy will likely worsen into the conventions in July and the election in November," Dent wrote in a piece that appeared over the weekend on the online Business Insider website.

An 11,207-square-foot Belleair estate on four wooded acres has sold for $6.7 million, the highest price paid for a Tampa Bay home in nearly two years and among the highest in the last five.

The Walking Dead just pulled another Glenn on us. Last night's episode ended at the exact moment Daryl's blood splattered the screen. Do we trust Dwight when he utters "you'll be alright"? And where is Carol? Read more in Chelsea Tatham's recap. And to help you get through next week's sure-to-be epic and bloody finale, we gathered up some tasty treats and finger foods (not actual fingers, calm down) for a watch party.

Tampa has its fair share of popular Japanese restaurants, and many of them offer very competent sake selections. But some of the newer names in town are giving sake the connoisseur's treatment, broken down into flavor and style categories, complete with tasting notes. Here are the best places to try it.

With Mother's Day coming up, we'd like to hear your stories of what mom taught you in the kitchen. Did she pass along her well-worn cast iron skillet? Tips for making her perfectly rolled stuffed cabbage? A recipe for chocolate chip cookies? Here's how to send us your mother-approved cooking advice.

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Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Updated: 5 hours ago
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Updated: 5 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

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Updated: 6 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Updated: 8 hours ago