Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Odessa woman travels to Brussels seeking missing son; Gawker founder on the View and GMA; Obama in Argentina; Open container in St. Pete; Rays game tonight; Sophia Loren at 81

The Latest on Brussels: A second attacker is suspected of taking part in the bombing this week of a Brussels subway train and may be at large, according to Belgian and French media reports, amid signs that the same Islamic State network was behind the attacks in Brussels and bloodshed in Paris last year. Locally, one woman from Odessa is heading to Brussels to search for her son and daughter-in-law, who have been missing since the bombings.

Regrets, Nick Denton seems to have very few. Maybe even none at all. In an interview today with Good Morning America earlier today, the Gawker founder spoke on journalism, the Hulk and his lack of remorse for the company publishing a sex tape of the former wrestler.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were attending a state dinner in the Argentine capital yesterday evening when they were pulled abruptly onto the dance floor. Less than 24 hours in Buenos Aires, and Barack Obama was already doing the tango.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, along with lesser-known U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, is facing intense criticism, including TV ads, for supporting a bill consumer advocates say weakens regulations on payday lenders. Their stance puts them at odds with Murphy's rival in the Senate primary race, Rep. Alan Grayson, along with other Democrats seeking to crackdown on payday lenders charging exorbitant interest.

Today, Governor Rick Scott is St. Petersburg with plans to announce new jobs in the area. Follow our coverage on Bay Buzz, the local government news coverage for the Times.

Miami refuses to welcome a Cuban consulate into its city because its mayor calls it a political flashpoint and a security risk. Cuba and the U.S. hesitate to open one in Tampa because it's too far away from most people who would need consular services. The solution? According to one mayor, the top choice is clearly Miami Beach.

Last night, Plant High special ed instructor was awarded Hillsborough Teacher of the Year. Why the students in Mary Beth Radigan's special education classes at Plant High School do not learn in isolation.

Thanks to Booker Creek, that modest waterway some Rays fans might have noticed while waiting for the gates to open at Tropicana Field,

Morgan Stanley no longer employs Palm Harbor broker Ami Forte, a once top-producing and high-profile money adviser. Forte's exit come just days after an arbitration panel ordered the Wall Street investment firm to pay more than $34 million to the estate of deceased Home Shopping Network co-founder Roy M. Speer and his foundation.

In Pinellas County, an unincorporated area plagued with low-quality, high-rent housing is getting help from the county to provide affordable housing to working-class residents. For residents and some officials, it's a step toward a remedy to an ongoing housing problem.

Sophia Loren, now 81, still fondly remembers her friendship with Cary Grant. "Life is very long and there are many, many things that one can talk about. It's beautiful, very beautiful." Loren was thrilled to learn that Grant appeared in 1984 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, where she'll be April 1 during her first U.S. tour.

Guns N' Roses meets AC/DC? That's only realistic maybe as a skit on Robot Chicken. But according to an Atlanta radio DJ, GNR frontman Axl Rose has almost a done deal to replace ailing singer Brian Johnson for the remainder of AC/DC's North American tour.

The Tampa Bay Rays play tonight at 6:35 p.m. in Tampa versus the New York Yankees. Because it's later in the day, it's likely there won't be lineup announcements until mid-afternoon. Check back with our Spring Training live blog featuring reporter Marc Topkin and photographer Will Vragovic.

Madness is upon us. Tonight, among many Sweet Sixteen matchups, Miami plays Villanova at 7 p.m., a three seed versus a two seed in the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Check back for more basketball updates.

By the end of 1957, the Sunshine City Market was the last remaining grocery store in downtown St. Petersburg, having outlasted competitors such as Annan's Market, Central Market and the Manhattan Market. Our new All Eyes photo blog feature, things that aren't there anymore, explores old store and the community it served.

Sunshine City Market

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