Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Plans reveal downtown Clearwater revitalization ideas; minimum-wage protests; a hipster Nativity scene; and real-life Mario Go-Karts at Universal?

A downtown waterfront transformed into a greener space with a garden, marsh pond and picnic areas. Trails for biking or strolling with views of the Intracoastal. A gathering space surrounded by cafes, retail and a splash pad to replace the Harborview Center eyesore currently taking up prime space in the heart of downtown. That's the vision a team of consultants have designed to revitalize Clearwater's struggling downtown after more than six months of community input meetings and study. Although they unveiled the plan publicly at a work session Tuesday, City Council members were reluctant to give their verdicts until residents see the details at two final workshops this week.

WORKERS' STRIKES AND PROTESTS BREAK OUT AT AIRPORTS AND CITIES ACROSS THE NATION, INCLUDING IN TAMPA BAY

Fast-food workers, health care providers, airport workers, child care providers and Uber drivers are protesting in Florida and across the country today in an effort to rally support for a $15 minimum wage hike. Hundreds of workers at some of the nation's largest airports, including Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, are on strike today, which is likely to cause travel delays — including at Tampa International Airport. A rally also is scheduled for noon today at St. Petersburg City Hall.

UNIVERSAL WILL BRING NINTENDO ATTRACTIONS TO ORLANDO THEME PARK

Orlando will be getting a Nintendo-themed area in Universal theme parks, as will parks in California and Japan over the next few years. Universal Parks and Resorts had already announced in May of 2015 that the theme park company had a deal to create attractions based on Nintendo's wildly popular games. It looks like tourists in Orlando will one day be catching life-size Pokemon — or maybe riding real Mario Karts.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: SKIP THE STUFF AND BUY YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY COOL EXPERIENCES

[BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

Jennifer, left, and James Adams of Brooksville work together during a couples class at Painting with a Twist in Spring Hill in 2016.

Our critics and writers have scoured Tampa Bay to find cool experience gift suggestions, from spa days to cooking classes to flight lessons and concerts. Because while that electronic picture frame catches dust in your closet, you could be jumping out of a plane.

MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING 3-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER

Steven Dykes pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing his 3-month-old daughter Olivia last year as her mother slept in their Pinellas Park home. Dykes, 46, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

FRESCO FOODS TO OPEN $1.5 MILLION COMMERCIAL KITCHEN AND PRODUCTION FACILITY IN TAMPA

Fresco Foods Inc., a Tampa-based company that makes and sells healthy prepared meals, will open a new commercial kitchen and food service production facility in eastern Hillsborough County next year. The new facility will create up to 50 jobs in operations, customer service and food production.

BUCS ROUNDTABLE: BIGGEST REASON FOR THE THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK

The Bucs' victories over Chicago, Kansas City and Seattle have thrust Tampa Bay into the NFC playoff picture. The biggest reason for that three-game winning streak? Here's the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team's take.

THIS HIPSTER NATIVITY SCENE IS $130 AND SELLING FAST

Modern Nativity

Joseph is sporting a man-bun and taking a selfie. A latte-swilling Mary is making a duck face with Jesus in the manger. The Three Wise Men are arriving on Segways with Amazon gift boxes under their arms. And the barn animals are eating gluten-free feed. In short, it's the coolest Nativity set of the year. It costs $129.99 at Modern Nativity and it's selling so fast they have a limit of three.

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Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

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The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
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