Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Reaction to our Walmart investigation; where the 2016 delegate count stands; Mexican border wall; Lightning live chat and a look at the team's super fans

Later today, we'll have more from several Tampa Bay officials who are calling on Walmart to find a way to reduce the burden it creates for local law enforcement. A a Tampa Bay Times investigation found that police here received nearly 16,800 calls from the retailer in one year.

Bernie Sanders has won Oregon's presidential primary and battled Hillary Clinton to a razor-thin margin in Kentucky, vowing to stay in the race until the end as Clinton aimed to blunt his momentum and prepare for a fall campaign against Republican Donald Trump. Find out where things stand in the delegate count here.

Speaking of Trump, Pasco County state GOP committeeman Bill Bunting wants Jeb Bush to suck it up and accept the businessman as the party's nominee. "Jeb was treated in a nasty way," Bunting said of the tormenting Trump dumped on the former Florida governor. "Jeb is a perfect gentleman. But he's got to put it aside. He's always told us 'We've got to have party loyalty,' and we've always listened."

One of Trump's most popular proposals is to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Building it is one thing; repairing it will be another. Already, fences cover about 670 miles of the border. In California alone, keeping the existing border fence intact is a $9 million-a-year job requiring surveillance cameras, underground sensors, stadium lights and roving bands of welders. In the stretch between the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings, human-sized holes are punching through the fence about 550 times a year.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office

Three people were taken to the hospital after a vehicle crashed into a Pasco County house Tuesday night, a county spokesman said.

From the shocking photos of the scene, it's hard to believe no one died in this crash. Instead, three people were taken to the hospital after a vehicle crashed into a Pasco County house Tuesday night.

Want to know the latest on the status of Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos? How Ryan Callahan is feeling? How Anton Stralman looked in his return to the lineup? If the Lightning is on your mind, then you've come to the right place. Times beat reporter Joe Smith will answer your questions during a live chat from 1-2 p.m. today.

Marching along with the Lightning on the road to the Stanley Cup is a dedicated coterie of fans who have taken fandom to the next level: customized jerseys and coordinated outfits; blue face paint and luchador masks; chants and rituals; fans who gather before games and online using Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Meet some of these super fans.

For all of Florida's self-promotion about "jobs, jobs, jobs," the state comes up with a goose egg, zilch, on an in-depth ranking of the nation's 25 best cities to find jobs and satisfaction by doing so. What gives?

That long line stretching around the block in downtown St. Petersburg this morning was beer lovers hoping to score some of Cycle Brewing's Rare DOS Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout — available at a special release for $25 a bottle.

It's never too early to start planning your weekend.

ALL EYES CAPTION CONTEST

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Can you write a clever caption for this photo from the Tampa Bay Times archives? You've probably seen those wonderfully snarky vintage postcards with sayings like "My garden kicks butt." Well, this photo reminds us of those, so let's see if you can come up with a suitably snarky caption for it. Click here to learn how to play along and to read last week's winning caption.

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