Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: The Rays will remember Orlando's victims; read Terry Tomalin's last story

It could be a wet morning today, according to 10Weather WTSP, as Pasco and Hernando counties start the day with expected thundershowers that could reach Hillsborough and Pinellas by mid-morning.

The Tampa Bay Rays annual Pride Night will be a somber occasion this year after the massacre in Orlando. Before tonight's sold-out game at Tropicana Field, there will be a moment of silence for the Orlando victims and then all 49 names will be read aloud. Follow reporter Anastasia Dawson at @adawsonwrites during the ceremony and then Rays beat writer Marc Topkin at @TBTimes_Rays will have all the game action.

As we enter Father's Day weekend, look for outdoors editor Terry Tomalin's last adventure story about a trip he took with his son, Kai, and completed shortly before his May 19 death. It will be at tampabay.com/sports this morning.

Is another domino about to fall to make way for Marco Rubio to return to the U.S. Senate race? Congressman David Jolly is scheduled to hold a news conference at 12 p.m. Follow reporter Jack Suntrup at @JackSuntrup for updates.

You'll have the opportunity this morning to get to know James Nozar, the guy Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik hired to make his $2 billion plan to transform downtown Tampa into a reality. Read business reporter Justine Griffin's profile of Nozar this morning at tampabay.com/business.

A unique real estate company has popped up in Tampa Bay, one that allows people to rent homes for a period of time with an option to buy if they come to like the home and the neighborhood. Read real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin's profile of the company this morning at tampabay.com/business.

Florida unemployment figures will be released this morning. Check out tampabay.com/business to see how the state did last month. The report is usually out around mid-morning.

Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a Keith Urban concert at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

At last, Busch Gardens opens its new Cobra's Curse rollercoaster today, a unique ride with spinning cars and live snakes in the ride queue. We took a spin on the family coaster in a preview and here's what we found.

Plan this weekend's date night with the help of our Weekend Planner page.

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Rays journal: New confidence carries over for Willy Adames

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