Friday, July 20, 2018
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NEW TAMPA BAY FERRY TO MAKE ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE

The Cross-Bay Ferry departs on its maiden voyage at 10 a.m. from the Vinoy Basin in St. Petersburg. But that trip is only for elected officials, transportation leaders, business groups and other designated "VIPs." Follow Caitlin Johnston, @cljohnst, who will be along for the ride, for updates.

CLINTONS IN TOWN, ONE WEEK BEFORE ELECTION DAY

Hillary Clinton starts a three-city Florida swing in Pasco County with a 3 p.m. speech at Pasco-Hernando State College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. People interested in going can RSVP here. Follow Times staff writer Josh Solomon for updates.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton will end a three-city Florida swing in St. Petersburg with get-out-the-vote event at Thomas "Jet" Jackson Recreation Center at Wildwood Park, 1000 28th Street S. People interested in going to the 6:30 p.m. event can RSVP here. Follow Times staff writer Charlie Frago for updates.

AROUND WASHINGTON, LITTLE SIGN OF BIG ELECTION CHANGE COMING

Even with new upheaval in the election, Tampa Bay Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary writes that the mood here remains the same: Republicans and Democrats expect Hillary Clinton will be the next president. Republicans aren't as willing to openly say it but the GOP's focus is not Trump, rather trying to maintain Senate control and hold back the possibility Democrats could grab the House, too.

PARTNERSHIP GIVES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS A TASTE OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION

Some Pasco County students got a first-hand experience of what it's really like to be a teacher at one of the county's toughest schools. Beth Hess, a teacher at River Ridge High School's New Teacher Academy, armed them for the visit with questions to ask and things to watch for as they observed classes and interacted with students.

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Director Mel Gibson, center, and actor Vince Vaughn on the set of the film Hacksaw Ridge.

REVIEW: MEL GIBSON OVERDELIVERS IN RUTHLESSLY REALISTIC "HACKSAW RIDGE"

If any filmmaker is ruthless enough to make war truly look like hell, it's Mel Gibson. We saw what he did to Jesus. You can imagine how Gibson cranks the meat grinder with hordes of World War II soldiers, even in tribute to a pacifist. Hacksaw Ridge is the story of U.S. Army medic Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win a Congressional Medal of Honor. Movie critic Steve Persall says Doss is an astounding example of heroism, bringing out Gibson's brawniest filmmaking skills when bullets fly, flamethrowers fry and, curiously, the hero all but disappears from his movie for a while.

HILLSBOROUGH TEACHERS GET THEIR SAY TODAY

Teachers in Hillsborough County have been working all year under last year's contract, and more than a month has passed since the school district sat at the bargaining table with their union. With plans underway to reduce employment, some teachers are anxious and angry. There have been calls on social media to get teachers out to today's 3 p.m. School Board meeting. None had signed up yet as of 3 p.m. Monday, but that could change. Follow Marlene Sokol for updates.

CANNON FODDER PODCAST: PREVIEWING BUCS-FALCONS

Tampa Bay Times beat reporters Greg Auman and Rick Stroud review the Bucs' overtime loss to the Raiders and look ahead to Thursday's game against the first-place Falcons in our latest Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast.

ARE PINELLAS' NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS FARING BETTER, WORSE OR THE SAME?

Last fall, the Times published a story about a movement drawing families attending choice schools miles away back to their neighborhood school. We found that Pinellas County neighborhood schools lost 2,000 students in the past five years while magnet, fundamental and charter schools rose in popularity. The district has an ongoing enrollment decline (its enrollment dipped below 101,000 this year) even after four charter schools folded. So, where do Pinellas schools stand now? We ran the numbers again.

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Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
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: 19 minutes ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

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

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Updated: 1 hour 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: 1 hour 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: 1 hour 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: 1 hour 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: 1 hour 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: 2 hours ago
Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

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

Beware of callers saying they’re with the IRS and demanding payments, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office warned Friday.According to a news release from the agency, scammers have been phoning residents across the county this week and trying to trick...
Updated: 3 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: 3 hours ago