Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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The Morning Watch: Orlando to purchase Pulse nightclub and turn it into memorial

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

LIVE NOW: TAMPA BAY VOTES ON ELECTION DAY 2016

Millions of Americans have voted and millions more will go to the polls today. Interest in this unprecedented election has never been higher. Here we will provide the latest updates on the national campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the races in Florida, and anything else you need to know as you cast your vote.

ORLANDO TO BUY PULSE NIGHTCLUB, TURN IT INTO MEMORIAL

The city of Orlando has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million.

[Libby Baldwin | Times]

For $125, buyers can have their names or messages engraved on one of two paver sizes and name their location -- anywhere between the History Center and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

NEARLY 2,000 ARE SHARING THEIR MESSAGES WITH TAMPA RIVER WALK PAVERS

The Tampa River Walk brings a new holiday tradition to town — ordering a granite paver as a gift to honor a loved one, advertise a business, even ask for a hand in marriage. As many as 350 of the chiseled memorial messages were ordered during the holidays last year for installation along the River Walk — the scenic, 2.4 mile stretch of concrete and trees flanking the east side of the Hillsborough River from the Tampa History Center north to the Ulele restaurant.

COLUMN: 8 TIMES YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY HAVE YOUR PHONE TAKEN AWAY

Meanwhile, at Friday's show, you won't be able to tweet live dispatches detailing Morgan's fresh glow. That's because you'll have to hand over your cellphone to an attendant, who will lock it in pouch designed by a company called Yondr. You'll keep your phone on you in the locked bag all night, but you won't be able to use it during the show. Entertainment editor Stephanie Hayes says it seems like a good time to review moments when phones should definitely be locked away.

ST. PETERSBURG MAN HAS RIBBON FROM GRANDMOTHER'S FIRST TIME VOTING IN 1920

Roy Jones has collected some historic items over the decades — some old coins here, a dollar bill from a Titanic survivor there. But with the presidential election looming, the 62-year-old St. Petersburg resident is looking to one valuable family heirloom as a reminder of the importance of the right to vote.

INTERVIEW: TRACY MORGAN IS BACK TO LAUGHS AFTER HIS ACCIDENT AND COMA

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Tracy Morgan Performs During New York Comedy Festival at Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2016 in New York City.

Life has completely flipped for Tracy Morgan, who performs Friday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. In 2014, he and some friends were returning from a gig in Dover, Del., when a Walmart semitrailer truck collided with their bus, killing one passenger, injuring several others and putting Morgan into a coma. Morgan and the others settled with Walmart for millions, but for a while, his comedy career looked very much over.

HARRY POTTER FANS CRY OUT AGAINST JOHNNY DEPP CAST IN 'FANTASTIC BEASTS'

Johnny Depp is joining the cast of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" – and fans aren't happy about it. The Nov. 2 announcement by Warner Bros. was met with outcry from Harry Potter fans around the globe, who are criticizing author JK Rowling and Hollywood for rewarding Depp with a major role in a family-friendly franchise amid allegations from his ex-wife, Amber Heard, that he physically abused her during their 15-month marriage.

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SB traffic on I-275 slowed in St. Petersburg after car jumps median

ST. PETERSBURG ó A car that is straddling the center concrete barrier is causing a visual slowdown Wednesday morning on Interstate 275.The incident occurred sometime around 7:30 a.m.The passenger side of the car can be seen hanging along the median o...
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Pope Francis criticizes Trumpís family-separation policy on migrants, says Ďpopulism is not the solutioní

Pope Francis criticizes Trumpís family-separation policy on migrants, says Ďpopulism is not the solutioní

Pope Francis stepped into a growing controversy over President Donald Trumpís immigration policies, criticizing the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexican border and saying that "populism" and "creating psychosis" are not the way to resol...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Republican response to immigration firestorm; donít let Yuengling name scare you; Hedman flattered, but unfulfilled

The Daystarter: Republican response to immigration firestorm; donít let Yuengling name scare you; Hedman flattered, but unfulfilled

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What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

Blame a lack of rail cars in Canada or not enough semi trucks in the United States. Forest fires didn’t help. Tariffs played a big role, too. Even the buoyant economy takes part of the rap for frothy lumber prices, which hit all-time highs las...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Citizens considers hiking homeowners insurance rates about 8 percent

Citizens considers hiking homeowners insurance rates about 8 percent

For the second year in a row, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is asking state regulators to approve hefty rate hikes because of an abundance of non-weather claims that end up in court. If approved, the average rates for homeowners covered by Citize...
Updated: 2 hours ago
What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

What historically high lumber prices mean for Florida home buyers

Blame a lack of rail cars in Canada or not enough semi trucks in the United States. Forest fires didn’t help. Tariffs played a big role, too. Even the buoyant economy takes part of the rap for frothy lumber prices, which hit all-time highs las...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hereís the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

Hereís the skinny on the ketogenic diet: What it is, how to follow it properly

It started with jugs of olive oil and cans of tuna, lots of it, which my husband hauled in one day and plunked on the counter. "Thatís my lunch!"That was about three months ago, and every day since there has been a new entity in our house to consider...
Updated: 2 hours ago
New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

New dorm still coming to USF St. Petersburg, but in a smaller package

ST. PETERSBURG ó Originally pitched as a nine- or 10-story, 550-bed dorm for the overcrowded University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, USFís latest residence hall project will likely look much different by the time itís done.For starters, it...
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Safety Harbor is no safe haven from cyberbullying

Safety Harbor is no safe haven from cyberbullying

SAFETY HARBOR ó Mayor Joe Ayoub put forth a resolution Monday evening asking the City Commission to condemn cyberbullying.The result? The meeting devolved into shouting and whispering from the crowd and people storming out of chambers.The mayorís res...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Carlton: From Sun Dome to Beer Stadium: Don’t let suds scare you

Am I missing something in the — pardon the expression — brouhaha over the renaming of the University of South Florida Sun Dome to the Yuengling Center? In trading a college arena’s longtime name for that of a big-name beer brewed ne...
Updated: 3 hours ago