Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: The Bucs are a half-game out of first place; this week's weather is weird, too

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

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BUCS ARE STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A GOOD TEAM

"Bet you didn't see this coming," writes sports columnist Tom Jones. "Not after that grueling home loss to the Rams. Not after Denver used the Bucs as a chew toy. Not after injuries sidelined running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Vincent Jackson."

SAY GOODBYE TO THOSE COOL, CRISP FALL MORNINGS ACROSS THE TAMPA BAY AREA

The slightly chilly, refreshing fall-like mornings and pleasant afternoons the Tampa Bay area enjoyed this weekend were nice while they lasted.

'THE WALKING DEAD,' SEASON 7 PREMIERE: RIP TO ALL OF US

AMC promised a brutal and heartbreaking season premiere of The Walking Dead, and it delivered twofold.

ON THE BALLOT FOR ANOTHER RENEWAL, PINELLAS SCHOOL TAX SUPPLEMENTS FUNDING FROM TALLAHASSEE

A special property tax easily won over Pinellas County voters when it debuted on the 2004 ballot, promising more dollars for teachers, reading programs, music and the arts. It survived two more renewal votes in 2008 and 2012, even through the economic downturn and the tea party wave, garnering more than 60 percent each time. This time, as the school district seeks another four-year renewal, proponents of the tax worry that today's voters won't appreciate the positive impact it has had on the system. Opponents say the district should fund its expenses using the billion-dollar purse it has.

'I HAVE MY FUTURE:' USF OPENS NEW PATH TO ADMISSION FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS

Florida students who complete an associate's degree are able to count on guaranteed admission to a state university — just not necessarily the one they want. The University of South Florida's new FUSE program gives them 100 percent confidence they'll end up at USF, at the institution of their choosing, in any one of a dozen select degree pathways.

HALLOWEEN IS JUST A WEEK AWAY

Want to wash down that leftover Halloween candy with something spirited? Matthew Stock, a beer expert from the Brass Tap, says craft beer can complement our candy cravings. We threw out a few candy suggestions to see if Stock could identify the right beer for the job. Here are his picks. Or if you end up sick of eating Laffy Taffy from the wrapper and are looking for ways to either rid that candy from your pantry (Pumpkin Snickers Bars make for a great hostess gift) or jazz it up a bit, here are five recipes to peruse Nov. 1.

WHERE YOU REALLY DO WANT TO SEE HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE

In the last gasping days before this interminable election cycle comes to a close, it is easy to nod along with what John Godfrey Saxe purportedly wrote in the Daily Cleveland Herald in 1869: "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." But after you've donned a hair net, a heavy set of coveralls and rubber boots, then spent an afternoon at Uncle John's Pride sausage factory near Brandon, respect doesn't shrivel one iota. A vast warren of rooms filled with gleaming stainless steel vats and industrial mechanical "flakers," everything is spotless and nothing smells funny.

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The Daystarter: Will "Lionfish Challenge" put dent in invasive species?; France wins World Cup; Amazon Prime Day today

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Temperatures will again peak around 90 along the coast and the lower 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop near the c...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Haeder Alanbki, an Iraqi living in Orlando, applied to become a U.S. citizen in 2016.Given his years as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, he thought it would be a simple formality. But in a lawsuit he filed last month against the government, Al...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

Submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael DeRemer spotted the yellow glint of the lionfish’s tag.The 62-year-old Largo diver had been looking for grouper that June day, but the tag changed things: It meant the spiny seafarer was a lucrative target — o...
Published: 07/16/18

Hooper: La Segunda bringing a taste of Ybor to South Tampa

One of Tampa’s oldest jokes regards the reluctance of folks in South Tampa to drive north of Kennedy Boulevard.Even if it’s to get great Cuban bread from Ybor City.La Segunda Bakery will look to give South Tampa residents one more reason to stay clos...
Published: 07/16/18
PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his ...
Published: 07/16/18
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Times wiresSYLVANIA, Ohio — Brittany Lincicome could have been forgiven for looking ahead. But that didn't appear to be a problem.The Seminole resident took Thidapa Suwannapura into a playoff, falling on the first hole Sunday in the LPGA Marath...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

There are times when Rays OF Carlos Gomez looks lackadaisical, but he made an urgent dash in from rightfield to near the mound when the benches first cleared and was ready for any action. Reminiscent of Jonny Gomes in '08.The loss is still what matte...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

MINNEAPOLIS — That the Brian Dozier walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning that beat the Rays 11-7 was only part of the drama probably tells you all you need to know about Sunday's 4½-hour plus roller coaster ride, which included two benche...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

MINNEAPOLIS – The Rays didn't have quite enough fight in them Sunday.Brian Dozier hit a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Twins an 11-7 win in a back-and-forth and hot-tempered game that sent the Rays into the All-Star break at ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

MINNEAPOLIS — The immediate reaction around the Rays to the extent of catcher Wilson Ramos' hamstring injury is disappointment, everyone knowing how much he was looking forward to playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Washington.But they are li...
Updated: 9 hours ago