Saturday, June 16, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: IT'S BEYONCÉ DAY, YOU GUYS! Also, why Baby Boomers rent instead of buy — and how Publix is beating Walmart

Temperatures continue to shoot above April averages, reaching the low 90s tomorrow with mostly sunny skies, according to 10Weather WTSP. The weekend ahead should prove to be similarly hot.

• In honor of all things Queen Bey, we're going all out for her show at Raymond James Stadium. Get information by using hashtag #TampaBeyWatch and follow our live blog with photos, video, tweets and more.

• Our real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin looks at why an increasing number of people are renting homes rather than buying them these days. And it's not just a matter of income — more and more Baby Boomers who can afford to buy choose to rent.

• Years after Walmart threatened a pricing duel, Publix Super Markets is still king of the grocery stores in Florida. Our Justine Griffin asks a retail expert: How did they survive? And what challenges does the popular Florida-based chain face as it expands aggressively in other states and continues to fight off new foes here?

• A photographer is sent into Cuba to document history in the making. The professional finds himself in a race against time and technology to get his work out of the country. Check out the mixed-media online graphic story later this morning at tampabay.com/floridian.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including the Sunscreen Film Festival, a Tony Award-winning show about Carole King's rise to fame, and plenty of live shows.

• Plan your weekend! Yes, we've been blinded by Beyoncé, who takes the stage tonight — but there are other distractions this weekend, including the Tampa RiverFest, the Broadway show based on Carole King's life, Alabama Shakes at the Cuban Club and Tropical Heatwave bringing dozens of acts to Ybor City. Choose your adventure on our Weekend Planner page.

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