Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Friday, Aug. 12

High pressure pushes westward today, according to 10Weather WTSP, and afternoon temperatures will hit the low 90s but will feel much hotter. Expect the usual evening storms.

• We explore why an insurgent campaign for the U.S. Senate doesn't have Marco Rubio worried about an upset. Read about it tampabay.com.

• A Florida Supreme Court ruling will send the state's workers compensation system topsy-turvy. See what two business leaders working on the issue think in a Q&A with business reporter Jeff Harrington this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Craig Richard, the new CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., has only been in his position since June, but has already arrived at a familiar conclusion when it comes to marketing Tampa Bay as a place to companies to bring jobs: The need for a cohesive message about what Tampa has to offer that is unlike Orlando and Miami. Read business columnist Robert Trigaux's story about Richard and his early impression of Tampa Bay this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Yes, there are adult fans of My Little Pony — quite a few of them. Fans of the brightly-colored animated show about magical ponies are in Tampa, along with the youngsters, for this weekend's Grand Brony Gala. Here's our guide to the weekend events, including what a Brony is.

• Are you ready for the weekend? See our weekend planner for the top picks from our critics and writers for food, family fun and date night ideas, including an interview with Alice Cooper before his Saturday show and our art critic's look at Norma Kamali — City: Fashion+Art+Culture at the Tampa Museum of Art.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including folk-rock singer Ray LaMontagne with a top-notch touring band and Fetish Con now under way in downtown St. Petersburg.

• As they prepare to play with Brad Paisley today at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, country stars Maddie and Tae talked with us about their hit, Girl in a Country Song, Nashville's crop of strong female songwriters and more.

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Rays call up C Adam Moore to replace injured Wilson Ramos

Rays call up C Adam Moore to replace injured Wilson Ramos

The Rays made the easiest move to replace injure C Wilson Ramos, calling up journeyman Adam Moore from Triple-A.Moore, 34, has played parts of eight seasons in the majors, last with the Indians in 2016 and before that with the Mariners, Royals and Pa...
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USF’s Mitch Wilcox makes Mackey Award watch list

USF’s Mitch Wilcox makes Mackey Award watch list

Unlike the Biletnikoff Award, which exhibited gross negligence in leaving Bulls WR Tyre McCants off its preseason watch list, the selection committee of another national individual honor evidently has kept close tabs on USF.Bulls fourth-year junior M...
Updated: 11 minutes 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.Tammy Steffen, 36, is charged with filing a false police report and...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
No charges in fatal shooting during argument over handicap parking space

No charges in fatal shooting during argument over handicap parking space

CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Friday that his agency will not arrest a man deputies say fatally shot another man during an argument over a handicap parking space.The incident falls under Florida’s self-defense law known...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Rabid otters, flying fish, brain-eating amoebas: Here’s how Florida can kill you

Rabid otters, flying fish, brain-eating amoebas: Here’s how Florida can kill you

Many people know that Florida is one of the more dangerous places to live in terms of intense tropical weather. We’re one of the world’s most hurricane-vulnerable regions (80 indirect storm deaths in 2017), and often noted as the lightning capital of...
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Watch this waitress take down a Florida man who groped her as she worked

Watch this waitress take down a Florida man who groped her as she worked

A Florida man has been arrested after restaurant video footage shows him grabbing a waitress’ buttocks as she waited on customers.In now-viral security camera footage from VinnieVanGoGo’s in Savannah, Ga., Ryan Cherwinski, 31 years old and weighing i...
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NB I-75 reopens in Manatee after dangling truck pulled from bridge

NB I-75 reopens in Manatee after dangling truck pulled from bridge

A portion of northbound Interstate 75 was closed Friday morning as crews tried to keep a dangling semi-trailer from going over the Trooper Jeff Young Memorial Bridge.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Troy Betts was heading north on I-75 near m...
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Tampa International Airport ranked in top 10 for defense against cyber threats

Tampa International Airport ranked in top 10 for defense against cyber threats

TAMPA — Tampa International Airport was ranked this week as the 10th safest U.S. airport to go online without being hacked, but the ranking is not only about the place, but also about how savvy its travelers are.The data security firm Coronet ranked ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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Tampa Bay Rays dream big but follow trend in plans for smaller stadium

Tampa Bay Rays dream big but follow trend in plans for smaller stadium

TAMPA — When it comes to filling a ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball’s perennial bottom-dweller.The team has finished last in average attendance the past six seasons at Tropicana Field. As of the All-Star Game, the season’s tradi...
Updated: 1 hour ago