Tuesday, July 17, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Get to know everyone on your Aug. 30 ballot; also Seal, the Dixie Chicks, and how gizmos wreck your health

Look for scattered showers today and highs approaching the mid-90s in some areas, according to 10Weather WTSP. Once again, it will feel even hotter.

• Planning to vote in the Aug. 30 primary? Read our Know Your Candidates 2016 Election Guide. It's a handy summary on more than 100 state and local candidates that will help make you an even more informed voter.

• St. Petersburg Realtor Greg Burton has carved out a niche serving LGBT clients in the Tampa Bay area. Read a full Q&A with him from our real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin.

• We see it at home, in school, in airports and restaurants: kids and adults mesmerized by their electronic devices. Tampa Bay Times health writer Irene Maher talked to a family therapist and author who tells us how to unplug and why it's important. A related story reveals how cellphone use can affect your spine and neck.

• Heading into this summer, all signs were pointing to another banner year for Florida's attractions after five straight years of record-setting attendance and revenue leaps. But it's been a cruel summer, especially for Orlando, rocked by tragedies and soft economies in Latin America. We take a look at the roller coaster that has been theme park attendance this year and how the horrors of Halloween will be needed to make up for the summer slack.

• As the Dixie Chicks take the stage in Tampa tonight on their first tour in a decade, our pop music critic Jay Cridlin looks details why they have had an underrated impact on music over the last 20 years and why they still matter.

• Before tonight's show in Clearwater, we talked to Seal about how the singer has been all over the place in 2016, from his role as Pontius Pilate to a self-deprecating turn in an Andy Samberg comedy. In addition, this Summer of Seal has been a reappreciation of his career from a new generation of young singers.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including lots of concerts and a special price on Rays tickets for tonight's game.

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The Daystarter: Florida Republicans blast Trump’s performance; FDOT won’t pay SunPass contractor; race-baiter claims self-defense

The Daystarter: Florida Republicans blast Trump’s performance; FDOT won’t pay SunPass contractor; race-baiter claims self-defense

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Updated: 11 minutes ago
Jimbo Fisher is out-recruiting Willie Taggart and Dan Mullen (so far)

Jimbo Fisher is out-recruiting Willie Taggart and Dan Mullen (so far)

ATLANTA — We don't yet know how well Jimbo Fisher will do in his first season at Texas A&M. What we do know already is that he's recruiting at a very high level in College Station.Which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who followed hi...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

First look (with video): Universal’s new high-tech fountain shows ends the night at the theme park

Times Staff WriterVisitors to Universal Studios in Orlando on Monday night got to witness the premiere of the park’s new high-tech, fountain-heavy cinematic show to end the day in the park in what the show’s creator called "a true kiss goodnight." It...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Romano: Excuse me Gov. Scott, but you’re a hypocrite

Romano: Excuse me Gov. Scott, but you’re a hypocrite

Hypocrisy, thy name is Rick Scott.And, yes, I owe Shakespeare an apology.But I think Florida’s governor owes all of us an apology.This isn’t about one man’s opinion, and it isn’t about philosophical differences. This is about a politician who is publ...
Published: 07/17/18
Tampa Bay business: This is what Prime Day is like as an Amazon seller

Tampa Bay business: This is what Prime Day is like as an Amazon seller

Amazon doesn’t even give its sellers a headsup on which July day the mega online retailer is selecting for its biggest sale of the year, Prime Day.But out of her natural sponges workshop in Tarpon Springs, Theo Prodromitis knew to start getting ready...
Published: 07/17/18
Bryce Harper wins All-Star home run derby

Bryce Harper wins All-Star home run derby

WASHINGTON — Nationals star Bryce Harper has not had a lot to enjoy in his last season before free agency, struggling — at least by his usual standards — with a .214 average and other deficiencies in his game.Monday turned out to be...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: Some warn that pitching strategy comes at a price

Rays journal: Some warn that pitching strategy comes at a price

WASHINGTON — The success the Rays have had during two months of using a game opener followed by a relieving starter seems to have tamed some of the criticism of the unusual plan.Until Arizona ace Zack Greinke, a Cy Young award winner and five-t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays’ Blake Snell now in a starring role

Rays’ Blake Snell now in a starring role

WASHINGTON — Blake Snell first got the feeling after arriving at the All-Star hotel late Sunday night. He'd shared the first-class cabin on the Delta flight from Minneapolis with Rays teammate Wilson Ramos plus manager Kevin Cash and his wife, ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

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Updated: 9 hours ago
More than 30 Riverview residents awaken to broken car windows

More than 30 Riverview residents awaken to broken car windows

RIVERVIEW — Residents in more than 30 households woke up Monday morning to find their car windows had been smashed in.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said it is searching for a pair of males who may be connected to the incident.The vehicles,...
Updated: 9 hours ago