Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Friday, Aug. 5

• A shift in wind direction brings us moist air and early morning storms, according to 10Weather WTSP. Temperatures remain average, with overnight lows in the mid-70s and highs in the upper 80s and low 90s.

• As Donald Trump's path to victory narrows to just a few key states, none is bigger or more diverse than Florida, making it crucial that he broaden his appeal. But interviews with more than a dozen voters, several GOP strategists and observations at his campaign events show those efforts have been stymied by a slow, rough start in Trump's general election campaign. Read Times Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary's story this morning on tampabay.com.

• Last summer, 22-year-old Barbara Jimenez was visiting family in Cuba with her boyfriend when she was badly hurt in a crash. She was in a coma for several days and sustained head injuries. She struggled to speak and communicated with her loved ones by writing. But Jimenez, a USF student with aspirations of becoming a lawyer, did not have health insurance. Her family could not afford an expensive medical flight back to Tampa. But with help from U.S. Rep. David Jolly's office, Brooksville-based Jet ICU flew Jimenez back home. She has recovered and is scheduled to graduate from USF this weekend.

• The indoor Beach Tampa where you can float on 1.2 million white balls opens today and runs for the next three weeks at the Amalie Arena. It's thanks to the vision of Penny Vinik, wife of the Tampa Bay Lightning owner, that the arena is open to the public for free. We talked to Penny (and her admirers) about how this came about, and we have tips on how to get in if you want to surf the air-conditioned beach.

• Join our weekly photo challenge on Instagram. Each week, our photo editor will give you an assignment and ask you to share your best image inspired by the theme to your Instagram account. This week's theme is #Love. To play along, you should include the hashtags #TBTimesGram + #Love. We'll feature your photos on tampabay.com and on our All Eyes blog.

• Remember when homeowners who lived on or near the water (or even just near flood canals) were about to experience huge insurance hikes two years ago? Congressional action delayed the jolt in rates, but now they're back, though they're being applied more gradually. Still, residents anywhere near water should expect to see insurance rates go up. Read the story at tampabay.com/business later today.

• See what 12 CEOs of Tampa Bay and Florida companies see for the future of their companies in business columnist Robert Trigaux's story this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a show by Hank Williams Jr. and the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

• It would be easy to drive past Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park. Nestled in the sleepy town of Taylor Creek, a few hundred yards from the northern shore of Lake Okeechobee, this National Historic Landmark has no signs at its main entrance, but it's where the Battle of Lake Okeechobee was fought. Read more this morning on tampabay.com.

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