Monday, June 25, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: State House candidates face off, new 9/11 records are released and Lowry Park Zoo after dark

• Expect a muggy commute to work this morning and — you guessed it — more afternoon showers. We'll have the latest forecast on tampabay.com/weather.

• A prolonged battle to declassify sensitive records on Saudi Arabian officials who helped hijackers plot to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 may end today when lawmakers expect a secret chapter of a congressional investigation into the 9/11 attacks to be released. The so-called 28 pages have been the center of a personal crusade by former Florida Sen. Bob Graham. He was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and co-chairman of a joint congressional commission that investigated the attacks and wrote the full 838-page report.

• There will be two interesting candidate forums today starting at noon hosted by Suncoast Tiger Bay in St. Petersburg. In the state Senate District 19 Democratic primary, state Reps. Ed Narain and Darryl Rouson will likely continue their jousting, joined by fellow candidates Betty Reed and Augie Ribeiro. There will also be a forum featuring the three men vying for the Democratic nomination for House District 17: former St. Petersburg City Council member Wengay Newton, small business owner Dan Fiorini and attorney Christopher "CJ" Czaia. To get the latest reports via Twitter, follow Tampa Bay Times reporters Caitlin Johnston (@cljohnst) and Mark Puente (@MarkPuente).

• How can southeastern Florida overcome the algae bloom crisis that has devastated the region? Look to Tampa Bay. The same guacamole-colored, putrid goop once plagued our shores and the cleanup here could serve as a blueprint for Lake Okeechobee and the Indian River region. Hint: It takes time and money, but mostly collaboration. Look for that story later today on tampabay.com.

• At the height of the recession, Florida was a Dumpster fire of low-rated banks. Years later, the state is awash in highly rated banks, including nearly a dozen in the Tampa Bay area that earn the highest marks possible. But business reporter Jeff Harrington finds that while banks have recovered, customers aren't reaping many benefits.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including 98 Degrees and other boy band favorites in Tampa, comedians Jon Lovitz and Alonzo Bodden in town and the Garden Brothers Circus at the Sun Dome.

• The Lowry Park Zoo's new Sunset Celebration is tonight and Saturday, and will continue on weekends through the summer. We checked it out, and we have some tips for what to see when the zoo is illuminated after dark.

• Before you curl up with a book or head out to hear some live music this weekend, check out our critics' picks of the top albums from the Tampa Bay music scene as well as the literary greats who call Tampa Bay home.

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