Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Our Bolts-Pens live blog will run all day through tonight's game, and we'll look at a recession forecast within a year

Gear up for a hot and sticky weekend, with intermittent showers today and tomorrow and highs topping out in the mid 90s by Sunday. 10Weather WTSP says to look out for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. today.

• Deputies are searching for the person who shot and killed a 24-year-old man in a fight at a Brandon nightclub early this morning. David Allen Smith was involved in an altercation with another man at Taiga Lounge on Causeway Boulevard that spilled out of the club, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He was shot shortly after 1 a.m. and later died at the hospital.

• Get out your calendars: Movie critic Steve Persall has your must-see summer movie plans mapped out for you in his annual summer movie guide. He finds sequels and reboots galore as Hollywood digs deeper than usual into its past successes. Still, there are some bright spots on the horizon, like Tampa Bay's next Hollywood close-up in The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston as Tampa resident and former federal undercover agent Robert Mazur.

• Follow all the action in and around the Lightning-Penguins series in our live blog. Tonight's game starts at 8, but we'll have updates throughout the day and throughout the series.

• Since 1978, the circular arena on the fourth floor of the state Capitol has been the setting of countless battles over taxes, education, immigration, race and abortion — the right to live and Terri Schiavo's right to die. Now the Senate chamber is being upgraded at a cost of $6 million. Read about tales the old one could tell — beginning with a fistfight — later this morning on tampabay.com.

• Over the past couple of days, some Hillary Clinton critics have made hay over the way her campaign has described the FBI's probe into her private email server. Clinton and her campaign have called the probe a "security inquiry" regarding information stored on the server, as opposed to a criminal probe. So PolitiFact asks: Is it an "inquiry" or is it an "investigation"?

• The next recession is coming. About one in five economists see it arriving within a year. Many more say it will land sometime during the next president's first term — no matter who is elected. Read business columnist Robert Trigaux's analysis of this issue later today at tampabay.com/money.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including rockers Styx making an appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall and a free screening of Princess Bride at St. Petersburg City Theatre.

10 things to know today:

A daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. U.S. gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access: The guidance doesn't impose new legal requirements, but federal officials say it is intended to clarify school districts' obligations to provide nondiscriminatory environments.

2. Why some Democrats up pressure on Sanders to exit: Democratic Party leaders raise alarms that his continued presence in the race is undermining efforts to beat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

3. President vows to fight her ouster: Brazil's Dilma Rousseff plans to use "all legal means" to oppose her impeachment, while the new acting head of state calls for unity, underscoring the nation's political polarization.

4. Top Lebanese Hezbollah commander killed in Syria: Mustafa Badreddine's killing deals a major blow to the Shiite group which has played a significant role in the conflict.

5. Who is closely tied to Alibaba? The head of a global anticounterfeiting coalition in Washington DC owns stock in the Chinese e-commerce giant, which has battled to fight its reputation as the world's largest marketplace for fakes, an AP investigation finds.

6. Long recovery for the victims of Iraq bombings: Those wounded in the country's constant stream of bombings face a dilapidated health care system that is often unable to treat long-term injuries.

7. Arrest of Tennessee children exposes flawed juvenile justice: A public examination of how police handled elementary school students suspected of wrongdoing triggers a local effort to improve existing practices.

8. Bidding for gun that killed Trayvon Martin surpasses $25 million: It is unclear if they are serious bids, with the leading bidder using the screen name "Racist McShootface."

9. Bees buzzing on rooftops at seven San Francisco hotels: "This is not about making money, it's really about raising awareness about sustainability," says Melissa Farrar, spokeswoman at the Fairmont.

10. Russia says doping claims are 'turncoat's libel': Vladimir Putin's spokesman attacks the credibility of a former Russian official, who told the New York Times that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones during the Olympics.

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