Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Evan Longoria's Ducky's opens today at TIA, Rubio rehabis his image, R. Kelly performs at Amalie Arena and more

The chances of rain start to increase today, particularly in the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. The National Weather Service is monitoring a system in the Atlantic that could turn into a tropical depression or storm, though it does not appear likely to threaten Florida.

• Two months after a humiliating home-state defeat that ended his presidential campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is in a one-man race against time and perception, Tampa Bay Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary writes this morning.

• Meet Carlos Miguel Beruff. The tough-talking Republican developer is putting millions of his own fortune into his first run for office, trying to secure U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's soon-to-be-open seat. Failure shaped him, Beruff says. Find out more today at tampabay.com/politics.

• Nearly 71 years after an American bomber passed high above this Japanese city on a clear August morning for a mission that would alter history, President Obama called for an end to nuclear weapons Friday in a solemn visit to Hiroshima to offer respects to the victims of the world's first deployed atomic bomb. Writing in the Hiroshima Peace Park guest book, Obama called for the courage to "spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons." In later remarks, he said that scientific strides must be matched by moral progress or mankind was doomed.

• The Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria will be at Tampa International Airport this morning for the grand opening of Ducky's, one of the airport's new restaurants. Follow reporter Alli Knothe on Twitter (@KnotheA) and check tampabay.com/money later today for the full story.

• U.S. Rep Kathy Castor says the wait times for passports at the U.S. Post Office at Tampa International Airport are too long, even before something called "passport surge" starts. Find out what she did about it this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• A Tampa real estate company was in bankruptcy and was called dishonest and incompetent just a couple years ago. Now, the company is emerging from bankruptcy and could be seen as a model of how to use bankruptcy laws to your advantage, real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin writes this morning.

• The former CEO of WellCare Health Plans, who was convicted of fraud and is now appealing, now wants to cash out company stock that could total about $32 million. While he thinks he is entitled to that money — and has filed a lawsuit saying so — the company says otherwise.

• Read business columnist Robert Trigaux's assessment of the Florida theme park industry, which showed solid gains in attendance, according to a recent report, but also should be looking over its shoulder at China, which is rising quickly in the theme park world. Look for the column later this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Pop music critic Jay Cridlin never thought he'd have an opportunity to interview R. Kelly, the R&B star with a troubling rap sheet who performs tonight at Tampa's Amalie Arena. But that's who Cridlin had on the phone for a talk about the musician's legacy, family and penchant for mystery.

• It's a long weekend, and we have a long list of suggestions from our writers and critics in this week's Weekend Planner, from the Margarita Festival to EDM superstars to a bevy of Memorial Day parties and tributes.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a performance by Grammy-nominated country singer Brandy Clark and a free block party in Clearwater.

• The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday. We'll give you 100 facts about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing later this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

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