Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Cold front coming; plan for sewer fix unveiled; Bucs lose to Falcons

• A cold front arrives late Friday evening, bringing cooler weather to the area, with nighttime temperatures flirting with the 50s, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs will be near 80.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman unveiled on Thursday unveiled a $45 million plan to bring short-term relief to the city's beleaguered sewer system. However, much of the improvements won't be done until September or October of 2017, well after the start of the next rainy season. That means the city could find itself dealing with another sewage crisis during Kriseman's re-election campaign next year.

• For decades political scientists, journalists and politicians have studied the now 162-mile swath of Florida between St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach, weighing the ever-changing impulses and vagaries of swing voters in America's most fought-over battleground. With another neck-and-neck presidential race, the obsession continues and the reason is simple. The I-4 Corridor decides Sunshine State elections. Read Tampa Bay Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith's analysis later today on tampabay.com.

• For the second time in four days, the Buccaneers and their thoroughly exhausted defense watched a quarterback and a touted receiver slice and dice them like a gadget on one of those late-night infomercials. This time it was the Falcons' Matt Ryan and Julio Jones who cut them up in a 43-28 win at Raymond James Stadium on prime-time national television. Ryan passed for 344 yards and four touchdowns, giving him an NFL-leading 23 passing touchdowns on the season.

• Today, Google is releasing Home, it's smart speaker, in the hope of riding the coattails of Echo, the Amazon gadget that is powered by the virtual assistant called Alexa. Which of these gadgets is right for you? A New York Times writer grilled both Alexa and Google side by side for six days, testing the speakers in music, trivia, dining and entertainment.

• Tyler Johnson scored two goals in sparking a Lightning comeback in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay, down 2-0 and 3-1, forced overtime on a Johnson deflection midway through the third period. But Boston won in a 10-round shootout.

• From the Times editorial board, far below the presidential candidates, at the top of the ballot are some key races that need your vote. Don't miss them.

• Chicago plans to honor its World Series champion Cubs with a parade and rally beginning about 11 this morning. The official parade will travel along Michigan Avenue and then along Columbus Drive near Lake Michigan before heading to Grant Park. Check tampabay.com/sports for updates on the festivities.

• Paramedics have relied for years on a drug called naloxone to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. But area law enforcement officers, who are often the first to come in contact with someone overdosing, haven't used the drug — until now. The Clearwater Police Department is the first major law enforcement agency in the Tampa Bay area to supply naloxone to officers and detectives to use on people experiencing overdoses from opiates, which include heroin and several kinds of prescription pills.

Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a skydiving competition and a ZZ Top concert.

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Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

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Updated: 11 hours ago
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Updated: 11 hours ago
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Updated: 12 hours ago
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Published: 01/20/18
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