Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (sunny), Senate okays budget, all-you-can-eat Chick-fil-A nuggets, True Florida quiz, and a visit with Dolly Parton

• Mostly sunny skies are expected today with some cloudy intervals, according to WTSP 10Weather. Highs in the mid 80s with light winds.

• Overnight, by a vote of 64-35, the Senate approved a two-year budget deal that would increase spending limits and avert a damaging default, essentially ending the budgetary battles that have defined President Barack Obama's relationship with Congress in recent years.

• We'll be watching to see how many people turn out for the all you can eat nuggets (and waffle fries!) promotion this afternoon at the Chick-fil-A in St. Pete Beach after a confusingly viral publicity campaign. Follow @AyanaStewart as she tweets from the chaotic scene starting around 4 p.m.

• It's not easy making a classic hotel like the Loews Don Cesar comfortable for modern tastes (think Wi-Fi, hand-crafted cocktails) while maintaining its historic charm. But that's the balance the hotel is aiming for in a $10 million renovation of its properties on St. Pete Beach. Read tourism reporter Justine Griffin's story about it this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Residents of downtown St. Petersburg's Signature Place condo tower have endured all sorts of construction-related problems in the few years the project has been open for business. Now another relatively new downtown St. Pete condo project also is the subject of major problems, complaints and fix-ups. Read real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin's story this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• The weekend is here! Our critics have rounded up your best bets in our Weekend Planner, from Halloween fun to killer concerts and new restaurants.

• There's Disney. And then there's Dolly — Parton, that is. Her Dollywood theme park in Tennessee has unveiled its first hotel and resort, and Jay Cridlin visited the park and talked to Parton about the role Dollywood has played, and continues to play, in her immense legacy in entertainment.

True Florida Quiz: All the following headlines come from real, reputable outlets covering news that happened in our fair state last month — except one. Can you pick out the bogus headline?

• Spend your lunch hour at tampabay.com/bucs poring over Thomas Bassinger's Scouting Report on the Bucs game at Atlanta. Last year they lost 56-14. Will it be better this year?

• The high school football playoff picture comes into focus tonight. Follow all the action at tampabay.com/sports/hometeam.

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Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

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Updated: 14 minutes ago
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Updated: 19 minutes ago
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Authorities say motive in deputy killings may never be known

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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Shaquem Griffin is about to join a long line of NFL draft picks from Lakewood

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts today

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston, Mike Evans catch Miami Heat game from courtside

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We've seen Jameis Winston and Mike Evans bonding this offseason, going to Texas A&M pro day together, among other events. The two Bucs stars and their significant others double-dated Thursday night, getting courtside seats to watch the Miami Heat in ...
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One injured, suspect in custody in Ocala school shooting

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