Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Hurricane Matthew hits Florida's east coast; Trigaux on those fees showing up on bills; Things to do to take your mind off the stormy weather

• As Hurricane Matthew churns along the east coast, the bay area is mostly under tropical storm watch, as the storm will bring heavy winds to the region, according to 10Weather WTSP.

Hurricane Matthew weakened overnight but still remains a dangerous Category 3 storm. Get the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew as it continues to rake along the Florida coast in our live blog.

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

• From the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board: Hurricane Matthew is a reminder of the perils of nature that come with living in Florida. And those along the west coast lucky enough to be spared from the brunt should be especially quick to help out our fellow Floridians. Read more at tampabay.com/opinion.

• In its recommendation today, the Times editorial board offers 12 reasons voters should choose Patrick Murphy to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. On Thursday, the editorial board recommended Hillary Clinton for president.

• We'll explain why the race for Congressional District 14, which covers all of Tampa, is a proxy battle in the 55-year-old Cold War between the United States and Cuba. Read all about it at http://www.tampabay.com

• With rents and the price of single-family homes skyrocketing in Tampa Bay, another kind of dwelling has emerged as a new favorite: townhomes. See what kind of advantages townhomes can offer and why their appeal is increasing in Tampa Bay in a story by real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin, which will publish about 6:15 a.m. this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his effort to end his country's civil war.

• A "convenience fee" here, a surcharge there, an add-on to your power bill, another fee you just now noticed on your cable or cell phone bill. Does it seem like companies are dinging us wildly these days with additional charges? See what business columnist Robert Trigaux has to say about it.

• If you have a policy with Citizens Property Insurance, you are paying for a crisis in south Florida that has nothing to do with Hurricane Matthew, but has everything to do with people making claims that Citizens thinks are rife with fraud. The problem is largely contained to three south Florida counties. So why are customers in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida having to pay for it? Read business reporter Jeff Harrington's full story at tampabay.com/business. It will publish online about 7:45 a.m.

• Let our critics and writers help you plan your weekend. From Oktoberfest parties and family fun, to the best concerts, plays and art shows, we have our top picks on our Weekend Planner page

• Who won the pop culture wars this week? Here's a hint: The loser was not a Kardashian this time. Read more at The Feed

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a new family friendly Halloween event at the Lowry Park Zoo and Oktoberfest gets rolling in Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park.

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Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular seaso...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Football: Armwood 24, Jefferson 14

SEFFNER — Armwood is becoming accustomed to winning close games.The Hawks fended off visiting Jefferson 24-14 in a defensive battle that featured a plethora of holding penalties in the second half.Armwood (3-1) earned two rushing touchdowns from juni...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Football: Plant 44, Gaither 34

TAMPA — Seventy-eight points. Eight hundred and 40 yards in total offense. Five players surpassing the century mark in yardage.When the game was over Friday, Plant had the edge in every category — including the scoreboard as the Panthers (3-1) opened...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Football: Robinson 28, Blake 25

TAMPA — Nevermind that Blake scored a go-ahead touchdown with 87 seconds left in the game.Forgive him, but part of Robinson junior Lateef Al-Shaa’ir was hoping it would happen just so it would set up a comeback.And it did.With 24 seconds left in the ...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Football: St. Petersburg 23, Gibbs 6

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg’s Aumhryaun Brown’s two touchdowns helped overcome the ejection of quarterback Tonio Shavers as the Green Devils cruised to a 23-6 win against Gibbs on Friday.As time expired during the first half, with the Green Devil...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Football: Plant City 24, East Bay 7

GIBSONTON — Plant City’s high-powered passing game gets most of the attention. But the Raiders’ defense is just as responsible for the team’s unbeaten start.In Plant City’s 24-7 road victory against East Bay in Class 7A, District 9 on Friday, the def...
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