Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: This week's top things to do, a #GiveDayTampaBay guide and birthday pics of Britain's Princess Charlotte

After a morning with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s, the heat returns, jumping to the upper 80s and low 90s in the afternoon. It should be partly cloudy, 10Weather WTSP reports.

• Puerto Rico's debt crisis has reached a new level, with the island's governor saying Puerto Rico will not pay most of its $470 million in debt payments due today. Island officials spent the weekend trying to negotiate a settlement that would have avoided the default. The development comes as Congress has so far been unable to pass a debt restructuring bill for Puerto Rico. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said the government could not make the payment without sacrificing basic necessities for the island's 3.5 million residents, including keeping schools and public hospitals open. This morning, we have a breakdown of what has already happened to Puerto Rico and why it matters to individual investors.

• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today that "several proposals" are being discussed aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria amid continuing attacks in Aleppo. Kerry met on Monday with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and with the U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. He said progress was being made toward an understanding on how to reduce the violence in Aleppo but that more work was needed. "There are several proposals that are now going back to key players to sign off," Kerry said after meeting de Mistura. We are hopeful but we are not there yet. … We are going to work very hard in the next 24 hours, 48 hours to get there." He did not say what the proposals were, adding that he would telephone Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later Monday and that de Mistura was headed to Moscow for talks tomorrow.

• So what happens when a big hardwood tree falls in Florida? Usually, it's cut to pieces and dumped in a landfill, where tree removal businesses pay to have them burned or buried. Meanwhile, furniture makers pay to export the same wood from elsewhere. Doesn't make sense, right? Indeed, local wood workers are trying to use more local wood to make furniture and art.

• Britain's Princess Charlotte turns 1 today. In celebration of the princess' first birthday, Kensington Palace released a set of portraits taken by her mom, Kate, duchess of Cambridge. You can view all the preciousness in our All Eyes photo blog.

• Michelle Obama and Jill Biden appear on NBC's The Voice at 8 p.m. to mark the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces, the nationwide initiative supporting service members, veterans and their families.

• Get out your calendars: Here are the top things to do this week around Tampa Bay, including the big WaZoo Beer Fest at Lowry Park Zoo and lots of places where mom will get in free for Mother's Day (a good way to bail yourself out if you forgot to get a gift).

• Today is a good day to check out the more than 500 local charities poised for #GiveDayTampaBay starting at midnight tonight. The 24-hour fundraiser is like one-stop shopping for do-gooders, spotlighting everything from animal rescues to food pantries to education, the arts and veterans services. We found five ways to have fun while you give back on Tuesday.

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Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

In the past couple of months, I have had to travel about 25 miles from the bucolic burg of Brandon to Lakeland several times.I take Interstate 4 because it is the most direct route.I may have to rethink that strategy, though, especially with Memorial...
Updated: 1 minute ago
Passenger out of jail after street-racing crash that killed mother on Bayshore Boulevard

Passenger out of jail after street-racing crash that killed mother on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — One of the two brothers accused in the street racing death of a 24-year-old Ohio woman was released on bail early Thursday morning while police continue to investigate the crash along Bayshore Boulevard.Tristan Christopher Herrin, 20, a passe...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical system as it enters the gulf in the next 3-5 days.Thursday morning, the hurricane center bumped up ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The rain is back, and it won’t let up through the Memorial Day weekend. Blame Invest 90L, the low-pressure system brewing in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center predicted...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

ST. PETERSBURG — The increased competition in the IndyCar Series was on display during qualifying for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Two fan favorites (Pippa Mann and 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner James Hinchcliffe) couldn't crack th...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

Largo considers rate hike for trash, recycling

LARGO — Residents may see the first trash and recycling rate hike in more than a decade next year as the city faces changes in the global recycling landscape and rising costs.The potential 20 percent increase, which would bring the rate for residenti...
Published: 05/24/18
St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council rejected a request from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for a letter the agency said would help it proceed with a $43 million makeover of Jordan Park.There’s also a question about whether the housing authority, ...
Published: 05/24/18
What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

TAMPA — The historic charm of Ybor City is only part of the reason developers will break ground today on a $50 million boutique hotel on E Seventh Avenue.Two other key factors are Tampa’s larger business climate and the hospitality market in particul...
Published: 05/24/18