Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Coverage of the Rays' Opening Day and our guide to plans for a warm, sunny week ahead

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After a cool morning, the week gets off to a warm and sunny start, according to 10Weather WTSP. Unlike last week, rain should only make a brief appearance midweek.

• We've got all your Opening Day analysis at tampabay.com/rays. Here's Marc Topkin on the Rays' frustrating 5-3 loss, despite 12 strikeouts from Chris Archer, and a look at the commissioner of baseball's take on efforts to keep the team in Tampa Bay.

• The release of a vast trove of documents and data on offshore financial dealings of wealthy, famous and powerful people around the world is raising questions over the widespread use of such tactics to avoid taxes and skirt financial oversight. Reports by an international coalition of media outlets on an investigation with the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists brought to light details of offshore assets and services of politicians, businesses and celebrities, based on a cache of 11.5 million records. Among the countries with past or present political figures named in the reports are Iceland, Ukraine, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Argentina.

• Bernie Sanders is now campaigning more effectively than many expected, exposing Hillary Clinton's weaknesses as a candidate, and is positioning himself to win contests like tomorrow's Wisconsin primary. But Sanders' allies and advisers say they missed opportunities to run an aggressive political operation in 2015 that would have presented more of a challenge to Clinton. She has now firmly built a big lead in delegates needed to clinch the nomination — a margin that would be smaller if Mr. Sanders had run differently, according to interviews with more than 15 people on his team or close to him.

• The St. Petersburg Police Department continues its enforcement campaign for pedestrian and bike safety today. Make sure you're following the rules, or you could get ticketed. The focus area is Third Avenue S and Third Street S.

• A first group of migrants were ferried from the Greek islands to Turkey Monday as part of a controversial European Union plan to curb migration to Europe. Under heavy security, authorities on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios put 202 people on boats bound for Turkey — the first to be sent back as part of the plan, which has drawn strong criticism from human rights advocates. The first vessel arrived later in the Turkish port of Dikili where migrants were taken to red-and-white tents for registration and health checks. About a dozen people stood at the port holding a banner that read "Welcome refugees. Turkey is your home."

Alaska Air Group Inc. is buying Virgin America in a deal worth more than $2 billion, creating a powerhouse airline with an expanded West Coast presence. Alaska Air will pay $57 in cash per Virgin America share. That's a 47 percent premium to its Friday closing price of $38.90. Virgin's shares rose more than 39 percent in premarket trading. Alaska Air said Monday that the deal will expand its route network to include 1,200 daily departures. The airline is currently the sixth-largest U.S. carrier by traffic and serves 90 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

• Plan your week! Here are the top things to do around Tampa Bay this week, including Ralph Macchio at a Karate Kid screening at Tampa Theatre, Aaron Neville at this year's Tampa Bay Blues Fest and college hockey's Frozen Four national championship tournament finals.

• After the University of North Dakota's coach jumped to the Philadelphia Flyers, Brad Berry took over and kept one of college hockey's most successful programs on track to this week's Frozen Four in Tampa. Look for his story this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• It's Mock Draft Monday. Staff writer Matt Baker brings you up to date on the latest projections for the Bucs and the top state college players this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Spring is when horseshoe crabs emerge from the continental shelf and come ashore to mate. Like sea turtles, horseshoe crabs find calm, sloped beaches to spawn. The mating takes place along the beaches of all coastal counties in Florida. And if you see some copulating, officials want you to report it. Not for indecent exposure. For science.

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