Saturday, June 16, 2018
News Roundup

DayStarter: A damp start to a warm, humid Pi Day, but plan your week — and geek on the pro football draft

Scattered showers will kick off the work week a warm and humid day, according to 10Weather WTSP It won't start as warm as last week, but highs could still reach the upper 70s.

• Today is Pi Day, or 3/14. Get it? Since 3.14 represents the first three digits of π, our favorite irrational number — and it's also Albert Einstein's birthday — math geeks have heartily embraced the squiggly Greek letter's special day. You can even get $3.14 off your pizza pie in South Tampa. We've the details — and why this math principle is given such affection in pop culture.

• The NCAA announced the 68-team field for this year's Final Four basketball tournament last night, and the snub of small conference giant-killers is nearly as glaring as the lack of college basketball juggernauts. The Gators and Seminoles, meanwhile, accepted bids to play in the NIT.

• The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg roared through the city's downtown waterfront yesterday, and when it was over this year's winner was the same as last year's — but if Juan Pablo Montoya's victory last year was a confidence boost after a rough 2014, Sunday's showing in the IndyCar season opener provided a different kind of statement.

• The Lightning ended a three-game winless streak yesterday, shutting out the Blue Jackets 4-0 in Columbus. The action included Dalton Prout delivering a sucker punch that knocked the Bolts' Nikita Kucherov out of the game in the second period. The NHL is expected to review the incident.

• First lady Michelle Obama hosts the Broadway cast of the hot musical Hamilton — the story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton — at the White House for a student workshop and a performance of songs from the show.

• The ExoMars 2016 mission — a collaboration between the European and Russian space agencies — is scheduled to blast off from Kazakhstan on a seven-month journey. The mission is to measure methane and other gases in the Martian atmosphere and to study dust storms.

• Still looking far from ready to compromise, representatives from Syria's government and opposition gather in Geneva to begin another round of U.N.-backed negotiations to end their catastrophic civil war.

• Get out your calendars, here are the top things to do this week around Tampa Bay, including lots of St. Patrick's Day parties (and a green river) as well as Toruk, a Cirque du Soleil treatment of James Cameron's Avatar coming to the Amalie Arena and comedian Mike Epps at the Sun Dome.

• 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 on the Sunshine State Report, our Florida college sports blog.

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