Thursday, July 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Clouds could obscure supermoon; Trump reiterates deportation plan; and Mike Evans' national anthem protest

• It will be cloudy today, with a slight chance for rain, according to 10Weather WTSP. The high today should hit 76, with a low of 64.

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

• Were you able to see the supermoon among the clouds? Its brightest moment is at 6:22 a.m. today, and it will light the sky over Tampa Bay again tonight. The moon is the closest it has been to Earth in nearly 69 years, making the moon look bigger and brighter.

• Donald Trump reiterated his plan to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants during his first interview following his election. Trump also addressed Obamacare, abortion rights and other topics in the 60 Minutes interview, which aired on Sunday.

• The announcement Sunday that Trump has chosen Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House has already produced intense hand-wringing in Washington and sharp denunciations from political observers and strategists critical of Breitbart News' close association with the alt-right, a fringe conservative movement saturated with racially insensitive rhetoric and elements of outright white nationalism.

• Leading up to Election Day, Florida Democrats predicted the Donald Trump effect could give them big wins up and down the ballot. Even some stalwart, long-serving Republicans were in trouble, a few Democrats claimed in private, excitedly envisioning a state map awash in blue. Instead, the results left bereft Democrats speaking bluntly about why so many of their candidates lost.

• Bucs receiver Mike Evans sat on the bench, his ball cap removed, during the national anthem before Sunday's game to protest Donald Trump being elected president. Evans didn't elaborate on what he objected to about Trump's election, which has led to protests across the country. Columnist Tom Jones said criticism of Evans' protest is the real shame

• St. Petersburg is in the midst of a construction boom, but one building resists any attempts at change: the historic downtown YMCA. Work on the roof stopped in March, and plans still haven't been submitted to the city. Read Waveney Ann Moore's story about how developer Nick Ekonomou is still committed to transforming the site at 116 Fifth St. S into a boutique hotel.

• The Mulberry residents who live around the Mosaic phosphate plant that was the scene of a massive sinkhole that allowed 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the aquifer below have filed suit against the company. But as Craig Pittman reports, it takes a while to get your day in court against Mosaic.

• Florida's utility industry steered more than $20 million of their profits into a failed constitutional amendment to impose new barriers to the expansion of rooftop solar energy generation, but developers say that as the cost of installing solar panels drops, the state could quickly become a leader in private solar energy expansion no matter what the energy giants do.

• A well-known Tampa lawyer and civic leader, Joe M. Gonzalez, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court this morning for his involvement in a drug money case. Gonzalez pleaded guilty earlier this year to helping two clients — one an informer, the other an undercover federal agent — who posed as drug dealers looking to hide the proceeds from a marijuana grow operation. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

• We've got a big week ahead, and here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, from sand sculptors competing on Treasure Island to newly minted Nobel laureate Bob Dylan in town for a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

• Some folks are tasked with preparing Thanksgiving for a few family members and friends, while one family serves about 100 people at their home in Snell Isle in St. Petersburg. How is that done? Laura Reiley asked the pros for their key to large-scale Thanksgiving success.

• The new movie Loving might get Oscar attention by using subtlety to explore racism experienced by an interracial couple whose legal case led to the Supreme Court decision invalidating state laws outlawing interracial marriage. Read Steve Persall's review.

• Whether you've got one guest for the holidays or 20, we have you covered. Read advice and stories from others who have been there.

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Longtime Tampa Catholic athletic director Nick DiMaggio dies

Longtime Tampa Catholic athletic director Nick DiMaggio dies

Nick DiMaggio, the longtime athletic director at Tampa Catholic who was a fixture at the school's sporting events for more than 50 years, died Wednesday (July 18, 2018) from complications related to a stroke. He was 86."Nick was an icon, a walking en...
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A Florida mayor is being asked to resign after citizens allege his chief of staff ‘preys’ on homeless black men

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ST. PETERSBURG — At Thursday’s City Council meeting, seven residents called for the resignation of Mayor Rick Kriseman and Kevin King — one of his closest confidants — over allegations that King "preys" on homeless black men.Jesse Nevel, the vice pre...
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St. Pete residents storm City Council with allegations against Kevin King

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