Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (a little warmer), this week's party planner, low-fuss holiday spreads and a look inside yesterday's Bucs win

It won't be as cool today, with a midday high around 85 degrees, cooling to about 70 for the evening, according to WTSP 10Weather.

Plan your week: With the weather getting nice and cool, even the parties head outside this week, from the chic daybeds set up in Straub Park for the return of Chillounge to the amazing sand sculptures on Treasure Island. Outdoor parties also include a Bourbon and Brew Fest in Tampa's Water Works Park and a celebration of artisans at the Crafts and Drafts party at St. Pete's historic shuffleboard courts.

• Restaurant critic Laura Reiley is reviewing Kings Street Food Counter in downtown St. Petersburg, where they are serving updated diner food (including one of the best corn dogs she's has ever had) in a hip space.

• The family of former Florida First Lady Rhea Chiles has scheduled a celebration of her life this morning in Tallahassee. The wife of former Gov. Lawton Chiles was an influential force in her husband's policy initiatives as governor and U.S. senator. She died Nov. 8 at her home on Anna Maria Island. This is a good time to look back on her life.

Thomas Bassinger breaks down the film and points to the Turning Point from the Bucs game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

• Over the last five years, Tampa-based health insurer WellCare has seen its revenue grow from $6 billion to a projected $14 billion. Last week, the Tampa Bay Times sat down with Ken Burdick, who was promoted from president to CEO on Jan. 1. He spoke about his plans for the future and the rapidly evolving health care landscape.

• As you prepare for the busy holiday food season, we propose an easy way to get by when guests are in town: Create your own cheese/charcuterie plates. We've got tips, recipes and pairing suggestions for this low-fuss, no-cook spread.

• Business reporter Justine Griffin brings you another Vanishing Vocations dispatch, this time about a man who'll still pump your gas in St. Petersburg.

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