Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (sunny, with high probability of Jeb Bush) and a day-after look at what went right in yesteray's Bucs win

Expect mostly clear skies after a morning with possible patchy fog, according to WTSP 10Weather, with isolated showers. Highs in the upper 80s with lows in the mid-70s.

• Over the past year, as the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigated injuries at six of the state's primary mental institutions, officials repeatedly denied reporters information. In some cases, they used their power to classify fatalities as natural or accidental even though employee mistakes or neglect contributed to the deaths. In others, they cited a law that experts say was designed to crack down on abusers, but now protects them. Read Part 2 of the Times/Herald investigation, Shrouded in secrecy, today online and in print editions.

• Jeb Bush will be at the Tampa Garden Club this morning for a campaign rally at 10 a.m., followed by stops in Orlando and Jacksonville later in the day. Follow Times reporter Steve Contorno on Twitter at @scontorno for coverage of the Tampa rally and Times/Herald reporter Kristen M. Clark at @ByKristenMClark for news from the Orlando stop.

• President Barack Obama today visits Newark, N.J., to mark the release of thousands of federal prisoners who are benefiting from a reduction in drug sentences. Obama has declared "criminal justice reform" a priority and his trip will "highlight the re-entry process of formerly incarcerated individuals," the White House said. Tune in to tampabay.com.

Plan your week: Here are some of the top things to do this week, from Mary J. Blige at the Sun Dome to America's Got Talent's first-ever all-stars tour. Or check out St. Pete's Folkfest, now in its ninth year and still growing as a huge two-day event of music and art that jams Central Avenue.

Thomas Bassinger breaks down the film on the Bucs' overtime win at Atlanta and finds the Turning Point. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

• Follow all the high school football playoff tiebreaker action this evening at tampabay.com/hometeam.

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