Monday, July 16, 2018
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The Daystarter: Bucs' win ignites playoff talk; Florida Senate facelift; and free rides on the Cross-Bay Ferry

• Bundle up for a cold but sunny day today, which will warm up to a high of 70, according to 10Weather WTSP. Lows tonight will fall to 46 degrees in the Tampa Bay area.

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

• Jameis Winston was letter perfect in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Chiefs, passing for 331 yards and a touchdown to pull off one of the NFL's biggest upsets this season. Columnist Tom Jones warns fans not to laugh: The playoffs are now a very real possibility. Are you thinking postseason?

• Starting today, the state's 160 legislators head back to Tallahassee for a couple days of organizational meetings to get ready for the March legislative session. Among today's events is the 3 p.m. unveiling of the $6 million facelift for the Florida Senate chamber.

• You can test the waters and get free ferry rides today through Wednesday on the new Cross-Bay Ferry. The 50-minute trip across Tampa Bay between downtown St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center will cost $10 when regular service starts later this week.

• As vice president of biological resources at the Florida Aquarium, Margo McKnight is point person for the Tampa facility's joint research with the National Aquarium of Cuba focused on coral reef restoration. President Barack Obama's initiatives to normalize relations with Cuba have made this work easier. But Donald Trump has promised to reverse Obama's Cuba policies, putting the aquarium partnership in jeopardy. Paul Guzzo explains what this means for Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba.

• Yes, the end of hurricane season is approaching, but no, it isn't quite over. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a low-pressure system in the extreme southwest Caribbean. If it becomes into a named storm, it would be called Otto.

• A team of former Green Berets who served around the globe are on a new mission. Instead of trudging across the dusty landscape of Afghanistan and battling the Taliban, the men have traveled the Tampa Bay area, battling bureaucracy, the real estate market and the challenges of finding a home for a 19-foot-tall commercial still. They're working to establish American Freedom Distillery, which will make whiskey and vodka, run and gin.

• The Tampa City Council wants to look to cities like Atlanta and Denver for ideas on improving Tampa's program to steer city contracts toward companies owned by women and minorities. This month's council vote to explore those ideas follows a series of discussions between the council and the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group that focuses on economic development, political engagement and youth education.

• President-elect Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that future first lady Melania Trump and their 10-year-old son, Barron,

• Forget about stuffing, cranberry sauce and corn casserole. Nothing lends more flavor to this time of the year than the love served at Metropolitan Ministries' holiday tent, Ernest Hooper writes. And now it's time to show thanks.

• We've got a big week ahead, and here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot races, Dolly Parton at the Amalie Arena and Christmas Town returning to Busch Gardens.

• Attention couch potatoes, we have you covered. Check out our recommendations for what to watch this week, including the series premiere of the dark TBS comedy Search Party. Also, a winner will be named on Dancing with the Stars, and we have a roundup of Thanksgiving specials and what's now available to stream.

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The Daystarter: Will "Lionfish Challenge" put dent in invasive species?; France wins World Cup; Amazon Prime Day today

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Temperatures will again peak around 90 along the coast and the lower 90s inland, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will develop near the c...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship.

Haeder Alanbki, an Iraqi living in Orlando, applied to become a U.S. citizen in 2016.Given his years as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, he thought it would be a simple formality. But in a lawsuit he filed last month against the government, Al...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

Submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael DeRemer spotted the yellow glint of the lionfish’s tag.The 62-year-old Largo diver had been looking for grouper that June day, but the tag changed things: It meant the spiny seafarer was a lucrative target — o...
Published: 07/16/18

Hooper: La Segunda bringing a taste of Ybor to South Tampa

One of Tampa’s oldest jokes regards the reluctance of folks in South Tampa to drive north of Kennedy Boulevard.Even if it’s to get great Cuban bread from Ybor City.La Segunda Bakery will look to give South Tampa residents one more reason to stay clos...
Published: 07/16/18
PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his ...
Published: 07/16/18
Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome falls in playoff at LPGA Marathon Classic

Times wiresSYLVANIA, Ohio — Brittany Lincicome could have been forgiven for looking ahead. But that didn't appear to be a problem.The Seminole resident took Thidapa Suwannapura into a playoff, falling on the first hole Sunday in the LPGA Marath...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Twins game

There are times when Rays OF Carlos Gomez looks lackadaisical, but he made an urgent dash in from rightfield to near the mound when the benches first cleared and was ready for any action. Reminiscent of Jonny Gomes in '08.The loss is still what matte...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

Rays journal: Twins grand slam ends heated game

MINNEAPOLIS — That the Brian Dozier walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning that beat the Rays 11-7 was only part of the drama probably tells you all you need to know about Sunday's 4½-hour plus roller coaster ride, which included two benche...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

Rays lose hot-tempered game to Twins 11-7 on walkoff grand slam

MINNEAPOLIS – The Rays didn't have quite enough fight in them Sunday.Brian Dozier hit a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning to give the Twins an 11-7 win in a back-and-forth and hot-tempered game that sent the Rays into the All-Star break at ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

Wilson Ramos injury is a giant pain for Rays

MINNEAPOLIS — The immediate reaction around the Rays to the extent of catcher Wilson Ramos' hamstring injury is disappointment, everyone knowing how much he was looking forward to playing in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Washington.But they are li...
Updated: 9 hours ago