Sunday, September 23, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Air of cool arrives; tracking Hurricane Matthew's aftermath; and who was most truthful in the debate?

• Autumn will definitely be felt in the air today. After wakeup temperatures in the 60s, the high will reach a comfortable 87 before dropping into the 70s by evening, according to 10Weather WTSP .

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

• Who told the truth in the second presidential debate? Check out PolitiFact's full report this morning at PolitiFact.com. Also, check out our watercooler recap and three key moments in the debate.

• The sand on Florida's beaches is the equivalent of tourism gold, and its disappearance over time threatens the state's No. 1 industry. While Matthew didn't ravage Florida's coast as a series of storms did a dozen years ago, it collapsed dunes, washing away sand that protected buildings and roads during storms, and will likely require the spending of millions of dollars on beach restoration projects. Meanwhile, the devastation lingered, most notably in North Carolina,/a>, where flooded cities tried to dry out and those downstream kept a close eye on rising rivers.

• It's a list no city wants to be on -- those with the greatest income inequality in the nation. But, again, Tampa has cracked the top 10 and another Florida city sits atop the list at No. 1. Read business columnist Robert Trigaux's take on the list in a story that will publish about 7 a.m. at tampabay.com/business.

• The art critic and the food critic, separated by a low cubicle wall, began a conversation weeks before the Dalí Museum's "Ferran Adria: The Invention of Food" exhibition debuted. Considered perhaps the greatest living chef, Adria was at the helm of the Spanish avant-garde restaurant elBulli until it closed in 2011. He transmogrified food, introduced new technology to cooking and boldly and spectacularly defied diners' expectations. Neither critic ever had the good fortune to eat at elBulli (hey, journalists' salaries), but Adria's work, as well as the work of his proteges and acolytes, prompted each critic to ponder one main question: Can food be art?

• Florida State had no complex explanations for the defensive transformation that fueled Saturday night's 20-19 win over No. 10 Miami. "It was nothing that clicked," cornerback Tarvarus McFadden said. "We just came out and played like how we know we're capable of playing." If the defense had played like that all season, the No. 23 Seminoles wouldn't need a miracle to re-enter the ACC championship conversation.

• Florida tourism officials want people from Mexico to vacation here rather than their traditional tourism destinations in Texas and California. See how they plan to lure these visitors in a story this morning at tampabay.com/business. The story will publish about 8 a.m.

• The breakfast, lunch and brunch chain First Watch is starting to gain a Publix-like following among customers, especially in Florida, where the company is based (in Bradenton). The chain hits a sweet spot of affordability and creativity -- and that often starts right here in Tampa Bay, where the chain tests its newest creations, including the viral sensation avocado toast. Check out the lineup of the best talks coming here this season.

• Plan ahead. Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including comedian Amy Schumer and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, which returns with an eclectic lineup.

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Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

TORONTO — Blake Snell doesn't look like he can be stopped.He pitched again for the Rays in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays, he dominated again and he won again.That's both a major-league-leading and team-record-breaking 21st victory for...
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Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

TAMPA – After Sunday morning, the Lightning sat five cuts away from having a 23-man roster to start the regular season.It cut its training camp roster by 27, leaving 28 players on the roster with the start of the regular season less than two we...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tiger Woods ends five-year win drought with Tour Championship title

Tiger Woods ends five-year win drought with Tour Championship title

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$ki Mask the Slump God comes to Tampa

$ki Mask the Slump God comes to Tampa

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Police in St. Petersburg searching for missing elderly man

Police in St. Petersburg searching for missing elderly man

Police in St. Petersburg are searching for a missing elderly man.Shortly after 5 p.m., Frederick Mein, 86, drove his silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck from his home on the 1500 block of 78th Avenue N to his daughter’s house a couple of miles away. He...
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Rays journal: Teammates come through for Blake Snell

Rays journal: Teammates come through for Blake Snell

TORONTO — LHP Blake Snell knows he is the one getting all the attention for the remarkable season he has compiled, but he wants to make sure his teammates get some of the credit."It's cool that it's under my name,'' Snell said, "but it's all of...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Whitman: Rainbow yarmulke signals arrival of new rabbi at Brandon's Beth Shalom

Whitman: Rainbow yarmulke signals arrival of new rabbi at Brandon's Beth Shalom

Rabbi Bryan Mann wears a rainbow yarmulke to offer a message.Mann, the new Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon, wants all people to know they are welcome and accepted.As a Jewish youth growing up in New Hampshire, Mann chose not to come out ...
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At memorial service, attorney Barry Cohen remembered as someone who cherished his friends and the law

At memorial service, attorney Barry Cohen remembered as someone who cherished his friends and the law

Barry Cohen made a lot of friends throughout his long career as one of Tampa’s top criminal defense attorneys.But Cohen also made enemies, his fellow attorney Steve Yerrid told the Tampa Bay Times.Cohen would have welcomed them all to his memorial se...
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Heart device seen as ‘huge advance’

Almost 2 million Americans have severe heart failure, and for them even mundane tasks can be extraordinarily difficult.Drugs may help to control the symptoms, but the disease takes a relentless course, and most people with severe heart failure do not...
Updated: 7 hours ago

As world watches, Trump to make rounds at U.N.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to "America First" on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while...
Updated: 7 hours ago