Friday, February 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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Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

TAMPA — A bipartisan pair of former congressmen spoke Friday about gun safety measures that are more drastic than those being considered following the Parkland school shootings, and about hopes for a national youth movement comparable to the 1960s an...
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Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — Arthur D. Showley, 75, went fishing early morning Friday morning, something he did two or three times a week, friends said. When they saw his car and trailer still parked near a community boat ramp at 2 p.m., they thought that was strange."H...
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Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

This is the sad new math in the age of school slaughter.If one student comes to school with a firearm and 10 ammunition magazines filled with 30 bullets each, and another comes with a firearm and 30 magazines filled with 10 bullets each, who can crea...
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Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

TAMPA — Friends and family have a saying about Lee Thornton Davis Jr. Once you met him, even for just a moment, you knew him forever."He was the most outgoing person I’d ever met," Dick Greco said, which is something coming from Tampa’s gregarious, 8...
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Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

The head of the Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations into the way they report job placement figures says he has no intention of stepping down.That’s unless he is paid five months severance.In a letter from his attorn...
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She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

PARKLAND — She was afraid of what it would feel like, but she needed to know, so Melissa Falkowski pulled into the faculty parking lot. She took a deep breath in through her nose and climbed out of her car. She was back, in front of Marjory Stoneman ...
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The real Jefferson Memorial has a statue, but this one has a jukebox

The real Jefferson Memorial has a statue, but this one has a jukebox

The building was in its infancy when a vintage Cadillac Eldorado rumbled up the construction path. Getting out, the driver demanded to know what the finished structure was intended for.Told that it would be a private home, the driver scoffed. The uni...
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Editorial: Improve school security plans with gun controls

Editorial: Improve school security plans with gun controls

Gov. Rick Scott and key members of the Florida Legislature offered ambitious proposals Friday that would plug some holes in the state’s safety net, strengthen school security and spend up to a half-billion dollars in response to last week’s massacre ...
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Terminally ill Valrico man dies a month after marrying junior high sweetheart

Terminally ill Valrico man dies a month after marrying junior high sweetheart

VALRICO — During his final few days, 19-year-old Dustin Snyder moved to a hospice house, surrounded himself with belongings from home, swam in a pool and visited the beach in Ruskin.Wherever he went, the terminally ill Valrico man had family beside h...
Updated: 3 hours ago