Thursday, June 21, 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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Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

OMAHA, Neb. — JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech's six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings to eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night....
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Missed time a good mental reset for Rays’ Matt Duffy

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Timeline of investigations, suspensions and allegations involving Jameis Winston

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Jameis Winston suspension means Bucs will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB

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Kevin Knox to Knicks makes NBA history locally

Kevin Knox to Knicks makes NBA history locally

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2018-19 schedule unveiled: Lightning opens with five straight at home

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Without a first-rounder, Lightning still could have busy draft weekend

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Next move is simple for the Bucs: Get rid of Jameis Winston

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Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68

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Rays journal: Jake Bauers proves he’s up to speed on bases

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ST. PETERSBURG – Rookie 1B Jake Bauers has impressed at the plate and in the field since his June 7 promotion.Also, with his hustling on the bases."I knew he played hard; everybody said that at every level,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "I di...
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