Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Early voting begins today, Donald Trump is in town, and the Bucs are starting to look like a good team

• Morning temperatures in the Tampa region will be in the upper 50s to low 60s, according to 10Weather WTSP. There is no rain in the forecast for Monday. Highs are expected in the low 80s for most of the bay area as we finally have slid into fall seasonal conditions.

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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.

• Today is the first day of early voting for most of Tampa Bay (not so fast, Pasco County, you have to wait another Saturday). For a complete guide of candidates, read Know Your Candidates 2016 before casting your ballot.

• After voting, swing by and watch Donald Trump hold a 7 p.m. rally at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. Get tickets here.

• Mike Evans and Jameis Winston took over the game in the Bucs' 34-17 win over the 49ers. And considering their ages — Evans is 23, Winston 22 — it won't be long before these millennials take over the NFC South and perhaps the league, according to Rick Stroud. And don't look now, columnist Tom Jones writes, but the Bucs are starting to look like a good team.

• St. Petersburg City Council is set to meet at 8:30 a.m. and hopes to finally talk about a 2014 report that predicted this year's sewage crisis. The report contained warnings that shutting down the Albert Whitted sewage plant — which the city did in 2015 — could lead to the kind of massive sewage overflows the city has experienced this year. City leaders said they didn't know about the report, but why? Follow Times reporter Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates.

• Are businesses holding off on key decisions until after this crazy and nasty presidential election is over? According to a report out this morning: Yes, they are. But there's more to the story. Read Times business columnist Robert Trigaux's take.

• Once again, USF ranks among the top public universities in the nation when it comes to generating inventions. Read a full story from Times business reporter Jerome R. Stockfisch.

• What's a genteel, chamber of commerce, establishment Republican like Susie Wiles doing on a campaign like Donald Trump's? Longtime admirers of Wiles, the daughter of legendary NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall, lately have been asking themselves — and Wiles — that question a lot as she steers Trump's tumultuous and divisive campaign in must-win Florida, Adam C. Smith writes.

• The Cubs won their way into the World Series and a meeting with the Indians relatively easily Saturday night, riding a dazzling performance from starter Kyle Hendricks to beat the Dodgers and ace Clayton Kershaw 5-0. But to hear Cubs manager Joe Maddon tell it, the NL Championship Series may have been won three nights earlier, in the fourth inning of Game 4. That's when Ben Zobrist, like Maddon a longtime former Ray, helped them break out of a hitting slump that had led to two straight shutout losses and a 2-1 series deficit by dropping down a bunt. Cubs vs. Indians: Who do you have?

• The annual Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) gathering is set to take place tonight. There will be 7 p.m. meetings at St. Petersburg's Holy Family Catholic Church and Corpus Christie Catholic Church in Temple Terrace. This year's focus is aimed at convincing state legislative candidates to support a bill that would reduce the number of children arrested in Florida by making them eligible for civil citations. Follow reporter LaVendrick Smith @LaVendrickS for updates from St. Petersburg and Anastasia Dawson at @adawsonwrites with updates from Tampa.

• Take a moment to plan your free time. Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay, including a new Ybor Halloween parade and loads of parties, and the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team Final Five on tour at Amalie Arena.

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Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant.

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the rest...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

Deputies: 15-year-old threatened attack on River Ridge High School

NEW PORT RICHEY—A 15-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he threatened to stage a shooting attack on River Ridge High School, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The student attended Schwettman Education Center, dep...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

Deputies: 19-month-old child hospitalized after being found in pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was taken to the hospital Thursday after being found in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies were called at 12:31 p.m. to the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive.An adult was watching the c...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Free rides on PSTA and HART buses to celebrate Earth Day

Those who use mass transit across the Tampa Bay area can ride for free on Sunday.To celebrate Earth Day, both the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) will be offering free rides on Su...
Updated: 1 hour ago