Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

The DayStarter: A chance of storms, a Democratic debate, a new brewery and a new Jose Marti app

There's a chance of scattered storms today, particularly later, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs should be around 80.

• Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off again tonight in a debate in Brooklyn. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate the event, which begins at 9 p.m. Follow our PolitiFact team as they offer live fact-checking during the debate.

A fire ripped through the Amphitheatre nightclub in Ybor City last week, causing major damage to the nightclub and to adjacent businesses. But the owners of a cigar shop and a jazz club on either side of the Amphitheatre are getting ready to reopen. Read Tony Marrero's story this morning.

• History buffs can now download an app that lets them walk through Ybor City in the footsteps of Jose Marti, who rallied support among cigar workers of early Ybor City to liberate Cuba from its Spanish occupiers. The app takes users to nine stops along the Jose Marti Trail, places where he gave speeches, met with supporters and stayed on visits to Tampa. It's a combined effort of the Florida Humanities Council and the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and will be unveiled at a news conference at 10:30 a.m.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) starting at 10 a.m. for updates from a groundbreaking on St. Petersburg's newest brewery, Flying Boat Brewing Co.

• The Rays play Cleveland at 1:10 today, but it's not on TV. Follow beat writer Marc Topkin's coverage on our live blog.

• Bucs general manager Jason Licht will talk with reporters this afternoon about the upcoming NFL draft. Check out Rick Stroud's and Greg Auman's coverage at tampabay.com/bucs.

• Check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this morning at tampabay.com/lightning. Joe talks about the playoffs with former Red Wings beat writer Nick Cotonika, now a columnist with NHL.com.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Last Comic Standing's only female winner Iliza Shlesinger at the Improv and a giant table set up on Bayshore Drive extending from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg. The "Feast in the Street" is a benefit for WUSF Public Media.

• One of the giant sculptures by Jaume Plensa on view at the Tampa Museum of Art is staying put, our art critic Lennie Bennett reports. The exhibition is at the Tampa Museum of Art through May 15, and the museum plans to purchase one of the soaring sculptures that have been a hit with visitors.

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