Monday, June 25, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: the NFL Draft begins today, 'Nashville' stars perform and the Sunscreen Film Festival kicks off

Above-average temperatures will continue today into the weekend, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs will be near 90 degrees, particularly inland, when the norm is around 83. There is a chance of isolated storms.

• The body of a 2-year-old boy was found in a creek behind his home after he wandered away last night, Pasco sheriff's officials said. The body of Clayton Foskey was found in Buckhorn Creek shortly before 11 p.m. Deputies were called to his home at 12600 Chenwood Ave. about 7:20 p.m. after the boy disappeared. Personnel from multiple agencies searched for more than three hours until a canine team spotted a small footprint by the water's edge and found the boy's body in about four feet of water, roughly 15 feet from shore. He was about 150 yards away from his home, deputies said.

• St. Petersburg's City Council will consider, yet again, what to do about marijuana arrests. While Tampa passed an ordinance in March that eased penalties for carrying small amounts of marijuana, the issue has languished in St. Petersburg for several months. Some council members would like to expand the proposal to include other minor offenses, and a compromise could be reached during today's 9:15 a.m. meeting.

• The Tampa City Council was scheduled to hold several workshops at its 9 a.m. meeting. Follow Richard Danielson on Twitter (@Danielson_Times ) for updates.

• Nearly 50 years ago, a troubled 17-year-old started as a bag boy job at Publix. There, he found a family that had been missing from his young life, including cashiers who asked about his test scores at school and urged him to stay out of trouble. After 48 years with the company, that former bag boy is retiring as a top executive.

• It's NFL draft day. Will the Bucs pick former Wharton High and Gators star Vernon Hargreaves? Will they make a trade? Follow it all from beat writers Rick Stroud and Greg Auman on our live blog.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Goodfellas actor Paul Sorvino joining his friend, artist Jon Hair, for his sculpture studio in St. Petersburg. You can read more about the friendship between the two artists.

• Stars of the ABC drama Nashville perform in Clearwater tonight, but first Charles "Chip" Esten, who plays the Deacon Claybourne, talked to us about touring, the season finale and Connie Britton's hair. He takes the stage tonight at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, along with fellow Nashville actors Clare Bowen (Scarlett O'Connor), Chris Carmack (Will Lexington) and Aubrey Peeples (Layla Grant).

• The 11th annual Sunscreen Film Festival — Tampa Bay's longest-running mainstream showcase — gets under way today. Film critic Steve Persall, a member of the feature films jury, has a look at the festival and what not to miss. This year's celebrity guests include Sorvino, who'll accompany the road trip dramedy Detours (Saturday at Sundial, 6 p.m.), and Gary Busey, in town with the thriller CandiLand (Saturday at Sundial, 3:15 p.m.). Each actor will join Q&A sessions after the screenings.

• Cute cats! Key and Peele! But Persall says maybe the comedians' new movie Keanu needs more cat.

• Earlier this year, the Spaghetti Warehouse in in Ybor City announced it was closing. Customers were heartbroken and said so, prompting the restaurant's operators to change their mind. However, they say the restaurant will move to the suburbs in 2017, leaving Ybor behind.

• Wonder why Florida doesn't have a more original slogan? Columnist Craig Pittman does, too. His solution involves love-struck gators and car-struck lovebugs.

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