Saturday, June 16, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: U.S. Rep. Grayson and former Gov. Crist campaign, and a family risks life as fugitives and refugees to save their son

Today will be another hot one, 10Weather WTSP forecasters warn. With highs in the mid 90s, it'll feel much steamier.

• While an area of low pressure located about 200 miles northwest of Puerto Rico has yet to rise to the level of a tropical system, forecasters say it still will produce strong winds and heavy rains — and potentially strengthen — as it approaches the Miami area this weekend. As of early Thursday morning, reports from a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane show Invest 99L continues to lack a well-defined center and shower activity remains disorganized, although it still has a 50 percent chance of development over the next two days — and an 80 percent chance over the next five.

• Kristen and Joe Yeckley thought their 4-year-old son Tyler had a lazy eye when they brought him to the doctor in 2014. It wasn't long before they were told he had a brain tumor and was out of options. As the Yeckleys reeled, a friend mentioned reading about marijuana's effects on cancer. Kristen started printing out study after study, but medical marijuana wasn't an option in Florida. The Yeckleys would ultimately decide to split up their family to pursue the one wisp of hope Kristen felt she had. Kristen needed to know she had done everything she could to give her son a chance. Read our special report "Anything for Tyler" this morning at tampabay.com/tyler.

• With less than a week left in his bid for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library on 11211 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa. Grayson faces U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and Pam Keith in Tuesday's primary. The winner takes on Sen. Marco Rubio, who is expected to easily win his primary battle against Carlos Beruff.

• The Tampa City Council holds a regular meeting today and is scheduled to hear reports from the police department on three topics making headlines — the deaths of two people at the Sunshine Music Festival in May, the number of citations issued to black bicycle riders, and the use of body cameras by officers in the field. The report on bicycle citations, presented twice a year, was prompted by stories in the Tampa Bay Times revealing a disproportionate number are issued to blacks. The city council meets at 9 a.m. in the City Council chambers, 315 E Kennedy Blvd.

• The St. Petersburg City Council is set to discuss today whether to tweak the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area after complaints about how the special taxing district handed out more than $300,000 this year. Also on tap: strengthening the city's wage theft ordinance and allowing sidewalk drinking in the increasingly popular Edge District. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. Follow Charlie Frago on Twitter (@CharlieFrago) for updates.

• Former governor and current Congressional candidate Charlie Crist will hold a roundtable on educational issues Thursday at 3 p.m. He'll discuss issues facing Pinellas public schools such as funding, testing and oversight with a group of educators. The roundtable is part of a "listening tour" that Crist, the Democratic nominee in the 13th Congressional District race, has been conducting across Pinellas County. Follow Hannah Jeffrey on Twitter (@hannahjeffrey34) for updates.

• It's not Friday yet, but it's time to plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have their top picks on our Weekend Planner page, including superstar Drake and art top picks such as Wearable Art, Dunedin's annual fashion smash.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Fifth Harmony playing at the fairgrounds and your last chance to visit "the beach" at Amalie Arena.

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They fled Puerto Rico with their possessions, which they lost last week in an apartment fire

They fled Puerto Rico with their possessions, which they lost last week in an apartment fire

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AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

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Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and st...
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