Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Thursday, Feb. 25

• The skies should clear through the day today and stay that way through the weekend, according to 10Weather WTSP. Temperatures will drop starting today and it should be windy, with high surf and strong rip currents along the shore.

• The remaining Republican presidential rivals face off tonight in a debate on CNN at the University of Houston. PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate. Follow @PolitiFact.

• This morning at 9:15 a.m., St. Petersburg City Hall will likely be filled with bike and alternative transit enthusiasts who want the city to follow Tampa's lead and create a bike share program. Mayor Rick Kriseman has spent a lot of political capital trying for City Council approval. Perhaps the third time will be the charm for the $500,000 ask? Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates and check in at tampabay.com later this morning for our story.

• Universal Orlando today will reveal more details on Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a huge attraction set to open at Islands of Adventure this summer that will take riders to the home of King Kong. The details, obtained in advance by our writer Sharon Kennedy Wynne, will include a first look at an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images, and the temple's "massive wooden doors that slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves." See the first look here.

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay today, from a show by Grammy winner Rosanne Cash to the Tony-winning Matilda the Musical, a Broadway hit based on the book by Roald Dahl.

• You can give your wallet a break and still have fun with this week's list of five things to do under $5.

• Check out beat writer Joe Smith's latest Lightning Strikes podcast this afternoon at tampabay.com/lightning.

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Police: Infant in stolen St. Petersburg car found safe; driver on loose

Police: Infant in stolen St. Petersburg car found safe; driver on loose

ST. PETERSBURG — An 8-month-old boy was found safe after he was in a car that was stolen on Monday afternoon.Police say the person who stole the car left the child in a parking lot at 800 71st Ave. N before driving off.The child’s mother called polic...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
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Updated: 8 minutes ago
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Updated: 11 minutes ago

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Updated: 13 minutes ago
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Updated: 18 minutes ago
USF baseball cracks top 25

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Updated: 23 minutes ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

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Updated: 25 minutes ago
Deputies: Port Richey man admits to molesting 8-year-old girl

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NEW PORT RICHEY — A man was arrested Friday after Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said he told them he molested and attempted to rape an 8-year-old girl. Kaleb Harrah, 26, of Port Richey, faces three molestation charges and an attempted rape charge. ...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
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Updated: 1 hour ago