Monday, August 20, 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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Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays defeated the Royals 1-0 on Monday night — Tampa Bay's major-league-leading 51st one-run game — is not surprising. What is a bit unusual is how they did it.With two outs and runners on first and third i...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Rays journal: Seminole’s Brett Phillips returns home

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Updated: 23 minutes ago
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TAMPA — Monday was a beautiful day out at One Buc Place.Sunny. Blue skies. Hot, but not a thousand degrees like it has been in recent weeks around here.The Bucs were finally back home after spending most of the past week in Nashville. And despi...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Royals game

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Updated: 28 minutes ago
Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa Bay Catholics react: ‘Terrible and horrible,’ ‘betrayal,’ ‘deep disappointment’

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ST. PETERSBURG — The fallout from a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the molestation of more than 1,000 children by at least 300 Roman Catholic priests that was covered up by church officials for decades has reverberated among Tampa Bay paris...
Updated: 3 hours ago
More manatees have died in Florida so far this year than in all of 2017. Blame Red Tide.

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ST. PETERSBURG — The number of manatee deaths in Florida this year has already exceeded the total for all of 2017. Blame Red Tide, which is suspected of killing more than 100 of them.So far, 554 manatees have died in 2018, with four months left to go...
Updated: 5 hours ago
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Less than two weeks before their season opener, the Bulls finally have a gaudy accessory to complement their new Adidas uniforms.The ol' chip on their shoulder pads.USF received no votes in the Associated Press preseason poll released Monday, marking...
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After a torrent of complaints, the Pinellas County school system is scrapping its plans to show a video to elementary school students in preparation for state-mandated active shooting drills to begin soon.The reaction came from parents after the dist...
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A little over a week ago, Key Largo resident Victor Perez was looking out toward the bayside canal behind his house when he spotted an unusual sight."I’m on my balcony," said Perez, "and all of a sudden, I see this noodle and there’s a crocodile hang...
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