Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Thursday, July 21

• Prepare for "brutal, hot temperatures" and 90 percent humidity today, according to 10Weather WTSP, and another round of afternoon scattered storms. Highs will be in the mid 90s.

• Our politics team continues its coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and PolitiFact continues its fact-checking. Follow along with our live coverage here. Donald Trump will address convention-goers tonight.

• Two officials at the now-defunct Trump University are now helping to guide a Tampa Bay academy that has its own set of complaints with the Better Business Bureau. Read the full story this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Home sale figures are released this morning. Look for a full report from real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin late this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• The ACC and ESPN will formally announce the new ACC Network between 10 and 11 a.m. Look for updates on the announcement and more from ACC football media days today and tomorrow at our state colleges blog/b>.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay. Pajama-clad shoppers will be getting up early in downtown St. Petersburg, and a slew of music acts take the stage tonight.

• Metrocon, the largest anime convention in the state, opens today in Tampa. We have some tips and highlights before you put on your Pikachu costume and head out.

• Before joining Snoop Dogg on state tonight, rapper Wiz Khalifa talked with our pop music critic Jay Cridlin about their High Road tour and Khalifa's poppy 2015 single See You Again, a record-setting chart monster that earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

• It's officially the dog days of summer and to cool you off, food critic Laura Reiley has the top 5 places to get a great milkshake in Tampa Bay.

• Brandon just keeps buzzing. In recent years Bass Pro Shops, Top Golf and other exciting businesses have set up shop there. Now two others are en route. See what they are this morning at tampabay.com/business.

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Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical system as it enters the gulf in the next 3-5 days.Thursday morning, the hurricane center bumped up ...
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St. Petersburg City Council throws wrench into Housing Authority’s Jordan Park plans

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ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council rejected a request from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for a letter the agency said would help it proceed with a $43 million makeover of Jordan Park.There’s also a question about whether the housing authority, ...
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What’s bringing that new $50 million boutique hotel to Ybor City? It’s not just the local history

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ST. PETERSBURG — When several old buildings on the 400 block of Central Avenue were demolished two years ago, the owners were required to attractively fence and landscape the property. The reason? To avoid having an unsightly vacant lot in the "heart...
Published: 05/24/18
Joe Henderson: With chaos the norm on Interstate 4, back roads are looking more inviting

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In the past couple of months, I have had to travel about 25 miles from the bucolic burg of Brandon to Lakeland several times.I take Interstate 4 because it is the most direct route.I may have to rethink that strategy, though, especially with Memorial...
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