Wednesday, January 17, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Obama visits Orlando to meet with survivors and first responders; our critic ponders the Song of Summer 2016

Hot and humid again today, according to 10Weather WTSP, with a chance of showers. The wind may pick up a little to offer some relief.

• We continue our coverage of the Orlando gay nightclub shootings today. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the city to meet with survivors, first responders and others. Visit our live blog for a full mix of stories and images of the day's developments.

• Logan Morrison's bases-loaded walk in the 13th inning forced home Logan Forsythe with the winning run as the Rays squeaked past the Mariners 3-2 last night, after Drew Smyly — skipped over during the last turn through the rotation and pitching on nine days rest — returned to the mound for one of his best outings since April. Today's game against Seattle starts early at 1:10, and is not on TV. Follow the action on our live blog instead.

• "He is the Lightning's most valuable player," writes sports columnist Tom Jones. "He is the reason the Lightning has made the playoffs the past three seasons. He is the reason it nearly won the Stanley Cup a year ago. He is the reason it came close to that again this season. If you were listing all the reasons the Lightning could win the Stanley Cup next season, his name would be at the top. He is goalie Ben Bishop. No player means more to this franchise. And the Lightning should trade him. Right now."

• How much longer will St. Petersburg's reviled "cheese grater" buildings remain standing? Much of that depends on what the City Council decides tonight. The public hearing and second reading of an ordinance that would designate the buildings historic, and harder to demolish, will be heard at 6 p.m. or later at City Hall.

• Last year's alleged song of the summer was Cheerleader by Omi. Our critic Jay Cridlin says that song was "the sonic equivalent of lukewarm oatmeal." See what Cridlin thinks will top the charts at the beach this year when our Song of the Summer package goes live at 10 a.m. at tampabay.com/music, complete with playlists.

• Movie mogul Will Packer is in town for BurgBorn, an event that celebrates St. Petersburg success stories. The producer of Straight Outta Compton will deliver the keynote speech. Follow movie critic Steve Persall at the event on Twitter (@StevePersall). Meanwhile, read Persall's review of Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

• Plan your weekend! Our critics and writers have their top picks on our Weekend Planner page, plus we have lots of ideas to pamper your dad for Father's Day this Sunday.

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