Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: St. Pete and Tampa look at plans for a few updates, Hillsborough hears about transportation funding and the Rays start their draft

Today's weather should look pretty similar to yesterday's, with a humid morning, temperatures in the upper 80s and storms later in the day, according to 10Weather WTSP. Unfortunately for anyone sick of the rain, it's not going away for a few days.

• Tropical Storm Colin exposed glaring weaknesses in Tampa Bay's infrastructure. In Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn says more money needs to be spent on sewers. St. Petersburg council member Karl Nurse has a plan to spend $29 million, which he will discuss today at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

• The Hillsborough County Commission will hold yet another public hearing on the ever-growing number of proposed transportation funding plans. The commissioners voted 4 to 3 to reject letting voters decide on 20-year and 30-year taxes. They will consider more short-term sales tax hikes for 5, 10 and 15 years. The hearing starts at 6 p.m. at County Center. Follow Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) for updates (and maybe some GIFs).

• The baseball draft starts tonight. For the Rays' first-round pick, follow Roger Mooney at @RogerMooney50. And Rodney Page will be tracking to see if Lakewood's Bo Bichette is picked on the first night. Follow @RodneyHomeTeam.

• The Bucs have an offseason workout today. Look to tampabay.com/sports for updates.

• Remember when the only options for working out were smelly gyms with guys grunting in front of the mirror? We've come a long way in how we stay in shape. Some new gyms strive to bring people together in a community, often with on-site drinks after the workout. Read about the trend today at tampabay.com/business.

• St. Petersburg's sizzling housing market is starting to move into some areas of the city that have been long neglected or marginalized. See what real estate agents and developers see for these areas today at tampabay.com/business.

• Time to plan your weekend! Our writers and critics have their top picks for fun on our weekend planner page, including Star Wars Night at the Trop and the last chance to see how Disney and Dali found inspiration and friendship.

• Port Tampa Bay has announced a new partner in helping to finance its new cold storage facility, a key part of its growth. Read more about it this morning at tampabay.com/business.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including a drag queen twist on a Dickens tale and best-selling author Lisa Unger talking about her latest thriller.

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Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
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Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

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Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

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Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
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Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

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Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

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TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
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Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

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Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Updated: 4 hours ago