Saturday, September 22, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Thursday, May 19

• An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early this morning off the Greek island of Crete, Egyptian and Greek officials said.

• The Penguins are only halfway to eliminating the Lightning from the NHL playoffs, but Tampa Bay looks more than half-dead. It feels as if the Bolts are teetering on the edge, Times sports columnist Tom Jones writes because of what we've witnessed in the first three games.

• Pack an umbrella: There's a chance of storms this afternoon, 10Weather WTSP reports. You can expect high humidity and temperatures in the upper 80s.

• The Tampa City Council meets at 9 a.m. with a lot on its agenda. It's scheduled to vote on Mayor Bob Buckhorn's plan to spend $35.5 million on upgrades to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. It also is expected to discuss a new plan to pay for badly needed drainage projects. Follow @Danielson_Times for updates from City Council.

• At the same time, the St. Petersburg City Council meets to discuss what to do about its booming homeless population. Two months after city and county officials moved the bus shelters from Williams Park, some fret that the homeless population has migrated a mile to the west, clustering around the Historic Uptown and Methodist Town neighborhoods. The CEO of the homeless shelter in those neighborhoods, Michael Reposa, will answer questions.

• Pinellas County Commissioners on Thursday morning will have their first public discussion on potential uses for the county's $7.2 million BP settlement. The meeting is intended to highlight possible focus areas for the money and criteria to narrow down ideas, but a vote is not expected.

• USF athletic director Mark Harlan will unveil a five-year strategic plan for the department beginning at 1 p.m. at USF's Marshall Center. Follow beat writer Joey Knight @TBTimes_Bulls for updates.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including comedian Ron Funches as the Improv, who has the most infectious giggle you've ever heard. For the non-gigglers, Insane Clown Posse is at the State Theater.

• As usual, we have all our top picks for fun in this week's Weekend Planner, but we've also got your summer concert bucket list. Here are the top 20 concerts coming to the Tampa Bay area this summer, according to pop music critic Jay Cridlin. He also found a load of $20 tickets available — but only through Friday — in Live Nation's "$20 Passport to Summer."

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For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

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Updated: 5 minutes ago
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Two full-time University of South Florida students found themselves with a $10,000 bill to keep their beloved mutt Doby alive. So they turned to the Internet.Twitter to the rescue — for once.It started Sept. 15, when USF student Sarah Marie Grassi le...
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