Sunday, May 20, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Thursday, Nov. 12

• It'll be a little cooler this morning, with a touch of fog. All that will clear up fairly quickly, giving way to "plentiful sunshine," according to WTSP 10Weather. Look for a high in the mid-80s.

• More than 10,000 Pinellas County teachers and support professionals are eligible to vote today on a contract that calls for average raises of 4 percent. But some union leaders are calling on employees to reject the pact because it doesn't expand planning time, removes language supporting PE teachers and school counselors, and eliminates family leave protections for first-year employees. Look for the results to be announced around 8 p.m.

• Today at the White House, President Barack Obama will present former Army Capt. Florent Groberg with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions against a suicide bomber. Groberg becomes the 10th living recipient of the nation's highest military award for actions in Afghanistan.

•Neighbors of a south Tampa home are worried that the land where it sits could be split into two lots, making way for a McMansion. The home, as it turns out, is linked to Tampa's most notorious mobster figure, Santo Trafficante Jr., who died in 1987. Read the story here.

• Beat writer Joe Smith and columnist Tom Jones discuss the Lightning's woes in the latest Lightning Strikes podcast available at tampabay.com/lightning.

•A St. Petersburg man is suing fantasy sports websites FanDuel and DraftKings. Did he lose his shorts betting on games? Nope. In fact, he's never even played. So why is St. Petersburg resident Nelson C. Steiner -- once called the baron of Tampa Bay's mobile home industry -- suing with the backing of a powerful law firm? Read here to find out.

• Former Vice President Dick Cheney headlines the Republican Party of Florida's Statesman's Dinner Thursday night at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith will have the story at tampabay.com.

• Tampa is only about 24 hours away from experiencing the opening of a 60,000 square-foot, four-story Restoration Hardware (now called RH) at International Plaza. For Tampa Bay, this is a pretty big deal. Business reporter Justine Griffin got a sneak peek at the story Wednesday.

• Plan your weekend: Online today are our critics' top picks this weekend for the stage (Newsies, reviewed here), the movies (the women of Suffragette), dining out (Chowder Challenge on St. Pete Beach!) and family fun (a Pinellas Country Fair). Not to mention our guide to Ribfest in Vinoy Park this weekend and more in our Weekend Planner page.

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For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

The Rays were so pleased with how their Saturday night experiment went with veteran reliever RHP Sergio Romo pitching the first inning – as "the opener" – before giving way to LHP Ryan Yarbrough that they are going to do it again today.Th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
By David Nakamura, The Washington Post.

By David Nakamura, The Washington Post.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at "the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt," trashing a new report in the New York Times that said an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help...
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Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high scho...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

SANTA FE, Texas — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10 killed. Eight ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Softball: Scouting the Academy at the Lakes vs. Lake Worth Christian semifinal

Softball: Scouting the Academy at the Lakes vs. Lake Worth Christian semifinal

Academy at the Lakes (24-4) vs. Lake Worth Christian (10-3)Where: 11:50 a.m. Monday at Historic Dodgertown, Vero BeachHow they got thereAcademy at the Lakes defeated Seacrest Country Day 11-1, defeated Canterbury 5-1Lake Worth Christian defeated...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Playing .500 ball is obviously no goal, and the Rays certainly know that.But given where they came from, that terrible 1-8 start that oozed into 3-12 and 4-13, climbing back to the respectability of .500 would be an accomplish...
Published: 05/20/18

Up to two tons of fertilizer spilled into channel leading to Tampa Bay, Kinder Morgan reports to state

TAMPA — As much as two tons of fertilizer accidentally spilled into a channel that leads to the upper part of Tampa Bay, according to a report sent Friday night to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Mil...
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Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The first part of the Rays' new and unusual pitching plan worked so well Saturday, as game "opener" RHP Sergio Romo struck out the first three Angels hitters, that the Rays will do it again on Sunday.That's right. Romo will st...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay withstood Washington’s barrage

Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay withstood Washington’s barrage

TAMPA — A two-goal lead was suddenly only one, and the Washington Capitals, having pulled their goalie, had a furious 96-second siege.Andrei Vasilevskiy made the last three of his 28 saves to preserve the Lightning's 3-2 victory Saturday in Gam...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay’s early surges carried the day

Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay’s early surges carried the day

TAMPA — Dan Girardi knew where the puck was heading. It was heading to Alex Ovechkin for a one-timer on net, so Girardi did the only thing he could do. He blocked it.With his rump."It hit me right in the cheek," said Girardi, the Lightning defe...
Published: 05/19/18