Friday, August 17, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Cubs win World Series; warm weather; both Trump and Obama in Florida; U.S. Rep. John Lewis urges young people to vote

• The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908 with a 10-inning, 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7. Ex-Ray Ben Zobrist was named the Series MVP after his RBI double in the 10th put the Cubs ahead.

• Warm temperatures should continue today, with highs in the mid-80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. There is a chance of a stray shower in advance of an expected cool front on Friday.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Donald Trump campaigns in Jacksonville today as he completes a two-day, four-city swing through Florida. And President Barack Obama returns to the Sunshine State, in Jacksonville, too, to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Watch for coverage today on tampabay.com.

• A few miles from the silos of the Cuban Missile Crisis, researchers from Havana and Tampa have forged friendships while teaming to save coral reefs. Tampa and Cuba, once Cold War enemies, now work together to save the ocean. Read Tampa Bay Times staff writer Paul Guzzo's Floridian Magazine story this morning on tampabay.com.

• The Hillsborough County School District and its teachers appeared headed for an agreement Wednesday that would give teachers a $200 cost of living bump, and other scheduled raises for many, by the end of the calendar year. Then the two sides separated to meet in caucus, and negotiations ended for the day without a resolution. There was no word on when they will meet again.

• Civil Rights legend and congressman John Lewis visited the USF St. Petersburg on Wednesday and stressed the importance of voting. He also told students to stay optimistic during a grueling presidential election. It is going to work out, Lewis said. Read the story by Divya Kumar.

• The St. Petersburg City Council is set to meet at 8:30 a.m. and Mayor Rick Kriseman is expected to present his plan for addressing the city's sewage crisis. Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates.

• The Tampa City Council is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. The council will consider honoring Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy John Kotfila Jr., who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year, and the college football national championship at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 9. Read Richard Danielson's preview of the council meeting at tampabay.com and follow him at @Danielson_Times for updates.

• A new proposed development in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg could mean the end of Jannus Live, the popular outdoor concert venue. The owners of the block have proposed a 25-story residential tower, which is opposed by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and preservationists. While the project is years from happening, the owners hope to keep the courtyard — but that doesn't mean it'll still be used for concerts. Read the story by Charlie Frago.

• St. Petersburg will finally get some good storm-related news: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing to lower the flood insurance costs of the city's residents. Read Charlie Frago's story at tampabay.com.

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

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A USF milestone: Three new dorms, more than 6,300 students living on campus

A USF milestone: Three new dorms, more than 6,300 students living on campus

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Updated: 15 minutes ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Titans GM Jon Robinson

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Talking with Titans GM Jon Robinson

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Updated: 27 minutes ago
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Florida unemployment falls to 3.7 percent

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Updated: 1 hour ago
What would it take to overthrow king Publix? Safeway’s Florida exit raises the question.

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Titans GM Jon Robinson sees playmakers everywhere for the Bucs

Titans GM Jon Robinson sees playmakers everywhere for the Bucs

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Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

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CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man went on crime spree Thursday afternoon, stealing two vehicles, failing to steal two others and burglarizing three homes before being taken into custody.Pinellas County deputies on Thursday arrested Shanon Dubois, 36, at ...
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Trump asks SEC to look into ditching quarterly filings

Trump asks SEC to look into ditching quarterly filings

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USF preseason: some midpoint observations

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Watch: McGlockton on losing a son and the ‘injustice’ of stand your ground

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It needs to go.That’s how Michael McGlockton feels about Florida’s stand your ground law. McGlockton’s 28-year-old son, Markeis McGlockton, was shot and killed outside a convenience store near Clearwater on July 29. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualti...
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