Thursday, April 26, 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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Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

Softball: Plant City perfect in district finals with Ashley Bullion on mound

PLANT CITY — Plant City softball coach Ashley Bullion is 4-for-4 after Thursday night.Four years at the helm, four district titles.The latest championship came in a 4-1 victory over East Bay in the Class 8A, District 6 final, a victory highligh...
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Softball: Recent momentum carries Mitchell past Sunlake

LAND O' LAKES — Despite being on the wrong end of two lopsided outcomes to Sunlake during the regular season, recent events gave Mitchell hope in its Class 7A-10 district final rematch with the Seahawks.Just two days prior, the Mustangs be...
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Softball: Robinson makes it 10 straight wins vs. Jefferson

TAMPA — For the Robinson softball team, the perfect 10 was complete.The top-seeded Knights defeated No. 2 Jefferson for the 10th consecutive time Thursday and claimed their fifth district championship in a row, a 12-2 five-inning victory in the...
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Softball: Itís April, so Chamberlain is winning

TAMPA — Coach Bob Diez and his Chamberlain Chiefs have always believed in this motto: "Be good in April."This is their season.The Chiefs added another Class 7A-8 district title Thursday against Gaither with a 7-0 victory.With the win, the ...
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Softball: East Lake is aggressive from the start

TARPON SPRINGS — If strong pitching and defense are the bellwethers of a deep playoff run, consider East Lake ready.Playing second seed Pinellas Park on Thursday night for the Class 8A-7 title, the host Eagles (22-3) used that philosophy to mak...
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NFL draft: Chargers take FSUís Derwin James with No. 17 pick

NFL draft: Chargers take FSUís Derwin James with No. 17 pick

Former Florida State safety Derwin James fell farther than expected Thursday in the first night of the NFL draft before being chosen by the Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick.James became the fifth former Seminoles defensive back ever drafted in t...
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NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in th...
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Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

TAMPA — Vita Vea loves to tell the story about the trip he took to French Polynesia with some University of Washington students and the group coming upon some enormous rocks."So over there, their strongman competition is they have a tradition w...
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Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

TAMPA — The selection of Vita Vea is a move the Bucs made for the present and the future. While Gerald McCoy remains a dominant defensive tackle, he turned 30 in February and is due to make $12.3 million this season and $13 million in...
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Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

Bucs GM Jason Licht has assembled enough talent to win

TAMPA — Another busy offseason. Another first round of the NFL draft. Another interesting night.And, through it all, Bucs general manager Jason Licht has looked pretty darn good.He spent the past couple of months patching his offensive line, sp...
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