Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Trump wraps up Florida visit amid more accusations; Southwest begins ticket sales to Cuba; and are the Lightning poised to capture another Stanley Cup?

• A few afternoon showers are possible in the area today, with temperatures in the mid-80s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

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

• As Donald Trump finishes a three-day swing in Florida today, we talk to Trump supporters at campaign stops about the controversial video released last week. "I've heard worst stuff said by high school students in a football locker room," one man said. Watch our video.

• As Trump was campaigning, news reports surfaced saying three women — including one from Florida — accused him of groping or kissing them without their consent .

• WikiLeaks has released yet another batch of hacked emails from inside Hillary Clinton's campaign, and with them came another round of embarrassing headlines and new glimpses of internal anxiety over the candidate's weaknesses.

• For the first time in 54 years, Florida voters will have a U.S. Senate candidate from a major political party who supports ending the embargo on Cuba. Who is it, and what's going on? Read about it here.

• Southwest Airlines will release more information about its upcoming Tampa to Havana flights at a 9 a.m. news conference at Tampa International Airport. Among the details to come: Ticket prices, flight schedules and the date of the inaugural flight. It will be the first commercial service connecting the Tampa Bay region and the island nation in more than a half-century. Read about the new flights at tampabay.com and follow Paul Guzzo at @PGuzzoTimes for updates.

• The band is back, and the Tampa Bay Lightning has positioned itself for another Stanley Cup run by re-signing Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. But the hit-making group could be on its last tour before some defections. Check out our Lightning page for a complete season preview.

• Scientists, peacemakers and economists have had their moment. Now it's time for a man or woman of letters to bask in Nobel glory. The Swedish Academy will reveal the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, capping this year's award announcements. As in previous years, Japanese author Haruki Murakami and Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o top Nobel betting lists ahead of the announcement. Others getting attention on betting sites include Syrian poet Adonis, Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse, Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare and American writers Joyce Carol Oates, Don DeLillo and Philip Roth.

• Reports from Florida economic development agencies and the U.S. Census bureau boast of an economic rebound in Florida. Gov. Rick Scott and business leaders tout the state unemployment rate hovering at a low 4.7 percent and how the economy is cranking out new jobs at twice the national pace. Yet in poll after poll this election cycle, voters identify jobs and the economy as their top concerns. Read about how the recession still has Floridians reeling and anxious about the election.

• Tampa City Council is set to meet at 9 a.m. and expects to hear a Florida Department of Transportation report assessing the economic impact of the Tampa Bay Express toll project on the city's redevelopment areas. But TBX opponents may have plenty to say about that. Follow Caitlin Johnston at @cljohnst for updates.

• It was supposed to be a night to shake off a little rust. But if there was any creak in the hinges of the Chick Corea Elektric Band, it didn't show. The first in a brief run of east coast dates -- and perhaps the most anticipated, considering Clearwater has been the iconic jazz fusionist's home for nearly 20 years — it was a night of impeccable musicianship and joyful improvisation. Check out Jay Cridlin's review.

• Got your mail ballot? The Tampa Bay Times editorial board continues rolling out candidate recommendations. Today, we recommend Matt Stewart and Eliseo Santana for the Pinellas County School Board. And don't miss the referendum on extending the local property tax for Pinellas schools. It deserves a yes vote.

• Another St. Petersburg employee has come forward to address the city's ongoing sewage crisis, saying he fears for his job and that several departments knew about a 2014 consultant's report that predicted the whole mess. Mayor Rick Kriseman and the City Council, however, have said they never saw that report. The sewage crisis may come up when the St. Petersburg City Council meets at 8 a.m. Follow Charlie Frago at @CharlieFrago for updates.

• Halloween season is upon us and our intrepid reporters have ventured into the haunts to let you know what to expect. The latest is the tame date night with kids in tow at Lowry Park Zoo called Creatures of the Night.

We also checked out the much-more-frightening Scream-A-Geddon in the back woods of Dade City. And in the theme parks at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream and Universal's hugely popular Halloween Horror Nights . Read on, if you dare.

• Starting today, every Harry Potter film will be released on IMAX in theaters around the country. It will be the first time ever that the franchise's first two movies, Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, have appeared in IMAX.

• The Clearwater Jazz Holiday opens today and our pop music critic Jay Cridlin has a preview on the eclectic lineup. Read it here on our Weekend Planner page.

• Before he takes the stage tonight in Clearwater, we talked to legendary British bluesman John Mayall. His band the Bluesbreakers has included such luminaries as Eric Clapton, Walter Trout, Cream's Jack Bruce, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green and the Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor. Now 82, he's got an album coming in 2017.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker and the start of both the Clearwater Jazz Holiday and the Florida Birding and Nature Festival.

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