Monday, June 25, 2018
News Roundup

Your DayStarter: Today's weather (fog now, clear later), GOP debate fact-checks and live Bucs chat. Also: Part 1 of our investigation of neglect and soaring violence at Florida's mental hospitals

The day starts with cool temperatures and patchy fog, according to WTSP 10Weather, but should clear up throughout the afternoon, warming to the low 80s. It still looks like we'll get sunny skies this weekend.

•Florida stripped millions from its mental hospitals and fired hundreds of workers. The result? Violence doubled, and no one is safe on the inside. The Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigated what happened when Florida neglected its mental institutions. Read Part 1 of the investigation at tampabay.com/mentalhospitals.

• PolitiFact stayed up late to fact-check the Republican presidential debate. Check out our coverage at PolitiFact.com.

• The Lightning returns home after a four-game road trip to play Colorado tonight. Look for beat writer Joe Smith to get you ready with his Lightning Strikes podcast.

• At 6 p.m., a nine-month hiatus in executions in Florida comes to an end. Convicted Orlando killer Jerry Correll is scheduled to be put to death, the 22nd execution ordered by Gov. Rick Scott, exceeding the previous high mark of 21 under former Gov. Jeb Bush. Follow @MichaelAuslen for developments.

• What better way to prepare for Halloween than a screening of The Exorcist tonight at the Tampa Theatre with special guest Linda Blair on hand to take questions? Film critic Steve Persall caught up with the head-spinning actor before her Tampa appearance to talk about her role and those scary '80s fashions in Roller Boogie.

Greg Auman chats about the Bucs' epic loss at Washington and looks ahead to the game Sunday at Atlanta. Join him for a live chat at 10:30.

• Now celebrating its 40th year, The Rocky Horror Picture Show stands in the history books as the longest running theatrical release in film history. There are several showings and parties this weekend, so we've compiled 10 things to know (and bring) before you go shout at the screen.

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Woman killed by lightning strike on Siesta Key

Woman killed by lightning strike on Siesta Key

A woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a lightning strike on Siesta Key.According to the Sarasota County Sheriffís Office, deputies responded after receiving a call around 2:15 p.m. of a person struck by lightning in the 6000 block of Midnight Pass R...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Ex-Bucs DE Keith McCants arrested, facing cocaine charge

Ex-Bucs DE Keith McCants arrested, facing cocaine charge

Former Alabama star and Bucs defensive end Keith McCants was arrested in St. Petersburg early Monday morning and is facing a felony charge of possession of crack cocaine, according to arrest records.McCants, 50, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sh...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa man faces murder charge in hit-and-run that killed father during family bike ride

Tampa man faces murder charge in hit-and-run that killed father during family bike ride

TAMPA ó A Tampa man faces charges , including premeditated first-degree murder, following his arrest Sunday night in a hit-and-run that killed a father and left his 3-year-old son seriously injured while on a family bike ride earlier in the afternoon...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Arrest made in New Tampa hit-and-run; who will pay for their name on proposed Rays park in Ybor?; Rays complete series sweep of Yankees

The Daystarter: Arrest made in New Tampa hit-and-run; who will pay for their name on proposed Rays park in Ybor?; Rays complete series sweep of Yankees

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today. † • We’ll have another wet day to start the week, with widespread afternoon and evening thundershowers, according to 10Weather WTSP. High temperatures should top out near ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
PolitiFact Florida: Republican PAC misleads in ad about Sen. Bill Nelsonís record on Social Security, Medicare

PolitiFact Florida: Republican PAC misleads in ad about Sen. Bill Nelsonís record on Social Security, Medicare

A new ad portrays Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as a career politician who doesnít have the backs of senior citizens.The New Republican PAC, which is backing Gov. Rick Scott in Floridaís closely watched Senate race, released a 30-second ad criticizing ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
What name would a new Rays stadium carry? Itís a multi-million dollar question

What name would a new Rays stadium carry? Itís a multi-million dollar question

TAMPA ó Yankee Stadium, Fenway and Wrigley are ballparks whose names are woven into the lore of Americaís national pastime.Petco Park and Guaranteed Rate Field? Not so much.The trade-off for that clunky corporate handle is typically an annual payout ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The pros and cons of Tom Jurich as potential USF AD candidate

The pros and cons of Tom Jurich as potential USF AD candidate

Former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has emerged as a legitimate candidate to take over USF, as our Joey Knight reported late last week.Despite the chatter around USF and in the industry, I'm skeptical; I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulls'...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Hooper: Michelle Obamaís 2016 clarion call needs to be heard today

When they go low, we go high.Those words drew an astounding amount of applause when then First Lady Michelle Obama delivered them at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.Yet some people treat the statement as merely the basis of a good meme, inste...
Published: 06/25/18
Wondering what St. Pete is up to? Check the cityís data yourself

Wondering what St. Pete is up to? Check the cityís data yourself

ST. PETERSBURG ó Maybe you want to track your tree-trimming request. Or see what kind of water mains were worked on last month. Or check how many police calls came from downtown on a recent Thursday before 4 p.m. (The answer is 25.)Now city residents...
Published: 06/25/18
Norwegian Airlines offers direct flights from Tampa to London-Gatwick

Norwegian Airlines offers direct flights from Tampa to London-Gatwick

TAMPA ó Norwegian Airlines announced Monday it will start direct flights twice a week between Tampa International Airport and Londonís Gatwick Airport effective Oct. 31, giving TIA another highly prized international flight.Bookings are available onl...
Updated: 22 minutes ago