Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: We'll offer weather updates all day long as Hermine nears landfall

It is likely to rain all day as Tropical Storm Hermine ambles toward the Florida gulf coast, according to 10Weather WTSP. But at least it won't feel like 100 degrees outside.

• To get the latest on Hermine, be sure to check in regularly with our live blog. We're tracking street flooding, delayed flights, the storm's path and more.

10Weather WTSP

• For two school years, Adán Martinez endured the bullies, but then the St. Petersburg teen stumbled on a purpose — and the perfect viola. Read John Pendygraft's moving story this morning.

• Pop music critic Jay Cridlin talked to Jill Scott, who performs tonight at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. She is one of modern soul's great philosopher poets, a three-time Grammy winner who's made a career of mindful meditations on love and relationships. Read our interview here in which she talks about her fifth album, Woman, released last year, and how she has grown and found a love that feels like love should feel.

• We've got a long Labor Day weekend ahead, so you might as well get started and plan your weekend with the help of our Weekend Planner page. In addition to beach parties and barbecues, you'll also find muralists working all over St. Petersburg in the city's second SHINE Mural Festival getting under way this week. Our art critic Lennie Bennett previews the artists brought in to make a big splash on walls all over the 'Burg and even on one block of the street itself.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a sneak preview of Rob Zombie latest horror thriller and all the clothing you can stuff in a bag for $5.

• Auto thefts are down in Pinellas County's two largest cities, though up in other areas. In either case, law enforcement's message is the same: Lock your car.

Comments
Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

DUNEDIN — After losing a four-run lead thanks to a bad sixth inning, it would have been easy for Clearwater Central Catholic to fold against Dunedin in the final of the 49th annual Dunedin Spring Tournament. But quality relief pitching from Gar...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

ST. PETERSBURG — Roughly four hours before taking the field against his former team Friday, Rays outfielder Denard Span spoke admirably about the Minnesota Twins, their organization in general, even hometown icon Joe Mauer.But business is busin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

BRANDON — Ryan McDonagh blocks shots. He competes for pucks in the corners and wins those battles. He moves the puck up the ice well. He can join the rush. He can shoot from the blue line. He kills penalties."It was a great pickup by (Lightning...
Updated: 3 hours ago

High school scoreboard for April 20

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 15, Central 0
Updated: 3 hours ago
St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 5 hours ago
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Updated: 6 hours ago