Monday, July 23, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: N.Y. heads to the polls and our food critic takes your 'Farm to Fable' questions on Facebook

It should be gorgeous, just gorgeous, today and for the next couple of days, according to the forecast from 10Weather WTSP. Dry air, highs in the low to mid-80s, breezy, few if any clouds. What's not to like?

• Armed militants in Afghanistan staged an assault on a government security agency in the capital this morning, killing at least 28 people and wounding more than 320. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. The attack, including a suicide car bombing, appears to have targeted an agency similar to the U.S. Secret Service — providing protection for high-ranking government officials.

• Have you read food critic Laura Reiley's Farm to Fable series yet? Today at 3 p.m. Laura will be taking over our Facebook page for a live Q&A. Join us on Facebook and bring your questions on the series, what she learned, and what's next.

• It's presidential primary day in New York for both Democrats and Republicans. There are a lot of delegates at stake, the biggest one-state pool in a while. Tune in to tampabay.com/politics later tonight for results.

• Authorities say a father died after jumping into the ocean while trying to rescue his 6-year-old daughter, who was swept away by strong surf on Florida's Atlantic coast. Relatives wrote on a gofundme page that Moritz died as a result of trying to save his daughter's life. The girl was later pulled from the water and taken to the hospital.

• A proposed $40 million renovation of George M. Steinbrenner Field that will keep the New York Yankees' spring training operations in Tampa through 2046 faces its first test. The Tampa Sports Authority will vote today on the deal, which includes a $13 million commitment from Hillsborough County tourism taxes. The TSA will also ask the state to chip in $13 million, and the Yankees will pick up the rest. Hillsborough County commissioners will take up the proposal Wednesday. Follow Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) for updates.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Tory Kelly at the Ritz Ybor and the Sugar Sand Festival continues.

• Before she takes the stage tonight in Ybor, singer Tori Kelly talked to pop music critic Jay Cridlin about her rise from American Idol also-ran to YouTube star to one of the brightest young pop singers around.

• It was a pretty big day for the Times and our readers yesterday as the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes honored two of our projects — one that exposed rampant indifference and inequity in five predominantly African-American Pinellas County schools and another into neglect in Florida's state-run mental health system. The awards, the highest prize in American journalism, are the 11th and 12th in the Times' history. Six have come since 2009.

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