Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Colin's effects linger, Pinellas County considers a fracking ban and a Greek salad mystery

We should continue to feel some of the effects of Tropical Storm Colin, particularly in the early morning hours, according to 10Weather WTSP. That could include gusty winds and showers, particularly in coastal areas. Visit our live blog throughout the day for updates on damage, road closures and whether the Sunshine Skyway has reopened.

• The first-degree murder trial of a Kentucky man charged with killing 50-year-old David Elsey of Dunedin with a hatchet is scheduled to begin today. The men met online and Arthur DeCarvalho moved into Elsey's home in the summer of 2014. If convicted, DeCarvalho faces life in prison. Follow Laura C. Morel on Twitter (@lauracmorel) for updates.

• The Pinellas County Commission will consider a countywide fracking ban today during its regular meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. Discussion of the ordinance, which would ban hydraulic fracturing and set fines for violators, comes three months after the state Legislature failed to pass a bill that would have prevented counties from prohibiting the practice.

• The Florida Supreme Court kicks off a busy week with a pair of high-profile hearings. At 9 a.m., justices tackle whether a small racetrack in the impoverished North Florida town of Gretna can have slot machines, a decision with implications for the state's gambling future. At 10:30 a.m., the high court hears arguments in a case in which a defendant seeks to block the state from seeking the death penalty because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Follow tampabay.com/politics for updates.

• President Barack Obama will host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House today, ahead of Modi's address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. It is Modi's fourth visit to the United States since he was elected in 2014.

• We know it's unusual to put potato salad in the heart of a Greek salad, but Tampa Bay diners won't have it any other way. Food critic Laura Reiley tried to get to the bottom of the story of how this strange marriage of salads came about.

• Changes are on the way at well-known Tampa Bay restaurants Ceviche and Rococo Steak. A new ownership group wants to honor the restaurants' traditions, but freshen things up a bit. Read about their plans this morning at tampabay.com/money.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including the St. Petersburg Opera bringing La Boheme to the stage and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience in Clearwater celebrating the life and music of Jason's father.

• The Rays extended their winning streak to four Monday with a 6-4 victory over their expansion brethren Diamondbacks, but it took some unusual circumstances and extraordinary efforts. From starter Chris Archer, who struck out 12 but threw a season-high 115 pitches over just six innings. From a lineup that saw five position players hitting under .200 all contribute to the attack, led by Desmond Jennings, who then declined to talk to reporters in the clubhouse about it. And, most of all, from closer Alex Colome, who came out of the bullpen for the fourth straight day to log the save. "Big win,'' said manager Kevin Cash, as they improved to 26-30 and can salvage a road trip that started with four straight losses.

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