Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

What you need to know for Tuesday, March 22

• Explosions rocked the Brussels airport and its subway system today, resulting in numerous deaths, injuring scores more and prompting authorities to lock down the Belgian capital.

• Things start to warm back up today after a chilly morning and the winds should die down, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs should be in the 70s and climb to the 80s as the week progresses before a front moves in for the weekend.

• The Rays play at 1:50 p.m. today in Cuba. Beat writer Marc Topkin and photographer Will Vragovic will have updates on our live blog. Topkin spoke last week to Cuban big leaguers who said today's game, the first visit from a U.S. baseball team since 1999, should be a win-win for the sport in both countries.

• Time for the whittled down field of presidential candidates to move past the Florida primary and look west. The biggest prize today is Arizona, a winner-take-all battle with 58 Republicans delegates and 85 Democratic delegates at stake. Utah has 40 Republican delegates and 37 Democratic, awarded proportionally; Idaho's Democratic caucus has 27 delegates; oh, and the American Samoa Republican convention wields nine Republican unbound delegates. Follow tampabay.com/politics for updates later today.

• A resupply ship for the International Space Station is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral at 11:05 tonight. It's carrying a new, larger 3-D printer and nearly 8,000 pounds of station supplies for NASA. One-fourth of that is scientific research, including robotic grippers inspired by the tiny, sticky hair on geckos' feet.

• Here are the top things to do today, including a National Geographic Live! talk on the Mars exploration program and Murder for Two, a comedic musical murder mystery at the Straz Center in which two actors play a multitude of characters, and the piano.

• You may have noticed that buying eggs has gotten more complicated in recent years.There are white ones. And brown ones. Medium, large or extra large. Organic. Omega-3. And now the pricing scale comes with animal welfare guilt, too. We explain the categories and what they mean before you get out the dye.

• If you're looking for a good community egg hunt or sunrise Easter service, check out our Holiday Page for a full roundup.

• USF kicks off spring football practice Wednesday. Look for beat writer Joey Knight's five story lines to watch this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

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