Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Rain in the forecast, troubled charter schools on the agenda — and flowers on the menu

There's a pretty decent chance we'll get some rain today, according to 10Weather WTSP, and that the wet stuff will linger for the rest of the week, at least in spots. Highs will be in the 80s.

• The Lightning played last night's Eastern Conference final Game 2 without heart-and-souler Ryan Callahan, but fought hard, coming back from a two-goal deficit before finally falling 3-2 in overtime. Sports columnist Tom Jones notes that the Bolts got sensational play from goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, defenseman Anton Stralman and forward Jonathan Drouin — all of whom were lineup surprises for one reason or another. But in the end, Jones says, the hurdles were just too high and a golden opportunity to take a commanding two-game lead in the best-of-seven series was lost. Game 3 will be 8 p.m. Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

• The Rays responded to yesterday's frustrating loss by unloading on the Blue Jays, 13-2. Steve Pearce, Tim Beckham, Curt Casali and Desmond Jennings all homered and Tampa Bay pitching kept Toronto's normally potent bats quiet.

• The Pinellas County School Board will vote this morning on whether to begin the process closing four charter schools — Windsor Preparatory Academy, East Windsor Middle Academy, Newpoint Pinellas Academy and Florida Virtual Academy at Pinellas. Three of the schools are under contract with Newpoint Education Partners, a management company whose problems were detailed in a Tampa Bay Times report. Parents are lobbying for the schools to remain open.

• Coming this morning to tampabay.com, we'll see a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts on state debt and Florida's fiscal path.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) for updates this morning from Port Tampa Bay's monthly business meeting. It begins at 9:30 a.m.

• It's spring time! Our food editor Michelle Stark shows you how to work edible flowers into your meals, from salads to drinks and cupcakes.

• Hillary Clinton hopes to defeat Sen. Bernie Sanders in Kentucky's Democratic primary and avoid another show of weakness as she heads into an almost certain general-election fight with Republican Donald Trump. Democrats also vote in Oregon, where the state's demographics favor Sanders. Clinton lost to Sanders in West Virginia last week and in Indiana on May 3.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including the opening of the hit Broadway musical If/Then at Tampa's Straz Center and a lunchtime food truck fiesta in downtown Tampa.

• The creator of Chillounge nights in the parks brings his latest experiment in leisure: the Sunset Lounge Experience, an upscale evening of buffet dining on the sands behind TradeWinds Island Resort. But you have to get your tickets now for Saturday's party.

• By next spring, Dunedin's historic Fenway Hotel will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind, boutique hotel, complete with public rooms, a bar, pool and restaurant. Developers hope to revive the 1920s building as a community icon and use design as a "tip of the hat" to the city's history.

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Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as new CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as new CEO

CLEARWATER — Tech Data, Tampa Bay’s largest public company, has named Richard "Rich" T. Hume as its new chief executive officer, effective June 6.Hume, Tech Data’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since joining the company in 2016...
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Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

Meet the state’s top pole vaulter: River Ridge’s Stone Baker

NEW PORT RICHEY — Long before he became the best pole vaulter in the state, Stone Baker was 12 years old and liked to play football.He didn't know a vaulting pole from a tennis racket.Then one day his friend, Evan Bales, asked him to come over ...
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Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

SPRING HILL Joe Lemieux sat on the cream sofa near several relics from another era in his life, out of place in this retiree’s pastel-tinged living room and brought into the morning light specifically for this occasion. There was a beaded nec...
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Could Bruce Hector be the sleeper of USF’s draft class?

Could Bruce Hector be the sleeper of USF’s draft class?

TAMPA — His collection of skills seems to ooze NFL draft jargon: hip swivel, burst, agility, leverage, active hands.Over the past three or four months, most — or all — of these attributes have been affixed to USF defensive line...
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Child, 6, struck by motorcycle on Ulmerton Road

Child, 6, struck by motorcycle on Ulmerton Road

A 6-year-old child was injured Thursday morning after being struck by a motorcycle on Ulmerton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Just after 6:30 a.m., the child walked into the path of the motorcycle in the outermost lane on Ulmerton Road...
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2018 NFL draft countdown: Bucs GM Jason Licht speaks

2018 NFL draft countdown: Bucs GM Jason Licht speaks

We're a week away from the NFL draft in Dallas …Bucs general manager Jason Licht will speak to the media at 11:30 a.m. today at One Buc Place in Tampa. He'll take questions for about 20 minutes and use a lot of words to say nothing.That's the g...
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Joe Henderson: Boycott Starbucks? Take a deep breath, folks

Joe Henderson: Boycott Starbucks? Take a deep breath, folks

A couple of weeks ago I received a call from someone doing job-related background checks on a friend of mine. He wanted to meet face-to-face, so we did what many other people do in that situation. We picked a Starbucks that was near to both of us. I’...
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Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Forecast: Clear skies for Tampa Bay lead to a hot, humid and rainy weekend

Expect warm weather, clear skies and a slight increase in humidity across Tampa Bay in the next few days, before an incoming cold front raises the chance for rain.Temperatures this morning are in the low 60s with a little bit of damp air. The dry air...
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Downtown’s success creates noisy problem for St. Petersburg

Downtown’s success creates noisy problem for St. Petersburg

Times Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown’s rapid growth has not been without tension between its residents and the businesses and events that draw exuberant crowds. The city, which has been attempting to amend its noise ordinance o...
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NASA team finds massive Everglades mangrove damage from Irma. Can it recover?

NASA team finds massive Everglades mangrove damage from Irma. Can it recover?

Last spring, a team of NASA scientists looking at South Florida’s dwindling wetlands flew over the Everglades hoping to use aerial 3D imaging and data from the planet’s longest orbiting satellites to plot changes. Then Irma hit.In a matter of hours, ...
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