Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: MOSI's top exec talks to the Tampa Downtown Partnership — and get ready for Bolts-Pens tonight

Enjoy cooler-than-usual temperatures into the upper 60s this morning before temps climb into the mid 80s, 10Weather WTSP reports. Once again: no rain.

• Museum of Science and Industry President and CEO Molly Demeulenaere is set to speak at 7:30 a.m. to the Tampa Downtown Partnership about the museum's planned move to Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's downtown redevelopment project. For updates, follow Anastasia Dawson on Twitter (@adawsonwrites).

• BP oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico in spring 2010, motivating Patrick Murphy to quit his job as an accountant and embark on a mission to protect the Florida Keys, where he'd grown up. Though oil never reached the Keys, Murphy has used the experience to cast himself as an entrepreneur with an environmental conscience as he runs for Florida's open Senate seat. But a review raises questions of whether Murphy exaggerated his role in the catastrophe. Read Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary's report now.

• Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network, a move adopted after a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

• A U.S. House committee said yesterday that the head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced. "Kelly Hoggan has been removed from his position as head of security at TSA," the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted on Twitter. Meanwhile, the Associated Press obtained a memo sent by TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger that does not mention Hoggan but names a temporary replacement.

• Human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft in the east Mediterranean, a senior Egyptian forensics official said on Tuesday.

• A dengue fever outbreak that spread among the pink plastic flamingoes of Rio (pronounced RYE-oh) and Jensen Beach, infecting 28 people in August and September 2013, caught Florida's Atlantic coast by surprise. But those Florida suburbs' ultimately successful fight is suddenly relevant again — the same mosquitoes that spread dengue also carry the Zika virus. Among the lessons local officials learned: the importance of home inspections by mosquito control technicians, media campaigns to "drain and cover" standing water, and changes residents made in their own yards.

• Preliminaries begin today for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. The winner on Thursday will receive $40,000 and other prizes. TV coverage begins tomorrow on ESPN3.

• "Monday's 7-6 loss to the Marlins was as much the product of starter Matt Moore working only five innings," writes Marc Topkin, "as the events that transpired after, including the decisive run scoring on a bouncing comebacker glancing off Alex Colome's glove in the eighth." But today's a new day. Can't get away from work to watch the Rays game against Miami at noon? Follow all the action on our live Rays blog.

• The Lightning can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup final with a victory tonight over the Penguins. Follow the buildup all day and the action tonight on our live Rays blog.

• The heat is here, but you don't need to slave over a hot stove. We show how to put those smaller appliances to work. Yes your toaster ovens, microwave, pressure and slow cooker are all capable of making the dishes you usually cook on the stove or in the oven. We've got tips and recipes.

Tracy Morgan's comeback tour is making a stop in St. Petersburg, and the set times have been released for the many acts coming to the 97X BBQ this weekend. We have those items and more news on our Soundcheck blog.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a show by indie pop acts Magic Man and the Griswolds, and talks by local researchers and scientists at a variety of pubs.

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