Saturday, September 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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For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

For starters: Rays at Blue Jays, with Meadows in the lineup

After a crushing defeat Thursday and Friday's bounceback win, the Rays take on the Blue Jays again today, first pitch 4:07.OF Austin Meadows, who made an impressive showing coming off the bench on Friday gets his first start today in rightfield. Mead...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

Football: Tampa Bay Tech 28, Hillsborough 27

TAMPA — The decision was made as soon as Hillsborough got the ball back. Trailing by a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining against Tampa Bay Tech, the Terriers had the ball on their own 6-yard line.They hadn't been able to move the ...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

Football: Clearwater 34, Mitchell 7

TRINITY — What at first looked like a defensive stalemate between Clearwater and Mitchell quickly turned into a rout.Clearwater had revenge on its mind Friday night after a 45-28 loss to Mitchell last year during the the regular season. The Tor...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pinellas Park man killed in rollover crash near Feather Sound

Pinellas Park man killed in rollover crash near Feather Sound

ST. PETERSBURG — A 47-year-old Pinellas Park man died Friday night after his pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic, rolled over and ejected him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Troopers said the crash took place at 7:15 p.m. at Feather So...
Updated: 1 hour ago
USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

Before resuming her assault on USF's record books, Kitija Laksa will try to make history with her homeland.A native of Riga, Latvia, Laksa begins play with her native country this morning in the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Spain.Latvia is ma...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

Football: Largo 35, Countryside 0

LARGO — The offense was relentless and merciless Friday night, but that has been the case a lot recently. Largo is scoring points in bunches and getting contributions from everyone. Add in a defense that has been smothering, as well as a special team...
Published: 09/22/18
How do you explain active shooters to a first-grader? For educators, school safety is a ‘work in progress.’

How do you explain active shooters to a first-grader? For educators, school safety is a ‘work in progress.’

Active assailant. Run-hide-fight. Barricade the classroom. The language of preventing a shooting like the one this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is often filled with terms that can stir up fear in students, often out of necessity.But f...
Published: 09/22/18
Doby needed surgery. It cost $10,000. Twitter to the rescue.

Doby needed surgery. It cost $10,000. Twitter to the rescue.

Two full-time University of South Florida students found themselves with a $10,000 bill to keep their beloved mutt Doby alive. So they turned to the Internet.Twitter to the rescue — for once.It started Sept. 15, when USF student Sarah Marie Grassi le...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays bounce back big after a debacle

Rays bounce back big after a debacle

TORONTO — The way the Rays played Friday — all nine innings, lesson learned — in beating the Jays 11-3 provided the best answer on how, or even if, they could rebound from the crushing loss the night before that all but ended their ...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Football: Sickles 7, Freedom 3

TAMPA — Sickles needed a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter to escape Freedom 7-3 on Homecoming and remain in the hunt for a Class 7A, District 8 title.Gryphons coach Patrick Murphy knew that facing the Patriots would be a battle. Freedom (1-...
Published: 09/21/18
Updated: 09/22/18