Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: The James Beard Awards honor Bern's and an important Hillsborough schools meeting

Once again, it's going to get hot — fast. 10Weather WTSP says to expect highs near 90 and limited rain chances. Tomorrow, storm chances increase ahead of an approaching cold front.

• The James Beard Awards are considered the "Academy Awards of food," and Bern's Steak House of Tampa trounced the competition on Monday to be named Outstanding Wine Program for 2016.

• Polling suggests Donald Trump is headed to a big victory tonight in the Indiana primary, all but ending Ted Cruz's bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Watch for results tonight at tampabay.com/politics.

• When racists blasted Old Navy for an ad that featured an interracial couple, Lt. Jack McCain, son of Arizona Sen. John McCain, leaped into the fray. Read his poignant responses.

• Fliers will likely face massive security lines at airports across the country this summer, with airlines already warning passengers to arrive at least two hours early or risk missing their flight. Check out the cause and see what you can do to be prepared.

• The Hillsborough County School Board will hold a workshop at 1 p.m. to discuss the 2016-17 budget and the issue of student testing. Follow Marlene Sokol on Twitter (@Marlenesokol) for updates on the discussion.

• Just how important is the ice in an iced coffee? That question is now up for debate, as an Illinois woman has filed suit against Starbucks, claiming that the coffee chain is underfilling its cold beverages, duping customers and serving drinks that contain less coffee than advertised.

• Can you fight City Hall and win? That's a good question for Pamella Settlewoode, a St. Petersburg woman who tells Susan Taylor Martin she's been fighting to get approval to build a carport at her Allendale home for 11 years. That's right, 11 years.

• Food critic Laura Reiley is back on the scene, checking out Hawkers Asian Street Fare on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, the third location for this formula to recreate the street foods of Asia in an edgy space. She says it could use a little more polish, but the menu is solid.

• Today is Give Day Tampa Bay. Expect to hear a lot about the good work local charities do as they compete for bonus prizes each hour from larger foundations throughout the day. Follow along on Twitter at @GiveDayTampaBay and use the hashtag #GiveDayTampaBay.

• The Lightning-Islanders NHL playoff series heads to New York for Game 3. Follow beat writer Joe Smith and columnist Tom Jones for coverage all day and through the game beginning at 7 p.m. on our live blog.

• Fine feathered friends and foggy morning weather are featured in this month's batch of reader-submitted photos. Help pick the one that will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

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