Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: We've got storms on tap, a day to go before hurricane season, synthetic dogs and a 'Real Housewives' send-up

We should see more scattered thunderstorms today, starting along the coast in the early afternoon before moving inland, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs should top 90.

• Hurricane season started early with Bonnie this year. But it's not too late to make preparations as the official season gets underway on Wednesday. Check out our Hurricane Preparedness Guide to get started.

• Twenty years ago this month, Bay magazine editor Katherine Snow Smith endured the unspeakable pain of her sister being killed by a drunken driver. Pregnant with her first child at the time, Katherine watched her mother mourn the loss and learned some life lessons. She shares her memories for the June issue of Floridian magazine.

• A Tampa company claims to have created the world's first realistic synthetic dog for use in training veterinarians how to operate and hopefully to spare real pups used for that purpose now. Check out tampabay.com later today to learn more.

• The Rays appear to have their starting pitching back in order, as Matt Andriese on Monday gave them a fourth straight strong start, working seven innings against the Royals while allowing just a pair of runs. And, apart from some beautiful weather, that was about it for any good news from Kauffman Stadium, as the offense sputtered, the defense was damaging and typically clutch reliever Erasmo Ramirez had an uncharacteristically rough night in a 6-2 loss.

• The actual Real Housewives from Bravo TV's most popular reality franchise lend themselves to self-parody. But The Realish Housewives of South Tampa, a parody opening at Tampa's Straz Center tonight through Sunday, found ample material locally for the traveling show created by alums of Chicago's famed Second City improv troupe. There will be no shortage of brawls, booze and Botox jokes.

• Looking for a date-night option? Laura Reiley reviews the gorgeously designed Sacred Pepper, Carrollwood's new see-and-be-seen spot. It probably helps that owner Candy DeBartolo (whose husband, Eddie DeBartolo Jr. is a 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee who won five Super Bowls as the owner of the San Francisco 49ers) knows how to make upscale accessible. But how is the food?

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including that Housewives of South Tampa show, a celebration of John Ringling's 150th birthday and backstage tours of the historic Tampa Theatre.

• The Southeastern Conference spring meetings begin today in Destin. Follow beat writer Matt Baker on Twitter (@MBakerTBTimes) for updates today through Thursday.

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