Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Fact-checking the Trump-Clinton debate; crackdown on Hillsborough "courtesy busing" and sewage crisis takes new turns

• After storms yesterday, expect more of the same today, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Wonder who told the truth in the first presidential debate? The staff of PolitiFact stayed up late to fact-check the candidates. Check out the full report on PolitiFact.com.

• One of the questions that exploded on Twitter during the debate was why Republican candidate Donald Trump was sniffing so much.

• Trump will return to Florida for a scheduled rally at the Melbourne International Airport at 7 tonight. Follow Times/Herald reporter @MaryEllenKlas.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

•Hundreds of students in Hillsborough County are getting bus rides that they don't really need, judging by state standards. If your child lives within two miles of a school, the state says he or she should walk unless the conditions are hazardous. To save money, Hillsborough school officials want to crack down on this so-called "courtesy busing," which costs them somewhere between $5.5 million and $9.5 million a year. We'll cover the conversation at a 9 a.m. School Board workshop. Follow @marlenesokol on Twitter.

• From the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board: More reversals and revelations about St. Petersburg's sewage crisis undermine public confidence in City Hall and bring home the importance of independent, outside investigations to understand what went wrong and correct it. Find it at tampabay.com/opinion.

• For the first time following two years of hushed negotiations between city officials and the Toronto Blue Jays, residents and baseball fans can see what the future may hold for the team's springtime facilities. During the city's first public meeting Monday, officials released an animated video showing a renovated version of the team's current game day spot, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Douglas Avenue.

• The newest grocery store to jump into the Tampa Bay market is Earth Fare, which opens Wednesday in Seminole. Business reporter Justine Griffin toured the store and talked to the company's CEO. See her full report, which should be published online by 9 a.m. today, at tampabay.com/business.

• A movie that recounts the horrific oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico opens this week and our film critic Steve Persall has an interview you can read here with Mark Wahlberg, where the star talks about real-life heroics on the Deepwater Horizon set.

• Check out our preview today of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which is opening Friday. We preview the films and also a new deal aimed at younger viewers getting them free admission.

• Former Ray James Shields worked six solid innings in winning for the first time since July 26, helping the White Sox top Tampa Bay, 7-1. He put a good finish on what has been a bad year for the Padres and White Sox (6-18, 5.82 overall) and beat the Rays for the third time in three tries, though noting Evan Longoria was the only former teammate in the lineup Monday. "It's always nice to face your old team and get a win," Shields said.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Dancing With the Stars winner Nyle DiMarco using his good looks for a good cause, giving a free talk at USF about his advocacy for the deaf. Also, acclaimed metal band Gojira will be at the Ritz Ybor.

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RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

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A solemn display

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

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Updated: 4 hours ago
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

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Updated: 5 hours ago
Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

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Updated: 5 hours ago
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Updated: 6 hours ago

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Updated: 7 hours ago