Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Our food critic's Farm to Fable investigation arrives today — and the Bolts' playoff run begins

Look out for some dense fog during your morning commute and some possible showers later this afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs will be back in the low 80s. It'll get cooler this weekend.

• Think farm-to-table restaurants are always serving you local goods? Think you're getting the freshest produce at Tampa Bay farmers markets? Think again. Times food critic Laura Reiley's Farm to Fable investigation goes online today.

• The Lightning starts its NHL playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings tonight. Follow all the action on our live blog.

• At 11 a.m., Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and former Lightning left winger Dave Andreychuk will hoist a banner on the side of the Tampa Municipal Office Building in support of the team. Fans are invited to attend, and are encouraged to wear their Lightning gear.

• A woman lost in an Arizona forest for nine days survived by drinking pond water, eating plants and spelling out "help" on the ground with sticks, authorities said yesterday. The sign helped lead rescuers to Ann Rodgers, 72, in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona earlier this month, the state Department of Public Safety said. Rodgers told a Tucson TV station on Tuesday that she had food and water in her car but ran out after several days and turned to survival mode. "I was eating desert plants. My dog was too, diving into clovers and finding all the places that were the easiest to go," she told KOLD.

• U2 frontman Bono brought his star power to Capitol Hill yesterday as he called on members of Congress to take swift action to deal with the global refugee crisis and violent extremism. In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Bono drew a bleak picture as he described the flood of people fleeing their homes in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The human torrent threatens the very idea of European unity, he said, as he urged lawmakers to think of foreign aid as national security instead of charity. "When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age," Bono said.

• President Barack Obama convenes the National Security Council at CIA headquarters to discuss strategies aimed at the defeat of the Islamic State group and how to advance prospects for peace and stability in Syria.

• The president will also host the Sixth White House Science Fair to celebrate student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math competitions from across the country.

• Tampa International Airport will hold a grand opening at 9:45 a.m. for RumFish Grill and a few other stores at Airside C, the second wave of openings in the airport's concessions revamp. Times business reporter Alli Knothe will be there, so follow her on Twitter (@KnotheA) and watch for a full story later today at tampabay.com/money.

• From our food editor Michelle Stark: Spring is a good time to consider another red meat — lamb. It's versatile, available in the grocery store in a variety of cuts, and a great way to mix up your go-to dinner meats. Here are five ideas for cooking lamb, including meatballs, roast rack and kebabs.

• Here are today's top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including a preview of Monty Python's Spamalot, this year's American Stage in the Park. We went behind the scenes of the full-blown silliness that is Monty Python to see how American Stage put together this year's show.

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