Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: The Bolts' playoff run resumes, Beyoncé Week continues and some of Tampa Bay's dumbest 911 calls

It should be hot and humid, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, according to 10Weather WTSP. Don't hold your breath — it's not going to cool off anytime soon.

• In shuffling two of the struggling left-handed hitters in the Rays' lineup Tuesday, manager Kevin Cash resisted any temptation to elevate Kevin Kiermaier — even with the power of his new fluorescent green tank top — from the No. 8 slot. And that worked out pretty well, as Kiermaier proved to be in the right spot to be the bright spot, delivering a two-run sixth-inning homer that was the difference in a 3-1 win over the Orioles. "Anytime you put your team up late in the game, it's a great feeling,'' Kiermaier said. "I had some frustrating at-bats earlier in the game. I think a lot of us did, especially with runners in scoring position. So for me to hit a pitch out right there was big.''

• As you get ready for the Lightning to open its second round NHL Playoffs series against the New York Islanders today, consider this: If things had gone a certain way, Victor Hedman and John Tavares would still be going head-to-head tonight — except that Hedman might be playing for the Islanders, Tavares for the Lightning. And now the Hedman-Tavares matchup could go a long way in determining who wins this best-of-seven series and moves on to the Eastern Conference final. Follow all the action today, tonight and throughout the Lightning-Islanders playoff series on our live blog.

• Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert appears today for his long-awaited sentencing hearing for paying hush money to cover up alleged sexual abuse from decades ago. But there's another aspect of Hastert's possible punishment that has gone unnoticed. Court officials are recommending the former Republican leader undergo a sex offender evaluation.

• Think every call to 911 is a true emergency? Think again. We've rounded up some of the stranger calls that dispatchers have to field, and talked to Hillsborough sheriff's officials about how that taxes the agency. Check out the story and audio recordings of the calls.

• "Most of my life has been with a great woman, a great love, and a great family," says former Sen. Harris Wofford. "Now, I'm with a great love late in my life." Wofford, 90, told the world about this new love in an essay this past weekend. He's 40-year-old Matthew Charlton. In his first interview since the essay, Wofford discusses how the age difference, more than his fiance's gender, has caused jaws to drop and unleashed a fusillade of social media blasts.

• Many Amazon Prime members will learn of good news today: They're eligible to receive free two-hour shipping from Amazon, and can even receive packages within the hour with a $7.99 fee.

• From our food editor, here are 10 apps that can help you in the kitchen.

• Our Beyoncé Week countdown continues on the Soundcheck music blog, with a dressing room visit to Ivy Park, Beyonce's highly anticipated workout line. And our film critic has found the one thing Beyoncé can't do well: Carry a movie.

• Busch Gardens announced a pretty good deal for veterans that only lasts through the end of May: They can save 50 percent off up to six tickets at the Tampa theme park.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including MadTV's Bon Qui Qui, the comic alter ego of comic Anjelah Johnson-Reyes; and Dan and Phil, the YouTube stars of BBC radio at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

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