Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Be ready for rain as classes begin at most bay area schools — plus, meet an Olympian from Tampa

We could be in for some more steady rain today, though 10Weather WTSP says we likely will see more of a return to normal summer rain patterns for the start of the school year in much of the bay area.

• It's time to trade in the bathing suit for that backpack. More than 320,000 students and some 27,000 teachers will be returning to classrooms when school starts in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties today. We're capturing the first day of school around Tampa Bay right here on our live blog. Use #tbtbacktoschool to share photos of your kids heading to the first day of school.

• Need a refresher on how — and how not to — drive past a school bus? The state set up this website on school bus safety.

• Food critic Laura Reiley loves when she can hold up her megaphone to point us to good food in a bad location that might get overlooked. That's why she suggests: Go to Casa Cosenza, where you will find house-made mozzarella balls, battered and fried and paired with curried lentils, and sincerely homemade-tasting soup.

• The Hillsborough LGBTA Democratic Caucus is hosting an event Wednesday featuring candidates in two key local races: Kevin Beckner and Pat Frank in the Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court race and Sean Shaw and Walter Smith in the battle for the District 61 House seat. For Beckner and Frank especially it will be an interesting forum. Beckner is the first openly gay commissioner in Hillsborough and Frank won over the LGBT community when she immediately pushed to allow gay marriages in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Follow Anastasia Dawson on Twitter (@adawsonwrites).

• The public arts committee that will select the art projects that will adorn St. Petersburg's new Pier District is set to meet at 9 a.m. The city plans to spend at least $500,000 on artwork for the new project, set to open in the fall of 2018. Follow Waveney Ann Moore on Twitter (@wmooretimes) for updates.

• Bulgaria native Emil Milev won the silver medal for shooting at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Now Milev, who became an American citizen in 2009, will try for gold in Rio while representing Team USA. Read Martin Fennelly's column on the Tampa resident later this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including cult film fans gathering for a Coen Brothers classic and Ales and "Tails" environmental talk over craft beers at a local brewery.

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Updated: 21 minutes ago
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Updated: 3 hours ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

The good news on the transportation front is that Tampa Bay’s government and business leaders are working together like never before to connect the region’s largest cities, attractions and employment centers with a more robust mass transit system. Th...
Published: 01/20/18

Scott appoints prosecutor, Clearwater lawyer to Pinellas-Pasco judicial vacancies

Gov. Rick Scott appointed two Tampa Bay lawyers to fill judicial vacancies in the Pinellas-Pasco circuit, his office announced Friday.Christopher LaBruzzo, 42, is an assistant state attorney at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office. A Tulane Uni...
Updated: 1 hour ago