Thursday, July 19, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Trump stumps in Tampa, home price numbers come out and the Bucs and Browns practice together

Be sure to check in with tampabay.com for updates today on tropical systems brewing in the Atlantic. Otherwise the day should start out sunny, then turn stiflingly hot before afternoon storms arrive, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returns to Florida for a 1 p.m. rally today at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Doors open at 10 a.m. Follow our live coverage at tampabay.com.

• For the third time in two days, Gov. Rick Scott will hold a roundtable discussion with Tampa Bay area officials on the Zika virus. He'll be at the Hillsborough County Health Department at 9:30 a.m. following Tuesday's announcement of the first locally transmitted Zika case in Pinellas County. Need to get up to speed? See our latest story, plus our Zika Q&A. Stay with tampabay.com. for the latest developments.

• Rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors buried under rubble in isolated towns and villages across central Italy on Wednesday after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region overnight, collapsing homes, rattling buildings as far away as Rome and Venice and leaving an escalating toll of dead and injured. At least 38 people were killed in the mountainous heart of the country, Civil Protection Department spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione told reporters in Rome. But another official with the agency, reached by phone, called it a "temporary number" that may yet climb. She said authorities were still trying to assess the large number of injured but were focused now on saving lives.

• Are housing prices in Florida still heading up? We'll find out later this morning when the National Association of Realtors releases existing-home sales for July. Check out tampabay.com/money for the latest.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) beginning at 7:30 a.m. for updates from a Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce event featuring Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Jim Dean from Busch Gardens and Judy Lisi of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. The panelists will be talking about sports, entertainment and the arts in Tampa Bay.

• At 3 p.m., follow her (again, @SunBizGriffin) for updates from an Urban Land Institute meeting in Tampa about wellness in real estate. Meagan Rossi of Delos will talk about the health and fitness features coming to Tampa Bay Vinik's 40-acre redevelopment project in downtown Tampa.

• Planning to vote in the Aug. 30 primary? Read our Know Your Candidates 2016 Election Guide. It's a handy summary on more than 100 state and local candidates that will help make you an even more informed voter.

• We check out Vine and Grind, the new specialty olive oil store in Treasure Island. And our food editor has tips for buying quality olive oil, no matter the store.

• Universal Orlando has announced dates for this year's Celebration of Harry Potter coming Jan. 27–29, bringing actors, stunt coordinators and a display of props from the movies. Vacation packages sold out last year, especially after the celebrity guest list is announced so consider this your early warning owl.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including rapper Lil Yachty in Ybor and Bucs practice with the Cleveland Browns.

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Search continues for missing diver at Eagle’s Nest in Hernando

Search continues for missing diver at Eagle’s Nest in Hernando

WEEKI WACHEE — Rescue crews will continue to search Thursday morning for a diver who failed to resurface at a dangerous cave in Hernando County.The unidentified diver was free-diving at Eagle’s Nest, meaning he was not carrying oxygen, sometime befor...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
SEC media days: Why I’m picking Alabama and Georgia to meet again

SEC media days: Why I’m picking Alabama and Georgia to meet again

ATLANTA — Continuing my annual tradition of idiocy, here are my predicted SEC football standings for the fall. I'll revisit them after the season, so I can laugh at myself before anyone else can laugh at me.SEC West1.   ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Jeff Greene says he’ll pay to turn Florida blue; Gerald McCoy has his own Batmobile; and Publix and Kahwa change the coffee game

The Daystarter: Jeff Greene says he’ll pay to turn Florida blue; Gerald McCoy has his own Batmobile; and Publix and Kahwa change the coffee game

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Coastal showers will form this morning before moving inland, according to the National Weather Service. Expect highs to be in the upper 80s to low 90s.• As you head out for your morni...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Romano: One last shot at saving St. Pete Pier art

Romano: One last shot at saving St. Pete Pier art

(Holds a painting against a wall.)Does it look good here?(Moves it lower.)Okay, how about it here?(Moves it to the left.)Are you sure you want this?• • •Now try that with 250,000 amateur critics.And a piece of art that stretches more than 200 feet.Ye...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays place Wilson Ramos on DL for potential extended absence, seek replacement

Rays place Wilson Ramos on DL for potential extended absence, seek replacement

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays made the inevitable move Wednesday of placing catcher Wilson Ramos on the disabled list while still looking for a replacement.Ramos, 30, strained his left hamstring Saturday in Minnesota, which forced him out of Tuesda...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Must-see golf history with Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome

Must-see golf history with Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome

Thursday is history.There is no way around it, even for Brittany Lincicome, who loves finding her way around it. That's just her. She played with boys growing up, neighborhood football and basketball, baseball — and golf. I remember when she wa...
Updated: 7 hours ago
At St. Pete rally, protesters call Trump’s remarks on Russia ‘treason’

At St. Pete rally, protesters call Trump’s remarks on Russia ‘treason’

ST. PETERSBURG — Linda and Jack Miller braved the humidity at Demens Landing on Wednesday night for a simple reason:"Treason," said Linda Miller, 66.The St. Petersburg couple joined more than 100 protesters toting signs, pins and megaphones at the "T...
Updated: 8 hours ago
An all-or-nothing All-Star Game

An all-or-nothing All-Star Game

WASHINGTON — Tuesday's All-Star Game was exciting, dramatic, historic — and perfectly representative of the 2018 season, what with the unprecedented power show, display of blazing arms creating a fan club (25 strikeouts), and the emotion ...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Deputies: Masked shooter wounds Dunedin woman in home invasion

DUNEDIN — Deputies are searching for a black-clad gunman who shot and wounded an 18-year-old woman during a home invasion attack Wednesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.The shooting was reported at about 1:03 p.m. at 1144 New Yor...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Hernando deputies: Cave diver fails to resurface at the Eagle’s Nest

Hernando deputies: Cave diver fails to resurface at the Eagle’s Nest

WEEKI WACHEE — A diver exploring the Eagle’s Nest, a notoriously dangerous underwater cave, failed to resurface from a Wednesday night dive, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The person was free diving, according to the Sheriff’s Offi...
Updated: 8 hours ago