Sunday, June 17, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Trump campaigns in Florida and a proposed cross-bay ferry gets a vote in Hillsborough

Look out for stormy weather today with strong winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning, according to 10Weather WTSP. High temperatures remain in the 90s.

• The threat of the Zika virus ravaging South Florida is real. There is a way to blunt its spread. But in Key West — the gatekeeper of this technology — residents fear the cure more than the disease. Times staff writer Lisa Gartner reports on mutants and misinformation in paradise this morning.

• Donald Trump returns to Florida today for two campaign stops. He plans a town hall at 3 p.m. at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, followed by a rally at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Follow Alex Leary (@learyreports) and Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) on Twitter for coverage.

• A proposed ferry connecting the downtowns of St. Petersburg and Tampa is up for approval at today's Hillsborough County commission meeting. Commissioners must decide if they want to commit $350,000 to the pilot project. Tampa City Council will vote on it tomorrow. The ferry would run daily between St. Pete and Tampa and if successful, it could become a permanent fixture. Follow Hillsborough County reporter Steve Contorno on Twitter (@scontorno) throughout the meeting for the details.

• From our food editor: Some dining trends we'd like to see catch on here in the Tampa Bay area. From variable portion sizes to affordable build-your-own salads, some of the popular new trends in New York and D.C. would fit right in here.

• Join our weekly photo challenge on Instagram. Each week, our photo editor will give you an assignment and ask you to share your best image inspired by the theme to your Instagram account. This week's theme is #Love. To play along, you should include the hashtags #TBTimesGram + #Love. We'll feature your photos on tampabay.com and on our All Eyes blog.

• Food critic Laura Reiley checked out the new Ox & Fields in Seminole Heights and found the devil is in the details.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

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Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

NEW YORK — Kevin Cash was not going to go all Lou Piniella on his Rays, raging and ripping and roaring over their latest mess, a 4-1 Saturday loss to the Yankees that didn't feel that close.Which is too bad because Piniella, the volcanic former...
Published: 06/16/18

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They fled Puerto Rico with their possessions, which they lost last week in an apartment fire

They fled Puerto Rico with their possessions, which they lost last week in an apartment fire

RIVERVIEW — It was the most routine of errands, shopping for a cooler and some shorts.Joel Jaca and Arelys Gomez, both 40, had turned an important corner, miles away from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.They had finally gotten out of their relief hotel...
Published: 06/16/18
Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

The Rays are still talking, as they should, about playing for something this season. The reality is that almost every move they've made, going back to the end of last season, and in some cases further, has been about 2019 and beyond.Clearing out vete...
Published: 06/16/18

Published: 06/16/18
Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market will be closed throughout the weekend after a warehouse fire broke out Friday.A St. Petersburg Police officer noticed smoke coming from the market at 22nd Ave. N around midnight Friday, said St. Petersburg F...
Published: 06/16/18
Catholic diocese celebrates 50 years in Tampa Bay and forges plan for the future

Catholic diocese celebrates 50 years in Tampa Bay and forges plan for the future

ST. PETERSBURG — At his installation as spiritual leader of Tampa Bay’s Catholics, Bishop Gregory Parkes promised to take time to get to know his people, listen to what they had to say and work to discern a plan for the future.On Sunday, 17 months la...
Published: 06/16/18
A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

TAMPA — Loueita Hargens had known for years how her son Bradley Dykes would die. She had seen him cycle through drugs of choice, had lost track of the number of times he’d wound up in the hospital or prison.A recovering alcoholic herself, she cut him...
Published: 06/16/18
AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and st...
Published: 06/16/18
A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python

A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python

For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python.Wa Tiba, 54, left her home on Muna island to visit her cornfield on Thursday night, according to the Jakarta Post.The field was about a half m...
Published: 06/16/18