Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: The RNC continues, an early Rays game in Denver and Hillsborough considers an annual LGBT Pride month

Look out for thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening hours, similar to storms on Tuesday that saw two teenage beachgoers hospitalized after a lightning strike. 10Weather WTSP says to expect temperatures in the upper 80s to low 90s, as usual.

• Our politics team continues its coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and PolitiFact continues its fact-checking. Follow along with our live coverage here, and read about one Florida delegate's journey from doubts about Trump to acceptance.

• Garry Marshall knew how to tug at moviegoers' heartstrings, whether with unlikely love in Pretty Woman or sentimental loss in Beaches. But it was goofy, crowd-pleasing comedy that endeared the writer and director to generations of TV viewers in hit sitcoms including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Marshall, who died Tuesday at 81, said in a 1980s interview that humor was his necessary path in life.

• Hillsborough County commissioners will decide today whether to designate each June as LGBT Pride and History Month, a gesture responding to the massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub last month. The proposal from Commissioner Kevin Beckner would also ask the county to commemorate June 12 every year in remembrance of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Follow along with the decision in our live blog.

• During the busy meeting, commissioners will also decide whether to create a registry for animal abusers who will be barred from adoption. The 2017 budget will be introduced, and they'll debate whether to add fire and rescue services in east Hillsborough. Look for updates throughout the morning on our Bay Buzz blog.

• You may have wondered, how good can tofu possibly be? Well, food critic Laura Reiley found that Thinh An Kitchen & Tofu in Tampa wows with homemade tofu and other Vietnamese options.

• The Rays play a day game at 3:10 in Colorado. If you want to sneak in an update from work, check out our live blog.

• Ybor City just got cooler as a gourmet popsicle shop already found in St. Pete expands across Tampa Bay.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including American Stage's production of the true story of British miners who unexpectedly become art-world sensations and Alien Ant Farm performing at Crowbar.

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Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

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Updated: 14 minutes ago

Consumer agency to spend rainy day funds

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Updated: 26 minutes ago
Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

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A Tampa man convicted of DUI manslaughter for drunkenly running down a tourist and released on bail while his case winds through the appeals process was arrested Tuesday.Brock Troutman, 34, violated the conditions of his release from jail by consumin...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

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Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

PORT RICHEY — Loretta Santini was one of a small group of customers boarding a Tropical Breeze Casino shuttle Thursday afternoon as the company sailed for the first day since another of its shuttle boats burned to the water Sunday, killing one woman....
Updated: 2 hours ago

The Reading File: Excerpts from interesting articles

Exploring the gray areasIn the Atlantic, James Hamblin writes that "the story of Aziz Ansari and ‘Grace’ is playing out as a sort of Rorschach test." Read "This Is Not A Sex Panic" in full at http://theatln.tc/2mOvCKf. Here’s an excerpt.To target onl...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Will the third time be the charm for these Tampa Bay townhouses?

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ST. PETERSBURG — In real estate circles, it would seem an odd match — 54 townhouses in an office park and a group of Realtors best known for selling luxury single family homes on Snell Isle. Yet the Strickland Property Group is convinced it can do wh...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Joe Henderson: Leaders can’t job-out responsibility for bad substitute teachers

Joe Henderson: Leaders can’t job-out responsibility for bad substitute teachers

Sometimes, people in authority need a reality check before they can recognize a problem that should have been obvious. In this case, it took a meticulously reported story last Sunday by education writer Marlene Sokol of the Tampa Bay Times to alert ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Editorial: More talk, answers needed on future of USF St. Petersburg

Editorial: More talk, answers needed on future of USF St. Petersburg

The Florida Legislature’s abrupt move to strip the University of South Florida St. Petersburg of its hard-earned separate accreditation and transform it back into a satellite of the major research university lacks detail and an appreciation for histo...
Updated: 3 hours ago
DUI arrest: Tampa man mistakes bank drive-thru for Taco Bell

DUI arrest: Tampa man mistakes bank drive-thru for Taco Bell

SPRING HILL — A 38-year-old Tampa man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of driving under the influence involving drugs or alcohol after deputies said he mistook a Bank of America drive-thru for a Taco Bell.The branch manager of the Mariner Boulevard...
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