Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

DayStarter: It's brutally steamy out today, the Rio Olympics is becoming a disaster and Boy George is in town

It will continue to be hotter than normal during the next couple of days, according to 10Weather WTSP, with highs topping 90. The high humidity will make it feel even hotter as it has in recent days, in part because is likely to be spotty at best.

• We're less than a month away from the Aug. 5 start of the Summer Olympics and Brazil is not ready. Almost all venues are still under construction. The few projects that have been completed don't inspire much confidence. And safety is a big worry: Frequent shootouts near the Olympic arenas and on routes to them have left 76 people hit by stray bullets so far this year; 21 of them have died.

• Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. to announce that Hernando County has a new, state-of-the-art tool: text-to-911 capability. The Orlando massacre highlighted the need for people to be able to text for help in an emergency, especially if they're trapped and can't make a sound. Hernando is one of the first counties to add that capability in the Tampa Bay area. Follow Josh Solomon on Twitter (@Josh_Solomon15) for updates.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including Boy George and Culture Club performing in St. Petersburg and Little People toy characters singing at a local mall.

Have you disovered roti yet? It's a popular Caribbean flaky bread that you rip with your hands and dunk into a curry or use to sop up any extra sauce from your meal. It has found solid footing in the Tampa Bay area via a number of small restaurants owned by folks from places like Trinidad and Guyana. We check out some of the best places and also offer a recipe to make at home.

• Looking for lunch ideas? Food critic Laura Reiley reviews Zaytoon Grill, the Palestinean takeout counter that debuted recently at the edge of the increasingly packed Edge District in St. Petersburg.

• Top Lightning draft pick Brett Howden follows his brother's footsteps to the NHL. Read about the Howdens later this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

• Instagrammers, we want your photos! Our photo team hosts a weekly photo challenge on Instagram. Each week we give you an assignment and you post your best image inspired by the theme to your Instagram account. You must include the hashtag #TBTimesGram. We'll feature your photos on tampabay.com and on our All Eyes blog. This week's assignment: the color yellow. View of a gallery of last week's submitted photos here.

Zaytoon Grill at 1618 Central Ave. is one of the latest entries in the bustling Edge district of St. Petersurg. [LARA CERRI | Times]

Zaytoon Grill at 1618 Central Ave. is one of the latest entries in the bustling Edge district of St. Petersurg. [LARA CERRI | Times]

DayStarter: It's brutally steamy out today, the Rio Olympics is becoming a disaster and Boy George is in town 07/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 2:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Jason Aldean fires up a country-dude party at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

    Blogs

    Country music has a dude problem.

    I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.

    Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.
  2. President Trump offers prayers for Kissimmee police

    Blogs

    President Donald Trump reacted to the police shooting in Kissimmee:

  3. Kissimmee police officer dies, one gravely wounded; Jacksonville officers shot

    News

    KISSIMMEE — A Kissimmee police officer died and a second was gravely wounded Friday night, police Chief Jeff O'Dell said.

    Two police officers have been shot and killed in Kissimmee, authorities say. The shooting happened in the area of Palmway and Cypress around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of WESH.com
  4. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  5. 'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

    Roads

    Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.

    The Suncoast Parkway ends at U.S. 98 just south of Citrus County. For years residents have opposed extending the toll road, a project dubbed the "Suncoast 2" into Citrus County. But state officials recently announced that the Suncoast 2 should start construction in early 2018. [Stephen J. Coddington  |  TIMES]