Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Get ready to crank up the A/C — and share your graduation pics in our live blog

Prepare to crank the A/C. Today, through Saturday, you can expect highs in the low 90s, according to 10Weather WTSP. This afternoon and evening should see some scattered showers, similar to Tuesday.

• It's high school graduation season. As the Class of 2016 graduates, we invite our readers to share their Instagram and Twitter photos with the hashtag #tbgrads2016. Check out the contributions in our live blog at tbtim.es/grads16.

• President Barack Obama returns to Elkhart, Ind. — the site of his first trip as president — to highlight the economic progress the city and the nation have made in the seven years since and the economic challenges that remain. He will also participate in a town hall hosted by PBS.

• Leslie Wier's desire for adventure led her overseas, and a past encounter pointed her to Japan. After three years in Hiroshima, she learned that her original question about that culture stems from a much bigger mystery she's carried around her whole life.

• The arrival of June brings LGBT Pride Month and with it an array of events, ranging from the solemn to the celebratory — and ending in one of the nation's biggest gay pride parades on the streets of St. Petersburg. Find out why June is so important in the history of the gay rights movement and what is in store in the coming weeks.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including the Broadway hit Jersey Boys and comic rapper Chingo Bling.

• Yes, people are lining up to pay $75 to $85 to camp with zombies and ghouls, willing to have their tents invaded in the middle of the night. Some spots at the Fright Nights Campout in Tampa are already sold out, and a college professor tells us why there's a market for scaring the wits out of people.

• Move over, margarita. Summertime brings some creative cocktails from local mixologists, and our Barfly has the scoop on the best cocktails to seek out on a hot day.

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