Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Warm and muggy today; we'll have updates on the Orlando shootings and news of a major Tampa development

It's that time of year when the daily forecasts start to seem a little repetitive, until a tropical system threatens. A chance of showers this afternoon with highs near 90, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• We will continue to have ongoing coverage of the Orlando nightclub shootings. Our live blog will link you to new stories and photos, as well as reporting from our reporters in the field as the news happens.

• Noor Zahi Salman, the 30-year-old wife of the Omar Mateen, is facing intense scrutiny as the FBI tries to determine whether she had advance knowledge of the massacre, according to federal authorities. Here is what we know about her.

• Will people be too scared to come to Orlando or other parts of Florida because of the tragedy this weekend? See what tourism officials say in a story that will appear at tampabay.com/money later this morning.

• Follow business reporter Justine Griffin starting about 10 this morning on Twitter (@SunBizGriffin) as she tweets about an announcement concerning a major Tampa development. A full story will be online at tampabay.com/money in the late morning or early afternoon.

• With Father's Day coming up Sunday, we took all the stereotypes of moms and looked at ways to spend the day pampering dear old Dad. From manscaping and pedicures, to brunch and shopping trips, here is our comprehensive guide of the Finer Things for Dad to spoil him on his big day.

• Just in time for summer, food critic Laura Reiley has a review of the newest beach restaurant at Clearwater Beach, Salty's Island Bar & Grille. Here's what she found when she hit the beach.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a concert by nerd rockers Weezer and Itty Bitty Splashtime at the Largo pool, just for preschoolers.

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Rays journal: 3 batters, 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 3 batters, 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — The Rays were engaged in a third straight tight, go-either-way battle with the defending champ Astros on Wednesday.Until they were not.A brutal seven-pitch sequence by starter Nathan Eovaldi changed everything, as he gave up three con...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together

HOUSTON — The Rays saw a lot on the weeklong trip that ended with Wednesday's game against that Astros, beyond the street hustlers prowling in Times Square and the urban cowboys and girls parading through H-town.There was an impressive debuting...
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Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
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Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final last season, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman ...
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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Astros game

RHP Nathan Eovaldi said before his rough start Wednesday against the Astros that he was pitching better than his numbers showed. Well … In four starts since his six no-hit innings debut, he's 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA, allowing eight homers, four Wed...
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Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could be suspended for up to three games  next season following the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, a Tallahassee radio station reported.Jeff Cameron, a&#...
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Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the eng...
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Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Tesla sued a former employee Wednesday, accusing the man of hacking the automaker’s computer systems and stealing company secrets, shedding light on what chief Elon Musk had suggested was the work of a secretive internal saboteur.But the employee, Ma...
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Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

LARGO — Vanessa Rodriguez thought she found the right house for her three kids, in the right neighborhood, for the right rent. She signed the lease for April 30, sent a $2,300 money order and planned to move in June 1.Then the delays started. She sai...
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Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

CLEARWATER —The city’s proposed $79.7 million overhaul of the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training facilities depends on getting $40 million in bed taxes from Pinellas County.But records show even if county officials wanted to bankroll the Phillies...
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