Sunday, August 19, 2018
News Roundup

DayStarter: Time is running out for Rubio's decision, and a key vote in a $6B TBX transit project

• Humidity is supposed to increase today, but rain chances remain low, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs will hit the low 90s.

• The clock is ticking for Marco Rubio to decide whether he'll run for re-election in the Senate. The filing deadline is Friday at noon, but Rubio has endured tremendous pressure from all sides in recent days to change his mind about running and give Republicans a chance to preserve their majority in the Senate. Follow Times Washington bureau chief Alex Leary on Twitter (@learyreports) for developments.

• The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization votes tonight on whether to include Tampa Bay Express, a controversial $6 billion road project that will add toll lanes to 90 miles of the area's interstates, in their next five-year funding cycle. Residents in the downtown neighborhoods oppose the project which they say disproportionately affects minorities. But if MPO officials vote to remove TBX from the county's priorities, that state money is likely to go somewhere else in Florida, such as Orlando or Jacksonville. Caitlin Johnston will be tweeting updates from the 6 p.m. meeting (@cljohnst).

• The lack of hurricanes has helped the bottom line for Citizens Property Insurance. But that's not stopping rate hikes. The board of the state-run insurer of last resort meets beginning at 9 a.m. to consider an average statewide rate increase of 6.8 percent. Follow the latest at tampabay.com/money.

• The Lightning's Ben Bishop is up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender at the awards ceremony tonight in Las Vegas. Follow beat writer Joe Smith on Twitter (@TBTimes_Jsmith) for updates.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including an Imagine Dragons concert in Orlando benefiting the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

• St. Pete Pride, one of the country's largest LGBT celebrations, is back with another round of revelry this weekend. Here's everything you need to know to take part in the rainbow of events.

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A simple way to save millions of lives: Invest in toilets

A simple way to save millions of lives: Invest in toilets

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Published: 08/19/18
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Updated: 8 hours ago
Tom Jones’ Two Cents: Mixed bag for Bucs’ first teamers vs. Titans

Tom Jones’ Two Cents: Mixed bag for Bucs’ first teamers vs. Titans

Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents while tuning in to the WFLA-Ch. 8 broadcast of Saturday night's Bucs-Titans preseason game.It's preseason. And it was just the second preseason game at that, so there's no reason to get too ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bucs journal: When in doubt, keep throwing to Mike Evans

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Updated: 9 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Red Sox game

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OF Carlos Gomez's overall numbers don't look like much (.215, 8 HRs), but he continues to do so many little things to help on and off the field. Saturday, he made a heads-up play by moving up from second to an uncovered third base on an infield pop-u...
Updated: 10 hours ago
New Rays catcher Michael Perez worth wait

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow settles down to pitch well in loss

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BOSTON — RHP Tyler Glasnow looked so bad as he struggled through a 28-pitch first inning of the Rays' 5-2 loss to Boston that he knew enough to not look out to the bullpen, which was in action.But after allowing four runs — on two doubles...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Epilogue: Tampa’s Mother Teresa, Delia Sanchez, remembered as child welfare champion

Delia P. Sanchez collected things — purses, shoes, newspapers. She hid them away in a storage unit, out of sight from her tidy husband. She had her reasons. And not one of them was selfish. The extra accessories? Those were for the mothers of...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Woman dead after boyfriend shoots her once, returns and shoots again, deputies say

Woman dead after boyfriend shoots her once, returns and shoots again, deputies say

LARGO — A man faces a charge of murder after firing a shot at his girlfriend as she visited a travel trailer in Largo, fleeing the scene, then returning to the trailer and shooting her again a number of times, deputies said.Nathaniel J. Yates, 32, o...
Published: 08/18/18
Bucs defensive line had good days against Titans, but not good enough if it aims to be great

Bucs defensive line had good days against Titans, but not good enough if it aims to be great

NASHVILLE — The Bucs' new and improved defensive line has Pro Bowl players, Super Bowl winners and some high draft picks. But right now, they're more famous individually than collectively.For two practices, that's also how they played against t...
Published: 08/18/18