Tuesday, July 17, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Keep your umbrella handy today; ridesharing companies pitch Hillsborough, and Cyndi Lauper's in Clearwater

After a rainy few days, we'll get a bit of a break this morning before storms return late this afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

• The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, which regulates for-hire vehicles like taxis and limos, will meet at 9 a.m. DriveSociety, a new rideshare company starting in Tampa, will make a presentation about its new service. The PTC board will also get an update on the negotiations with Uber and Lyft to legalize ridesharing. FollowChristopher O'Donnell on Twitter (@chrisodonnell) for updates.

• A TV and internet company that has been only a small player in the Tampa Bay market is expanding in the area, hoping to take advantage of the bruised reputation of Frontier Communications, which took over Tampa Bay area Verizon FiOS services April 1 and experienced a host of problems.

• Unusual as ever, Cyndi Lauper brings her country show to Clearwater tonight. In an interview with pop music critic Jay Cridlin, she said she "didn't want to do a cookie-cutter record."

• With $206.5 million ace Zack Greinke starting for the Diamondbacks, the Rays knew they would be playing Tuesday with only a slight margin for error. And the couple of inches by which Jake Lamb's drive to leftfield off Matt Moore eluded Corey Dickerson's glove for a three-run homer made a big difference in the Rays' 5-0 loss. "It was definitely catchable — it hit the top of the wall,'' Dickerson said. "I kind of hit the wall as I jumped up. I thought the ball was coming straight to me. It just carried a little more than I thought.''

• A new restaurant review from food critic Laura Reiley sizes up the upscale Mexican options at Tampa's O Cocina & Flights from a kitchen helmed by one of Locale Market's original chefs.

• We talked to Reko Rivera, who will be featured on tonight's broadcast of NBC's American Ninja Warrior competition. Before the season even aired, his video went viral, showing Rivera completing some of the show's toughest obstacles in a giant T-Rex costume at a training gym.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay.

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