Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: A special report on how taxpayers pay for Walmart security, veep Joe Biden visits and a big decision on Uber and Lyft

Today should be partly sunny, though a little warmer than yesterday, with highs in the mid to upper 80s. And if you think it's humid today, just wait for the dew point to creep up as the week continues, 10Weather WTSP says.

• 16,800 calls in a year. 46 a day. About 2 calls every hour. Police across Tampa Bay respond to one place more than anywhere else: Walmart. Read the story now at tampabay.com/walmartcops.

• Vice President Joe Biden will be in town today, giving a speech at the University of Tampa on U.S. policy in the western hemisphere. The event is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Follow reporters Richard Danielson ( @Danielson_Times), Sara DiNatale (@sara_dinatale), Paul Guzzo (@PGuzzoTimes) and photographer Zack Wittman (@zack_wittman) for updates throughout today.

• There's a Public Transportation Commission meeting set for 9 a.m., and this could be a big one: the PTC's governing board will consider an agreement with Uber and Lyft that could make ridesharing legal in Hillsborough County after two years of fighting. The taxi industry has gone to court to try to remove Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist as chairman of the PTC's board. As Crist told the Tampa Bay Times: "It's going to be a circus." Follow Christopher O'Donnell on Twitter (@codonnell_Times) for updates.

• Fans sure are happy about the Tampa Bay Lightning, but with the team on its way back to the Eastern Conference finals — and possibly the Stanley Cup — it raises the question of what might happen to three upcoming events at Amalie Arena: Disney On Ice from Thursday through Sunday, and concerts by R. Kelly on May 27 and Ellie Goulding on June 2. We break it down for nervous ticket holders.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including 10-time Grammy winner George Benson in Clearwater and a screening of Blue Velvet in a cult cinema series.

• Gulfport's beloved Peg's Cantina closed late last year, and on March 8 the Fish Bar and Grille debuted in the same spot. Our food critic Laura Reiley checked it out, and found a welcome newcomer offering honest seafood in a space casual enough for sports-watching. "Oh," she writes, "and the patio is dog-friendly. It's Gulfport, after all."

• Our performing arts critic Andrew Meacham checked out Broadway Bound, which winds up its run at Tampa's Stage Works Theatre this weekend, the third and final segment of Simon's autobiographical "Eugene trilogy." While you could say Neil Simon is a safe bet, there's nothing wrong with pleasing crowds with artistic excellence .

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