Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Get ready for tonight's Bolts game with a live chat; also, Hillsborough sets a date for another sales tax talk

Some thunderstorms may linger into the morning, 10Weather WTSP reports, so account for potential rain during your commute. Highs should reach the low 80s.

• One February night two years ago, a Tampa police officer stopped a Chevy sedan on Gandy Boulevard after the driver turned in front of oncoming traffic. Officers said the driver had alcohol on his breath, was slurring his speech and failed sobriety tests. But a breath test registered .000. Prosecutors eventually dropped the DUI charge, but now the driver is suing the city, accusing officers of false arrest and malicious prosecution. The suit says the 73-year-old driver, who had early dementia, was too old and feeble to be able to perform field sobriety tests. Look for Tony Marrero's story later this morning.

• Hillsborough County commissioners are expected to set the date for what will be another contentious debate over whether to raise the sales tax to pay for transportation. The public hearing is tentatively set for June 9. Be sure to check our Bay Buzz blog for updates.

• Lightning beat writer Joe Smith will chat live from 1–2 this afternoon before covering tonight's game against the Penguins.

• Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including blues-rock band Shakey Graves at St. Pete's State Theatre and a Main Street Shop Hop along Central Avenue.

• The Broadway hit If/Then continues today through Sunday at Tampa's Straz Center. Our performing arts critic Andrew Meacham talked to the Pulitzer-winning writer and composer team and found that, as in their show, fate played a big part in their success.

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