Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

The Daystarter: Hurricane Matthew threatens Florida; PolitiFact weighs in on the VP debate; Tampa International lands air service to Iceland; Shipt adds booze to deliveries

• There's a good chance we'll see more afternoon thunderstorms today, according to 10Weather WTSP, with highs in the upper 80s. Winds could begin to pick up with the passing of Hurricane Matthew.

• Hurricane Matthew has brought widespread destruction to the Caribbean and there's a growing likelihood that the storm will threaten Florida. Check in early and often with tampabay.com for updates.

• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

• Who told the truth in the only vice presidential debate? Check out PolitiFact's full report this morning at PolitiFact.com.

• Mario Martell Thornton had to make a choice. After living nearly his entire life in foster care, he was going to turn 18 on Tuesday. That meant his few belongings had to be packed and ready to move from his foster home by 2 p.m. that day, when he officially aged out of the state's care. Read his touching story of how now, he finally has a home.

• Just one year after it officially opened, a consultant has found that water is leaking into at least 25 apartments in one of the city's signature affordable housing projects. The preliminary report on conditions at The Reed at Encore , a seven-story senior living center on the edge of downtown Tampa, found evidence of water damage to baseboards, door jambs and drywall, and possible window seal leaks. At least one apartment may have mold as a result of the damp conditions, the report by IBA Consultants found.

•The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announces the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry today. We'll let you know who it is at tampabay.com later today.

• Big news for travelers: Tampa International Airport is adding a fourth European flight to its growing lineup: Reykjavík, Iceland. IcelandAir will begin service to Tampa on Sept. 7, 2017. Read more about the new air service.

• If they're running for elected office in Pinellas County this year, they'll probably appear at the candidate debate set to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Digitorium at 9200 113th St. N. Candidates from the School Board, State House and Senate and County Commission races are scheduled to appear. Follow Tampa Bay Times reporter Colleen Wright at @Colleen_Wright for updates.

• After a nearly year-long bureaucratic battle sparked by a 100-foot-deep sinkhole, Lake Park in Lutz — first closed in December 2015 — will reopen on Thursday, according to Hillsborough County officials. But the hole isn't fixed. Instead, it will be surrounded by locked fencing as the City of St. Petersburg, the land's owner, and Hillsborough County, the park's operator, continue to sort out their leasing agreement.

• Brace yourself Gilmore Girls fans, four coffee shops in Tampa this morning will be turned into Luke's Diner. They are among the more than 250 coffee shops across the country doling out free coffee in a Netflix publicity stunt.

• For the first time in a decade, foreclosures in Hillsborough County fell lower than they were before the big housing bust that occurred amid the Great Recession. Read real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin's full story at tampabay.com/business. The story will publish about 6:30 a.m.

• Starting today you can have booze delivered to your door. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits will roll out a liquor delivery partnership today with Shipt in Tampa Bay.

• Times education writer Jeff Solochek is reporting this morning from the Trinity area of Pasco County, where an advisory panel is holding its first meeting on a controversial proposal to redraw school zones Mitchell High and Seven Springs Middle. Parent opposition to the idea is strong. Find our preview story here and follow @jeffsolochek for live tweets throughout the meeting.

• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay including a one-man show by Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan, known for his deadpan Southern drawl, and the Rowdies match against Minnesota United.

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