Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down.
CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM RESPONDS TO CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, in a commentary for the Tampa Bay Times, says it wants to set the record straight after "the Church of Scientology went out of its way last week to disparage the good reputation and hard work" of the facility. The response comes after the aquarium refused to break a written commitment and decided to sell a piece of property in downtown Clearwater to the city instead of the church.
LOOK WHAT UBER DID: HILLSBOROUGH TRANSPORTATION AGENCY FACES EXTINCTION
The board that regulates Hillsborough County taxis and waged a years-long war against Uber is on track to be abolished by the state Legislature. The House voted unanimously on Friday to end the Public Transportation Commission with no debate. Senators plan to pass the bill next week. The agency has been decried by opponents as unnecessary and archaic.
BUCS INTRODUCE FIRST-ROUND PICK O.J. HOWARD
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was impressed to see that O.J. Howard wanted to play in the Senior Bowl at a time in which many first-rounders politely decline, and he was even more impressed when he and general manager Jason Licht saw what the Alabama tight end was able to do in the first practice in Mobile, Ala., back in January. Howard, who went to the Bucs with the No. 19 pick in the NFL draft,was introduced today at One Buc Place, along with his family. Licht said the Bucs have had their eye on Howard since the 2015 season, when there was a chance he would leave early after helping Alabama to a national championship. For the latest on the NFL draft, including tonight's second and third rounds, follow our live blog.
DIVERS HELP FISH OUT NEARLY 100 POUNDS OF GASPARILLA BEADS
About two dozen volunteers found the parade booty along a 1,000-foot stretch of Seddon Channel off Davis Islands for a new project dubbed Gasp – Our Beads of Tampa Bay. The goals of the event, held the day after Earth Day: remove at least some of the plastic booty that finds its way into the water during Tampa's signature celebration, and get a sense of where to target future cleanups.
A YEAR LATER, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE LIVES ON IN DOCUMENTARY
Wednesday will mark one year since the Tampa Bay Times bought the Tampa Tribune, shutting down the competition. That night marks the premiere of a documentary on the Tribune at Tampa Theatre titled Stop the Presses, painstakingly put together by Debbie Kerr. Joe Henderson, a 42-year veteran of the Tribune now writing a column for the Times, . Joe Henderson, a 42-year veteran of the Tribune now writing a column for the Times, says the bay area lost more than a distinctive voice; it lost a watchdog and left the Times with an enormous responsibility.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND
The documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, American Gods and Dear White People top our critics' list of must-sees. John Ridley's documentary tonight on ABC explores the riots of 1992 on the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King verdict. American Gods, on Sunday on Starz, is a trippy dreamscape that explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. The satirical Dear White People, based on the 2014 movie, explores "post-racial" America and picks up where the acclaimed film left off. It streams on Netflix.
TRAFFIC UPDATES TO GET HOME SAFELY
As you head out for your evening commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.
WEEKEND FORECAST: HOT SPELL CONTINUES
Today's high heat will continue into the weekend, with temperatures on Saturday pushing into the low 90s, forecasters say. It will be partly cloudy tonight through Sunday. Temperatures in the low 90s today. Like today, parts of the Bay area could set record highs on Saturday. Sunday will also get near the 90s. For the latest forecast information, go the Times' weather page.
FOR STARTERS: SHELL ON THE HILL AS RAYS FACE STRUGGLING BLUE JAYS
With a day off to get over their frustrating Wednesday night 11-inning walkoff loss - on a walk no less - to the Orioles, the Rays are in Toronto to open a weekend series with the surprisingly struggling Blue Jays. The Rays would seem to be catching the Jays at an opportune time, as they have been one of the majors' biggest disappointments to this point, and are missing two of their best players, with shortstop Troy Tulowotzki and third baseman Josh Donaldson both on the disabled list. Game time is 7:07 p.m.
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