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Daystarter: New insights into the birth of Tampa are emerging; St. Pete bar president arrested on domestic battery charge; Ndamukong Suh hopes he can put the Bucs 'over the top'

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Published May 28

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.

• Weather forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will again be unseasonably warm and at or near record levels throughout the week.

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• As an Italian immigrant, Thanksgiving wasn't a tradition Mr. Guido Tiozzo grew up with. But the spirit of the holiday is something he embraced and embodied. For more than 30 years, when Donatello restaurant opened at Thanksgiving, Guido Tiozzo was there. He always expected professional service, excellent food and a memorable experience, whether you had deep pockets or empty ones. He died on May 15 due to a series of health issues. He was 82.

• Two recent graduates of Southeast High School in Bradenton died in a motorbike crash on Friday while exploring Peru, according to a statement from the school. A release from the school said both students were a part of the school's International Baccalaureate program.

• St. Petersburg Bar Assocation president Gregory Hoag, 41 was arrested on domestic battery charge. Hoag and his wife had an argument that turned physical, according to an arrest report. He remained in jail Monday evening on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery, jail records show.

• Three former employees of a Pinellas County charity are accusing the group's top executive of making inappropriate comments and verbally abusing female staffers, then retaliating against them when they complained. Patrice Pucci, who is representing the three women in the lawsuit, said the statements made by her clients to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were signed under penalty of perjury.

• Shawn Rigney, worked for Target until September of 2018. Rigney and his partner, Kyle Adams, were covered by Target's health insurance. The notices Target sent to the men about the option to continue their health care following Rigney's termination lacked critical information that left them unable to retain coverage, according to the lawsuit. The Palm Harbor couple is pursuing a class-action lawsuit against Target, accusing the retailer of breaking federal laws that regulate employee benefits.

• Project archaeologists on Water Street project have unearthed projectile points, gun flints, old toys and other artifacts, all tracing the lives of Native Americans, U.S. soldiers and one of the city's earliest African-American communities. Some date back 10,000 years.

• Is Tampa really "the poster child for Florida's clean water crisis," as the group alleged when it asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to intervene? Or was the group off-base in its criticism? The U.S. Environmental Agency hasn't responded to a request from a Florida environmental group to correct lax oversight of the city's sewage discharges.

• These are proud towns with proud traditions. So when the 1 Down clue in the New York Times crossword was "city famous for its Cuban sandwiches," some knew it was Tampa. Others thought Miami.

• Editorial: Gov. Ron DeSantis should strike a blow for a bedrock principle of democratic rights and veto this legislation that is aimed at silencing voters and further strengthening the legislative branch. Don't make it harder for voters to amend Florida Constitution.

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• Suh finally broke his silence about joining the Bucs Monday on the Tennis Channel. "This week was a big week,'' Suh said.. "I was very blessed to have the new contract and go to the Bucs and go down there, but I have a fiancee now. I proposed and got down on a knee and she's here with me and we're enjoying this great country" Suh said.

• Yonny Chirinos delivered five innings of no-hit ball to help down the Blue Jays, but that didn't stop the Tampa Bay manager from pulling the starter. "I don't even think I knew he had a no-hitter until the fans started booing after Drake gave up a hit," Cash said after the game. "I wasn't too worried about it."

Is Ndamukong Suh more dominant than Gerald McCoy in the fourth quarter? The numbers tell us a couple of things: 1.) McCoy was indeed disruptive late in games, more so than most of the players at his position. That should no longer be up for debate. 2.) If you weren't wowed by McCoy in the fourth quarter, you probably won't be wowed by Suh, either, writes Thomas Bassinger, Times sports data reporter.

Times sportswriter Rick Stroud has the latest reaction and analysis from the whole team via our Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast.

• The Rays face a grueling scheduled in the next few weeks. Can they handle it? Rays beat writer Marc Topkin will be there every step of the way. Follow him at @TBTimes_Rays.

• Get the latest Bucs news as coach Bruce Arians gets ready for the 2019 season and follow Rick Stroud at @NFLSTROUD on Twitter and fellow beat writer Eduardo A. Encina at @EddieInTheYard.

• The Lightning face a long, painful offseason. Follow beat writers Diana C. Nearhos at @dianacnearhos and Mari Faiello at @faiello_mari to see how Tampa Bay puts the pieces back together.

• All the Bulls news you can use is right here from Times beat writer Joey Knight. Follow him on Twitter for the latest at @TBTimes_Bulls.

• Get the latest on the Gators and Seminoles this spring from Times college football beat writer Matt Baker and follow him on Twitter at @MBakerTBTimes.


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