News at noon: Rays offering $5 tickets for next 5 home games through flash sale; scientists up hurricane projections ever so slightly; and more

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Published June 4, 2019

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Rays offering $5 tickets for next 5 home games through flash sale

The Rays are offering $5 tickets to each of the next five home games. The tickets are available via a Summer Special flash sale from now until 11:59 p.m. Thursday only at, with 5,000 available for each game: June 10, 11, 12 vs. the A's; June 13, 14 vs. the Angels. Sales are limited to eight tickets per game per person. Seating will vary between the 100, 200 and party deck levels, with assignments made the day before the game via the MLB Ballpark app.

Scientists up hurricane projections ever so slightly

The likelihood of a stronger hurricane season appears to be growing. Scientists from Colorado State University are now predicting a season with near average activity, up from a slightly lower spring forecast. The new seasonal outlook, published Tuesday, now predicts 14 named storms, of which six are hurricanes. Forecasters warn that two of those hurricanes could be major hurricanes. That includes Subtropical Storm Andrea, a short-lived cyclone that formed in mid May and didn't impact any land.

Trump administration puts new restrictions on Cuba travel

The Trump administration is imposing major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational and recreational travel. A Treasury Department statement says the U.S. will no longer allow the group educational and cultural trips known as "people to people" travel to the island. The administration says the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba's "destabilizing role" in the Western Hemisphere.

Police: Woman threatened patrons with 'machetes' at axe-throwing bar

At St. Pete Axe & Ale, you can throw an axe down range into a 2x10 wooden board with one hand or two. Or, if you're Victoria Morley, you can dual-wield machetes like a level 9 Swashbuckler Rogue with +2 dexterity and fancy footwork and threaten the whole bar. That, however, is against the rules. Morley was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. She was also charged with violation of parole from a March DUI incident.

We tried to cross downtown Tampa via scooter. Here's how it went.

Motorized, dockless, shared scooters are part of an evolving mix of balms meant to ease Tampa's car-centric pains. Coast Bikes arrived a few years ago. Then came the Cross-Bay Ferry. Tampa's TECO Streetcar became free in the fall in an effort to boost ridership. Could scooters be a "last-mile" option that can tie other methods of transport together? Christopher Spata traveled from Armature Works in Tampa Heights to Sparkman Wharf in the Water Street district with a stop at GenX Tavern to find out.

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