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BASEBALL CAN WORK FOR TAMPA BAY IN THE RIGHT SPOT, STADIUM GURU SAYS
Tim Leiweke, who has had a hand in building 18 stadiums and arenas around the country, believes baseball can work in Tampa Bay, despite the Rays annually ranking at the bottom of Major League Baseball for attendance. Unlike in larger metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or New York, though, the Rays can't afford to pick the wrong spot for the next stadium, he said.
OPHELIA POISED TO BREAK A HURRICANE SEASON RECORD MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD
The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn't seem to be letting up: On Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week. While the storm poses no threat to land, it could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength -- a streak of intense systems that will tie a record last set in the late 1800s. It comes in a season that has already produced five major hurricanes, including three ferocious Category 5 storms, and 15 named storms.
HE WAS HIT BY TEENS IN A STOLEN CAR CRASH. NOW HIS INSURANCE IS PAYING THEIR FAMILIES.
Ricky Melendez was on his way to work at a grocery store when a 16-year-old driving a stolen sport utility vehicle ran a red light and smashed into his Toyota Camry at 112 mph. The driver and two other teenage boys in the SUV died; another was thrown through the windshield but survived. Investigators said unequivocally that Melendez had done nothing wrong. Despite that, Melendez's car insurance provider, Geico, agreed to pay out a total of $20,000 to the families of the boys on Monday, his lawyer said.
FLORIDA WAS ILL-PREPARED FOR A MAJOR HURRICANE, AUDIT WARNED
Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster. A 23-page annual audit completed in December 2016 by the agency's inspector general detailed a lengthy list of deficiencies needed to prepare and respond to a hurricane.
TRUMP SUGGESTS HE AND TILLERSON SHOULD COMPARE IQ TESTS
President Donald Trump suggested he's smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published today that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests." Trump has at times appeared to undercut Tillerson's message on some of America's most sensitive national security challenges, including Iran and North Korea. Tillerson also has publicly complained about the White House blocking him from making key appointments.
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