Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:FBI TAKES OVER INVESTIGATION OF TAMPA BAY'S CAREERSOURCE JOBS CENTERSThe FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have taken over multiple investigations into whether two Tampa Bay jobs centers overstated their success at using tax dollars to help people find work. Federal auditors also served notice to Gov. Rick Scott’s Department of Economic Opportunity that they are examining whether the agency has adequate safeguards in place to protect millions in federal tax dollars it doles out to Florida’s job placement centers.MISSING WOMAN, 1-YEAR OLD BOY FOUND IN ST. PETERSBURGA St. Petersburg mother and her 1-year-old child who went missing Wednesday were found safe in a local hotel, police said. Sydney Wyatt, 28, and her son, Future Johnson, were last seen on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Wyatt was staying with a woman near 15th Street N and 78th Terr. N. She borrowed a car, which was found abandoned in Pinellas Park on … [Read more...] about Top 5 at noon: FBI takes over investigation of Tampa Bay’s CareerSource jobs centers; missing woman, 1-year-old boy found in St. Petersburg; and more
Florida Orchestra Pops: Bernstein’s Broadway: Michael Francis opens the orchestra’s pops series conducting a performance celebrating what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. One of America’s greatest composers and musicians, the show will feature some of his best loved works for musical theater, including selections from West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and more. 2 and 8 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $18-$48.Gary Gulman: A Last Comic Standing winner, he has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and 2 Dope Queens and has three specials streaming on Netflix and Amazon. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$45. (727) 791-7400.Tailgate Taste Fest: While college football games are playing on large screens throughout the park, restaurants from around the Tampa Bay area serve up tailgate foods competing to win People’s Choice. Craig Campbell headlines and they will broadcast of the Tampa Bay … [Read more...] about Top things to do in Tampa Bay on Saturday Oct. 6
What is the creepiest thing in Tampa Bay?It could be a place, too, or maybe a person (but let’s try to be nice).Maybe it’s that old, empty house in your neighborhood. Didn’t you used to bicycle past it just a little faster, like a kid in some kind of ‘80s ensemble movie?Is it the retention pond with the huge alligator in it, or a local trail you stayed on too late one evening, forcing you to hike back in the dark?Whatever it is around here that gives you the creeps, heebie-jeebies or goosebumps, we want to hear about it this October.An urban legend that gets passed around your town. That thrift store that, for some reason, has a box of old Barbie heads. Send us anything, from a disturbing piece of art in the corner of a bar to a certain used car lot’s wacky inflatable tube man.Sure, it could be someone’s Halloween decorations, but maybe it’s something unintentional, something that’s been creeping you out for years.Email … [Read more...] about Tell us, what’s the creepiest thing in Tampa Bay?
TAMPA — Our oh-so-close hockey team is back in business.The business of finishing.The Lightning opens its season amid ever-present expectations and the usual memories of expectations dashed.The talent, the returning core, the speed everywhere, the goaltending says Jon Cooper's team is next in line to hoist the Stanley Cup.Or is it?The road to the Cup has run through Tampa in recent seasons. Only it's not a straight line. Team after team has had its passport stamped by the Lightning on the way to the Stanley Cup. It has been like clockwork.Is it the Lightning's time?"You can't think, 'Well, this is our year, it's our turn to win,' " Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "It couldn't be further from the truth. It gets harder. The expectations make it harder. The last three or four years, you heard the predictions. We've now dealt with going to the finals as underdogs. We've dealt with going to the conference finals as favorites. There's not much we haven't dealt with. It's … [Read more...] about Road to the Cup keeps coming through Tampa, but Lightning needs to switch lanes
Forecaster with the National Weather Service are predicting “mostly pleasant weather conditions across Florida” as we head into the weekend.That, forecasters said, is thanks to a system of high pressure holding over the southeastern U.S. Most of the area will see rain-free conditions, but there’s still a chance for some late-afternoon storms popping up. Chances are higher along the Interstate 4 corridor and areas south.Rain chances Friday will peak on the low side of 40 percent, carrying through to about 20 and 30 percent for Saturday and Sunday.EXTENDED FORECAST: The 10-day outlook for the Tampa Bay area Pleasant doesn’t mean cool just yet. Highs will continue to hover around 90 degrees, but aren’t expected to reach the record-breaking levels of recent days.Across the Gulf of Mexico and into the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center is watching a developing system that could form into a tropical depression over the southern Gulf. The system is … [Read more...] about ‘Mostly pleasant’ weather as the Tampa Bay area heads into the weekend