Bucs fans meet a man named Suh; report confirms CareerSource’s shady dealings; and was a Pinellas teacher accused of bringing a gun to school making a political statement?
Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.
• Guess what? Hot again, with the highs in the mid 90s, according to the National Weather Service. If there’s any rain, it’ll be inland in the evening.
• Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay, including Freefall Theatre’s Buyer and Cellar, an absurdist comedy set in Barbra Streisand’s mall basement. Also, celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday and reinvent artist Allan Kaprow’s ‘Pose’ with USF.
• Federal regulators lambasted two Tampa Bay CareerSource offices once lauded among Florida’s best at putting people to work, revealing how they cultivated lies and shady spending of more than $17 million in public money, writes Zachary T. Sampson.
• Has Tampa Bay’s hot home market finally cooled off? Real estate reporter Susan Taylor Martin reports that the steady price gains of the past few years might be coming to an end, and bay area homes may have peaked in value.
• AdventHealth and the Moffitt Cancer Center are teaming up to build a 100,000-square-foot, three-story outpatient center for cancer patients in Pasco County, reports Justine Griffin.
• A woman claimed she was raped. A 60-year-old Largo man was fatally stabbed. The man who did it claimed self-defense. How did a false rape allegation lead to a man’s death? Kathryn Varn tells the bizarre backstory behind this tragic case.
• Ex-Pinellas school teacher Betty Jo Soto walked out of jail flanked by television reporters Monday night, after posting $500 bail. She covered her face with pieces of white paper, mostly ignoring the barrage of questions about why police say she brought a loaded gun and two knives to her fourth grade classroom at Starkey Elementary School. Then she uttered four words captured in a video by WFLA Channel 8: “Ask DeSantis. Your governor.” Megan Reeves asks: Was this a political protest aimed at Florida’s new law allowing teachers to be armed?
• Before her sold-out show in Tampa next week, pop music critic Jay Cridlin retraces the 10 key moments that transformed Ariana Grande and sent her career into the stratosphere into perhaps the biggest pop star Florida has ever produced.
• Belly up, South Tampa. The Chicken Salad Chick is expanding again, and a fourth location is poised for Brandon. Why have we been going nuts for a variety of homemade, Southern-style chicken salad sandwiches with flavors like the Fancy Nancy, Nutty Nana and the Fruity Fran?
• Read the Tampa Bay Times online Sports page with the latest news about the Lightning, Bucs, Rays, Bulls, Gators, Noles and high school sports. Times sportswriter Rick Stroud has the latest reaction and analysis from the whole team via our Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast.
• Rick Stroud calls it a do-over of the 2010 draft. The Bucs got pro bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy that year but missed out on pro bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Now McCoy and his $13 million salary are gone, while the Bucs signed Suh to a cheaper one-year deal. But the Bucs are also getting Suh’s on-field history of nastiness out of the deal.
• Ndamukong Suh brings — what shall we call it? — a certain reputation and history to Tampa Bay. Eduardo Encina recounts the controversial and fine-laden history of a man called Suh.