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Up and at ’em, Tampa! It’s Sunday, so let’s get you started with everything you need to know going on in town today.

First, today’s weather:

An afternoon thunderstorm. High: 85 Low: 71.

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Here are the top five stories in Tampa today:

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1. City of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor announced Friday that one of the city’s former crime prevention programs is now under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The controversial and now defunctCrime Free” program would give notice to an apartment complex landlord that a tenant was involved in a crime. Several people say they were unjustly targeted by the program, although it is disputed. 90% of 1,100 people flagged by the program were Black and will now be probed by the Justice Department. (Fox 13 Tampa, Creative Loafing Tampa)

2. The Tampa Police Department is investigating a woman’s death after she fell from the 5th floor of a hotel. The department said the woman fell from the Ramada Inn on Westshore Boulevard. According to police, the woman was visiting Tampa and had no other ties to the area. (WFLA)

3. A man who bit a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy Thursday morning is now dead, according to officials. Investigators said they have reason to believe the man may have been a victim of a crime before his interactions with law enforcement. According to the sheriff’s office, the man suffered a medical episode after he was taken into custody and became unresponsive. (Fox 13 Tampa)

4. Pasco County school bus drivers began demanding more money for the second time in a week. A group gathered outside of the administration building on Friday morning and told the local news that their responsibilities do not match their pay. The starting wage stands at $13.40 an hour. (WFLA)

5. A federal judge in Orlando ruled Friday that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention properly mandated masks for airline passengers, a contrary decision to an order issued by a federal judge in Tampa less than two weeks ago. (Florida Politics)

Today in Tampa:

  • Hyde Park Village Fresh Market. (10:00 AM)
  • WuTang And Biscuits With Wally Rios at Shuffle Tampa. (11:00 AM)
  • Wtr Pool Party Sundays With Morten. (12:00 PM)
  • OPUS: Show People at The University Of Tampa College Of Arts And Letters. (4:00 PM)
  • A Bronze Celebration at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. (4:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • LiveNation wants to make concerts a little more affordable for Tampa Bay fans this upcoming week by selling $25 all-in tickets to more than 30 local concerts as part of “Concert Week,” running from Wednesday, May 4 to May 10. The sale begins May 4 at 10 a.m. EST. (Creative Loafing Tampa)
  • Check out this video from CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture at Tampa Museum of Art with Silvia Tcherassi. (Twitter)
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning will host official Lightning Playoff Watch Parties for Games 1 & 2 of their first round series against Toronto at Sparkman Wharf on Monday, May 2and Wednesday, May 4. Both parties start at 6:30 p.m. (Twitter)
  • There is a new Tampa Bay Lightning sign to take photos with at Sparkman Wharf as the playoffs get underway. (Twitter)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to head out the door on this Sunday! See you tomorrow for your next update.

Carlos Hernandez

About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.

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