5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, August 13
7:55 AM, Aug 13, 2013
11:02 AM, Aug 13, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, August 13.
(1) Lakeland Town Hall meeting
Polk County Commissioner John Hall and City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker are hosting a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday night.
Lakeland residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the community.
It is expected Commissioners Hall and Walker will talk about the ongoing sex scandal involving the Lakeland Police Department.
The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library at 1700 North Florida Avenue.
(2) Abdulbaki Todashev news conference
Abdulbaki Todashev will attend a news conference on Tuesday to update the public in his search for answers in his son's death.
Ibragim Todashev was shot by FBI agents on May 22 during an interrogation. The agents wanted to know what connections Ibragim had to Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a 2011 triple murder.
The FBI's field office in Tampa has been overseeing the shooting death investigation.
The family's own investigation finds Ibragim was shot seven times and one of the bullets may have shot into the back of his head.
Today's news conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Tampa office.
(3) Florida Hospital Association releases program results
The Florida Hospital Association will release the results on Tuesday of a five-year statewide effort to improve hospital quality and patient safety in the state.
Florida became the first state to launch a statewide program to reduce hospital re-admissions in an effort lessen patient harm and reduce excess health care costs. Among the initiatives implemented was efforts to reduce blood stream infections and urinary tract infections.
The report will be released at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit
(4) Jamestown Apartments renovation celebration
The City of St. Petersburg will celebrate the completion of renovations of the Jamestown Apartment and Town Home complex on Tuesday.
More than a million dollars from city funds and federal grants allowed crews to install new HVAC systems, upgraded electrical panels, new appliances, laminate floors and changed laundry connections.
The complex was originally built in 1976.
Mayor Bill Foster, Council Chari Karl Nurse and member of the city staff will celebrate the renovations at the complex at 10:30 a.m.
(5) Seattle Mariners vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to end their worst losing streak of the season on Tuesday night.
The Rays did not win a single game on their five-game road trip to Arizona and Los Angeles. The team's six-game losing streak is their longest since starting the season 0-6 in 2011.
In the last nine games the Rays have scored just an anemic 24 runs. However, the starting pitching has not been much better of late.
Rays starters had a 7.36 ERA on the road trip.
Chris Archer hopes to turn that around tonight. He gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings last Wednesday before leaving with a minor arm injury. Over his past nine starts Archer is 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA.
Seattle will counter with Erasmo Ramirez. He has only faced the Rays one time, a relief appearance in 2012.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit