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THE DAYSTARTER: YOUR EARLY LOOK AT TODAY’S HEADLINES


Following tea party playbook, 'Indivisible' tries to nudge Congress away from Trump

TAMPA — The married couple stood on the sidewalk in front of the gleaming high rise, clutching pink posters as traffic zoomed by on West Kennedy Boulevard. It was Valentine's Day, and …

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Scientists say they've discovered a 'hidden continent'

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  1. From the food editor: Making ricotta gnocchi is the easiest path to homemade pasta

    Cooking

    Usually, there comes a point at which something goes terribly wrong.

    Ricotta Gnocchi. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  2. Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy

    National

    WEST PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser — and even a few holes of golf.

    President Donald Trump talks to reporters on board Air Force One as he arrived to speak at his "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. [Associated Press]
  3. 'Stand your ground' hearing begins in Pasco theater shooting case

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — Curtis Reeves, the man accused in the fatal 2014 shooting in a Wesley Chapel movie theater, is in court this morning for a hearing to determine if he should be immune from prosecution under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

    Former Tampa Police captain Curtis Reeves Jr., attends a pretrial hearing with his attorneys Richard Escobar, right,  and Dino Michaels before Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City in 2014. [Times files]
  4. Florida education news: Budget cuts, teacher evaluations, A-Plus funds and more

    Blogs

    BUDGET CUTTING: Hillsborough County school district officials are hesitant to cut grant-funded programs that help students, even after the money runs out.

  5. Pedestrian killed after being struck by dump truck in Tampa

    Accidents

    A pedestrian was killed Monday morning after being struck by a dump truck in Tampa.

  6. Forecast: Foggy morning transitions into warm, sunny day across Tampa Bay

    Weather

    A foggy morning for some Tampa Bay residents will transition into a warm, sunny day throughout the region.

    [WTSP]
  7. For decades they hid Jefferson's mistress - now Monticello is making room for Sally Hemings

    Nation

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The room where historians believe Sally Hemings slept was just steps away from Thomas Jefferson's bedroom. But in 1941, the caretakers of Monticello turned it into a restroom.

    For more than 50 years The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has been working to incorporate the story on the enslaved community on Jefferson's plantation. [Washington Post]
  8. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott's misleading attack on fellow Republicans

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott is painting fellow Republicans as job-killers for their support of a bill that would decimate the state's agencies for tourism promotion and business incentives.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a roundtable discussion about the local economic impact of VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida in Panama City Beach on Feb. 14, 2017.  (Andrew Wardlow/News Herald via AP)
  9. Following tea party playbook, 'Indivisible' tries to nudge Congress away from Trump

    Politics

    TAMPA — The married couple stood on the sidewalk in front of the gleaming high rise, clutching pink posters as traffic zoomed by on West Kennedy Boulevard.

    Sandra Duenas, 53, right, joined about 150 protesters from a variety of local groups for a demonstration Tuesday in front of the Tampa district office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on West Kennedy Blvd. Groups challenging President Trump have coalesced, locally and nationwide, through a how-to manual titled "The Indivisible Guide." [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]

  10. Dutch babies 101: What they are and how to cook them, plus recipes

    Cooking

    When it comes to pancakes, I usually go Dutch.

    The golden brown pancake bakes dramatically, ballooning to twice the height of the pan before collapsing in on itself.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Andrew Gillum. The little-known 37-year-old mayor of Tallahassee may seem like a longshot for governor, but as the crowd of white Democrats looking at running grows (Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, Orlando businessman Chris King, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, lawyer John Morgan of Orlando, among them) the odds of anAfrican-American candidate winning the primary where 30 percent of the voters are black seems not so bleak....

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Evan Longoria got in some early work despite the fog.

Port Charlotte report: Rays all together now

After a foggy start to the morning in Port Charlotte, the Rays are set for their first full-squad workout of the spring, taking the field at around 10:30.

Before heading out, there is a meeting in the clubhouse where manager Kevin Cash and front-office officials will address the 65 players in camp.

The highlight - or, if you are a hitter, lowlight - of the day will live batting practice, starting around 12:10, with flamethrowing Jose Alvarado and Ryne Stanek among the pitchers scheduled for work.

Check back later for updates....

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After many delays, Disney's Rivers of Light nighttime show finally opened at Animal Kingdom this week.

Review: Disney's Rivers of Light show turns on the H2-oh!

Last spring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom teased the media with a brief preview of Rivers of Light, a theatrical show  that carried the promise — and the burden — of being a signature event designed to keep guests into the park’s new evening hours. Disney anticipated a summer opening....

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