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THE DAYSTARTER: YOUR EARLY LOOK AT TODAY’S HEADLINES


Lightning trades Bishop to Kings for package of players

In return, Tampa Bay received goalie Peter Budaj, defense prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round draft pick and another conditional pick for this year.

Private prison deprived inmates of heat and hot water for months, lawmaker finds

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PolitiFact Florida: Richard Corcoran's claim about mass shootings and gun-free zones

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  1. Rubio: Town halls designed to 'heckle and scream' at me for the cameras

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio over the weekend continued to defend his decision not to hold a town hall, saying they don't result in productive engagement.

  2. The Daystarter: Colossal Oscars mishap (and our observations); huge Lightning trade; hops as Florida's next cash crop; crusade against prison abuses

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning traded goalie Ben Bishop to the L.A. Kings on Sunday. He's shown here in net against the Edmonton Oilers during second period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 21. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. Could hops be Florida's next big crop? Researchers aren't so sure yet

    Cooking

    WIMAUMA - The King of Beers is not at risk of being dethroned, but its reign is looking shakier.

    Hop cones of the cascade variety on the twine at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, where two UF researchers are doing work to develop hops in the state of Florida.
  4. Private prison deprived inmates of heat and hot water for months, lawmaker finds

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The 284 women housed in C-dorm at Gadsden Correctional Institution lived for months without hot water or heat, faced flooded bathrooms daily and endured water rations when the septic tanks were jammed with food waste.

    Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, has been on a one-man mission to force change in Florida's troubled prison system.  [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  5. Revived St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race still features McMasters family

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg-Habana Yacht Race was more than just a sporting event for the McMasters family. It was part of their identity.

    Lew McMasters Jr. and Sr. flank John McMasters on board the Marelen III in this Father's Day 1957 photo. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Yacht Club]
  6. Today: Pasco parents begin legal challenge over new school zones

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    LAND O'LAKES — Several Pasco County parents have fought for months to stop their School Board from imposing new school attendance zones, saying the process has been flawed at best.

    An image of one of the school zoning maps used by a committee of Pasco parents and school district officials back on Sept. 29, 2016. At the time, the panel was looking for ways to ease crowding at the district's two most overcrowded schools, Wiregrass Ranch High and John Long Middle. Now, after the district's recent vote to change the boundaries, some parents are taking legal action. [Times files]
  7. Persall: 'Moonlight' eclipses 'La La Land' in confused Oscars finale (w/video)

    Movies

    Oh, Oscar, even when you do something right it goes so wrong.

    Warren Beatty shows the card for Best Picture winner "Moonlight" after "La La Land" was incorrectly presented the Oscar during the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Feb. 26, 2017. [Patrick T. Fallon | The New York Times]
  8. 'Moonlight' wins best picture over 'La La Land' at botched Academy Awards (with video)

    Movies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar winner, take two.

    Jeremy Kleiner, from left, Adele Romanski and Barry Jenkins, winners of the award for best picture for "Moonlight", pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  9. Oscars fashion recap: Hardly a neck in sight!

    Blogs

    Well, well, well.

    Remember how Faye Dunaway read the wrong best movie winner? THAT WAS WEIRD.

    Janelle Monae owns the red carpet before the 89th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Noel West/The New York Times
  10. 'La La Land' mistakenly given Best Picture Oscar, but 'Moonlight' actually won (w/video)

    Blogs

    In what may go down as the most bizarre moment in Academy Awards history, La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles, which turned out to be a mistake. 

    The cast of "Moonlight" accepts the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Florida House during the 2016 session.

The annual debate over charter, traditional school capital funding resumes

Once again, Florida lawmakers will try to force school districts to share part of their local tax dollars with charter schools so that those privately managed schools can enjoy the same access to funding for maintenance and construction projects as traditional public schools....

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Rays weekend recap: A 2-1 start, bromance, Kiermaier starring

The Rays had a busy weekend, opening their 34-game exhibition slate on Friday with a win over the Twins, and posting a 2-1 record thus far. Many of the regulars have yet to play, including 3B Evan Longoria, SS Matt Duffy, 1B Logan Morrison, RF Steven Souza Jr. as well as most of the front-line pitchers.

They have a busy week ahead, including an appearance today in the Tampa Bay area, with a game at Clearwater against the Phillies, with LHP Blake Snell on the mound....

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The cast of "Moonlight" accepts the Academy Award for Best Picture.

'La La Land' mistakenly given Best Picture Oscar, but 'Moonlight' actually won (w/video)

In what may go down as the most bizarre moment in Academy Awards history, La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles, which turned out to be a mistake. ...

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