Saturday, February 24, 2018
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christie faces scandal over traffic jam

Emails and texts reveal that a top aide orchestrated the massive tie-up in Fort Lee, N.J., in September to punish the town's mayor for not backing Gov. Chris Christie for re-election. Nation, 2A

Accuser to sue Winston, police

The attorney for the woman who accused Jameis Winston of rape tells ABC News she'll sue the Florida State star quarterback and Tallahassee police. Sports, 1C

Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes 3

Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine of the Braves and Frank Thomas of the White Sox are the newest to be elected. Sports, 1C

Influential law firm considers merger

Prominent Tampa law firm Fowler White Boggs discusses a merger with a far larger firm in Pittsburgh. Local, 1B

Public apology results in arrest

A New Port Richey man with a history of domestic violence violates a restraining order when he posts signs apologizing and proposing to his ex-girlfriend. Local, 1B

Experts testify in abortion pill case

In the sentencing phase of John Andrew Welden's trial, a doctor says that chance of a spontaneous miscarriage was very low. Local, 1B

Nordstrom Rack coming to Brandon

The fashion department store will open its second discount offshoot in the bay area this fall. Business, 4B

Scientology denies harassing woman

A Scientology lawyer says confrontations with a defector were "peaceful protests." Nation, 3A

White House goes on defensive

It rushes to curb political fallout from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' critical tell-all book. Nation, 2A

Food companies cutting calories

A study finds calories in products are the equivalent of 78 per person per day lower, four times more than companies pledged to cut by 2015. Daily Briefing, 7A

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High school scoreboard for Feb. 23

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 2, Crystal River 0BaseballCalvary Christian 9, Countryside 2Northeast 15, Tarpon Springs 1
Updated: 3 hours ago
Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

Florida Capitol Republicans promise ‘complete investigation’ of what went wrong

TALLAHASSEE — A bombshell that South Florida police ignored tips that a teenager was planning an assault on a school and then failed to stop him when he attacked seems destined to complicate the election-year discussion around mass shootings.Even in ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Top Justice official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

Top Justice official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

WASHINGTON — A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process of senior adviser Jared Kushner, three people fami...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

Indiana man killed, two hurt as boats collide on Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — Arthur D. Showley, 75, went fishing early Friday morning, something he did two or three times a week, friends said. When they saw his car and trailer still parked near a community boat ramp at 2 p.m., they thought that was strange."He never ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Here are the GOP’s responses to the Parkland massacre. Would any have worked?

Gov. Rick Scott and Republican leadership in the Florida Legislature have rolled out their ideas for change in response to the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But would these measures have made a difference in the worst mass...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

Former Florida congressmen say gun control measures need to go much further

TAMPA — A bipartisan pair of former congressmen spoke Friday about gun safety measures that are more drastic than those being considered following the Parkland school shootings, and about hopes for a national youth movement comparable to the 1960s an...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

Restricting bullets rather than guns might cut toll of school shootings, some experts say

This is the sad new math in the age of school slaughter.If one student comes to school with a firearm and 10 ammunition magazines filled with 30 bullets each, and another comes with a firearm and 30 magazines filled with 10 bullets each, who can crea...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

Epilogue: Lee Davis, businessman and adventurer, survived many a scrape

TAMPA — Friends and family have a saying about Lee Thornton Davis Jr. Once you met him, even for just a moment, you knew him forever."He was the most outgoing person I’d ever met," Dick Greco said, which is something coming from Tampa’s gregarious, 8...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

The head of the Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations into the way they report job placement figures says he has no intention of stepping down.That’s unless he is paid five months severance.In a letter from his attorn...
Updated: 8 hours ago
She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

She’s taught at the Parkland high school for 14 years. Can she go back?

PARKLAND — She was afraid of what it would feel like, but she needed to know, so Melissa Falkowski pulled into the faculty parking lot. She took a deep breath in through her nose and climbed out of her car. She was back, in front of Marjory Stoneman ...
Updated: 8 hours ago