Tuesday, June 19, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Ex-CentCom official may replace Flynn; nudity returning to Playboy; Virage Bayshore breaks ground; first black 'Bachelorette'

The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

EX-CENTCOM DEPUTY COMMANDER HARWARD EMERGES AS FRONT-RUNNER TO REPLACE FLYNN

Vice Adm. Robert Harward, a former deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, became the front-runner late Monday to replace Michael Flynn as the White House national security adviser, the Washington Post reported. It follows lengthy discussions among top advisers to President Donald Trump and several Cabinet members after Flynn resigned. Harward's rapid ascension to the top of Trump's three-person shortlist for the position was confirmed by two White House officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.

VIRAGE BAYSHORE TAKES SHAPE AT FORMER COLONNADE SITE ON TAMPA'S BAYSHORE BOULEVARD

The condominium tower under construction at the former site of the Colonnade restaurant on Bayshore Boulevard has a name: Virage Bayshore. The Virage Bayshore will be a 24-story, 71-unit tower with views of Hillsborough Bay and the downtown Tampa skyline. The site at 3401 Bayshore Blvd. is considered the last unclaimed parcel on Bayshore Boulevard zoned to be a high-rise tower, according to a press release. The cost per unit? A cool $1 million to $5 million.

PLAYBOY MAGAZINE REVERSES POSITION, BRINGS BACK NUDITY

[Gavin Bond | Playboy via AP]

This image released by Playboy shows Playmate Elizabeth Elam on the cover of the March-April 2017 issue of the gentleman's magazine. Naked women are back in Playboy magazine, ending a year-old ban on the nudity that made the magazine famous. The about-face came Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with the release of Playboy's March-April issue.

Naked women are back in Playboy magazine, ending a year-old ban on the nudity that made the magazine famous. Playboy celebrated the reversal on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NakedIsNormal.

AGREEMENT REACHED ALLOWING MIDYEAR TEACHER TRANSFERS

Pasco County teachers will not face a ban on midyear job transfers under an agreement reached between the school district, which had sought to limit the moves, and the teachers union. "Teachers will be able to transfer between schools," said Jim Ciadella, operations manager for the United School Employees of Pasco. "If a person is offered a job, he or she will be transferred once a qualified replacement is found." School principals will be expected to seek replacements in a timely fashion, although no time frame was established.

RAYS EAGER TO SEE HOW QUICKLY HARD-WORKING RAMOS CAN RETURN

First, the Rays have to wait for new C Wilson Ramos to report to camp in Port Charlotte, as word is he will be delayed a day or two having been rehabbing in south Florida, Marc Topkin writes. More significant will be how long they have to wait for Ramos, the All-Star signed as a free agent from Washington, to recover from his right knee ACL surgery and join their lineup, with good progress and no hints of any setbacks reported thus far.

RACHEL LINDSAY NAMED ABC'S FIRST BLACK 'BACHELORETTE'

[Rick Rowell | ABC]

Rachel Lindsay is a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor

She may still be a contestant on the ongoing season of The Bachelor, but Rachel Lindsay is going to be America's next Bachelorette. Yes, the announcement coming before her elimination on the show is a bit of a spoiler for fans, but Lindsay, 31, says that's because filming is set to start soon and they wanted to get the word out.

COOKBOOK REVIEW: 'EATING IN THE MIDDLE: A MOSTLY WHOLESOME COOKBOOK' OFFERS A GUIDE TO BALANCE

When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year. In her own efforts to eat mostly wholesome meals in the past several months, one book kept showing up on Ileana Morales Valentine's kitchen counter.

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Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

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Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

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Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

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Deadly Sunday for swimmers in bay area waters

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Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

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Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

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Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

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Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

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