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FLORIDA INSIDERS: JOHN MORGAN IS STRONGEST DEM FOR GOVERNOR, BUT GWEN GRAHAM PROBABLY WINS PRIMARY
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan is scheduled to address the Tampa Tiger Bay Club today, which means Florida's political world once again considers whether he does or does not sound like a probable candidate. The man himself told Adam C. Smith that he is more likely to run than I suspect he is, but many of Florida's savviest political operators also have their doubts. Our latest Florida Insider Poll finds that nearly 70 percent of the 188 campaign consultants, political scientists, party activists, money-raisers and lobbyists we surveyed doubt the wealthy Orlando area attorney who bankrolled the successful medical marijuana ballot initiative will enter the race.
POLITIFACT'S GUIDE TO FAKE NEWS WEBSITES AND WHAT THEY PEDDLE
At first glance, BostonTribune.com certainly seems like a trustworthy information source. So does KMT11.com. And ABCNews.com.co. Even 24wpn.com has an official ring to it. But all of these websites peddle bogus stories, either by making up fake news or sharing it from other sources. And it's not always apparent to readers that's the case. Since December, we at PolitiFact have been partnering with Facebook to root out fabricated reports shared by social media users. We've written more than 80 fact-checks about fake news stories. We've noted some trends along the way, chief among them that it can be really difficult for readers — from casual skimmers to seasoned newshounds — to spot fake news outlets when they pop up. Read Joshua Gillin's analysis.
IN CLEARWATER, A NEW PARAMEDIC UNIT FOR MEDICAL CALLS IMPROVES RESPONSE FOR BIGGER EMERGENCIES
The Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department's new "peak unit" is designed to respond to medical emergencies during hours that experience a higher call load. The unit is in the third week of a two-month trial to find out if it can take pressure off a system that has seen an increase in EMS call volume of about 4 to 5 percent each year, said Chief Scott Ehlers. Kathryn Varn has the details.
THE PROBLEM WITH THE BUCCANEERS' 2017 SCHEDULE THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED NOW
Now that you've seen the Bucs' 2017 schedule, have you had time to digest how the season might shake out? Thomas Bassinger has some thoughts, including what dangers lie ahead.
TOP CANADIAN OFFICIAL WARNS BORDER ADJUSTMENT TAX AND TRUMP 'BUY AMERICAN' POLICY COULD HURT FLORIDA
As Canada's first astronaut in space, Marc Garneau has a long history with Florida: He's visited the state more than 100 times, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center aboard three space shuttle missions and each time safely touched down again in Florida. This week Garneau is back, this time with warnings about what could be a bumpy ride ahead for two close friends, Canada and the United States. Richard Danielson has the details.
FLORIDA EDUCATION NEWS: TESTING, CLASSROOM EFFICIENCIES, RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION AND MORE
Jeffrey S. Solochek recaps a busy week in education news across the state.
OFFICIALS: POLICE HAD CHAMPS-ELYSEES ATTACKER IN THEIR GRASP
The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France's presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press. He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of two police officers.
LEGACY GALA LOOKS TO ENLIST ALUMNI IN RESTORING CHAMBERLAIN'S LUSTER
It began during informal lunches where Chamberlain High School alumni wondered what they could do to help improve the school. It grew into planning meetings where diverse groups — alumni, faculty, students and community stakeholders — began to dream big. It has evolved into the inaugural Chamberlain High School Legacy Gala: "Bridging the Legacy — Fostering the Future'' on Saturday.
MOJO BOOKS AND RECORDS OWNERS TALK RECORD STORE DAY, THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND MORE
[Charlie Kaijo | Times]
A decade ago, opening a brick-and-mortar book and record store was as dicey an investment as it still sounds today. That didn't stop Dan Drummond and Melanie Cade from opening such a shop near the University of South Florida in Tampa. Today, Mojo Books and Records is coasting right along, thanks in part to another institution marking its 10th edition in 2017: Record Store Day. The annual celebration of independent record store culture returns Saturday, the same day Mojo marks its 10th anniversary with a day of music and giveaways at their store. Read Jay Cridlin's interview.
FED CUP: TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO SADDLEBROOK FOR SHELBY ROGERS
About 15 months after arriving at Saddlebrook inconspicuously, Shelby Rogers returns triumphantly — as a member of the U.S. Fed Cup team. Rehab has evolved into a rebirth. This time, a few hundred more spectators will be watching. She'll take center court Saturday against the Czech Republic as the world's 49th-ranked singles player, and the first American woman not named Williams to reach the French Open quarterfinals since 2005.