Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Morning Watch: Scenes from Tampa's first Cuba flight; updating Florida's constitution; boaters kill record number of manatees

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SCENES FROM TAMPA'S FIRST CUBA FLIGHT IN 50 YEARS

"I made history at 3:30 a.m. Monday," writes reporter Paul Guzzo, who was first to arrive for Southwest Airlines Flight 3952, which departed for Havana this morning, marking the first commercial service between Tampa and the island nation in more than five decades. Guzzo sets the scene from the historic flight.

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS HAVE BIG PLANS FOR FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTION

For the first time in 20 years, Florida embarks on a constitutionally mandated update of the state Constitution next year and, if Florida's top Republican officials have their way, they will use the process to overturn the most controversial rulings of the state's high court — on education spending, private school vouchers and political redistricting. The current hand-selected panel is expected to tilt conservative and advance more ideological proposals than either of the previous two constitutional commissions.


MANATEES KILLED IN RECORD NUMBER IN 2016

The 98th manatee to die this year, the one that broke the record, was an adult female that was found dead on Dec. 2 in Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan River. The record-breaking find comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering taking manatees off its endangered list and reclassifying them as merely "threatened."

[DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

 

FENNELLY: BUCS SURE SOUND LIKE A PLAYOFF TEAM

"They sure sounded like a playoff team to me. When the reception was good, that is," writes sports columnist Martin Fennelly, who went old-school and listened to the Bucs on the car radio Sunday while traveling and came away with a fresh perspective.

AD CAMPAIGN AGAINST FAKE NEWS MIGHT RESTORE TRUST

Spurred by Tom Brokaw's appearance at the Poynter Institute's Bow Tie Ball on Dec. 9 and his comments on fake news and unreliable social networks, columnist Ernest Hooper imagines an ad campaign fronted by the legendary NBC anchor to help the media earn back the trust lost with so many Americans.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO

Check out the best of what's coming to traditional TV and what's newly streaming on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in the coming days with our weekly roundup that also includes a preview of the Lena Dunham's podcast Women of the Hour.

GIFTS FOR THE FOOD LOVER IN YOUR LIFE

There are just 11 days until Christmas. Hannukah starts even earlier, beginning the evening of Dec. 24 and ending Jan. 1. And you've probably already been to at least one holiday party. It's officially time to focus your efforts on checking off various gift lists. Food editor Michelle Stark suggests something food-related, with these ideas for food gifts you can buy or make at home.

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Fatherís Day on the water

Fatherís Day on the water

Luis Santana | TimesBoaters take advantage of the calm seas and warm weather to enjoy the waters near the Dunedin Causeway on Fatherís Day. Dozens of boats were beached along the shores of Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island State Park.
Updated: 6 hours ago
FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says heís willing to testify before Congress

FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says heís willing to testify before Congress

The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that asks, his attorney sai...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Erosion of immigrant protections began with Trump inaugural

Erosion of immigrant protections began with Trump inaugural

The Trump administrationís move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.Itís also...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Motorcyclist and pedestrian die in Pasco crash

Motorcyclist and pedestrian die in Pasco crash

NEW PORT RICHEY ó A motorcyclist and pedestrian both died in a crash Saturday night near Palmetto Road and U.S. 19, police reported.About 10:30 p.m., a St. Petersburg man, 41, was riding a 2012 Honda motorcycle north on the highway, according to the ...
Published: 06/17/18
For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

For starters: Rays at Yankees, looking to avoid a four-game sweep

UPDATE, 11:37: Interesting decision by the Rays to move Adames to 2B today and reinstall Hechavarria at SS as he came off DL following Arroyo injury.Here is the Rays lineup:Duffy 3bBauers 1bRamos cCron dhAdames 2bHechavarria ssGomez rfRefsnyder lfFie...
Published: 06/17/18
Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest

Chicago soldier killed in Korea finally being laid to rest

CHICAGO — Not long after her father went missing during the Korean War, Carol Elkin spotted then-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in downtown Chicago and did what any kid might do when coming face to face with the nation’s most famous soldier: She ...
Published: 06/17/18
1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting

TRENTON, N.J ó Shooting broke out at an all-night art festival in Trenton, New Jersey, early Sunday, sending people stampeding from the scene and leaving one suspect dead and 20 people injured, a local prosecutor said. Many of the 20 injured were tre...
Published: 06/17/18

spain600 migrants allowed off ships after rescueAbout 600 migrants disembarked from three ships Sunday in the port of Valencia, more than a week after they had been rescued at sea only to be turned away by Italy and Malta. Arriving separately, the Aq...
Updated: 5 hours ago

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Gunfire erupts at festival; 22 hurt

Gunfire erupts at festival; 22 hurt

TRENTON, N.J. ó Gunmen opened fire at an all-night arts and music festival early Sunday morning, sending people running over each other in the scramble to safety, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two suspects, were in...
Updated: 6 hours ago