Monday, August 13, 2018
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Morning Watch: Trump eases on some views in New York Times interview

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

IN NEW YORK TIMES INTERVIEW, TRUMP EASES SOME VIEWS BUT STILL DEFIES PRESIDENTIAL CONVENTIONS

President-elect Donald Trump addressed several topics in an interview with The New York Times on Tuesday, including backing down on his previous promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton over the email scandal. He also expressed doubt about the value of torturing terrorism suspects and pledged to have an open mind about climate change.

SOUTH CAROLINA GOV. NIKKI HALEY TAPPED TO BE TRUMP'S U.N. AMBASSADOR

Meanwhile, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star and daughter of Indian immigrants, has accepted Trump's offer to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the coming administration, according to a person familiar with the selection process. The announcement is expected today.

MEET THE GUY WHO WAS DELIVERING GROCERIES IN TAMPA BAY LONG BEFORE SHIPT AND INSTACART ARRIVED

Long before the likes of Shipt and Instacart brought grocery delivery into the spotlight, Chris Fleming was running his own delivery service in the Tampa Bay area. See how his business differs from the newcomers and how he sees the expanding industry shaking out.

AN EMPTY-NESTER'S THANKSGIVING TABLE GROWS FOR ADOPTED FAMILY

[CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]

Mahogany Golden, 3, sits on Janiece Golden's lap while they wait for their adoption proceeding to begin at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Her sisters, Octavia Golden, 6 and Ja'Nae Golden, 7, look on. They were both adopted within the last year.

Janiece Golden, 58, knows what it's like to come home to an empty house. She did so after the son grew up and started his family, but it wasn't long before she opened her doors to others in need. This Thanksgiving, the longtime Head Start educator and frequent foster parent will add a place setting to her table for a third adopted child.

UCF TWINS SHAQUEM AND SHAQUILL GRIFFIN STAY THE COURSE, REAP BENEFITS

For three years, Shaquem Griffin was mostly stuck on the football scout team at Central Florida. He thought about transferring to another school. Shaquill Griffin made a pact with his twin brother. They joined the Knights together. If one wanted to leave, so would the other. That was part of the brother bond. Shaquem knows all about perseverance. He has excelled in sports, mostly track and football, despite having just one hand.

FOUNDER DELIGHTED TO SEE HOW MANY TAMPA BAY FAMILIES ARE NOW HELPED BY METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES

[JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

Theresa Kenney of Ybor City, left, shows her appreciation to volunteer Barbara Callahan for the box of food she collected at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent. With all the donations coming in and families in need, the tent has grown nearly fourfold since the first year it opened.

The buzz around the big Metropolitan Ministries tent Tuesday morning in Tampa was all about wide receiver Cecil Shorts of The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who joined celebrities from across the Tampa Bay area volunteering here each holiday season. But the biggest star in this charity universe was Morris Hintzman, 74, former chief executive of Metropolitan Ministries and current president of the Metropolitan Ministries Foundation — the fundraising arm of the not-for-profit group that cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. "This is because of him," said Tim Marks, the current CEO, signaling the big tent. "He started this."

UNUSUALLY LATE HURRICANE OTTO TAKES AIM AT CENTRAL AMERICA

An unusually late Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean, just off Central America, heading toward a possible landfall in Costa Rica, which hasn't seen such a storm since reliable record-keeping began in 1851. Heavy rains from the storm were blamed for three deaths in Panama on Tuesday, and officials in Costa Rica ordered the evacuation of 4,000 people from its Caribbean coast.

YOUR GUIDE TO 'GILMORE': WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE THE DEBUT OF THURSDAY'S NEW NETFLIX EPISODES

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Lauren Graham (left) and Alexis Bledel are reunited in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.'

For Gilmore Girls superfan Michelle Stark, the release on Thursday of four new mini-movies called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is surreal. She watched the show when it originally aired from 2000-20007, but has spent the past decade rewatching and rewatching. Here's everything you need to know to get ready for the reboot.

REVIEW: MILLARD'S 'HERO OF THE EMPIRE' A THRILLING TALE OF CHURCHILL'S YOUTH

Hear the name Winston Churchill and it is likely you conjure up an image of an elderly, portly, balding, cigar-chomping former prime minister of Great Britain. And that's fair. By any measure Churchill was one of the 20th century's greatest statesmen, but what you may not know is that the could also be an insufferable bore. And that is the prevailing theme of Hero of the Empire, Candice Millard's fascinating account of the younger Churchill's incredible adventures during the Boer War, when the man was young and handsome and obsessed with establishing a reputation for gallantry — to the point of foolhardiness — in the line of fire. Read Dan Ruth's review here.

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Hillsborough School District will speed up lead testing, following Times investigation

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