Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: A Mother's Day message from jail; FL insiders poll; Was Cruz's father linked to JFK's killer?; Lightning game tonight at home

• She sits outside the sewing circle, her plastic chair tipped toward the door. Like all the other inmates, she wears gray scrubs. The dark roots of her honey-colored hair mark the months she has been behind bars. Michelle Duhamel, 47, had been in jail before, but this time it was different.

• Daniel Ruth: The Tampa Tribune gave me a chance. After 121 years, The Tampa Tribune ceased publication last week after being acquired by the Tampa Bay Times. In simple terms, this was a sensible business transaction. In human terms, a newspaper went dark and scores of its employees lost their jobs.

• With likely 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phillip Levine already spending money on political ads and likely Republican candidate Adam Putnam already positioning himself as the leader of the Florida GOP, we surveyed more than 100 of Florida's smartest politicos about what they expect in that race.

'Zombies' and seizures: Tampa discovers it has new problems with spice.

• When the Honda plunged into the murky waters of the pond, a grim clock started ticking for three teenage girls inside. The odds were stacked against them. The incident highlights the challenges of trying to rescue people from submerged vehicles. In some cases, experts say, there simply is no chance that first responders can get to a car in time to save someone inside.

• It's a case study in Donald Trump's art of the unreal. First, raise an outrageous untruth: Trump throws a rhetorical grenade at rival Ted Cruz on the day of the critical Indiana primary, linking Cruz's father to the man who shot President John F. Kennedy. Cruz's father calls the charge "ludicrous" and PolitiFact agrees, rating it Pants on Fire.

• According to climate change experts, the Tampa Bay area doesn't stand a chance. The St. Pete Pier is poised to survive doomsday sea level rise scenario.

• Does the retirement of Shamu make you more or less likely to visit SeaWorld? Columnist Bob Trigaux has some ideas.

• Follow the Lightning live tonight at home in their game versus the New York Islanders at 7 p.m.

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