Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Fernandez's Alonso jersey missing; bridge plans surprise more officials; Dreamers target Rubio; fatal N.J. train crash

FERNANDEZ'S JERSEY TAKEN DURING VIGIL AT ALONSO HIGH

The Alonso High School baseball jersey worn by Jose Fernandez on display in a dugout during a vigil for the late Miami Marlins pitcher, was reported as missing after the gathering Wednesday night. The school filed a report with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is pleading for whoever took the jersey to return it. Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boat crash Sunday off Miami Beach.

WE ASKED 14 OFFICIALS ABOUT PLANS FOR HOWARD FRANKLAND BRIDGE

Confusion is swirling around the Florida Department of Transportation's plan to rebuild the northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge. The state is converting one of the four lanes in each direction to a toll lane — a fact that surprised many people, including some local officials. How many other officials were in the dark?

DREAMERS TARGET RUBIO FOR DEFEAT, SAY HE 'ABANDONED' THEM

For Sen. Marco Rubio, no issue has been thornier than his position on immigration reform, and more specifically what to do with young immigrants, often called Dreamers, brought to the country illegally by their parents. The desperate voices Rubio once put his political capital on the line for now use words like "traitor" when describing him.

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Train personnel survey the New Jersey transit train that crashed into a platform at the Hoboken Terminal on Thursday in Hoboken, N.J.

TRAIN CRASHES INTO NEW JERSEY STATION; ONE DEAD

A commuter train from New York barreled into a New Jersey rail station without stopping and crashed during this morning's rush hour, killing one person and injuring more than 100, some critically. An official says she doesn't know yet how fast the train was going when it ran into the rail bumper at the end of the line.

REPORT: TRUMP BROKE CUBAN EMBARGO

Donald Trump's hotel and casino company secretly spent money trying to do business in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo, Newsweek reported today in a story that could endanger the Republican presidential nominee's Cuban-American support in South Florida.

POLITIFACT: CLAIMS THAT CLINTON WORE EARPIECE AT DEBATE DON'T HOLD UP

The Internet had lots of questions about the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Here's one of them: Was Clinton wearing an earpiece? Was she cheating, wearing a hearing aid or fitted with an "anti-seizure device"? A close examination of images finds nothing to support the theory.

DEPUTIES POST EVICTION NOTICE AT MOSLEY MOTEL

Pinellas sheriff's deputies descended on the troubled Mosley Motel this morning, posted an eviction notice and went door-to-door telling residents that if they were not out by Monday they would be evicted without a chance to take their property. Cliff Smith, the city's manager of veterans, social and homeless services, has been working to help find housing for residents before the rundown property's new owners follow through on plans to demolish the building.

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Cuban artist Michel Mirabal, center, with assistants Yoel Valdes, left, and Manuel Quintiana, blend the flags of the United States and Cuba for Mirabal's mural in the Warehouse Arts district.

ACC TITLE GAME MOVING TO ORLANDO

The worst kept secret in college football is officially official: The ACC football championship game is moving from Charlotte, N.C., to Orlando, and will be played Dec. 3 at Camping World Stadium, the league announced. The move will force state high school championship games scheduled for that weekend to be move to the following weekend.

RENOWNED CUBAN ARTIST'S PAINTS ST. PETERSBURG MURAL

The work of Cuban artist Michel Mirabal emerged as a symbol of renewed relations between his nation and the United States when one of Mirabal's paintings served as backdrop for a historic news conference by President Barack Obama at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Now, St. Petersburg is sharing in the symbolism with a mural by Mirabal in the Warehouse Arts District

BLIND VOTING A SOLUTION TO 'HYPER-PARTISANSHIP'?

Coral Gables businessman Tony Khoury, an independent candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate seat, says "on certain hot issues" — like funding to combat the Zika virus — senators shouldn't have to be pressured or labeled as having voted for or against. Khoury also had harsh criticism for the frontrunners, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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