Saturday, December 16, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Living with the birth defect linked to Zika; Publix only FL company to get national recognition; Signing day guide; 'X-Files' and 'Bachelor' recaps

One Brazilian journalist explains what it's like to live with microcephaly, the birth defect now linked to Zika virus. There is one confirmed case of the mosquito-born illness in Hillsborough County. What you need to know about the Zika virus if you live in Florida.

Publix was the only Florida brand to rank in the list of 500 most valuable global brands in business. At 229th, the Lakeland grocery chain did better than last year, and a lot better than the other thousands of brands from the Sunshine State that did not make the list.

Today, a state prison inmate on death row for three decades asked the Florida Supreme Court to spare his life because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the state's death penalty sentencing law.

Andrew H. Warren, a Democrat running for Hillsborough County State Attorney, jumped into the race last month to a lot of skepticism about his chances against long-time incumbent Mark Ober. Today, Warren has announced that he has raised over $50,000 since the start of 2016.

Last season alone, golfer Lydia Ko won five tournaments, finished second three times and earned $2.8 million more than any other player. And she doesn't turn 19 until April 24.

So you're one of the top football players in the nation. Congrats! Still debating which school will get your coveted signature? Need fashion advice for the big day? Think of this photo gallery as a primer for national signing day tomorrow. Behind the scenes, USF's coaches concede to the technological equivalent of the wing-T. Modernity takes a backseat to a modem. Why faxes are still a key player on national signing day.

Read about The X-Files'utterly zany sense of humor, delivered in fine absurdist form by writer Darin Morgan (who also wrote, among others, "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and "Humbug"). Or, if you're feeling a little self-loathing because Valentine's Day is coming up, read about the escapades of Ben Higgins and the unlucky women who vie for his love and roses on the The Bachelor.

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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