Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Obama at Hiroshima; Marco Rubio; bed bugs on campus; Disney; Ducky's; Raymond; and Alexander Hamilton

President Barack Obama called for an end to nuclear weapons in a solemn visit to Hiroshima. The president may have faced the legacy of Hiroshima most directly with his embrace of a man who survived the devastating atomic blast. Read the full text of his speech or watch video from the visit.

MARCO RUBIO 2.0

The once overly scripted presidential candidate has relaxed, flashing humor on Twitter, but also frustration about speculation over what he'll do after leaving the Senate in January, or if he'll run for another term, gossip fueled by his renewed focus on Florida and media outreach. Marco Rubio's rehab project has layers but one measure stands out: Since leaving the presidential trail, he has not missed a single vote. In the meanwhile, Donald Trump has now endorsed Rubio: for Senate, and Florida's CFO Jeff Atwater really wants Rubio to run for reelection.

CREEPY CRAWLIES IN THE CLASSROOMS

Six classrooms and a reception area in the Muma College of Business building at the University of South Florida are infested with bed bugs.

DIMINISHED DISNEY?

There's a disturbance in the theme park force. It seems Disney's and Orlando's long-standing domination of the global theme park business is no longer a given. As Walt Disney Co. prepares to open its first mainland China theme park in Shanghai on June 16, China's richest billionaire has some objections.

DUCKY'S OPENS AT TIA

Ducky's, the sports lounge and restaurant co-owned by Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, had its grand opening this morning at Tampa International Airport.

MORE RECALLS OVER AIRBAGS

Eight automakers are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. Is yours on the list?

LINES TOO LONG

The U.S. State Department anticipates an overwhelming demand for new and renewing passports this year because of the high number of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007. And one local official is already complaining about long wait times for passports at the Tampa airport.

MARLINS PITCHER TARGETS MASCOT

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez makes no apologies for plunking Rays mascot Raymond with a pitch when the blue furry creature ventured too close to the visitors bullpen during warmups for Thursday's game. "He was all over my business,'' Fernandez says.

HER CONNECTION TO ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Fans of Hamilton, the hottest Broadway musical in decades with a record 16 Tony nominations, are desperate for seats. Everyone wants to be in; it seems impossible to get in. And yet, right there in the center of the third row was a retired real estate agent from Seminole, the last person who ever expected to go. She thought rap was something teenagers blared driving past her house. She had never seen a Broadway show. She never would have cared about Alexander Hamilton, but for one key fact. Video.

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