Sunday, June 17, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Super Tuesday preview; Medal of Honor ceremony; Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan; NHL trades; Oscar fashions; and Indian food

Super Tuesday is the big gulp moment for any presidential candidate who makes it that far. It's the biggest day of competition in American democracy except for Election Day itself. It's super nail-bitey, super expensive and often super-clarifying — the killer and maker of dreams. Here's what you need to know. In the meantime, political editor Adam C. Smith explores the "laughable" idea that Florida Gov. Rick Scott could be Donald Trump's running mate. And Democratic U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a U.S. Senate candidate who sits on the Hillary Clinton campaign's "Florida Leadership Council," has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.

At the White House, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Edward Byers, a Navy SEAL who helped rescue an American hostage in Afghanistan in December 2012. It's unusual for a SEAL to be so public.

It's Gawker versus Hulk Hogan as a Pinellas trial starts this week. Jurors will be asked to decide whether Gawker's decision to publish a videotape of Hogan having sex with Heather Clem, along with an unfavorable review of the Hulkster's performance, constituted a violation of privacy.

Since Shaq showed up, Gainesville's "Basketball Cop" has grown from local hero to worldwide celebrity — and he's using his newfound fame to bring the sport to kids throughout the city. Bobby White, an officer with the Gainesville Police Department, recently launched the Basketball Cop Foundation, which he is using to buy basketballs, hoops and other equipment for young people who may not be able to play otherwise.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has said he'd prefer to deal suspended wing Jonathan Drouin "sooner than later." The question is, will it come by today's 3 p.m. trade deadline? Follow our live blog for all the latest developments with the Lightning and across the NHL.

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. said the intercostal strain that has sidelined him since Feb. 21 is feeling better and he has started swinging on a limited basis, but he will miss at least the first week of exhibition games. Follow The Heater for more from spring training.

If the Academy Awards show went on past your bedtime, you can catch up on the winners here.

Meanwhile, the Oscars' all-white acting nominees and subsequent boycotts really manifested on the red carpet, maybe more than ever, and that's a shame in so many ways, writes Stephanie Hayes in her critique of last night's fashions.

The rule for eating Indian food: Be adventurous and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Plus, here are some dishes you should try.

Oatmeal again? Yes, but we're offering five ideas for turning the hearty grains into bowls that are savory, instead of cinnamony or sweet. By using oats more like rice or quinoa, oatmeal becomes a breakfast or lunch option that's far from boring.

Cool mornings, clear skies and no precipitation in the forecast — that's plenty of motivation for a hike. Terry Tomalin offers a list of the gear you'll want to have.

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Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

Rays lose again to Yankees, this time 4-1

NEW YORK — Kevin Cash was not going to go all Lou Piniella on his Rays, raging and ripping and roaring over their latest mess, a 4-1 Saturday loss to the Yankees that didn't feel that close.Which is too bad because Piniella, the volcanic former...
Updated: 6 hours ago

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They fled Puerto Rico with their possessions, which they lost last week in an apartment fire

They fled Puerto Rico with their possessions, which they lost last week in an apartment fire

RIVERVIEW — It was the most routine of errands, shopping for a cooler and some shorts.Joel Jaca and Arelys Gomez, both 40, had turned an important corner, miles away from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.They had finally gotten out of their relief hotel...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

Peering into the crystal baseball to see what Rays could look like in 2019

The Rays are still talking, as they should, about playing for something this season. The reality is that almost every move they've made, going back to the end of last season, and in some cases further, has been about 2019 and beyond.Clearing out vete...
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Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

Mazzaro’s Italian Market closed after Friday night warehouse fire

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market will be closed throughout the weekend after a warehouse fire broke out Friday.A St. Petersburg Police officer noticed smoke coming from the market at 22nd Ave. N around midnight Friday, said St. Petersburg F...
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Catholic diocese celebrates 50 years in Tampa Bay and forges plan for the future

Catholic diocese celebrates 50 years in Tampa Bay and forges plan for the future

ST. PETERSBURG — At his installation as spiritual leader of Tampa Bay’s Catholics, Bishop Gregory Parkes promised to take time to get to know his people, listen to what they had to say and work to discern a plan for the future.On Sunday, 17 months la...
Updated: 11 hours ago
A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

A fentanyl death. A crackdown on opioid dealers. Will it help?

TAMPA — Loueita Hargens had known for years how her son Bradley Dykes would die. She had seen him cycle through drugs of choice, had lost track of the number of times he’d wound up in the hospital or prison.A recovering alcoholic herself, she cut him...
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AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

AP World History course is dropping thousands of years of human events - and critics are furious

Since 2002, the AP World History course has covered thousands of years of human activity around the planet, starting 10,000 years back. But now the College Board, which owns the Advanced Placement program, wants to cut out most of that history and st...
Published: 06/16/18
A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python

A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python

For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python.Wa Tiba, 54, left her home on Muna island to visit her cornfield on Thursday night, according to the Jakarta Post.The field was about a half m...
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