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

President Barack Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr.,a Navy SEAL who participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage in Afghanistan. Byers is the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in four decades. [Image from White House video]

President Barack Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr.,a Navy SEAL who participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage in Afghanistan. Byers is the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in four decades. [Image from White House video]

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.

VOTE FOR READER PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Submitted by Jeanne Conrad

Great White Herons courting

Every month we choose five reader-submitted photos and ask you to help pick the one that will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month. This month's choices include some truly stunning images of Florida flora and fauna.

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