Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Violence and distrust in the Syrian capital; Obama's climate change plan update; Rubio on his debate gaffes; New death penalty law in the Florida legislature; Jones on Cam Newton post-loss

Today in the Syrian capital, an ISIS-credited car bomb struck an area that had been quiet for about two years under a local agreement between the Syrian government and insurgents. The citizens who benefited from the U.S. and allies' financial and military assistance to Syrian opposition fighters now say that investment risks are going down the drain, and they see little urgency from Washington to save it.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has canceled an event in South Carolina on the heels of his disappointing finish in the New Hampshire GOP primary.

President Barack Obama's administration is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after yesterday, when a divided Supreme Court put the president's climate change plan on hold until after legal challenges are resolved.

Marco Rubio appeared on television earlier this morning, attributing his poor showing in New Hampshire to his debate meltdown and the media attention that followed.

After hearing emotional testimony from families of murder victims, Florida House members stood firm Wednesday on a new death penalty law that does not require juries to be unanimous in recommending death sentences.

Miami-Dade County is one step closer to a needle exchange program aimed at curbing the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis. Today's bill allows the University of Miami to start a five-year pilot program through which people can exchange used needles for clean ones.

It's gotten even tougher for jobless Floridians to get unemployment benefits as they try to get back to work. How Florida stacks up against other states in terms of benefits for the unemployed.

A sculpture that has prompted police calls in other cities, is now installed at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa. Why a figure on the bench in the courtyard is turning heads and making passersby think twice during the Lenten season.

It's Ash Wednesday, and at on Tampa Catholic church, Rev. Len Plazewski is putting a playful spin to the beginning of Lent with a choose-your-own-sacrifice spinning wheel, meant to nudge parishioners to make Lent a little unconventional this year.

Fries with that? A man was accused of tossing an alligator at a drive-thru in West Palm Beach. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Read the Florida man story here.

Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird — and its now-somewhat sullied hero Atticus Finch — are heading to Broadway in a new adaptation written by Aaron Sorkin.

How do we want our fallen athletes to act? We want them to hurt. We want them to be upset. We want them to be angry. But we also want them to be gracious and humble. How does Cam Newton's performance make him a polarizing figure in sports today?

Plant High has retired a class of 2008 player's jersey number. Houston Astros LF Preston Tucker's, who made his Major League debut last season with the Houston Astros on May 7, finished 2015 with 13 home runs and 33 RBIs.

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