Tuesday, July 17, 2018
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: How would Rubio, Murphy address medical marijuana if elected?

Here's what's new around the bay area this morning.

IF MEDICAL MARIJUANA PASSES, HOW WOULD RUBIO OR MURPHY ADVOCATE IN THE SENATE?

If Floridians vote to legalize medical marijuana through Amendment 2 on Tuesday, the state will open its borders to a new, booming industry that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in just a few years. Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy, vying for Florida's U.S. Senate seat on this year's ballot, say they support medical marijuana, but Michael Auslen says it's not entirely clear what either would do on the issue if elected.

Q POLL: CLINTON-TRUMP TOO CLOSE TO CALL; RUBIO HAS COMFORTABLE LEAD OVER MURPHY

Hillary Clinton has the slimmest of leads in Florida over Donald Trump heading into Election Day, taking 46 percent of the vote to Trump's 45 percent, according to a Qunnipiac University poll released this morning. Meanwhile, In the Senate race, Marco Rubio leads Patrick Murphy 50-43 percent.

Like it or not, this crazy election comes to an end Tuesday night. Well, at least a winner is declared. We hope. There are plenty of places to watch the results come in live and a couple election comedy specials to keep your spirits up. But if you just want to binge the night away and cautiously check the news on your phone the next morning, Chelsea Tatham suggests you dive into these shows instead.

FINAL ELECTION PUSH IN FLORIDA TODAY

Joe and Jill Biden are scheduled to campaign in Tallahassee before coming to Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg with Jimmy Buffett, Patrick Murphy and Charlie Crist. Doors for the St. Petersburg appearance open at 3 p.m., with the event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Donald Trump will appear at Robarts Arena in Sarasota starting at 11.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING NOW TO PREPARE FOR THANKSGIVING

Most people don't wait until the week of to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. Many cooks, especially those who are hosting a lot of people, are planning/dreading/anticipating the year's largest meal weeks before. Food editor Michelle Stark offers some key things to start thinking about in the coming weeks if you have turkey on the brain.

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Louisiana shipbuilder hopes to bring 1,000 jobs to Tampa shipyard through Coast Guard icebreaker program

Louisiana shipbuilder hopes to bring 1,000 jobs to Tampa shipyard through Coast Guard icebreaker program

TAMPA — Tampa could welcome the arrival of more than 1,000 new shipbuilding jobs if Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards wins a major contract to build up to six Coast Guard polar icebreakers.The contract would mean filling Bollinger’s production faci...
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SWAT team, K-9’s and bomb squad drill at Strawberry Crest High to prevent next mass shooting

SWAT team, K-9’s and bomb squad drill at Strawberry Crest High to prevent next mass shooting

DOVER — Carlos Gonzalez, the head of custodians at Strawberry Crest High School, sat in his golf cart Tuesday morning as the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s aerial unit circled in a helicopter above, casting long, jagged shadows on the football field b...
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Golfing with the guys is nothing new for Brittany Lincicome

Golfing with the guys is nothing new for Brittany Lincicome

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Watch this bicyclist ignore barriers, fall into gap on Wisconsin draw bridge

MENASHA, Wis. — Police say a bicyclist who weaved past the gates blocking access to a bridge over a river in eastern Wisconsin escaped serious injury after falling into the gap that was created when the bridge started to rise. Wisconsin Department of...
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Police: Clearwater man crashes stolen car, flees while friend is in back seat

Police: Clearwater man crashes stolen car, flees while friend is in back seat

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man was arrested after he was accused of stealing a car Monday night, running a red light and crashing into a car.After the crash, police say Rico Hayes, 21, ran from the scene holding a bottle of liquor, leaving an injured ...
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He walked 20 hours to work after his car broke down. His boss bought him a new one.

He walked 20 hours to work after his car broke down. His boss bought him a new one.

PELHAM, Ala. — An Alabama college student whose car broke down just before his first day of work made the 20-mile (32-kilometer) journey on foot, a feat that earned him fame — and a new car. News outlets report that hours before his first day working...
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MLB commissioner confident Rays owner is ‘going to get’ stadium deal done

MLB commissioner confident Rays owner is ‘going to get’ stadium deal done

WASHINGTON – MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the time is now for the Rays stadium situation to be resolved with partnership from the community and business on financial support and he is confident in principal owner Stuart Sternberg's creativ...
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Trains crashes into car in Dade City, injuring one

Trains crashes into car in Dade City, injuring one

DADE CITY — One person was seriously injured Tuesday when a train struck a car near the 37900 block of Vitality Way, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.The person, who has not been identified, was pulled from an SUV and flown from the scene by med...
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SEC media days: On Gators’ Van Jefferson and UCF’s McKenzie Milton

SEC media days: On Gators’ Van Jefferson and UCF’s McKenzie Milton

ATLANTA — We still don't know whether receiver Van Jefferson will be eligible at Florida.But we do know how one of his former quarterbacks feels about his potential in Gainesville."He's just an explosive guy," Ole Miss quarterback Jordan T...
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Artist, advocate, Marine: New Pasco school security director compelled to serve

Artist, advocate, Marine: New Pasco school security director compelled to serve

LAND O’ LAKES — Chris Stowe has a storied past as an explosives technician in the U.S. Marine Corps.The retired master gunnery sergeant has mementos of his service — a field knife mounted to the lid of an explosives box, for instance — hanging promin...
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