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  1. Tillerson to go to Russia but will skip NATO meeting next month

    Politics

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Russia next month, a week after a NATO summit meeting he is skipping, State Department officials said Monday. …

    China's President Xi Jinping, right, meets with U.S. State of Secretary Rex Tillerson at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  2. An asteroid hunter explains how she's protecting Earth from a killer space rock

    Space

    In the early hours of Oct. 6, 2008, the astronomers who study objects in Earth's neighborhood in the solar system made a startling discovery: One of those objects was going to hit Earth. In 12 hours. …

    An artist's conception of the NEOWISE spacecraft, which Carrie Nugent uses to search for near-Earth asteroids. [NASA]
  3. The Daystarter: Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day; fact-checking Trump as he returns to Florida; FSU dunks 'Dunk City'; bankrupt bank executive offered $1.4 million loan

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today. 10News WTSP The latest 7-day forecast INLINE Feels Like Temps 10News WTSP Feels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area  …

    Happy St. Patrick's Day. May we offer a few suggestions? [Times (2011)]
  4. Trump adviser Roger Stone says he was a victim in Florida hit-and-run, possibly 'deliberate'

    National

    Longtime friend of President Donald Trump and informal adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. said he was a passenger in a vehicle struck Wednesday in a hit-and-run collision in Pompano Beach. …

    Roger Stone speaks to the media at Trump Tower on Dec. 6 in New York City. Stone said he was a passenger in a vehicle struck Wednesday in a hit-and-run collision in Pompano Beach, Florida. [Spencer Platt | Getty Images]
  5. Defunct Clearwater private jet company Avantair goes from boom to bankruptcy to federal court

    Airlines

    In early 2012, Avantair was the darling of the charter plane industry and Tampa Bay business executives, a publicly traded company with a fleet of 56 executive airplanes and hundreds of employees based at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. …

    Avantair was once the darling of the charter plane industry with a fleet of 56 executive airplanes and hundreds of employees.
  6. Pinellas firefighters battling large commercial fire in Oldsmar

    Fire

    OLDSMAR — Fire crews from across Pinellas County were called in to battle a massive fire at a commercial facility on Thursday night. The fire was reported at 8:16 p.m. at a commercial building at 100 Dunbar Ave. Smoke and flames could be seen escaping the building, according to news reports. …

  7. Despite grand promises, change comes slowly to Tampa's four-time F school

    K12

    TAMPA — This was supposed to be the year things finally got better at Potter Elementary. In July, when the state Board of Education asked Hillsborough County superintendent Jeff Eakins how he planned to turn around the four-time F school, he said the district had it handled.  …

    Fourth-grade teacher Ciera Fox, 28, who attended Potter as a child, says repetition and routines help to comfort kids as they take on responsibility.
  8. Hooper: Repair-challenged homeowners can turn to on-demand Tampa app

    News

    TAMPA — Growing up, my family seldom relied on a professional handyman. When we needed something fixed, we didn't call a plumber or an electrician, we called our next door neighbors, the Toomes family. …

    Homee has turned home repairs into an on-demand service that promises a quick response, cost controls and quality service using an app similar to Uber. Photo courtesy of Homee.
  9. Academy at Fivay High shows students the basics of criminal justice

    K12

    HUDSON — During the course of a typical day at Fivay High School's Criminal Justice Academy, students might find themselves making mock arrests, testing their skills on the shooting range or deeply involved in a fingerprinting activity. …

    Dominic Hand, 16, goes through a “takedown into prone handcuff” technique on Brandon Cosh, 17, in the school wrestling room.
  10. Springstead's Rivera wins title with father in hospital

    Wrestlingpreps

    There are only a select number of wrestlers who ever earn the right to stand atop the podium at the state championships with a gold medal around their necks. And most never have to overcome the emotional obstacles Richie Rivera did last weekend. …

    Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera celebrates moments after sealing up a state title with a dramatic pin at 5:06 against Brandon ‘sTrey Lane.
  11. Colorful cast vies for Gulfport Council seats

    Elections

    GULFPORT — When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will decide whether to reward two City Council incumbents with another two-year term. One incumbent has drawn token opposition. The other has drawn a crowd. …

    Christine Brown
  12. Two-time WBC champion Japan outslugs Cuba; Israel, Netherlands win

    Sports

    TOKYO — Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a three-run homer as Japan scored five in the fifth inning on its way to an 11-6 win over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.  …

  13. Editorial: Trump travel ban better, still flawed

    Editorials

    The watered-down travel ban that President Donald Trump ordered Monday may be easier to legally defend than the more sweeping one that was poorly drafted and blocked by the courts. But this revised version remains terrible public policy that is not supported by the facts. Such an arbitrary approach will harden anti-American sentiment around the world and will not better protect the nation from terrorists. …

    The watered-down travel ban that President Donald Trump ordered Monday remains terrible public policy that is not supported by the facts.
  14. State wrestling: Northside Christian's Kamen Wilmington claims gold

    Wrestlingpreps

    KISSIMMEE — It took six trips to the state tournament to make it happen, but Northside Christian senior Kamen Wilmington finally came home with a title. …

    KISSIMMEE - Palm Harbor University 145-pounder Gavin Mitchiner made to the Class 3A state title match Saturday night and gave it a good fight before finally succumbing in a 11-3 decision. Taken 3-4-17 by Scott Purks
  15. What kind of person leaves a child in a hot car to die?

    Accidents

    Last year, it happened in Fresno, Calif., to a grandmother so distraught she could not tell responding police officers a single thing, couldn't form words. It also happened in Salisbury, N.C., to a mother who left her daughter in a black Chevrolet outside a medical center, where she worked. It happened again near Dallas, Texas, to 2-year-old Boi Lei Sang, whose parents were at bible study at Rehoboth Praise Assembly when they noticed on a hot day that only four of their five children were inside the church. …

    A deputy closes the door of a Chevrolet Equinox SUV at the Oak Park Plaza strip mall parking lot on W Lumsden Road in Brandon on Tuesday. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Fiorella Vanessa Silva-Tello, 21, left the child locked inside the vehicle at 9 a.m. when she went to work at BFF Kidz Child Care Center. It wasn't until five hours later at 2:30 p.m. that she realized she had left Jacob Manchego inside the locked vehicle. He was unresponsive when she found him. First-ad was administered until paramedics arrived, but the boy was later pronounced dead at Brandon Regional Hospital [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  16. Uber used its app to identify and block law enforcement

    Business

    Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was being resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been outright banned. …

    A program using data collected from the Uber app and other techniques was used to circumvent officials targeting the ride-hailing service. [Associated Press]
  17. Army makes history by putting Muslim in charge of 14,000 U.S. soldiers' spiritual needs (w/video)

    Military

    In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health. …

    Army Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz prays five time a day as an Islamic chaplain at the Main Post Chapel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash. [Lui Kit Wong | Tacoma News Tribune via TNS]
  18. Widespread harassment alleged at Sterling Jewelers, conglomerate behind Jared and Kay Jewelers

    Retail

    Hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate behind Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, claim that its chief executive and other company leaders presided over a corporate culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment and discrimination, according to arbitration documents obtained by the Washington Post. …

    Signet Jewelers, the parent company of Sterling, has its headquarters in Fairlawn, Ohio. [Photo for The Washington Post by Dustin Franz]
  19. Private prison deprived inmates of heat and hot water for months, lawmaker finds

    Stateroundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The 284 women housed in C-dorm at Gadsden Correctional Institution lived for months without hot water or heat, faced flooded bathrooms daily and endured water rations when the septic tanks were jammed with food waste. …

    Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, has been on a one-man mission to force change in Florida's troubled prison system.  [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
  20. Analysis: A struggle for food, hope in Venezuela

    World

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014. …

    In April, people sign a petition, organized by the opposition, to initiate a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.

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