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Afternoon update: Chad Oulson's widow says Curtis Reeves was 'rude,' 'angry,' 'demanding' before firing

Nicole Oulson, widow of Chad Oulson, testifies under questioning from Curtis Reeves' legal team during court proceedings at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City Thursday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Nicole Oulson, widow of Chad Oulson, testifies under questioning from Curtis Reeves' legal team during court proceedings at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City Thursday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
Published Feb. 23, 2017

Here's what you may have missed, and what you need to know as you start winding down:

WIDOW OF MAN SHOT IN THEATER SAYS CURTIS REEVES WAS 'RUDE,' 'ANGRY,' 'DEMANDING' BEFORE HE FIRED

Nicole Oulson, widow of the man who was shot and killed in a Wesley Chapel movie theater, testified today that Curtis Reeves was "rude," "angry," and "demanding" before he shot her husband. Oulson, who was seated next to Chad Oulson, in a Cobb Grove 16 theater, said "it felt like an order" when Reeves asked her husband to turn off his cell phone during previews for the movie Lone Survivor. Follow our live blog for the latest updates from the courtroom.

YOUR AFTERNOON TRAFFIC AND WEATHER REPORT

As you head out for your drive home, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

TRUMP'S ACTION ON TRANSGENDER RESTROOM RULES CHANGES NOTHING LOCALLY

The White House on Wednesday rescinded instructions from the Obama administration, which advised schools to allow students to use the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. In Hillsborough, this week's reversal should not be a problem because district leaders were careful to craft a solution that did not create an explicit policy on transgender restroom use. Instead, Hillsborough established at least one universal gender, single-use restroom in each school.

RUBIO, SUDDENLY BACK FROM EUROPE, IS CONFRONTED IN MIAMI

Sen. Marco Rubio surfaced in Miami today and was confronted by an activist who wants to know why he isn't holding a town hall, like many other lawmakers across the country this week. The scene adds to a strange series of events surrounding Rubio's whereabouts.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ?

Gun injuries are a growing problem for Florida's children, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state, the Tampa Bay Times has found. To determine how many kids are shot each year — accidentally, intentionally or during the commission of a crime — the Times looked at millions of hospital discharge records for patients across Florida, as well as data collected by the state's 24 medical examiners. The analysis found that, between 2010 and 2015, nearly 3,200 kids 17 and younger were killed or injured by firearms. Put another way, a child in Florida was shot, on average, every 17 hours.

USF LEADS NATION IN PRODUCING PRESTIGIOUS FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS

With 12 faculty members named as Fulbright Scholars in the 2016-2017 year, the University of South Florida led the nation in producing winners of the prestigious awards. USF's number is double last year's, putting it in the top spot among research institutions nationwide, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State and Institute of International Education, and highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

COSTS FOR NEW ST. PETERSBURG POLICE STATION KEEP RISING

The potential price tag of a new police headquarters continues to rise as City Council members last week tentatively approved spending another $4.2 million to add energy efficient features and more parking. The rising cost of the police headquarters mirrors the recent price hike for the new Pier. Add to that a steadily increasing bill to fix the city's leaky sewers, soon to be under a state consent order.

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DEMOCRATIC RACE FOR GOVERNOR IS UNDERWAY

It's a safe bet that both Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Miami Beach Beach Mayor Philip Levine will sound very much like gubernatorial candidates when they address gathering Friday for the Central Florida Urban League's Cornerstone Awards. That's because for all purposes they already are running for governor. So is former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee. They're traveling the state, interviewing and hiring campaign consultants, meeting with key donors, activists and others.

GASPARILLA HALF-MARATHON WILL BE ONE OF LAST STOPS FOR FABLED DISTANCE RUNNER

The final stretch of Meb Keflezighi's fabled running career will include a section of Bayshore Boulevard. From there, his finish line looms, a few more miles — and months — in the northerly distance. The wildly popular Olympic medalist says this fall's New York City Marathon will be his last competitive race.

SOCCER FANS SUPPORT ST. PETERSBURG STADIUM REFERENDUM

The St. Petersburg City Council chamber had plenty of soccer aficionados outfitted in green and gold show up last week to support the Tampa Bay Rowdies' bid to join Major League Soccer and expand their home at Al Lang Stadium. The proposed ordinance would authorize a May 2 referendum that would allow the city to negotiate a long-term lease with the Rowdies contingent upon the team receiving an MLS expansion slot from the United States' premier soccer league.

BUCS GM NEEDS TO DUPLICATE FREE AGENT SUCCESS OF 2016

Bucs general manager Jason Licht and his staff have built a solid core of players through the draft and their approach to free agency has changed for the better. Licht just needs to build on the success he had last year in free agency and it will become an important tool to push the Bucs into playoff contention.

DROUIN A GAME-TIME DECISION, VASILEVSKIY LIKELY IN NET

Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin has been battling the flu the past couple weeks, making what he's done on the ice all the more remarkable. Coach Jon Cooper said Drouin will be a game-time decision tonight against the Calgary Flames, having missed Wednesday's practice. In net, it looks like Andrei Vasilevskiy will start.

HOTEL BAR IN TAMPA OFFERS FAMOUS COCKTAILS

One of the more recent additions to the Tampa cocktail scene has something new to offer, and it's brilliant in its simplicity. Simply named Hotel Bar, the concept is to serve cocktails originally made famous by bartenders at various international hotels. Many familiar cocktails created at hotel bars — the Sidecar, the Vieux Carre, the Sazarac — are already well-established in modern cocktail culture, but this Hotel Bar has done its homework, bringing a handful of less-familiar concoctions to the menu.

'LOGAN' IS A GRIPPING WOLVERINE STORY TO TAKE SERIOUSLY

James Mangold's Logan is an uncommonly mature comic book movie, practically from another universe unto itself. It's a movie demanding and deserving to be taken seriously, an elegy for a mutant, writes Times movie critical Steve Persall.

'WHEN WE RISE' IS A NECESSARY CONVERSATION ON HISTORY AND FUTURE ON LGBTQ RIGHTS

When We Rise explores the turbulent and passionate history of the LGBTQ rights movement, but it also challenges us to join the battle for equal rights. ABC's four-part special series chronicles the start of the LGBTQ rights movement from its rocky beginnings in the 1970s to present day. It's told through the eyes of some of those who lived through the discrimination and violence, namely Cleve Jones, Ken Jones and Roma Guy.

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