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COOL ATLANTIC COULD MEAN A WEAKER HURRICANE SEASON
Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach is banking on. His team released its last hurricane forecast of the 2018 season today, and Klotzbach offered encouraging news for those who live in the path of Atlantic storms. He predicted the season will bring a slightly below-average number of storms. Klotzbach anticipates the rest of the Atlantic storm season will see nine named storms, including three hurricanes and one major hurricane — a Category 3 storm or above with winds speeds of at least 111 mph.
TAMPA APPELLATE JUDGES LONG FOR A HOME (WITHOUT BULLETS)
Four of Florida's five district appellate courts have secure courthouses. But the 2nd District Court of Appeal, which meets in Tampa, leases space in a law school. In May, a stray bullet pierced a judge's third-floor office window. Despite the court's pleas to the Florida Legislature, there are no concrete plans to fund a new courthouse anytime soon.
TRUMP PROTESTOR: 'I DIDN'T THINK I'D EXPERIENCE THAT MUCH ANGER'
Standing among a sea of President Donald Trump's most fervent supporters, the protesters waited for their moment. They had stood in line for hours Tuesday, forcing themselves to smile when the crowd around them erupted into chants of "Build that wall!" Trump's beloved wall, after all, was a symbol of what protesters like Aida Mackic, a Muslim woman, had come to the rally to challenge. As Trump started talking about the November election, the six women shouted, "Immigrant rights are human rights!" Then, "Shame on you!" Videos posted online show the surrounding crowd turning on them like roiled wasps.
DESPITE BOYCOTTS AND DIE-INS, PUBLIX SALES WERE UP THE PAST THREE MONTHS
Publix stores rang up $8.8 billion in sales during the months of April, May and June, a $400 million increase over the same period last year. That covers the months when Parkland students and other gun-reform activists encouraged a widespread boycott of the Lakeland-based grocery change due to the company's six-figure contributions to Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor who in a tweet last year declared himself a "proud NRA sellout."
NCAA CLEARS FLORIDA GATORS TRANSFERS VAN JEFFERSON AND TREVON GRIMES
The Florida Gators' receiving corps got a boost today when the program announced transfers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson have been cleared for immediate eligibility by the NCAA. Grimes played sparingly last season at Ohio State but was a blue-chip recruit at Fort Lauderdale powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. Jefferson is a bigger addition, although he still requires a waiver from the SEC to be eligible for this season.
JEREMIH, TEYANA TAYLOR CONCERT IN TAMPA CANCELED
A bad week for local hip hop and R&B fans has gotten even worse. Days after a canceled Lauryn Hill concert was supposed to rock Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, R&B stars Jeremih and Teyana Taylor have called off their concert Friday at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. Ticketholders will be automatically refunded, or you can get more info at point of purchase. The Ritz Ybor's website blames only "unforeseen circumstances," and who knows what that could mean. But we do know Saturday's concert at Orlando's Plaza Live has also been canceled for the same reasons.