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Top 5 at noon: Trump attacks Andrew Gillum as 'a failed socialist mayor'; Trade Commission nullifies newsprint tariffs; and more

Andrew Gillum pauses, overcome with emotion, as he accepts the nomination to be Florida's Democratic Party candidate for governor, Tuesday in Tallahasse. [Photo by Colin Hackley]
Andrew Gillum pauses, overcome with emotion, as he accepts the nomination to be Florida's Democratic Party candidate for governor, Tuesday in Tallahasse. [Photo by Colin Hackley]
Published Aug. 29, 2018

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TRUMP ATTACKS ANDREW GILLUM AS 'A FAILED SOCIALIST MAYOR'

President Donald Trump, fresh off victory with Ron DeSantis, attacked Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum this morning, deeming him a "failed Socialist Mayor" who "allowed crime & many other problems to flourish" in Tallahassee. "This is not what Florida wants or needs!" the president said in an 8 a.m. tweet. Gillum, 39 and the first black nominee for governor in Florida, has not identified as a democratic socialist but embraced the rising progressive wing of the party and adopted policies such as Medicare-for-All and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He favors impeaching Trump. Here are the winners and losers of Florida's primary election.

IN VICTORY FOR NEWSPAPERS,TRADE COMMISSION NULLIFIES NEWSPRINT TARIFFS

In a major victory for newspapers, an oversight panel today wiped away tariffs on Canadian newsprint imports. The Tampa Bay Times helped lead the push-back and was backed by other news organizations and a bipartisan group of lawmakers. The International Trade Commission was reviewing whether U.S. producers of certain groundwood paper products, including newsprint, have been materially injured because of imports from Canada. The commission's findings play a critical role in whether the Department of Commerce makes the tariffs permanent.

BEACH ACCESS BATTLE, ALGAE BLOOMS APPEAR TO COST RICK SCOTT VOTES

While everyone was glued to the governor's race Tuesday night, Gov. Rick Scott was cruising to victory in a little-noticed Republican U.S. Senate primary. Scott crushed his little-known opponent, Roque (Rocky) de la Fuente, a wealthy California businessman, with nearly 89 percent of the vote. But a closer look at county-by-county results strongly suggests that Republicans in two counties sent Scott a message of disapproval over his handling of two highly controversial issues: access to Florida beaches and toxic algae blooms in Florida waterways.

WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER CONCRETE PIECES FALLS FROM TAMPA'S FLORIDAN HOTEL

A woman was hospitalized Tuesday night after a chunk of concrete plunged from the historic Floridan Palace Hotel and struck her in the leg while a watch party was underway inside for attorney general nominee Ashley Moody. The incident prompted city officials to order the hotel owner to hire an engineer to do a thorough inspection of the building and install netting around the building as a precaution.

SUPER CUTE ENDANGERED GIRAFFE-LIKE BABY OKAPI BORN AT ZOOTAMPA

A shy endangered animal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and zebra has given birth. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is puffed up and proud of the new parents and their part in easing the mother's transition to a successful birth. But first, look at that cute baby okapi (pronounced oh-COP-ee) with legs that look like they are sporting knee socks. The calf was born to parents Betty and Zach, who arrived at the Tampa zoo in 2006 and are part of the Species Survival Plan of the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums.

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