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Afternoon update: Campbell principal's controversial comments; Morgan addresses drunk claims during appearance; who will replace Frank Artiles; Navy vet saves day for children's museum

 
Republican state senator Frank Artiles, R-Miami, resigned Friday for using racial slurs and obscene insults in a private after-hours conversation with African-American colleagues. [Associated Press]
Republican state senator Frank Artiles, R-Miami, resigned Friday for using racial slurs and obscene insults in a private after-hours conversation with African-American colleagues. [Associated Press]
Published April 21, 2017

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

WHITE STUDENTS AT CAMPBELL PARK ELEMENTARY 'SHOULD BE IN THE SAME CLASS,' PRINCIPAL TELLS STAFF

The principal of a predominantly black elementary school in south St. Petersburg instructed her staff this week to assign white students to the same classes for the next school year. In a story first reported by Bay News 9, Campbell Park Elementary principal Christine Hoffman sent an email to staff on Tuesday with guidelines of how to create class lists for the 2017-18 school year. Among her recommendations, "white students should be in the same class," Hoffman wrote. Colleen Wright has the details.

JOHN MORGAN: I WAS NOT DRUNK THAT NIGHT AT BOOTS N BUCKLES

John Morgan charmed an overflow crowd at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club today, where he was asked about that 2014 viral video of him, drink in hand, addressing a crowd at the Boots N Buckles saloon in Lakeland while campaigning to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Stay with tampabay.com for more.

REPLACING ARTILES: WHO'S IN AND WHO'S OUT (SO FAR)

Miami politics went into overdrive Friday following state Sen. Frank Artiles' resignation, as elected officials and their political consultants scrambled to figure out who might run in a yet-to-be-scheduled special election to replace the freshman Miami Republican.

NAVY VET, 83, FASHIONS CHEAP SOLUTION TO SAVE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EXHIBIT

The popular Glazer Children's Museum exhibit was about to be closed two to three months for a repair job estimated at $100,000 or more — a lot of money for a nonprofit with an annual budget of $2.8 million. Some 60,000 visitors would miss a chance to frolic in the waters of the kiddy-style Port Tampa Bay mockup. Then along came Bob Stanley, an 83-year-old Navy veteran who served as a welder during the Korean War. Stanley would save the day, Howard Altman writes.

LAWSUIT AGAINST TAMPA POLICE IN DIABETIC MAN'S DEATH SHIFTS TO ANOTHER COURT

A family's effort to hold the Tampa Police Department responsible for the death of a diabetic man during a traffic stop has shifted from federal to circuit court. Lena Young, the widow of longtime Tampa Heights resident and community activist Arthur Green Jr., has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Tampa on behalf of his estate. The suit, filed this month in Hillsborough circuit court, accuses two officers of using excessive force while trying to arrest Green and failing to recognize he was in the grips of a medical episode. He stopped breathing and later died.

LARGO WALMART EVACUATED AFTER REPORTS OF CHEMICAL SMELL INSIDE STORE

Emergency hazardous materials crews were dispatched to a Walmart Supercenter after receiving reports of a chemical smell in the store, according to Largo Fire Rescue. The store at 990 Missouri Ave. N was evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: 'BILL NYE SAVES THE WORLD,' 'THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS'

[Netflix]

Bill Nye, of Science Guy fame, stars in a new science talk show Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

[Netflix]

Bill Nye, of Science Guy fame, stars in a new science talk show Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

Bill Ney tops a busy slate of must-see TV this weekend. Chelsea Tatham offers her top picks

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PETITION LAUNCHED TO STOP BILL O'REILLY'S APPEARANCE AT TAMPA'S AMALIE ARENA

A petition has been launched calling Amalie Arena and other venues around the country to cancel a series of tour stops featuring Bill O'Reilly, comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News personality Jesse Watters. So far, the petition, launched by the social advocacy group Care2, has attained more than 22,000 supporters. Jay Cridlin has the details.

OH, SNAP! BUCS G ALI MARPET TRANSITIONS TO CENTER THIS SPRING

Ali Marpet has never snapped in a game — not with the Bucs, not at Division III Hobart College, not in high school, never. He's snapped before and during practices to be an emergency center, but never in a game. He's making up for it this spring, Greg Auman writes.

Afternoon Update is a weekday feature from tampabay.com.