News at noon: Family: teen slain at Tampa party an FAU student who was ‘headed in a positive direction’; Florida had a committee that targeted civil rights activists and homosexuals; and more

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Published February 19

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Teen slain at Tampa party an FAU student who was ‘headed in a positive direction,’ family says

A woman fatally shot at a party early Sunday was a Florida Atlantic University student with deep ties to Tampa. Takiya Fullwood, 18, was killed at the party on North 15 Street, her parents Timothy and Takeela Fullwood said in a statement released Tuesday. They're now pleading for help from anyone who can help police find her killer. "Her life was cut abruptly and violently, and our family and community are devastated," the Fullwoods said. Fullwood was studying biology at the Boca Raton university and was set to graduate this spring with plans to attend dental school, her family statement said.

Florida had a committee that targeted civil rights activists and homosexuals. Can it now apologize?

A House Democrat on Monday filed a proposal that calls for apologizing to people who were targeted in the 1950s and 1960s by a legislative committee that went after civil-rights activists and homosexuals. The proposal stems from the activities of the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, which operated from 1956 to 1965 and is commonly known as the “Johns Committee,” after Sen. Charley Johns. The proposed resolution, in part, outlines actions that the committee took to harass civil-rights activists, including members of the NAACP, and investigations that it conducted of alleged homosexual activity at the University of Florida and at public schools.

Tampa University Mall demolition begins as part of Uptown project

The developers working to turn University Mall into a research village will begin demolition today as the first step of the Uptown District project. The demolition was expected to get underway in earnest around 11:30 a.m. on the corridor that connects the main strip of the existing mall to a long-abandoned JCPenney. "Our local Tampa team is committed to successfully transforming the property from a traditional enclosed mall into a mixed-use, urban neighborhood development incorporating science and tech research and innovation," RD Management strategist Chris Bowen said in a statement.

Port Tampa Bay lands second Asian container carrier expected to bring the biggest ships the bay has ever seen

The biggest container ships ever seen in Tampa Bay will begin making weekly calls at Port Tampa Bay from Asia starting in May, port officials announced Tuesday. "This is another 52 ships a year that will come under our bridge and provide economic impact to all of our key stakeholders," Port Tampa Bay president and chief executive officer Paul Anderson told port board members. This is the second such expansion for the port’s container business in recent months, following Shanghai-based Cosco Shipping Lines’ start last month of a weekly service that puts Tampa in a rotation with several ports in China and around the Gulf of Mexico..

Chris Archer says trade showed him what real home-field advantage was

Chris Archer was the Rays’ opening-day starter the past four years, pitching each time in a sold-out Tropicana Field before crowds of 31,042. But in being named the starter for the Pirates’ 2019 home opener (Pittsburgh’s fourth game overall), Archer said it took last year’s trade to Pittsburgh to show him how much a crowd — even a smaller one — can help a pitcher. “Probably for the first time in my career, I realized home-field advantage is a real thing,” Archer told reporters Monday in Bradenton. “Having those fans in your corner, I’ve never experienced it on that level.''

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