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News at noon: Watch as rebuttal continues in John Jonchuck trial; in Florida, the fight over alimony can be brutal; and more

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Published Apr. 11, 2019

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Watch as rebuttal continues in John Jonchuck trial

Prosecutors continued their questioning of psychiatrist Emily Lazarou today as they try to rebut the the defense's case that John Jonchuck was insane when he killed his daughter four years ago. But recent days of trial have shown that the proceedings could be pulled off-track at any moment. The defense has frequently challenged parts of testimony from the prosecution's experts, triggering lengthy arguments while the jury is out of the courtroom.

In Florida, the fight over alimony can be brutal

Blake Taylor sat in a wheelchair, her face pale and thin, as her lawyer outlined her husband's failure to pay alimony for a year. Dr. Mark Flood had started sending the payments again, but they were always late. He'd allowed her health insurance to lapse, and she has a circulation condition that causes her to faint often. Behind her sat a handful of first wives, former homemakers in their 50s and 60s who relied on permanent alimony after decades of marriage and raising kids. They came to offer moral support, but they had a bigger battle to wage in Tallahassee.

Rick Scott urges military action on Venezuela: 'This is our fight'

After Nicolas Maduro blocked humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela in February, the U.S. and others responded with sanctions. But nearly two months later, much of the aid continues to sit at the Venezuela-Colombia border. Now, Florida Sen. Rick Scott is urging the U.S. military to get involved in getting aid across the border, after unarmed trucks manned by supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó were blocked by Maduro on February 23.

You cannot win a Stanley Cup when you're giving up this many goals

Blowing a 3-0 lead against Columbus in Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday night might have just been another symptom of a larger problem. Over the last 21 games, the Lightning has now given up 63 goals, almost the same pace that had team officials so worried in December. Wednesday night's collapse was not just about defensemen. The forwards on this team have been around long enough to understand what it takes to protect a lead, and they failed to do that.

Looking for brunch in the Tampa Bay area? Yelp ranks our 50 best spots

In the Tampa Bay area, brunch options are plentiful and people have a lot to say about them. At least that's what a Yelp analysis of the area's 50 best brunch spots found. To compile the list, the Yelp team looked at local restaurants with a high number of reviews mentioning the word brunch, plus they evaluated other factors like the total number of reviews and the ratings. A few of their top 50 spots overlapped with our former food critic Laura Reiley's best boozy brunches in Tampa Bay.

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