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AFTERNOON UPDATE: WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED


As Trump is learning, it's not so easy to reject the president's paycheck

The government owes Donald Trump. Right about now, the 45th president is due to receive his first paycheck, part of a $400,000 annual salary delivered in monthly installments. But the …

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C'mon, 'Hard Knocks,' give us drama, dysfunction and the Browns

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Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

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Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

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Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

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Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

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  1. Romano: From the shadow of pill mills, a new drug crisis emerges in Tampa Bay

    Public Safety

    Their lives were surely greater than a medical examiner's final summation. Perhaps a world of hopes and memories were tucked safely away in every one of their hearts.

    We are six years past the peak of the pill mill epidemic (and this photo from 2007 shows a victim of that crisis), and Pinellas County is going through another killer drug crisis. The statistics are still preliminary but the number of fatal overdoses in Pinellas jumped at least 53 percent from 2015 to 2016. DIRK SHADD | Times
  2. Three bodies found in Brandon house, detectives on scene

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Detectives are at the scene of what appears to be a double murder and a suicide on Hickory Creek Drive in Brandon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports.

  3. Afternoon Update: Oscar Sunday almost here; Kriseman employee: not a 'friendly job transfer' latest from 'stand your ground' hearing; Rays play tonight

    News

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

     

     

     

    Scenic artist Sam Costa works on Oscar statues for Sunday's 89th Academy Awards red carpet   near the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.[Invision/AP]
  4. Pinellas sheriff's office: Corporal injured during assault by inmate

    Crime

    LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's corporal underwent three surgeries for a broken rib and a punctured spleen after being assaulted inside the cell of a jail inmate.

  5. New appointments at RBC Wealth Management and Marcus & Millichap highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers

    Business

    Financial Services

    RBC Wealth Management, one of the nation's largest full service wealth management firms, recently promoted Barbara Phethean to branch director of its Tampa office. Phethean began her career in 1987 at Smith Barney, and remained there throughout the various acquisitions until she …

    RBC Wealth Management, one of the nation’s largest full service wealth management firms, recently promoted Barbara Phethean to branch director of its Tampa office. [Company handout]
  6. Before coming to Tampa, Carl Hiaasen talks writing satire in the age of Trump

    Perspective

    When Carl Hiaasen speaks on March 5 at the Straz Center in Tampa, he says, "I'll probably talk about the headlines, politics, Florida's role in the national death augur."

    Hiaasen: “What’s going on in Tallahassee is laughable, too, but it has a bigger impact. ... Did you hear that Rick Scott has started tweeting? And now he’s doing robocalls. Well, look at him — what other kind of call could he do?”
  7. Rep. Charlie Crist is divorcing his wife, Carole (w/video)

    State Roundup

    ST. PETERSBURG — After more than eight years of marriage, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has filed for divorce.

    Carole and Charlie Crist wave signs in St. Petersburg during Crist's campaign for a U.S. House seat this past November. On Friday, Charlie Crist announced that he has filed for divorce from Carole after more than eight years of marriage. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

  8. C'mon, 'Hard Knocks,' give us drama, dysfunction and the Browns

    Bucs

    No one wants to be on HBO's Hard Knocks. No one.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) gets rid of the ball under pressure from Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) in the second quarter of the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
  9. Spring report: Rays face Twins tonight in opener

    Blogs

    The Rays open their 34-game spring schedule tonight in Fort Myers.

    RHP Austin Pruitt, coming off a solid Triple-A season, will start for the Rays, who are holding most of their frontline pitchers, and some position players, out of early spring action.

    Of the pitcher slated to work for the Rays …

    Brad Miller will make his frst appearance at second base tonight.
  10. Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

    Fire

    THONOTOSASSA — A call from a security company roused Mazen Bondogji from sleep about 2 a.m. Friday.

     Investigators look for clues Friday at Daarus Salaam Mosque after an early morning arson.

Marco Rubio set to meet with Corcoran and Negron in D.C.

The top leaders of the Florida Legislature are going to Washington, D.C. next week for a series of meetings with Congressional leaders and a lengthy discussion with Sen. Marco Rubio over federal issues....

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Brad Miller will make his frst appearance at second base tonight.

Spring report: Rays face Twins tonight in opener

The Rays open their 34-game spring schedule tonight in Fort Myers.

RHP Austin Pruitt, coming off a solid Triple-A season, will start for the Rays, who are holding most of their frontline pitchers, and some position players, out of early spring action.

Of the pitcher slated to work for the Rays tonight, only one, RHP Ryan Garton, has time in the majors.

The lineup has a few familiar names, starting with Brad Miller making his first appearance at second, where the Rays are planning to move him. He did play second at times during the regular season with the Mariners from 2013-15.

Here is the lineup:
Beckham ss
Robertson 3b
Miller 2b
Dickerson lf
Gillaspie 1b
Casali dh
Maile c
Peterson cf
Field rf
Pruitt p

Also, of note:
  * The lineup for Saturday's home opener includes Kevin Kiermaier in CF, and Rickie Weeks getting his first experience at first base....

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Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday.

What to watch this weekend: Academy Awards, Amazon's 'Patriot'

Night with the stars: the 89th Academy Awards...

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