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AFTERNOON UPDATE: WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED


Records show a squalid beginning for toddler who later died in foster care

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Video: Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala's allies rally at the Capitol

N.C. lawmakers, governor reach deal to end 'bathroom bill' standoff

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Scientology leader David Miscavige ups offer for aquarium property before Clearwater vote on land deal

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From a megafan, reasons to see WrestleMania 33 in Orlando

From a megafan, reasons to see WrestleMania 33 in Orlando

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Music Planner: Safety Harbor SongFest returns, along with the Wilson Van, Flaming Lips and Lil Uzi Vert

Music Planner: Safety Harbor SongFest returns, along with the Wilson Van, Flaming Lips and Lil Uzi Vert

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Cuban Sandwich Festival has become international competition

Cuban Sandwich Festival has become international competition

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Things To Do Planner: Car shows, Feast With the Beasts at the zoo, Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival

Things To Do Planner: Car shows, Feast With the Beasts at the zoo, Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival

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  1. Tampa teacher charged with spitting on student and slamming head on desk

    Crime

    TAMPA — An Adams Middle School teacher faces a child abuse charge after police say he spit in a 12-year-old student's face and slammed the boy's head onto a desk.

    Luis Rizo, a sixth grade social studies teacher at Adams Middle School in Tampa, was arrested and charged with child abuse on Tuesday. [Tampa Police Department]
  2. SpaceX set to launch its first recycled rocket this evening

    Space

    SpaceX set to launch its first recycled rocket this evening

    The Falcon 9 rocket sits on Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral on Thursday.[SpaceX via AP]
  3. Pinellas teacher union leader takes issue with 'inconsistencies' in teacher evaluation system

    Blogs

    There’s ongoing debate about whether student growth scores should be factored into a teacher’s evaluation, but in Pinellas, that only makes up a third of a teacher’s total evaluation score. The largest chunk -- 57 percent -- rides on a principal or assistant principal’s rating after four …

  4. The federal government is taking manatees - which have long been considered endangered - down a notch to merely "threatened." [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  5. Manatees no longer an endangered species; now listed as threatened

    Environment

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the federal government are taking manatees — which have long been considered endangered since the first endangered species list came out in 1967 — down a notch to merely "threatened."

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that the federal government are taking manatees - which have long been considered endangered since the first endangered species list came out in 1967 - down a notch to merely "threatened."[ Douglas R. Clifford  |  Times]
  6. Rubio: Russians tried to hack members of his campaign in past 24 hours

    National

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Thursday that within the past 24 hours, a second hacking attempt was made against former members of his Republican campaign team.

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., center, Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.,  arrive for the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing  Thursday. [Associated Press]
  7. Marco Rubio says his presidential campaign was subject to hacking attempts from Russia

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio revealed today that members of his former presidential campaign team were the subject of an apparent Russian hacking attempt yesterday. 

  8. Editorial: More urgency needed on Rays stadium search

    Editorials

    The Tampa Bay Rays open their 20th season Sunday in sold-out Tropicana Field with new turf, new concessions (a $13 grilled cheese burger!?), new players — and a familiar discussion about prospects for a new stadium. By Opening Day in 2018, there should be a site selected for the next Rays ballpark and a general …

    By Opening Day in 2018, there should be a site selected for the next Rays ballpark and a general agreement on how to pay for it.
  9. Could a new hitting coach, approach ignite Steven Souza Jr.

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — When this season is over and Steven Souza Jr., is back home in Seattle with his wife, Mikaela, and his son, Micah, making up rap songs on the fly to make his boy laugh, he hopes to look back on 2017 and see this:

    Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) in the dugout after scoring on the sacrifice fly by catcher Jesus Sucre (45) in the second inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
  10. Cyprus businessman suing Buzzfeed over unproven Trump dossier

    Politics

    MIAMI — A businessman based in Cyprus is suing the Buzzfeed online media outlet for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump's purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during last year's U.S. election.

Marco Rubio says his presidential campaign was subject to hacking attempts from Russia

Sen. Marco Rubio revealed today that members of his former presidential campaign team were the subject of an apparent Russian hacking attempt yesterday. ...

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The sellout crowd stands as the American Flag spreads out onto the outfield during the National Anthem on Opening Day before the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday (03/31/14).

Rays have a sellout for Opening Day vs. Yankees on Sunday

Opening Day is a sellout for the Rays.

The team announced that Sunday's season opener against the Yankees at Tropicana Field is sold out. First pitch is 1:10. The game will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Sun.

This is the 12th straight year the Rays have sold out their home opener, which they say is the longest such streak among Tampa Bay's major pro sports teams (Bucs and Lightning).

They do note that tickets "are available" for the other six games of the opening week homestand, including the April 8 game against Toronto when the first 15,000 fans will get a Kevin Kiermaier Gold Glove bobblehead....

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Star Wars Celebration is expected to bring nearly 30,000 people to Orlando this year.

Nerd alert: 6 comic cons coming to Tampa Bay, Orlando

Tis the season for cosplay and geeky gatherings. It's comic convention season, and that means for the next five months Tampa Bay and Central Florida host thousands of nerds....

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