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Communication still a weak spot for Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins

TAMPA — Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins has integrity and treats others with respect. But not all his underlings share those traits. And on his watch, the district has …

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Fennelly: Nikita Kucherov needs to shut his yapsky

Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

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Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

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Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

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Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

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  1. Wimauma pastor charged with sexually assaulting 17-year-old for six years

    Crime

    WIMAUMA — Detectives say a pastor at Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma sexually battered a 17-year-old multiple times over the past six years, including on Monday.

    Walter Chuquimia, 59, was arrested Monday after investigators said he sexually battered a 17-year-old multple times in the past 6 years. Chuquimia is a pastor at Beth-El Farmwork Ministry in Wimauma. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  2. On NFL draft eve, Dalvin Cook's stock falls, Bucs might trade down

    Bucs

    TAMPA — No player has been as linked to the Bucs in draft speculation as much as Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in recent months.

    No player has been as linked to the Bucs in draft speculation as much as Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in recent months. [ANDRES LEIVA | Times]
  3. Man dragged off flight settles with United, which admits mistakes, announces policy changes (w/ video)

    Airlines

    A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to employees of a partner airline reached a settlement Thursday with United for an undisclosed amount of money.

    United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement, "This is a turning point for all of us at United and it signals a culture shift toward becoming a better, more customer-focused airline. Our customers should be at the center of everything we do and these changes are just the beginning of how we will earn back their trust." [Associated Press]
  4. Man removed from Delta flight for using bathroom before takeoff (w/video)

    Airlines

    A Wisconsin man said he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight because he had to get up from his seat to make an emergency restroom run.

    Delta says it's imperative passengers comply with crew instructions, especially at critical points of takeoff and landing.  [Associated Press]
  5. Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

    Health

    Wondering what's ahead for Zika?

    This coming summer will likely look like last summer, when 1,100 travel-related cases were reported statewide, and the virus spread in small pockets of South Florida.

    But there's a chance it could be worse.

    This summer could look a lot like last summer as far as the Zika virus is concerned in Florida. [Associated Press]
  6. NAACP Legal Defense Fund responds to Campbell Park Elementary principal's email

    Blogs

    The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which has long represented plaintiffs in a 50-year-old federal desegregation case against the Pinellas County school district for shortchanging black students, issued a statement Thursday in response to an email that instructed school staff to keep white students together in class in a …

  7. Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

    Military

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin  said the purpose of the office is to help identify "barriers" that make it difficult to fire or reassign employees deemed unfit to work at the department and serve veterans.  Another function will be to help shield whistleblowers from retaliation. [Associated Press]
  8. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz. A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for undisclosed amount. [AP photo]
  9. Communication still a weak spot for Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins

    Education

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County schools superintendent Jeff Eakins has integrity and treats others with respect. But not all his underlings share those traits. And on his watch, the district has not been good at communicating with the public.

    Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins, shown at Mort Elementary School, has had a mostly good year but some on the School Board say he needs to improve on communication. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  10. Nelson, Democrats file bill to block Trump on drilling

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - In a pre-emptive strike, Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democrats today filed legislation to block the Trump administration from opening up additional areas to offshore drilling.

College, university emergency response plans will be out of Sunshine

The substance of plans Florida’s public college and universities have for responding to campus emergencies or threats will soon be kept secret, under a proposed law that is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk....

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Cronenworth extends hit streak to 20 games for High A Charlotte

High A Charlotte SS Jake Cronenworth became the 11th player in the organization’s history to have a 20-game hitting streak, joining the likes of Carl Crawford (20 games) and Aubrey Huff (team record 28 games)....

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Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in May.

Johnny Depp goes undercover to surprise fans at Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride (w/video)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself. ...

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