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THE DAYSTARTER: YOUR EARLY LOOK AT TODAY’S HEADLINES


For once, Florida Democrats have possible votes to block key Republican initiative

TALLAHASSEE — As a sign of "increasing weight" in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase …

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Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

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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. Deputies: Three Pinellas inmates overdose after sharing drug brought into jail

    Crime

    A Pinellas County jail inmate faces charges after deputies say he brought drugs into the facility, causing him and two other inmates do overdoes Thursday night.

    Pinellas County Jail inmate Robert Gilner, 29, of Gulfport, faces charges after detectives say he shared a drug with two other inmates, causing all three to overdose Thursday. The men are listed in fair condition and are expected to recover. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Florida education news: Sunshine law, 'schools of hope,' superintendents and more

    Blogs

    SUNSHINE LAW: The Florida House considers allowing two members of a school board or other elected body to privately discuss official business.

    Two members of a school board with 5 or more members would be able to meet privately under legislation moving through the Florida House.
  3. As L.A. riots mark 25 years, a look at how LAPD would handle things today

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — The riots that consumed Los Angeles 25 years ago had many causes — grinding poverty and hopelessness in South Los Angeles, a police force with a reputation for treating minorities poorly, the not-guilty verdict against the white officers caught on tape beating black motorist Rodney King.

    The scene at Florence and Normandie avenues on April 29, 1992. A report found that a failure to contain the televisede unrest allowed the rioting to spread. Today the LAPD's tactics focus on containing such pockets. [Kirk McKoy | Los Angeles Times/TNS]
  4. Florida Republicans helped nix second attempt to overhaul Obamacare

    Blogs

    UPDATE: Late Thursday House leaders announced they would not attempt a vote on Friday, conceding insufficient votes.

    A patient is examined at a practice in Taylorsville, Ky., Jan. 15, 2014.
  5. Lawsuit alleges PSTA gave trolley contract to lesser qualified Jolley Trolley because of lobbying, local advantage

    Transportation

    CLEARWATER — Cincinnati-based First Transit has sued the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, alleging it lost the county's trolley contract because a "who's who of Clearwater" lobbied the board to choose the less qualified Jolley Trolley.

    The Jolley Trolley has been operating in North Pinellas since 1982.  A PSTA official said board members were allowed to consider that experience in awarding a contract. 
  6. Watered-down deregulation of trauma care on tap in Florida House

    Blogs

    The Florida House is expected to pass watered-down legislation meant to increase the number of trauma centers in the state on Friday.

  7. State Rep. Larry Ahern again kills controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    State Rep. Larry Ahern's legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is dead once again.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, has again pulled proposed legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  8. People are paying good money to watch other people play video games in Tampa

    Events

    By CHRISTOPHER SPATA

    Times Staff Writer

    A troupe of performers will walk on stage Sunday.

    Jack Pattillo of Achievement Hunter seen in 2013. [Rooster Teeth]
  9. Alabama tight end O.J. Howard celebrates a touchdown reception during the Crimson Tide's loss to the Clemson Tigers in the national championship game in Tampa. Howard fell down to the Bucs in Thursday's NFL Draft, and Tampa Bay grabbed him with the 19th pick of the first round. [ANDRES LEIVA  |  Times]
  10. For once, Florida Democrats have possible votes to block key Republican initiative

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — As a sign of "increasing weight" in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase the property tax exemption for homeowners.

'Schools of hope' compromise all-but finalized -- in secret

Lawmakers secretly struck a tentative compromise Thursday on one of the most consequential education reforms of the 2017 session — a $200 million program to help students who attend perpetually failing K-12 public schools in Florida....

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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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