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


    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. As NFL draft nears, Dalvin Cook's stock falls, Bucs might trade down


    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)


    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)


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

  11. St. Petersburg's Holocaust Museum marks 25th anniversary with multiple events

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Holocaust Museum is joining with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series, "25 Survivors, 25 Stories … Celebrating 25 Years."

    The Florida Holocaust Museum.
  12. Far-right supporters to rally in Berkeley after Coulter talk canceled


    BERKELEY, Calif. — Far-right supporters planned rallies Thursday to denounce what they called an attempt to silence consevative views after Ann Coulter said she was forced to cancel a speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley. Amid concerns violence might erupt, police erected barricades on the …

    Ashton Whitty, left, 21, and Hailey Carlson, 24, University of California, Berkeley students, make their feelings known during a press conference held by the Berkeley College Republicans  on Wednesday. The event was held to discuss the cancellation of speaker Ann Coulter's appearance on campus. [East Bay Times via AP]
  13. Touch new stamp and, presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon


    The U.S. Postal Service is going all out for this summer's total solar eclipse, with a first-of-its kind stamp.

    The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp  changes when you touch it. It commemorates the Aug. 21 eclipse, transforming into an image of the moon from the heat of a finger. [U.S. Postal Service via AP[