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YOU KNOW WHO ELSE USES YOUR FACEBOOK DATA?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg hardly finished a sentence as U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor peppered him earlier this month with pointed questions about his company’s collection of private data. The Tampa Democrat called Facebook’s promise to connect family and friends a "devil’s bargain." During his turn with Zuckerberg, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused Facebook of a "pattern of lax data practices." Yet, both Florida lawmakers have paid Facebook for ads that target users based on the personal information the social media platform collects.
BIG VISITOR CALLS AT PORT TAMPA BAY
The 750-foot-long Ireland, one of the biggest ships ever to call at Port Tampa Bay, arrived Sunday. The Ireland is on its maiden voyage, having left a shipyard in China for a stop in the Yucatan peninsula to pick up a load of limestone for delivery to Tampa. Like granite, steel and cement, limestone is in heavy demand right now by the bay area’s booming construction industry.
A NEW MUSEUM WILL HONOR AMERICA’S LYNCHING VICTIMS
In May 1914, a Hernando County grand jury decided not to indict John Davis, a black man accused of attempting to assault a white woman in a hotel. But days after he was released from the Citrus County jail, Davis’s body was found beaten with a broken neck in the Withlacoochee River. Media reports speculated that a mob seized "the darky" and hung him from a bridge before throwing his body in the water. More than a century later, Davis — and thousands of lynching victims like him — will be immortalized when The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration opens Thursday in Montgomery, Ala.
HOW DEON CAIN WENT FROM LIFELONG QUARTERBACK TO NFL-BOUND RECEIVER
Ricky Sailor’s Unsigned Preps 7-on-7 team had one of the area’s most promising young quarterbacks, Deon Cain. So why would one of his coaches, Carlos Blake, want to risk injury and burn bridges by moving Cain to receiver, a position he had never played before? "(Blake) was right," Sailor said. "He discovered a first-round pick." First round could be a little high; Cain might last until the second or third round of this week’s NFL draft. Regardless of where he ends up, the Tampa Bay Tech product’s journey from lifelong quarterback to NFL-bound receiver began with Blake at a 7-on-7 tournament.
JANET JACKSON COMING TO THE MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE
A mere three years after her last trip to Tampa, Janet Jackson is on her way back. The pop icon announced a new slate of tour dates for her State of the World Tour, which has been dormant since December, and Tampa’s one two Florida cities (the other is Miami) to make the cut. The show is set for Aug. 7 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, according to Live Nation and the venue’s namesake sponsor.