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FOLLOW THE MARCH FOR OUR LIVES RALLY IN ST. PETE
Organizers from March for our Lives are in Williams Park to discuss school safety solutions and gun reforms — and to register voters. The stop is a part of the group’s statewide tour. It has also organized a national voter registration tour. Times staff writer Kirby Wilson is on the scene. Follow him @KirbyWTweets on Twitter.
SOUTH FLORIDA IS SUFFERING FROM AN IGUANA INFESTATION. A SOLUTION? THINK BARBECUE.
South Florida already has hurricanes, king tides, algae blooms, pythons, lionfish. And now, it’s bracing for the invasion of the iguanas. These creatures might even outlive the cockroach. One way to combat them? Cook ‘em up.
MAYORAL CANDIDATE JANE CASTOR’S EX-DOMESTIC PARTNER SUES TO END CIVIL UNION
Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan has filed todissolve her dormant civil union with former Tampa police Chief and current mayoral candidate Jane Castor. In a petition filed July 9 in Pinellas County, Bevan calls the union "irretrievably broken" and is asking the court to equitably distribute jointly owned assets and debts. Bevan, 51, of Ellenton is also seeking to have non-union assets declared exclusively hers.
THE QUESTION RAYS MANAGER KEVIN CASH WILL BE ASKED AT THE ALL-STAR GAME
Rays manager Kevin Cash was sitting at the desk in his Tropicana Field office Wednesday afternoon after his ever exciting — and ever changing — club came from behind to beat the Tigers to complete a three-game sweep. "It’s all about the guys, the way that they carry themselves," Cash said. But that’s not what folks approaching him at Tuesday’s All-Star Game will be asking him, sports columnist Martin Fennelly writes.
DISNEY MOVIE SPENT MORE THAN $134,000 WHILE FILMING IN LAKELAND
When Walt Disney Studios filmed in Lakeland in June for its movie The One and Only Ivan, it brought actor Bryan Cranston to Polk County to star in the scenes. And the movie left behind an economic impact. In all, Disney spent $134,365 in Polk. Those numbers, according to Maureen Peter, client services coordinator for Visit Central Florida, came from Disney’s production supervisor for the film.