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Fully automatic firearms, Truly determined person, Tampa bay & more… Tampa News Saturday, February 24

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  • Mast outlines a proposal that includes, Defining what constitutes an assault or tactical firearm and not allowing them for future purchase just as we already prohibit the purchase of fully automatic firearms.
  • The exact definition of assault weapon will need to be determined.
  • But we should all be able to agree that the civilian version of the very deadly weapon that the Army issued to me should certainly qualify.
  • I would not support any version of a ban that results in confiscating existing legally owned firearms.

Tags: fully automatic firearms, truly determined person, Bradley fighting vehicle, mass vehicular slaughter, mass murder

  • MONTREAL Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson sure seemed chatty with his Lightning friends as he left the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night.
  • But with Karlsson the biggest prize heading into Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and the Lightning likely one of only a few teams that could pull off such a blockbuster, it sure made for some interesting optics.
  • But former NHL GM Craig Button thinks there are ways the Lightning could acquire Karlsson without tapping into its current roster.
  • Button suggested that Taylor Raddysh, Cal Foote and Boris Katchouk are A-level prospects, with the Lightning also having former first-round pick Brett Howden, Mitchell Stephens, Libor Hajek, Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph.
  • It feels like the Senators are considering moving their franchise player in the next few days.And the Lightning has as good a shot as anyone to reel in the big fish.

Tags: Tampa Bay, defenseman Erik Karlsson, Karlsson long term, manager Steve Yzerman, Lightning

  • A group of friends who went exploring in a nearly empty Sarasota Bay during the strange reverse storm surge effect of Hurricane Irma helped save two stranded manatees, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is reporting.
  • The five friends posted pictures about the manatees on Facebook and noted they had tried to contact officials to save them to no avail.
  • The post flew around Facebook and caught the attention of the right people.
  • Officials from both Sarasota County and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials helped get the manatees into deeper water, the Herald-Tribune reported.

Tags: Conservation Commission officials, stranded manatees, nearly empty Sarasota, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Hurricane Irma

  • With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting still looming large, its students in the Capitol to lobby for gun controls, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a measure Wednesday its sponsor said aimed at bringing light to the schools.
  • The bill (HB 839) would require all public schools to post the state motto, In God We Trust, in a conspicuous place.
  • RELATED COVERAGE: NRA influential in Florida, but not through campaignmoney Sponsor Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat who runs her own ministry, saidFlorida needed the legislation, given the goings on in the state.
  • RELATED COVERAGE: Florida House declares pornography a health risk She spoke directly of the school shooting, and said it’s no secret that the state has gun issues that must be addressed.
  • Previous coverage:Florida lawmakers consider requiring schools to post In God we trust

Tags: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rep. Kim Daniels, , ,

  • For the second straight year, Lakewood traveled to Robinson for the Class 6A region final.
  • This is Round 2against (Robinson)and they thought they were going to win, said Lakewood guard Diana Rosenthal, who had a team-high 24 points.
  • By halftime, Lakewood was up 48-27 and outscored Robinson 30-10 in the second quarter.
  • Kaliah Henderson led the Knights with 31 points, 19 of which came in the second half.
  • In Lakewood’s three region tournament games, they have won by an average of 51 points.

Tags: Lakewood, Lakewood guard Diana, Lakewood coach Necole, Class 6A region, Plantation American Heritage

  • Over 500 students from Blake High School in Tampa marched from campus to Curtis Hixon Park Friday.
  • Photo gallery: Teacher who hid students during Stoneman shooting, returns to her classroom (w/ video) – – Melissa Falkowski is an English, journalism and creative writing teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • During the shooting at the school that took 17 lives, Falkowski hid 19 students in a closet inside her classroom.
  • Candlelight vigils were held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa and throughout the state to pay tribute to the victims of the Parkland school shootings.
  • A little chocolate love for your Valentines Day – – For 34 years Michelle Palisi loves what she does.

Tags: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, creative writing teacher, best-known Christian evangelist, Rev. Billy Graham, North Carolina farmer

  • ST. PETERSBURG Paris Williams scored 17 points to lead Lakewood64-38 past Bradenton Southeast in their Class 6A, Region 3 semifinal Tuesday.
  • Lakewood (25-4) will host Robinson in the region final Friday.
  • Nykisha Macon closed a strong period with a 3-pointer that gave Lakewood a 20-7 lead.
  • The inside-out game worked well for Lakewood as Williams generated offense from the perimeter and Macey Zeh-Arndt got tough baskets on the inside and finished with 11 points.
  • Williams stretched the lead to 54-29 with a 3-point play off a reverse layup to give Lakewood their biggest lead.

Tags: Lakewood, Lakewood coach Necole, sophomore Daija Snipes, Tampa Bay area, Class 6A