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Ron Brackett, Times Staff Writer

Ron Brackett

Ron Brackett is the deputy managing editor for and presentation for the Tampa Bay Times, directing Web editors and designers, copy editors and news artists. He has worked at the Times more than 30 years and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

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  1. He didn't support Trump: Lynn Aronberg says that's partly why she divorced Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg


    In announcing that her divorce was settled this week, Lynn Aronberg said the reason for the split in part was because she supports President Donald Trump and her Democratic husband does not.

    In a press release Thursday, Lynn Aronberg said she is a "staunch Republican and supporter of President Trump," while her husband, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, is not.  She said that fact led her to feel "increasingly isolated in the marriage."...

    Dave and Lynn Aronberg were married on St. Pete Beach in May 2015.
  2. Disney reveals new details of 'Star Wars' land


    Members of the media and the public got a first look Friday at a detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development at  Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif.

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the model at D23 Expo 2017 in California....

    Members of the media get their first look at a 50-foot, detailed model of "Star Wars" land during a media preview for Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calf.
  3. Here's the complete list of Gov. Scott's $410 million in budget vetoes


    This is the list of line items Gov. Rick Scott says he will veto in the $83 billion Florida budget passed by the Legislature. The list was released Friday evening.

    It came after an announcement Friday morning that Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran had struck a deal to spend more money on schools, jobs and tourism....

    Gov. Rick Scott, center, holds a press conference with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, far left, Lieutenant Governor of Florida Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Senate President Joe Negro, far right, at the Miami International Airport on Friday.
  4. Trump's Cuba plans would reward Marco Rubio, Mario Diaz-Balart


    President Donald Trump looking at reversing parts of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, and he wants to announce the change in Miami, the New York Times reports.

    The announcement could come this month, the report said, and it would be a way for Trump to fulfill a pledge, delivered during a speech in Miami in September, to the politically conservative Cuban-American exile community in South Florida. ...

    Old American-made cars and horse-drawn carriages wait for tourists near Havana Harbor in Havana, Cuba, earlier this year. President Donald Trump is considering reversing major pieces of the Obama administration's opening with Cuba and reinstating limits on travel and commerce, citing human rights abuses by the Castro government as justification for a more punitive approach.
  5. In 'House of Cards' Season 5 trailer, President Underwood says he knows what America needs


    It’s a sinister Frank Underwood we see in the House of Cards Season 5 trailer that was released Monday.

    "The American people don't know what's best for them. I do. I know exactly what they need," Kevin Spacey’s President Underwood says to Claire. "They're like little children, Claire. We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths. Teach them right from wrong. Tell them what to think, how to feel and what to want," he drawls. "They even need help riding their wildest dreams, crafting their worst fears. Lucky for them, they have me. They have you. Underwood 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036. One nation, Underwood."...

    Kevin Spacey as President Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards.'
  6. Video: Watch as this giant alligator stalks two cranes on a Florida golf course


    It has been a few days since we've had a video of a giant alligator. So we were glad to see this amazing Facebook post on Friday.

    Bill Pruitt of St. Pete Beach Photo posted this video of a gator stalking two sandhill cranes on the ChampionsGate golf course near Orlando on Friday....

    Bill Pruitt shared video of a giant gator lumbering along after two sandhill cranes on a golf course Friday. [Image from video]
  7. Marco Rubio: It's time for a new government in Syria


    Sen. Marco Rubio says the next step in Syria should be to work with Sunni governments to discuss "an alternative" government in Syria, the Associated Press reports.

    Rubio told NBC's Today show that President Donald Trump should reach out to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Turkey, to discuss ways to get Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and create a new regime. Assad has not responded to diplomatic pressure in the past, but Rubio said the military strikes could change that....

    Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday to discuss the U.S. airstrikes on Syria.
  8. Michelle Obama returning to spotlight with speech in Florida


    Former first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak at a conference in Orlando later this month.

    Mrs. Obama will have a “conversation” at a conference sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. A website for the group says Mrs. Obama will appear on April 27 at the Orange County Convention Center. No other details about the appearance was included on the site. The speech was first reported by the Washington Examiner....

    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks after a screening of the movie, 'Hidden Figures,' in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House last December.
  9. Marco Rubio condemns Putin, Assad for chemical attack in Syria


    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio sent a series of tweets Wednesday morning condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad for the chemical attack in northern Syria Tuesday that killed dozens.

    Rubio and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., will hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to condemn the attack.

    Rubio’s first tweet at 6:05 a.m. said, “The #Putin regime blatantly lies about #SyriaGasAttack Putin is an accomplice in this war crime committed by Assad.”...

    A photo provided on Tuesday by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center shows a man carrying a child at a makeshift hospital in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, in Syria after the chemical attack that killed dozens.
  10. Pam Bondi hosts Women's Empowerment Panel at White House


    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the host Wednesday for the Women's Empowerment Panel at the White House.

    Also in attendance was Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

    President Donald Trump stopped by to make remarks and was accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listens at left as Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland speaks at the Women's Empowerment Panel at the White House on Wednesday.
  11. Photo gallery: Happy 75th birthday to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

    Music & Concerts

    The Queen of Soul was born 75 years ago today. The fourth of five children, Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn.

    Eighteen years later, she signed with Columbia Record and released her first album, Aretha in 1961. In 1967, Respect — reached No. 1 on both the R&B and pop charts and won Franklin her first two Grammys. Other Top 10 hits followed: Baby I Love You, Think, Chain of Fools, I Say a Little Prayer, Since You've Been Gone and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman....

    Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 6, 2015, in Washington. [Molly Riley | AFP | Getty Images]
  12. New details about Bush and his 8 hours aboard Air Force One on 9/11


    In a remarkable retelling of the eight hours after the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center, Politico includes many new details about that day that began right here in Florida. 

    Politico writes that it interviewed more than two dozen of the passengers, crew, and press aboard Air Force One with President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001. ...

    During a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush is told by his Chief of Staff Andy Card that a second plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
  13. All Eyes photos and video gallery: Perseid meteor shower brightens the skies


    The skies in the Northern Hemisphere were filled with meteors Thursday night and Friday morning. 

    The Perseids come around every year when Earth passes through the streams of dust and debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.

    This year, the peak was forecast to be particularly spectacular — the Perseids were in a rare outburst, according to NASA scientists. 


    In this 30-second exposure, a meteor streaks across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower Friday over Spruce Knob, W.Va.
  14. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn attends state dinner at White House


    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and his wife, Dr. Catherine Lynch Buckhorn, were guests Tuesday night at a state dinner at the White House for Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Buckhorn tweeted a photo of the couple with Kirk Wagar, a Miami lawyer who is the U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa, and Dr. Catherine Lynch Buckhorn arrive at the White House on Tuesday evening for the state dinner.
  15. Angela Bassett speaks of Charleston church massacre at DNC


    Continuing the Wednesday night's Democratic National Convention theme about the need for more gun control was another Florida woman: Angela Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg.

    The actor, who graduated from Boca Ciega High School, talked about the shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in which nine people were killed.

    “They were gathered to pray,” Bassett began. “He walked in. An outsider, a stranger. And they welcomed him. But then, he opened fire. He stole their lives.”...

    Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.