About 100,000 homeowners in the bay area are still underwater. Business, 4B In the know tampabay.com FLORIDA’S BEST NEWSPAPER SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015 | $1 134 hospitals to split $2B EVEN MANLY MAN TAKES LIKING TO SPA TREATMENT Florida lawmakers reach a deal to divide the money that will be used for charity care. BY STEVE BOUSQUET Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau No longer a luxury just for the ladies, spas can help smooth out the rough edges of men, as a rugged, outdoors skeptic finds out during a visit to Spa Evangeline in Tampa. Personal Best TALLAHASSEE — The biggest piece of Florida’s budget puzzle fell into place Friday as state legislators divvied up $2 billion to hospitals for the costs of treating millions of people with no health insurance. Working through the night, they split a pot of federal, state and local tax money among 134 Obama trade bill fails in House vote Led by union-backed Democrats, the House rejects an important part of a package aimed at fast-tracking a trade pact with11 other Pacific Rim nations. Nation, 2A hospitals for charity care in the low-income pool or LIP that’s being cut back by the Obama administration. “This is a huge step forward,” said Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando. To make up for the federal cut, the state will pump nearly $400 million into LIP in next year’s budget, eating up nearly half of a projected $1 billion surplus. That Cutting costs The state House passes six bills, hoping to increase health care access. Local,1B $400 million will draw an additional $600 million in matching federal money. Florida has the second highest number of uninsured residents of any state, and the Legis- lature’s failure to agree on a payment plan in the regular session forced the current special session to ensure a budget by July 1. The deal to help hospitals keeps lawmakers on track to finish their work by Tuesday, which would allow the session to end next Friday, June 19. The threeweek special session costs taxpayers about $75,000 per day. The largest recipients of low STANLEY CUP FINAL Rays take 7-5 win over White Sox Game 5: Lightning vs. Blackhawks, 8 tonight, Amalie Arena Joey Butler has three hits, two RBIs and a run scored to lead Tampa Bay over Chicago at the Trop. Sports,1C VISIONARY Parents say NAACP chief not black They say Rachel Dolezal, 37, president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash., has misrepresented herself for years. Nation, 2A One man’s improbable quest has produced a bay area treasure. Second breach of data tied to China U.S. soccer team ties with ex-coach The United States plays to a 0-0 tie with Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage in an anticipated match of the group stage at the Women’s World Cup. Sports,1C Gators vs. ’Canes in World Series Florida opens College World Series play tonight against Miami, and Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan says the grind of the SEC has the team prepared to battle for a championship. Sports, 2C LUIS SANTANA | Times Thousands of Lightning fans who braved a brief downpour in Tampa on Monday erupt in celebration after watching Tampa Bay rally late on the big screen to beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in Chicago. BY BEN MONTGOMERY Times Staff Writer Scary Halloween: Freddy and Jason G TAMPA ood quest stories start at the beginning, so let us untangle all the various narratives about the improbable birth of the Tampa Bay Lightning and begin with the bold desire of one man, a man whose life was defined by hockey, a man who got emotional when he talked about hockey, a man who would let go of his wife before he let go of hockey. Phil Esposito wanted a hockey team. That’s the beginning, a man with a wish. On May 1, 1990, eight months after the NHL announced its intentions to expand from 21 teams to 28 by the year 2000, Esposito told the hockey world he was interested in bringing a team to a place most unlikely: Tampa Bay. And he had a name: the Lightning. Fast forward 25 years. The uncertainty has evaporated like a Freddy Krueger of Nightmare on Elm Street and Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th are coming to Universal Orlando’s 25th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights. Etc, 2B TODAY’S WEATHER Very hot, humid Times file (1990) Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito decided in 1990 that he wanted to bring an expansion franchise to Tampa Bay. 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 88° 84° 60% chance of rain Nuts to the naysayers More, back page of Sports . Sue Carlton says bravo, Tampa, you’re a bonafide hockey-loving city. Local,1B tampabay.com Sights at Metrocon See LIGHTNING, 4A Bolts mystery man Who’ll start in goal? Your guess is as good as his, coach Jon Cooper says. Sports,1C Must-win? Tom Jones offers his insights into what this pivotal Game 5 at home means. Sports,1C See PARKS, 6A Fear over Obamacare ruling If the high court rules against subsidies, many Floridians could lose. INDEX BY KATHLEEN MCGRORY Crosswords 13A, F Times Staff Writer Editorials Nicole Peterson already struggles to provide for her three daughters with the $36,000 she makes managing a Kenneth City day care center. If she were to lose her $150-amonth health insurance subsidy from the federal government? “That’s an electric or a water Astrology 4F Business 4B Classified F Lottery 2A 3F Puzzles 4F Vol. 131 No. 324 © Times Publishing Co. . To generate more money for the state, Florida’s popular state parks could see more than just timber harvesting and cattle-grazing added to the bird-watching, camping, canoeing, kayaking and hiking activities allowed now. How about hunting? The boom of gunfire could begin echoing through Florida’s awardwinning parks system by December under a Department of Environmental Protection plan DEP Secretary contained in Jon Steverson documents wants the obtained park system Friday by to pay for the Tampa itself. Bay Times. The documents did not specify which of the state parks might be suitable spots for hunters to shoot deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, otter, bobcat, raccoons, beavers, quail, dove, feral hogs, coyotes and — if the state wildlife commission approves a hunting season this month — bear. A review of the parks that could be targeted “for immediate implementation” would begin within 30 to 60 days if approved. The news that this is being considered caught environmental advocates by surprise — understandable, given the history involved. “There has never been hunting in state parks,” said Albert Gregory, who spent 35 years working for the state park system, most of it as the chief planner. The reason, he said, . Fans dressed as their favorite characters at Metrocon, the anime convention that continues through Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. View a photo gallery at tbtim.es/metrocon. Comics Parks a new spot to hunt? Times Staff Writer Starting Oct.1, Judge Michael G. Williamson of Tampa heads the bankruptcy court for Florida’s Middle District, one of the nation’s busiest. Business, 4B Noon 84° See BUDGET, 11A BY CRAIG PITTMAN Local judge to lead bankruptcy court 8 a.m. 77° . To boost state park funds, the DEP considers letting hunters in. The hackers gained information in files related to intelligence officials working for the FBI, defense contractors and other government agencies, White House officials say. Nation, 2A . income pool money include Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa General and All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. All are members of a statewide Safety Net Hospital Alliance. “We appreciate the work of the House and Senate to provide 12A bill, or groceries and gas,” Peterson said. “These aren’t luxuries. These are things we need for survival.” So in between 11-hour days at the child care center and the demands of being a single mom, Peterson looks for updates on the U.S. Supreme Court case known as King vs. Burwell. The decision, expected this month, will deter- mine whether she and 6.4 million other Americans continue receiving the subsidies associated with the Affordable Care Act. The stakes are particularly high in Florida. A ruling against the health care law could cause more than 1.3 million Floridians to lose their financial assistance. . See HEALTH CARE, 7A SOPHIA NAHLI ALLISON | Times Nicole Peterson and her daughters, Lily, 5, left, Taylor, 13, and Hannah, 15, of Kenneth City receive subsidies under Obamacare.
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