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News at Noon: USF softball coach to lead Olympic team; how Ariana Grande became the most relevant pop star on earth; and more

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

USF's Ken Eriksen named coach of U.S. Olympic softball team

Veteran USF softball coach Ken Eriksen has been named coach of the 2020 U.S. Olympic team that has qualified for next year's Games in Tokyo, the sport's national governing body has confirmed. USA Softball made the formal announcement Tuesday.

Trial date set in case of Jordan Belliveau's mom Charisse Stinson

A trial date was set Tuesday in the case against Charisse Stinson, the mother accused of leaving her 2-year-old son, Jordan Belliveau, for dead in the woods last summer. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Michael Andrews designated March 2, 2020 as the beginning of trial. Stinson, 22, faces charges of first-degree murder and making a false report to law enforcement.

Five missteps that led to the removal of St. Petersburg Housing Authority board members

City Hall veterans can't remember officials ever removing a St. Petersburg Housing Authority board member from office. Now Mayor Rick Kriseman has replaced five of the seven-member voluntary board in just the past three months. Take a look at the missteps that have dogged the agency over the past year.

Deputies: Pasco man who paused game to sexually assault girl faces new rape charges

A 19-year-old man accused last year of two sexual batteries was arrested last week in connection with two more, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

10 steps to '7 Rings': How Ariana Grande became the most relevant pop star on earth

The last time Ariana Grande played Tampa, in 2015, she was enmeshed in a spicy scandal of the week, getting caught licking doughnuts and hissing "I hate America" in an L.A. pastry shop. Four years later, it feels like we're on another planet. In 2019 alone, Grande has headlined Coachella, won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, matched a 55-year-old chart record set by the Beatles and signed on as the new face of Givenchy. She has more Instagram followers than Rihanna and Katy Perry combined, and was just named one of Time's 100 most influential humans. This Florida Woman has become the most relevant pop star on earth.

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