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NEWS AT NOON: OUR GUIDE TO TODAY’S LATEST


Former Scientologist Cathy Schenkelberg confronts the church on stage in Tampa

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Port Richey Walmart now closed during overnight hours, and police chief couldn't be happier

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USF played a key role in approval of new MS drug

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  1. Review: 'Ghost in the Shell' is just Scarlett Johansson's latest thrill-kill endeavor

    Movies

    Scarlett Johansson is officially Hollywood's face and body of the future.

    Scarlett Johansson in "Ghost in the Shell."  Paramount Pictures
  2. Suffolk Construction to open office in Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza

    Business

    TAMPA — A national construction firm will open a fourth Florida office at Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa next month.

    Suffolk Construction will open a 4,500-square-foot office in Channelside Bay Plaza in April. This is the firm's fourth office in Florida. James Burchuck | TIMES.
  3. Aedyn Agminalis, seen in this undated handout photo, died Dec. 11. He had been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for Children unresponsive and with signs of head injuries.
  4. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans new store, distribution center in Hillsborough

    Business

    TAMPA — Thrift store operator Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans to open a new, 200,000-square-foot distribution center by November and another store by January on a 22-acre parcel in east Hillsborough County even as the nonprofit grapples with a $1 million budget shortfall.

    Goodwill Industries -- Suncoast is working with a developer to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution center and store in Hillsborough County off U.S. 301.
[WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE | Times]
  5. Records show a squalid beginning for toddler who later died in foster care

    News

    TAMPA — On the day two child welfare investigators turned up unannounced at the home of little Aedyn Agminalis, a machete, a hookah, a sex toy and a liquor bottle were lying on the living room floor.

    Aedyn Agminalis, seen in this undated handout photo, died Dec. 11. He had been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for Children unresponsive and with signs of head injuries.
  6. Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa touts Enterprise Florida's impact on defense industry

    Gubernatorial

    TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday continued his campaign to save the state's business incentive program, Enterprise Florida, this time touting its impact on Tampa Bay's defense community.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanges words with Michael Johnson, left, of Tampa firm Parsons during a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  7. The Thai rolled ice cream trend has finally arrived in St. Petersburg and Tampa (w/video)

    Food & Dining

    It started in Thailand about three years ago, then landed in New York's Chinatown where people lined up on the sidewalk to get it.

    A cup of Thai rolled ice cream sits outside of Iceburg Frozen Yogurt in St. Petersburg. It's one of only three places in the Tampa Bay area making rolled ice cream. [Christopher Spata | Times]
  8. Tampa officer answers call to rescue ducklings from storm drain/with video

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Susan Carnes was on her way home Tuesday evening when she took her usual shortcut through the Publix supermarket parking lot on Gandy Boulevard.

    Susan Carnes was on her way home Tuesday evening when she took the usual shortcut through the Publix supermarket parking lot on Gandy Boulevard. But there was nothing usual about what happened next - Tampa Police Officer Cameron Greene climbing down a drain to rescue a family of ducks. [Photo from video]
  9. Hernando deputy fired for failing to properly help man in need

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County sheriff's deputy has been fired after an internal investigation found he failed to help a distressed man and instead sent him to another jurisdiction, the Sheriff's Office said.

  10. Rays have a sellout for Opening Day vs. Yankees on Sunday

    Blogs

    Opening Day is a sellout for the Rays.

    The team announced that Sunday's season opener against the Yankees at Tropicana Field is sold out. First pitch is 1:10. The game will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Sun.

    This is the 12th straight year the Rays have sold out their home opener, which they say …

    The sellout crowd stands as the American Flag spreads out onto the outfield during the National Anthem on Opening Day before the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday (03/31/14).
Demonstrators gather in front of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's office on West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa to protest the recent actions of Donald Trump on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

Still without office space, Marco Rubio's Tampa staff take meetings in libraries, coffee shops

It's been two months since a landlord notified Sen. Marco Rubio that the lease on his Tampa office would not be renewed because of weekly demonstrations staged there....

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The sellout crowd stands as the American Flag spreads out onto the outfield during the National Anthem on Opening Day before the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday (03/31/14).

Rays have a sellout for Opening Day vs. Yankees on Sunday

Opening Day is a sellout for the Rays.

The team announced that Sunday's season opener against the Yankees at Tropicana Field is sold out. First pitch is 1:10. The game will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Sun.

This is the 12th straight year the Rays have sold out their home opener, which they say is the longest such streak among Tampa Bay's major pro sports teams (Bucs and Lightning).

They do note that tickets "are available" for the other six games of the opening week homestand, including the April 8 game against Toronto when the first 15,000 fans will get a Kevin Kiermaier Gold Glove bobblehead....

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Star Wars Celebration is expected to bring nearly 30,000 people to Orlando this year.

Nerd alert: 6 comic cons coming to Tampa Bay, Orlando

Tis the season for cosplay and geeky gatherings. It's comic convention season, and that means for the next five months Tampa Bay and Central Florida host thousands of nerds....

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