Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Black Friday; why movies aren't made in Florida; France remembers; pope in Africa; and Bucs Scouting Report

Our team of intrepid reporters is out among the Black Friday shopping crowds and filing regular updates to our live blog. Follow along and share your Instagrams and tweets with #tampabayshops.

If the thought of today's crowds freak you out a little, maybe try Small Business Saturday, a relatively new annual shopping day that falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

But if you are stuck in a line, read this to learn why you hate waiting. It's not the wait.

Dozens of movie projects have backed out of Florida after looking to film here, including Million Dollar Arm, Magic Mike XXL and 42: The Story of Jackie Robinson. All told, the state has lost out on more than $650 million in economic activity from TV shows and movie projects since 2013, according to industry group Film Florida. It's all because the state tax incentive program is broke. All $296 million set aside by the Legislature in 2010 for entertainment industry tax credits through 2016 was used up two years ago. The program, created in 2004 to provide rebates to approved films, TV shows and other projects, is set to end next July unless lawmakers act.

The Culinary Institute of America is still known more for teaching its students to make a perfect souffle instead of making a perfect three-pointer. However, in an effort to be more of a true four-year college, the institute has added intercollegiate sports. And the Steels, as the basketball team is known, aren't too bad.

Visiting one of Nairobi's many shantytowns on Friday, Pope Francis denounced conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing. Tap here to view a photo gallery from his Africa trip.

Intoning the names of 130 dead, a subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning.

Monday marks the end of the 2015 hurricane season, making this Florida's 10th year without a hurricane making landfall. We can thank the El Niño effect for being a major player in the below-average season. But what does that mean for the winter months?

All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is moving forward with plans to transform a parking lot into an $85 million research and education building.

Tampa Bay's newest publicly traded company, LM Funding, pays homeowners associations for the right to collect delinquent fees. The associations use the funds for maintenance and repairs while the company makes its money through what it calls "aggressive'' debt collection. LM Funding draws good reviews from some of its client associations. But there have been hiccups, too.

Are you in the mood for a good movie after Thanksgiving? You can find reviews for Brooklyn, Victor Frankenstein, Creed, The Good Dinosaur, and many others right here.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. In Scouting Report, we take a look at what the Bucs can expect.

And in Baker's Dozen, Matt Baker previews the college football weekend.

News at noon is a weekday feature from tampabay.com. Check in Monday through Friday for updates and information on the biggest stories of the day.

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Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center now says an area of low pressure in the Carribean is likely to develop into the first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season, with Tampa Bay possibly in its path. Wednesday night, the weathe...
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The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

The Daystarter: Lightning’s season is over; latest on Bayshore street racing death; soggy Memorial Day could curtail concerts; Hooper pays tribute to Lee Roy Selmon’s

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The rain is back, and it won’t let up through the Memorial Day weekend. Blame Invest 90L, the low-pressure system brewing in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center predicted...
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Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

Graham Rahal: Indy 500 could be one of the ‘trickiest races’ in years

ST. PETERSBURG — The increased competition in the IndyCar Series was on display during qualifying for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.Two fan favorites (Pippa Mann and 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg winner James Hinchcliffe) couldn't crack th...
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Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

Rays journal: Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo.Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming g...
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Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

Rookie’s error in 9th helps doom Rays against Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Willy Adames was so excited to be in the big leagues, even if was for just a three-day cameo callup. So thrilled to make a smashing debut with a homer on Tuesday. So proud to have his parents and sister fly in from the Dom...
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Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

ST. PETERSBURG — Chuck Prather, owner of the Birchwood in St. Petersburg, returned from his daughter’s Maine wedding this week with an exciting announcement of his own. On June 7 the St. Petersburg City Council is expected to sign off on him being on...
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St. Petersburg’s Jabil expands in Israel with new innovation center

St. Petersburg’s Jabil expands in Israel with new innovation center

St. Petersburg-based contract electronics company Jabil announced Wednesday it has expanded in Israel by opening an Optics Technology Innovation Center.The 6,560-square-foot complex is in Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city. "Our Optics Innovation Cen...
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Get set for a rainy holiday weekend across Tampa Bay

Get set for a rainy holiday weekend across Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG -- After nine straight days of rain, the bay area received a much needed respite Wednesday — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80s. Peter O’Neill, 50, enjoyed seeing the sun again as he sat in Thunder Alley outside ...
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Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
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Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — The two cars raced each other along Bayshore Boulevard just before noon, witnesses told police. One was a black 2018 Mustang. The other a gold Nissan. They sped side-by-side, trading the lead, police said, despite the traffic and pedest...
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