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

Customers pay at a JCpenny store  at the Newport Mall during Black Friday sales on Friday in Jersey City, New Jersey.  It was expected that 135.8 million Americans would shop this Black Friday weekend, according to the National Retail Federation [Kena Betancur | Getty Images]

Customers pay at a JCpenny store at the Newport Mall during Black Friday sales on Friday in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was expected that 135.8 million Americans would shop this Black Friday weekend, according to the National Retail Federation [Kena Betancur | Getty Images]

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.

News at noon: Black Friday; why movies aren't made in Florida; France remembers; pope in Africa; and Bucs Scouting Report 11/27/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2015 11:52am]
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