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News at noon: Bubba the Love Sponge off the air in Tampa; Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission's future; Bucs' defense performing at an NFL-best; Florida Atlantic lands Lane Kiffin

Radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, shown here leaving court after being cleared in a 2013 defamation suit, is now off the air in Tampa Bay. EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN   |   Times

Radio host Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, shown here leaving court after being cleared in a 2013 defamation suit, is now off the air in Tampa Bay. EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Tampa Bay WBRN-FM 98.7 listeners will hear Christmas music during the time usually allotted for Bubba the Love Sponge Show this month. And come January, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem's show will no longer be broadcast on Beasley Broadcast Group's WBRN in the Tampa Bay area, according to Clem's lawyer, Todd Foster. "Beasley has elected to perform a format change," Foster said on Monday. "If you turn on the channel now you'll hear Christmas music. After the new year, it will be a new music format."

LEGISLATION FILED, SENTIMENT BUILDS FOR ABOLISHING HILLSBOROUGH TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

The clock could soon be ticking for the embattled Public Transportation Commission. A bill filed Friday by State Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, would abolish the agency that regulates for-hire vehicles in Hillsborough and would repeal the 1996 special act that made Hillsborough the only Florida county to establish such an agency. If approved in the upcoming legislative session, the act would take effect Oct. 1. Regulation would transfer to Hillsborough County government.

IN FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK, BUCS' DEFENSE HAS BEEN NFL'S BEST

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) tackles New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) just short of the goal line.

The Bucs defense has certainly been the catalyst in the team's first five-game winning streak since their 2002 Super Bowl championship season, Greg Auman writes. But the stats show that during that stretch, Tampa Bay has had the best defense in the NFL.

ESPN: LANE KIFFIN HIRED AS FAU'S NEXT COACH

Lane Kiffin will be a head coach in Florida after all. Alabama's offensive coordinator is set to take over Florida Atlantic, ESPN reported Monday morning. Kiffin has previously been the head coach at Tennessee and USC, and with the NFL's Oakland Raiders. His name was mentioned as a potential candidate at USF, which hired Charlie Strong over the weekend.

RAYS COMPLETE DEAL WITH WILSON RAMOS, DFA JUSTIN O'CONNER

The Rays have officially announced the signing of All-Star C Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal, with $12.5-million guaranteed and another $5.75-million in incentives. Ramos is recovering from right knee surgery to repair his ACL and two meniscus tears and is not expected to be ready to play until June or July, potentially after the All-Star break. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated for assignment longtime but oft-injured prospect catcher Justin O'Conner.

APPS TO AMPLIFY ENJOYMENT OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS

One of the main reasons to get outdoors is to leave everyday life behind. No Netflix, no laptop, no smartphone. Well, maybe taking your smartphone isn't a bad idea. More and more apps exist to aid those who like getting outside. Apps for weather, for maps, for finding fish, even for mapping the sky.

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH CHARLIE STRONG AND THE TEXAS LONGHORNS?

Meanwhile, with Charlie Strong becoming USF's next head coach, the Bulls are obviously hoping that Strong learned from his disastrous tenure at Texas. Which raises the question: What went wrong with Strong and the Longhorns? Matt Baker offers five thoughts.

MARIAH CAREY AND LIONEL RICHIE TEAMING FOR TOUR AND TAMPA CONCERT

Associated Press

Mariah Carey will perform with Lionel Richie at Amalie Arena on May 26.

Lionel Richie is hitting the road with Mariah Carey in 2017 and the 35-date All The Hits Tour will bring them to Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 26. There will be one other Florida stop, the final date of the tour, on May 27 in Fort Lauderdale.

'LA LA LAND' TOPS GOLDEN GLOBES WITH 7 NOMINATIONS, 'MOONLIGHT' WITH 6

Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles musical La La Land sang and danced its way to a leading seven Golden Globes nominations, with Barry Jenkins' celebrated coming-of-age tale Moonlight close on its heels with six nods. La La Land earned nominations for its lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, as well best picture, comedy or musical. The film also scored nominations for directing, screenplay, score and original song in the nominations announced Monday in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

A DEVASTATING DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER'S, A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

For 17 years, Carlen Maddux held the hand of his wife, Martha, as she descended into oblivion. In the beginning, he held the hand of a woman, walking around chatting with former classmates at her 30th high school reunion where whispers of "What's wrong with Martha?" trailed behind her. In the end, he held the hand of the shell of a woman totally withdrawn from the world as she lay curled up in her nursing home bed. His lifelong companion, the mother of his three children, died June 30, 2014, almost two decades after she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. We sat down with Maddux to ask him some questions about his journey.

BEST ALBUMS OF 2016 BY ARTISTS OVER 50

A year ago, Jay Cridlin compiled a year-end list of 2015's best pop albums and songs, as is his duty as a critic. And like a lot of critic lists, it skewed pretty young: Kendrick Lamar, Carly Rae Jepsen, Courtney Barnett, the Weeknd. Then he got an email from a 60-something reader in Clearwater named Richard Levine, who wrote that in the interest of musical exploration, he listened to every artist that Jay listed. So as he sat down to pick his favorite albums of 2016, Jay made a side list of the best by artists over 50, starting with these five.

REVIEW: 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE' RADIO PLAY A CHARMING DIVERSION AT AMERICAN STAGE

Actors ease in to a 1940s studio as snow falls outside. They could be workers anywhere at the start of a shift. They wear three-piece suits, long dresses. American Stage has set up It's a Wonderful Life — A Life Radio Play true to the script by Joe Landry and a sense of neighborliness that permeated the Frank Capra movie starring Jimmy Stewart, Andrew Meacham writes. The theater has brought back the holiday evergreen performed here last year, this time for a two-week run. It's a delightful experience, mostly because everyone in it seems to understand what they are there to do — no more, no less — and then does those things well.

News at noon: Bubba the Love Sponge off the air in Tampa; Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission's future; Bucs' defense performing at an NFL-best; Florida Atlantic lands Lane Kiffin 12/12/16 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2016 12:16pm]
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