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News at Noon: Bucs' Evans won't sit again; holiday travel rush; mansion hits market; 'Moonlight' star visiting Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans says he's done with sitting during the national anthem. [Times files]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans says he's done with sitting during the national anthem. [Times files]

Two days after Mike Evans decided to sit through the national anthem, igniting a social media firestorm and proposed boycott, the star Buccaneers receiver now says his protest against the election of Donald Trump is over. In a statement, Evans said he won't sit again, during the Star-Spangled Banner because, "I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities." The Bucs travel to take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.


A century-old Victorian mansion, once slated for demolition, then barged across Tampa Bay to a new life as a Wall Street Journal House of the Year, is again on the market. Known as Lamb Manor after original owner Asa Lamb, the 8,500-square-foot Queen Anne-style home with guest house is listed at $2.4 million . The listing calls the manor a "magical place."


As Thanksgiving approaches, AAA is AAA is predicting that more than 48 million Americans will travel for the holiday , the most since before the 2008 recession, including long car trips, bus rides and air travel. The figures, they note, were calculated in October, before the surprising outcome of the presidential election.


Associated Press

An airliner passes in front of this week's "supermoon."

For the past two nights, the brightest, largest "supermoon" since the 1940s has lit up skies around the globe. Here are 10 of the best photos of the supermoon captured by photographers from New York to Nevada to Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, if you're in the mood for more stargazing, we've got some recommendations for ways to celebrate our universe in honor of astrophysicist Neil Degrasse-Tyson visiting Tampa on Thursday.


Responding to growing concerns over the spread of misinformation online in the weeks and months before Election Day, Facebook and Google have announced plans to restrict sites that publish fake news from using online advertising. The moves come after a report on Monday said the top news link on Google in a search for "final election results" led to a fake news website incorrectly claiming that Donald Trump won both the popular vote and the majority of votes in the electoral college.


Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has emerged as a strong candidate in LSU's search, according to a report from Other candidates mentioned in the report are interim coach Ed Orgeron and North Carolina coach Larry Fedora. Read more about it at our Florida college sports blog.


A24 Films

Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016).

Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall has reviewed the new film Moonlight, and calls it "a modest masterpiece, and quite possibly the best film of 2016." In the film, a young black man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. One of the stars of the film, Andre Holland, will visit St. Petersburg for a Q&A at Sundial. You can read Persall's entire Moonlight review here. Meanwhile, this week's most anticipated opening, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, might not quite live up to the movie magic of the rest of the Harry Potter franchise.

News at Noon: Bucs' Evans won't sit again; holiday travel rush; mansion hits market; 'Moonlight' star visiting Tampa Bay 11/15/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:11pm]
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