Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

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

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.

MANSION BARGED ACROSS BAY HITS MARKET

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."

PREPARE FOR THE BUSIEST HOLIDAY TRAVEL RUSH SINCE 2007

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.

SUPERMOON LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT

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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.

FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE VS. FAKE NEWS

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.

COULD JIMBO FISHER BE HEADED TO LSU?

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has emerged as a strong candidate in LSU's search, according to a report from nola.com. 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.

'MOONLIGHT' COULD BE THE 'BEST FILM OF 2016'

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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.

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Flight attendants say ‘appalling’ Southwest flight photo confirms it — you’re not paying attention to the safety demo

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Carlton: Kids, want to make them listen? Vote

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Today: Area high school students to join national walkout in memory of Columbine

Today: Area high school students to join national walkout in memory of Columbine

High school students from both sides of Tampa Bay will commemorate the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings on Friday, although in very different ways.In St. Petersburg, students from several schools will gather at noon at City Hall for...
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The Daystarter: Students remember Columbine; 98Rockfest is back; and the pier moves forward

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Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

Spring break, hurricane relief boosted Tampa Bay hotels in March

The Tampa Bay area’s hotel occupancy rate rose to 87.5 percent in March, the highest level in three years. The rise was fueled by spring break vacationers as well as insurance adjusters and hurricane cleanup crews flooding the state to restore it aft...
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St. Petersburg celebrates with long tables and literacy

St. Petersburg celebrates with long tables and literacy

At 500 feet, this year’s Longest Table really was the longest table yet for the annual WUSF fundraiser. That’s 200 feet longer than last year. More than 1,100 supporters of the radio station ate dinner at the table stretching between the Museum of Fi...
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Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions. The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 ...
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Crabby Bill’s founder Bill Loder dies at 86

Crabby Bill’s founder Bill Loder dies at 86

LARGO — Bill Loder, who founded the Crabby Bill’s seafood restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach, died at Largo Medical Center Thursday afternoon.Mr. Loder, 86, had trouble breathing early in the day and was rushed to the hospital, said his son Matt Loder....
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St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
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Life got you down? The Miracle League is back and making miracles again

Life got you down? The Miracle League is back and making miracles again

ST. PETERSBURG — An old friend is back in the lineup.The Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches Miracle League, which champions baseball for the physically and mentally challenged, returned with a flourish Saturday morning. We're better for it."This...
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