Wednesday, May 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.; cold moves in; a look at Heidi Cruz; Lakewood coach's road trip; where will home values rise?; make-ahead meals; and the cutest award acceptance ever

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We're following the events around Tampa Bay in our live blog.

You'll want an extra blanket on the bed tonight. Forecasters are calling for lows in the mid 30s and low 40s, with an even colder night coming on Tuesday.

Our team at PolitiFact has run the statements of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders from Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate through the Truth-o-meter.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, British lawmakers are expected to debate a call for U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from the U.K. over his remarks about Muslims — though the government is unlikely to bar the divisive Republican Party contender. More than 500,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Trump to be blocked for "hate speech."

A new profile takes a look at Heidi Nelson Cruz, who has become a fundraising power, specializing in soliciting maximum contributions from well-heeled donors. Sen. Ted Cruz's allies and campaign aides describe her less as a "secret weapon," the typical characterization of a political spouse, than as an all-purpose surrogate and strategist to be deployed as often as possible.

Looking for the Tampa Bay neighborhood likely to show the biggest increase in home values in 2016? We've got the answer.

Lakewood High's boys basketball coach Anthony Lawrence Sr. loses sleep when he makes the road trip to Miami to watch his son play for the Hurricanes, but he doesn't mind. "It's a 'Cane thing," he says. "You wouldn't understand."

George Poveromo, host of World of Saltwater Fishing, brings his Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series to Riverview this weekend. But you don't have to wait to read his five tips for saltwater fishing.

This is a good time of year to regroup and think about ways to simplify your cooking habits. And when it comes to de-stressing weeknight dinners, there is a trick put-together cooks share: They prep. To help you get started, here are a week's worth of make-ahead meals to help simplify weeknight dinner. Plus, in this week's Cook Hack, learn to make vegetable chips in the microwave. Or maybe you'll want to try the recipe for deviled eggs benedict.

Jacob Tremblay, a 9-year-old actor, stole the show at Sunday night's Critics' Choice Awards when he accepted the award for best young actor. Watch the video here.

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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