Tuesday, September 25, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Clinton and Sanders in Tampa; Last night's fact-check and tonight's preview; #HulkvsGawk trial continues; Tampa Heights community center's future; NFL free agency blog

• Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated in Miami. PolitiFact will update this story with fact-checks throughout the day.

• Today, the day after their eighth debate in Miami, Hillary and Bernie are making campaign stops in Tampa. Follow the reporters and photographers of the Tampa Bay Times for live coverage and public reaction.

• GOP candidates, never to be overshadowed by the opposition, will debate tonight in Miami. Check back to our live campaign blog for updates later tonight.

• We're live at the trial as Terry Gene Bollea (a.k.a. Hulk Hogan) is looking to win $100 million in damages from Gawker, a New York-based news website, for publishing an excerpt of his sex tape in 2012. At its core, it's a case about whether Gawker's decision to publish one minute and 41 seconds of a roughly 30-minute sex tape violated Bollea's right to privacy.

• The Legislature's proposed state budget includes $1.2 million to move a Tampa Heights community center out of the path of the controversial Tampa Bay Express interstate project. The community center is in the shadow of an Interstate 275 off-ramp and occupies a state-owned building, the former Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Palm Avenue.

• After receiving an overwhelming response from customers in the Tampa Bay area, the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant in Ybor City will remain open.

• With the Bucs releasing Bruce Carter and not tendering Danny Lansanah a contract, strongside linebacker is a position they need to address. The first name as a possible new arrival is Tahir Whitehead, who is visiting the Bucs today.

• Following a dizzying first day of free agency, we have your Bucs highlights.Follow our live blog for up-to-date coverage of NFL free agency.

• After a players-only "meeting" featuring rookies doing karaoke, the Rays play the Pirates today at 1:05 in Port Charlotte. Marc Topkin, Times beat reporter, and photographer Will Vragovic are at the game and are posting live to our Rays feed.

• Jonathan Kushner was 11 years old in 1973 when he was abducted near his family's Carrollwood home and murdered. His little brother, David Kushner, is 47 now and has written a book about his family's experience.

• From theater to music, shopping to the outdoors, our insiders help you plan your 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.

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