Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Democratic Debate tonight; Rubio's 'shrinking' campaign; Deputy-involved shooting; NFL free agent day; Rays live; Beer Breakfast kickoff; Sir George Martin dies; Game of Thrones preview trailer

• It's back. Tonight's Democratic debate will be held in Florida on the Miami Dade College campus at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch it on CNN, Univision, or WashingtonPost.com. We'll kick off coverage with live fact-checking by PolitiFact and reporting on our blog.

• Last night was Rubio and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad primary. As the first results came in from Mississippi, the Florida Republican was trailing Ben Carson. Read about Marco Rubio's debate haul of zero.

• After responding to a call about a screaming man waving a gun outside north Tampa apartments, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man who they say pointed a gun and charged at them late last night.

• To much surprise, the vast majority of Tampa Bay area banks are healthy and prospering seven years after a rough recession forced several of them to fail or be acquired by stronger institutions. For example, Cornerstone Bank in St. Petersburg is one of several community banks in the Tampa Bay area to get a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial.

• The last of the procedural transactions is out of the way for the Bucs, who announced this morning that they've tendered contracts to two restricted free agents -- S Bradley McDougald and WR Russell Shepard -- and three exclusive-rights free agents in DE Jacquies Smith, LS Andrew DePaola and LB Jeremiah George. Follow our live blog for up-to-date coverage of NFL free agency.

• All-Star ace Chris Archer will make his second spring start today against the Blue Jays at 1 p.m. in Port Charlotte. Marc Topkin, Times beat reporter, and photographer Will Vragovic are at the game and are posting live to our Rays feed.

• Sir George Martin, the Beatles' producer, died yesterday at 90 years old. If Martin did nothing more than produce almost every Beatles studio album, he would perhaps still be the most accomplished rock record producer of all time. But he did more.

• A guy walks by a Central Avenue bar and sees people drinking beer at 8 a.m. And from that depraved start, a noble force for good was born, raising thousands for charity. The annual Beer Breakfast held downtown every year on the Saturday of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will once again draw a crowd starting at 9 a.m. for breakfast, beer and a Bloody Mary bar with the proceeds supporting a local charity.

• A new trailer released for Season 6 of Game of Thrones unleashed a torrent of goosebumps and speculation last night. Here's a breakdown of the preview.

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

• All Eyes Photo Blog: Show us your wits! It's the Times' weekly caption contest

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Caption Contest #22 photo: Can you come up with a clever caption for this image?

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Updated: 28 minutes ago
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