Monday, July 16, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: EgyptAir standoff ends; Trump manager charged with misdemeanor; New plan for the Straz; Meet the Rays; Violin prodigy to come to Tampa Bay

• The Egyptian plane drama has ended after the hijacker was arrested and the passengers were freed. His surrender ended an hours-long drama and standoff at the Larnaca airport in southern Cyprus. The hijacker had earlier freed most of the passengers but kept seven people — four crew members and three passengers — with him.

• In Palm Beach County, Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump campaign manager, is charged this morning with misdemeanor battery after allegations of forcefully grabbing a reporter at a local news conference.

• FLORIDA MAN: Delta Air Lines employee Jean Yves Selius, 29, of Boynton Beach was arrested Saturday after an airport security officer saw him using his security badge to enter the boarding area in the Palm Beach International Airport. Longo wrote that he was being paid $900 to $1,000 to deliver a backpack holding $282,000 to an unknown passenger in a bathroom, who would take the money to New York City's LaGuardia Airport.

• Today, the Obama administration will issue a proposed rule that aims to increase medication-based treatment for tens of thousands of people addicted to opioids. The rule will coincide with President Barack Obama's visit to Atlanta where he will participate in a panel discussion at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.

• Mantras of the Democratic primary race: Hillary Clinton can't attract young voters, and Bernie Sanders can't win minorities. Following Sanders' win in Hawaii, the country's most ethnically diverse state, #BernieMadeMeWhite appeared on Twitter.

• Yet another of Gov. Rick Scott's state agency chiefs announced his surprise resignation today. Retired Army Col. Mike Prendergast dropped the news during a Cabinet meeting that he'll be leaving immediately to run as a Republican for sheriff of Citrus County.

• What's this? A central gathering place in Tampa? The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts just unveiled the latest version of its plan for the future, and it's still looking at making the most of its location overlooking the Hillsborough River.

• Finn Caspersen was a leading developer and philanthropist in Tampa who the New York Times compared to Jay Gatsby before a tragic end to his life. Now his son is accused in a $95 million fraud scheme.

• Meet the Rays. Watch video interviews with the Tampa Bay Rays as you've never seen them before. For example, you might think you know Chris Archer. But do you know which TV show the Rays ace wants to binge watch? For complete Rays coverage, follow our Spring Training live blog.

• "I fell in love with the violin," Simone Porter says, "and (I) bugged my parents until they let me start when I was 3 1/2." Now 19, on the cusp of international stardom, violin prodigy Porter will appear this weekend with the Florida Orchestra, performing a familiar piece: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

• Ten years ago, the Gasparilla International Film Festival sailed into Tampa on bumpy seas. Now principally sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union, the Gasparilla festival is thriving. See the lineup of 115 features, documentaries and shorts 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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