Wednesday, November 22, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: Fernandez jersey returned; Eckerd takes free speech stand; Matthew now Category 3; ex-USF basketball player a rising business star

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Taken during a vigil on Wednesday night, the Alonso High baseball jersey that mysteriously went missing during a vigil to honor Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has been returned to the school. However, questions remain about the jersey's disappearance — and its return.

JOINING NATIONAL DEBATE, TINY ECKERD COLLEGE TAKES BIG STAND

Eckerd College has adopted a statement designed to head off the free speech fights that have erupted on other campuses. Hear something offensive? Debate it. Loathe an idea? Protest it. But don't expect the college to limit free expression. The laid-back liberal arts school felt the statement was a way to reaffirm its commitment to free speech in a time of upheaval.

HURRICANE MATTHEW GROWS INTO MAJOR CATEGORY 3

Rain and winds from a strengthening Hurricane Matthew whipped at Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao early today as it passed north of the islands on a rare track through a part of the Caribbean that rarely sees such storms. Under its current track, the storm is forecast to continue west before making a northerly turn, perhaps skirting South Florida.

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Brian Lamb, a member of the USF men's basketball team from 1994-1998 and now a regional president for Fifth Third Bank, was elected chairman of the school's board of trustees.

POINT GUARD TO POINT MAN: RISING BUSINESS STAR BRIAN LAMB

USF basketball fans may remember Brian Lamb , but otherwise he may not be a household name. Among Tampa Bay movers and shakers, however, Lamb has distinctly arrived. He's a regional president of one of the nation's larger banks, sits on scores of boards and, most notably, chairs the influential board of trustees of his beloved alma mater.

TRUMP SHAMES EX-BEAUTY PAGEANT WINNER FOR HER SEXUAL PAST

Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her "sex tape," in an early-morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign's efforts to broaden its appeal to women.

STUDY: TAMPA IS THE SECOND BEST CITY IN THE NATION TO INVEST IN REAL ESTATE

Florida remains one of the nation's best places to invest in real estate, and Tampa is one of the best cities to invest in. That's according to GoBankingRates, which ranks Tampa second among the top 15 U.S. cities in which to own investment property. Orlando is first, Miami 10th and Jacksonville 13th, making Florida the only state with four cities on the list.

BLACK BOX RECORDER RECOVERED FROM WRECKAGE OF TRAIN CRASH

Investigators pulled one of the black box recorders from the wrecked commuter train at the Hoboken station and struggled to extract the second one today as they tried to figure out what caused the crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others. The two event recorders could contain information on speed, braking and other conditions that can help investigators determine whether the tragedy resulted from an equipment malfunction or a distracted or incapacitated engineer.

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Noah Spence has a single tackle in three games —- a sack of Carson Palmet in the Bucs' 40-7 loss at Arizona in Week 2.

BUCS' NOAH SPENCE COPING WITH LIMITED PLAYING TIME

Bucs rookie Noah Spence has been quiet in his first three NFL games. Even as other key Bucs defensive ends are sidelined, his playing time has dropped. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith explains the second-round pick from Eastern Kentucky is still being used in obvious passing downs, and when those situations haven't come up often, Spence has been used sparingly.

LET US HELP PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

On the first weekend of October, there's is plenty to do around the Tampa Bay area. Warm up for football as area restaurants compete for the best tailgate foods during Tailgate Taste at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Or check out the world's fastest powerboats on Clearwater Beach. Or enjoy a little Beethoven with the Florida Ochestra. Oh, and did we mention corn mazes?

FENNELLY: SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE WITH KUCHEROV, BOLTS

Martin Fennelly column: Getting Nikita Kucherov signed is the next big jigsaw piece that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has to fit into the board. It will happen. It can't not happen. But something will have to give.

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