Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Florida Insurance commissioner appointed; What happened to El Niño this year; #TampaBeyWatch; Rays-Cuba game in photos; NFL draft

The third time was the charm Friday as Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater agreed to hire deputy insurance commissioner David Altmaier to replace Kevin McCarty, the state's powerful insurance regulator who resigned after 13 years at the helm of the Office of Insurance Regulation.

The future of the Museum of Science and Industry is decided: It's moving downtown. The future of its leader is less certain.

As warm waters swirled in the Pacific Ocean last fall, forecasters put Floridians on alert. Then, nothing. What happened to the epic El Niño predicted this year?

When the Tampa Bay Rays and President Barack Obama made their historic trip to Cuba this spring, the Tampa Bay Times sent photographer Will Vragovic to cover the event. The challenge before him? Try to satisfy an international audience with photos focused on sports, politics and travel.

An increasing number of people are renting homes instead of buying them, but a large chunk of them come from a surprising demographic.

There's new competition for grocery delivery services with Amazon Prime Now offering free two-hour delivery in the Tampa Bay area.

Whether you're a fan of the Bucs, Gators, Seminoles or Bulls, you'll want to follow our live coverage of the 2016 NFL draft April 28-30, from the discussions at One Buc Place to the stage at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. We'll have live news, photos, stories, columns, videos and more, so come check back for the latest updates. April 28 (Round 1, 8 p.m.); April 29 (Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m.); April 30 (Rounds 4-7), noon.

Well, it'll all culminate tonight at Raymond James Stadium. Beyoncé Week on the Soundcheck blog has been leading up to this moment, when you can participate in #TampaBeyWatch on the live blog.

Giving audiences only a few days to process the wonderment of music that is her new album Lemonade, Beyoncé kicked off her Formation World Tour in Miami last night with a gargantuan, career-spanning setlist that saw the live debuts of many of her new tracks.

Now, for some history: In 2000, Destiny's Child stole the show from Christina Aguilera in Tampa. Then, a year later in 2001, Destiny's Child outshone the rest of the MTV's Total Request Live Tour in Tampa.

She is pop culture's superwoman, a force who won't be reckoned, able to do whatever she wishes better than anyone else dares to dream. Except one thing, according to our movie critic Steve Persall. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter can't carry a movie.

On with the tour: For fashion, don't even try to imitate. When you dress like Beyoncé while actively still breathing the same air, you will suffer by comparison. Here are some ideas. You've got the concert ticket, the outfit, the diva attitude. Now, in order to properly usher in the biggest concert of the year on Friday, you need flawless tailgate food Bey would approve of.

The usual knock on TV sketch comedians moving into movies is that hilarious five-minute ideas get stretched to lousy feature length. Not Keanu, a new film with Key and Peele from Comedy Central. The title character is an aww-dorable tabby, introduced while leaping and sliding for its life in slo-mo through a bloody gunpowder ballet. If the action seems familiar, it's supposed to, and Persall gives it a B-.

Here are the top things to do today around Tampa Bay, including MadTV's Bon Qui Qui, the comic alter ego of comic Anjelah Johnson-Reyes; and Dan and Phil, the YouTube stars of BBC radio at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Also, a guide to help 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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Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

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Crash closes Lutz Lake Fern Road at Cypress Green Drive

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Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

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DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
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Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
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Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

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WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
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Aquarium reopens to divers

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