Sunday, November 19, 2017
News Roundup

News at Noon: Florida's death penalty; TIA ranks high; Yotels; Alex's xmas for the kids; Redistricting trial; Bucs preview

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Jeb called Donald a "chaos candidate," Ben Carson took a pass on foreign affairs questions and Fiorna zinged Rubio on being a "first term-senator." All of these highlights and more can be found in our GOP Debate Recap from last night.

Although there has been an overall drop in the number of death-row inmates in Florida, findings from a national non-profit research organization show the Sunshine State continues to be an "outlier" in its administration of capital punishment. Where does Florida stand on the death penalty nationwide?

At the Aloft Tampa Downtown hotel, guests can bypass the check-in desk in the lobby and go straight to their room — if they've downloaded the Starwood Preferred Guest app on their smartphone. How are hotels adapting to the smart phone generation?

Tampa International Airport was just named No. 2 airport in customer satisfaction. Learn how TIA's easy layout and quick security check points helped it rise toward the top. Oh, and the Cigar City Brewing on tap probably doesn't hurt Tampa's airline travel rep either.

Alex's Xmas for Kids foundation, created by Alex Cooks, is in the 16th year of passing out bikes for kids in need of a Christmas. But it's the first year without Alex. A tradition continues without its generous namesake.

Roman Dominic Izzo, a U.S. Army officer accused of murder of his wife's former husband in 2011, was injured in a motorcycle crash Monday night and remains hospitalized in critical condition. It took police two years to arrest Izzo; there's no physical evidence to link him to the crime, but detectives uncovered suspicious cyber tracks that could implicate him.

Today is another crucial day in the redistricting trial. State Senator Bill Galvano is testifying this morning. Among other revelations, Galvano indicated there were maps submitted during the process by the plaintiffs that don't pair incumbents. But it's not clear how he knew that. Follow Mary Ellen Klas for this developing story.

A Sulphur Springs nonprofit that helps at-risk youth learn through art is reeling after thousands of dollars worth of technology was stolen from its office and classroom space on E River Coast Street. The program's students have painted murals across the city and gone on to college, and Chair Karen Frashier said this setback won't stop them from helping children.

Our movie critic Steve Persall saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, and he's written a spoiler-free review. He says that the film delivers from its opening blast of John Williams' theme music, to the familiar faces of Ford, Fisher and Hamill.

Thomas Bassinger takes a look at Bucs players Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota from this past week. Also, apparently four interesting things happened in last Sunday's game against the Saints, and all but one of the them occurred on a single play.

On the visual side of things, Times Photographer Monica Herndon shares her top 9 photos from 2015.

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Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

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Updated: 5 hours ago
No. 14 UCF rolls Temple 45-19, heads to War on I-4 unbeaten

No. 14 UCF rolls Temple 45-19, heads to War on I-4 unbeaten

PHILADELPHIA — There were so many reasons for UCF coach Scott Frost to worry about his team’s focus. With a huge game against USF looming, playing an improving Temple team in a stadium where the empty seats outnumbered the filled ones by about a 3-1 ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

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No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

MIAMI — After Miami clinched the first Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division crown in program history, upset the then-No. 3 team in the country, claimed one of the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings and after many of the nat...
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Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

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TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the Bucs ...
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Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll.The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of n...
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Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

TAMPA — Can the Bucs pull off back-to-back wins with a backup quarterback? Win a game on the road for the first time this season? Politely hand the unnamed trophy for the state’s worst football team back to the Dolphins?With WR Mike Evans back from h...
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Florida State routs Delaware State 77-6

Florida State routs Delaware State 77-6

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher longed for his team to play in this type of game throughout its disappointing season.After Hurricane Irma caused a three-week layoff between FSU’s first two games, forcing it to play 11 in a row to finis...
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Senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year

Senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year

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