Sunday, September 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Guide for presidential primaries tonight; DOJ responds to Tampa Police bike ticketing; Beyoncé week continues

• Five candidates, five states, five very different paths forward. The four men and one woman who would be president all head into Tuesday's primaries seeking different kinds of validation. Here is a viewer's guide ahead of tonight's voting.

• Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet today are trying for a second time to choose a new insurance commissioner. Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater must agree on the same candidate, and both have different favorites.

• The Tampa police department practice of stopping and ticketing black bicyclists at a disproportionate rate did not improve bicycle safety or reduce bicycle thefts, according to an 84-page report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

• John Jonchuck, the 26-year-old man accused of dropping his daughter Phoebe off the Dick Misener bridge, is still incompetent to stand trial, a doctor said in court today.

• It's an important week for transportation in Tampa Bay, and it took a long time to get here. See the local happenings for roads, ferries and public transportation.

• Police were investigating a homicide this morning at 3805 E Curtis St. in Tampa. Investigators said they're still determining what time he died. They're also looking for his missing car. Check back for more details later today.

• A proposed merger of two giant publishing companies would make Gannett the largest newspaper publisher in Florida.

• Struggles continue at Tampa-based Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba's. Tampa's Bloomin' Brands hopes to turn all three of their restaurant chains around by the end of the year.

Welcome to Beyoncé Week on the Soundcheck blog! Oh, who are we kidding. Here in Tampa, we're in Beyonce MONTH. The singer has been rehearsing for her Formation World Tour at Raymond James Stadium since earlier this month, mostly in secrecy. But that hasn't stopped us from paying attention.

• First 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.

• From coach Jack Capuano to center John Tavares, here are five things to know about the New York Islanders, ahead of tomorrow night's Lightning game at home.

• Sing Out! Tampa Bay will be on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can at the door at the Mahaffey Theater. See the video of Sing Out! rehearsing with the Florida Orchestra and find out more about the group. This is the first ever completely community-based sing-along concert with The Florida Orchestra. Songs performed will include "La Bamba", Selections from The Music Man and Amazing Grace.

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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