Thursday, July 19, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Howard Frankland Bridge crash; Rubio in Tampa; Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker; 10 Florida strawberry facts; Peyton Manning retires; Nancy Reagan photo gallery; Okeechobee music fest review

Sen. Marco Rubio brings his campaign to the Tampa Convention Center this evening. Some supporters of Rubio say bad strategy and a poorly run campaign are killing his chances to gain the GOP presidential nomination, according to a Washington Post report. Follow the event in our live campaign blog.

More than 1 million voters have already cast ballots in advance of next week's Florida presidential preference primary. Balloting is on pace for turnout to set a new record for a presidential primary.

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law changes to Florida's death penalty sentencing system in an effort to bring the state in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. The bill requires juries to have a greater say in death penalty cases and requires that at least 10 of 12 jurors must agree on a recommendation to impose a death sentence.

Were you stuck in traffic this morning? A multiple car accident shut down the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge and had traffic backed up for hours.

Attorneys for Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media are making opening statements today in Hogan's $100 million invasion of privacy lawsuit against the website for posting a video of Hogan having sex with the wife of his former best friend, Tampa DJ Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.

Carol Kurdell, Hillsborough County's longest-serving School Board member and a close ally of former Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, is not seeking re-election. While tired of the dissent among board members, she said that's not the main reason for her decision to step down at the end of her term.

Tampa Bay has added to its ranks of larger public corporations now that Manitowoc Foodservices, a maker of commercial food service equipment from ice makers to beverage equipment, has spun off from its Wisconsin parent and began trading as an independent company.

We're at the height of Florida Strawberry season, so what better time than now to bring you 10 facts about strawberries that might surprise you.

For all the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and all-star jam sessions the inaugural Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival threw at fans on Friday and Saturday, it was the fest's final act on Sunday that served as its ultimate trump card, writes Jay Cridlin. Mumford and Sons are THE rock act you book if you want to run with the big boys of modern rock festivals; by snapping them up for only their second-ever Florida gig, Okeechobee organizers were lobbing a gauntlet directly at any doubters.

Rita Moreno will receive a lifetime achievement award April 2, after a 6 p.m. screening of her new comedy, Remember Me, at this year's Gasparilla International Film Festival. Now in its 10th year, the festival runs March 30 through April 3 at Tampa Theatre and Ybor City's Muvico Centro Ybor 20. Here's the complete lineup.

Peyton Manning's days of decoding defenses and recuperating in cold tubs are over. The five-time MVP is retiring after 18 NFL seasons, dozens of passing records, five MVP trophies and two Super Bowl championships. A news conference is expected at 1 p.m. Manning may not have been the best quarterback, but he showed what was possible. He created the passing game as we know it in 2016 and, in turn, forced defenses to adapt and disguise and get better.

Manning isn't the only player retiring today. Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Logan Mankins is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL. Mankins, 33, officially informed the Bucs of his decision this morning, although the news is not a surprise to the team.

The University of Illinois has made the hiring of former Bucs coach Lovie Smith official, and his new contract as the Illini head coach will save the Bucs $4 million over the next two years.

The Rays are heading south again today to face the Red Sox in a 1:05 pm. game at Fort Myers, with Matt Moore making his spring debut. Moore has looked sharp thus far in camp during bullpen and batting practice sessions. He is a key part of the Rays rotation after finishing last season strong having struggled in his initial return from Tommy John elbow surgery. Find Marc Topkin's updates in our live Rays blog.

NANCY REAGAN: A LIFE REMEMBERED

Associated Press

President Barack Obama escorts former first lady Nancy Reagan after signing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act on June 2, 2009, during a ceremony in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington

Our All Eyes photo gallery takes a look back at the life of former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday of congestive heart failure at age 94.

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