Tuesday, November 21, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Jeb Bush in Tampa; What brought down the Russian plane?; big concert news, Bucs Turning Point

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Presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took the stage in Tampa today to the tune of Taking Care of Business. And his message was, "I can fix it.'' (Find a transcript of his speech here. ) Also on Monday, Bush released a new e-book, Reply All, that covers his eight years in Tallahassee through the electronic correspondence he exchanged with staff, friends and constituents over matters large (the death penalty) and small (the short-lived proposal for a state commissioner of barbecue).

Only an external impact could have caused a Russian plane to dive into the Egyptian desert, killing all 224 people on board, the airline said Monday. James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, says he could not rule out that the plane was brought down by Islamic State extremists.

Because of departures, turnover and retirement, some key spots in Tampa Bay's ranks of top economic development are now vacant, and that could possibly hinder the region's momentum, writes Robert Trigaux.

This week's Bucs Turning Point says coach Lovie Smith was right to go for it on 4th-and-1 against the Falcons. In case you missed it, Tom Jones wrote that Kwon Alexander's play was a fitting tribute to his brother, who was shot to death less than 48 hours before the game.

Catch up with The Walking Dead episode "Here's Not Here" in our recap. Morgan's transformation was amazing to watch.

Popstar Ellie Goulding will perform at Tampa's Amalie Arena on June 2, the venue announced Monday. Find out how to get tickets in our Soundcheck blog.

The Times/Herald Tribune investigation into Florida's mental hospitals continues with Shrouded in secrecy: How Florida's state-run mental hospitals keep deadly mistakes hidden. You can find the complete series here.

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Life in prison, not death, for Adam Matos, Pasco jury decides

Life in prison, not death, for Adam Matos, Pasco jury decides

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 12 men and women on Adam Matos’ jury were chosen from a pool of nearly 300 people in part for their responses to a single question: Could you condemn a stranger to death for a crime?On Tuesday, they said no four times, recommend...
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University of Central Florida suspends sorority for hazing

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A University of Central Florida sorority has been suspended after its members were accused of hazing, underage drinking and providing false information to law enforcement.The university placed Alpha Xi Delta on an interim suspens...
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Column: Charlie Rose does not get a pass here

Column: Charlie Rose does not get a pass here

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28-year-old man shot dead in Spring Hill home, deputies say

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Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

Baron Cohen to pay fine for Czechs sporting Borat mankinis

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Irma did not stop tourists from setting record visits to Florida so far in 2017

Irma did not stop tourists from setting record visits to Florida so far in 2017

Despite Hurricane Irma, Florida hit another record high number in tourists visiting the state in the first nine months of this year, according to figures released this week.Visit Florida, the state’s tourism bureau, said 88.2 million visitors came to...
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FCC chairman unveils proposal to repeal net neutrality

FCC chairman unveils proposal to repeal net neutrality

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown ...
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Cannon Fodder podcast: Setting up Bucs vs. Atlanta

Cannon Fodder podcast: Setting up Bucs vs. Atlanta

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman says it’s another week without Jameis Winston as the Bucs prepare to go to Atlanta, and there’s more on the Bucs’ run-game issues and how the defense has struggled on third and long, a situation most defenses love to be i...
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Jones: Maybe the Florida job isn’t as good as we thought

Jones: Maybe the Florida job isn’t as good as we thought

These are strange, unsettling times for the University of Florida.The Gators need themselves a football coach.They offer a terrific job. Maybe one of the best jobs in the country.Right?Uh, right? (nervous laugh)Well, we’ll soon find out. Maybe this i...
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Michael W. Smith talks about Texas shooting, Christmas music and Bono

Michael W. Smith talks about Texas shooting, Christmas music and Bono

On the morning after the mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Michael W. Smith had pain in his voice. "It’s awful, it’s just awful," said the Grammy-winning Christian music superstar. "Everybody’s going t...
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