Wednesday, June 20, 2018
News Roundup

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

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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Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

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