Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Jill Kelley abandons federal lawsuit; Latest in Brussels; FL personal income on the rise; Easter recipes and events; Gators coach gets a raise

• Jill Kelley is abandoning her lawsuit against the federal government over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA director David Petraeus. The move comes one week after lawyers for the Tampa socialite had asked to withdraw from the case and it comes in the same week that Collateral Damage, Kelley's book about the scandal was released.

• In Brussels, police conducted more suburb raids this morning in an operation linked to both the airport and subway bombings that killed 31 people earlier this week and to the arrest of a man in the Paris suburbs who may have been plotting a separate attack in France.

• Thank you, healthcare. You, too, construction. Driven by increases in healthcare and construction earnings, personal income in Florida rose 5.2 percent in 2015 over 2014. The numbers are good news for Floridians who have registered paltry gains in personal income in recent years.

• That good news is accompanied by the announcement that Florida's unemployment rate tumbled to 4.9 percent in February, down from a revised 5.1 percent a month earlier.

• After getting a grim assessment of a pending federal case against him, a 68-year-old Tampa man fatally shot himself in a South Tampa attorney's office yesterday afternoon. What led up to Thomas A. Timberlake's decision to take his own life.

• "Good night, John-Boy." The real life inspiration for John-Boy Walton, Earl Hamner Jr., has died at age 92. Hamner was a versatile and prolific writer who drew upon his Depression-era upbringing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to create one of television's most beloved family shows, The Waltons.

• Are you ready for Easter celebrations this weekend? The features staff is. They have your guide to all that is egg, where to find Easter egg hunts, and recipes and suggestions for Easter brunch.

• University of Florida football coach Jim McElwain will have the largest salary in the SEC East after a successful first season earned him a $750,000 raise. McElwain's new annual compensation — announced Friday after going into effect Feb. 1 — is $4.25 million in a contract that still runs through 2020.

• The Rays are, finally, back in Port Charlotte, playing a home game for the first time in nearly a week versus the Twins. It won't quite be a "normal" day though as they won't take batting practice - and thus have a later report time - after playing late on last night in Tampa. Get the lineup, photos from today and updates on spring training.

• Madness is upon us. Tonight there are four NCAA men's basketball Sweet Sixteen matchups, starting at 7:10 p.m., in the East and the Midwest. Check back for more basketball updates.

• In Yokohama, Japan, football players in helmets and shoulder pads rush the field and huddle around their captains. Cheerleaders with wide smiles and tear-off pants dance to Fall Out Boy. For a moment, it feels like a football weekend just about anywhere in America.

• Around the world, hundreds of thousands of Catholics and Protestants are commemorating Good Friday, the day they believe Jesus Christ was crucified. In today's All Eyes photo gallery, Christians mark solumn Good Friday

Sayyid Abdul Azim | Associated Press

Joined by parishioners, a priest carries a cross through the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday during the Holy Week celebrations.

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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