Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Prince autopsy and tributes; Why Ted Cruz is last hope of GOP establishment that loathes him; Beyoncé in Tampa

• The cause of Prince's death may be discovered during an autopsy scheduled for today. Prince was unresponsive in an elevator when the musician was found by sheriff's deputies yesterday who had been called to his suburban Minneapolis compound. From Broadway to Paisley Park, see the many beautiful and purple ways people paid tribute to Prince.

• Most people send a card, call, or post on Facebook for someone's birthday, but President Barack Obama went the extra mile on Friday — thousands of miles, actually — to deliver 90th birthday greetings to Queen Elizabeth II over lunch at Windsor Castle.

• As the Towson, Maryland American Legion hall filled in, the crowd buzzed over the unusual spectacle they were about to witness: A Republican presidential candidate campaigning in this deeply Democratic state. Why Ted Cruz is the last hope of a GOP establishment that loathes him.

• Women will no longer be required to see a doctor and wait 24 hours before having an abortion -- at least for now.

• The weekend in Tampa Bay will start with a few scattered storms, but those will give way to beautiful spring weather by midday Saturday.

• The body of a man who fit the description of Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Gates, was pulled from Tampa Bay last night, two days after he disappeared while trying to retrieve his boat's stuck anchor.

• In 2013, James McLynas, 57, was arrested on several felony charges, including battery, title fraud, and grand theft motor vehicle. Records filed in his case didn't explain how deputies found him. But this year during a deposition, a Pinellas Sheriff's deputy testified that the agency used a highly sophisticated cell phone tracking device, called a Stingray, to locate McLynas.

• An entire Florida town powered by solar energy? It's in the works not too far from Tampa Bay.

• A developer is taking a second crack at revitalizing the Fourth Street N corridor in St. Petersburg, this time turning a World War I-era school into a restaurant and shops.

• This month, no city has had a better view of Beyoncé than Tampa. For weeks, her Formation World Tour rehearsals have taken place in relative secrecy at Raymond James Stadium, as an army of crews and dancers build and polish what will be one of the world's most anticipated tours of 2016. By the time rehearsals end, she'll have spent about a month here, the subject of much gossip and speculation, but very little else. Why Tampa? Some behind-the-scenes moments coming later today from Times Pop Music/Culture Critic Jay Cridlin.

• For most fans, the story of the Bucs and Ali Marpet began around 9:10 p.m. on May 1 last year, when Tampa Bay traded up four spots into the second round to draft a little-known prospect from tiny Hobart College, a Division III school in Geneva, N.Y. The real story began in the fall of 2014, when Marpet first found himself on the NFL radar, and a single Bucs scout noticed the dominating offensive lineman and started making a case for why Tampa Bay should take him.

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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