Wednesday, November 22, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Reviewing Bush and Rubio's debate performance; new House speaker; why Google chose Tampa; Taylor Swift FAQ

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Political editor Adam C. Smith writes, "The morning after Jeb Bush's nearly disastrous debate performance, the once mighty frontrunner faces grim cultural comparisons: Dead Man Walking... The Walking Dead... That the Bruce Willis character in the Sixth Sense who doesn't realize he's dead. Meanwhile, Alex Leary, our Washington bureau chief, writes about Sen. Marco Rubio's victory lap.

A lot was said at last night's debate — some of it true, some of it not. PolitiFact has checked several claims. Guess who got a Pants on Fire rating.

In other political news, GOP Rep. Paul D. Ryan is ready to begin a "new day in the House of Representatives" after being elected the body's 62nd speaker.

We reported yesterday that Google is looking at Tampa as a site for its Google Fiber. Robert Trigaux explores why Google chose Tampa to be among the early wave of U.S. cities to be considered for this ultra-high-speed Internet service.

There's a lot of discussion over whether or not police officers should be required to wear body cameras. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was one of the earlier adopters and has equipped his deputies with the devices. Josh Solomon talks with the sheriff about the benefits he has seen from them.

With Lightning goalie Ben Bishop returning to his hometown to face the Blues this week, he reflects in today's Lightning Strikes podcast on his time in St. Louis, and how it might have been a "blessing in disguise" that he was traded, eventually landing in Tampa Bay.

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Taylor Swift brings her 1989 Tour to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night. Jay Cridlin is gathering answers to all your questions whether you're planning to be in the crowd, just dropping off your kid — or hoping to avoid the traffic headaches. Check back at our 10 Days of Taylor Swift blog for updates. And if you have questions, email them to Jay at [email protected] or tweet them to @jaycridlin.

Eugenie Bondurant has long been a presence on the Tampa Bay arts scene. And next, you can can see her in the small yet pivotal role of Tigris in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, opening worldwide Nov. 20. Steve Persall talks with Bondurant about her first movie role in eight years.

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION

Years of neglect and $100 million in budget cuts created chaos at Florida's mental hospitals, leaving violent patients unsupervised, easily able to attack workers and other patients. Read our special investigation, Insane. Invisible. In Danger.

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