Sunday, September 23, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Schumer's letter to Tampa; final presidential debate tonight (and some catch-phrase history); Rubio in Ybor to address FDA cigar rules; an in-depth look at Clintons' Florida ties

Amy Schumer's comedy show at Amalie Arena on Sunday made national headlines after it was reported that some fans booed and walked out because she bashed Donald Trump. Two days later, she read an open letter to Tampa during a show in New York City. It wasn't exactly a make-nice moment, although she did agree to enter a "rehab facility that will teach me to make all people happy. Both the rich, entitled, white people who are gonna vote for him and the very poor people — who've been tricked into it!"

DEBATE CATCH PHRASES: FROM 'LOCK BOX' TO 'LOCKER ROOM'

The high degree of base insults and accusations flying during the first two presidential debates may have put some voters in a throwback mood as well. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton head into the third and final presidential debate tonight, here's a look back at how the vernacular has changed compared to those presidential (and vice presidential) showdowns of yester-election-year.

• Politifact will be fact-checking the candidates during the 90-minute debate. Follow along starting at 9 p.m.

RUBIO ADDRESSES NEW FDA RULES DURING VISIT TO YBOR CIGAR FACTORY

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited J.C. Newman Cigar Co. in Ybor City on this morning to draw attention to new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations opposed by cigar manufacturers. He told reporters he hopes Congress will pass the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act, a bipartisan bill that would exempt large and premium cigars from FDA regulations and fees that took effect Aug. 8.

[Octavio Jones | Times]

Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop in Ybor City back in March. Three decades have passed since Hillary Clinton introduced herself to Florida as part of a couple representing a fresh, new direction for the Democratic Party.

SPECIAL REPORT: HILLARY CLINTON'S DEEP TIES TO FLORIDA

Hillary Clinton's relationship with Florida, not unlike an enduring but exacting marriage, is long and complex. The Clintons' Sunshine State ties, however, are wider and deeper than any modern presidential nominee not named Bush. Florida is a mega state where relationships still matter in politics, and Bill and Hillary have cultivated friendships, personal bonds and crony connections for decades. Times political editor Adam C. Smith takes a closer look.

FLORIDA NETS 64,000 NEW VOTERS WITH EXTRA WEEK OF REGISTRATION

Remember when Gov. Rick Scott said an extra week for registering to vote wasn't necessary after Hurricane Matthew because everyone had enough time to sign up before the storm hit? A federal judge overruled him and granted Florida residents that extra week. So how many took advantage of it? Try more than 64,000 new voters. Put another way, Scott won re-election by 64,145 votes.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON HILLSBOROUGH TRANSPORTATION PLAN TO CONTINUE

About 15 people spoke during the Hillsborough County Commission's meeting this morning about a proposed $600 million, 10-year transportation plan -- and more are waiting to share their thoughts later this afternoon. Opponents are upset that there is no money in it for public transportation, including buses, rail or ferries. Follow Times reporter Caitlin Johnson on Twitter for updates.

WATCH: MASKED MEN ROB TAMPA PAWN SHOP, STEAL JEWELRY

Surveillance video catches three masked men entering a pawn shop on Monday evening and ordering shoppers to lie on the ground. The intruders then used a hammer-style tool to shatter a glass case and steal between $10,000 to $20,000 in jewelry, police said.

MORE DRAFT HINDSIGHT AHEAD ON BUCS' DRAFT

There's been no shortage of criticism of the Bucs' 2016 draft, mainly centered around GM Jason Licht's decision to trade up into the second round to grab kicker Roberto Aguayo. Certainly, receiver was a position the Bucs could have gone after high in the draft. Of course, that's even more glaring now that 33-year-old Vincent Jackson has been placed on injured reserve.

COMPUTER HACKERS HONE SKILLS, URGE PUBLIC TO CHANGE PASSWORDS

Cyber security is a topic a lot of people are talking about right now, and experts in the Tampa Bay area are gearing up and urging people to take simple precautions.

[Mark Wilson | Getty Images]

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini upon arrival for a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday. It was the last state visit that President Obama was hosting.

ALL EYES PHOTO GALLERY: OBAMAS HOST FINAL STATE DINNER

The Obamas' final state dinner in the White House wasn't without a few surprises. Find out which celebrity cut out her dress lining after tripping on the stairs and which guest wore checked socks that looked like a race finish flag in our All Eyes photo gallery.

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