Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Scott gets an earful in Starbucks; An interview with hometown hero Robin Zander; Frozen Four in Tampa

• A woman gave Gov. Rick Scott quite a talking-to in a Gainesville Starbucks. it's all on YouTube. She's not exactly a fan of his administration.

• U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff has hired a Marco Rubio staffer to serve as press secretary. What Joanna Rodriguez has to say about Florida voters.

• Congratulations, all you unmarried lovers in Florida who are shacking up together. You are no longer breaking the law. After 148 years, cohabitation is now legal in Florida.

• Florida added 18,600 private sector jobs last month. All but 2,600 of the jobs were in the service sector, ADP said. The March hiring level was up 0.26 percent from February.

• It looks like a smartphone, but you won't be making calls, taking selfies or scrolling through Facebook on it. Instead, this is a handgun that looks like a cell phone and "hides in plain sight."

• The Colonnade Restaurant, a historic waterfront restaurant that has been a staple in South Tampa for more than 75 years, has been sold and the site will be redeveloped into high-rise condominiums.

• Robin Zander, member of Cheap Trick, used to be able to go to his hometown of Safety Harbor and manage to go under the radar. Now, with a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction coming Friday, his incognito in Tampa Bay are over.

• After spending 12 years making Boyhood, Richard Linklater couldn't be blamed for doing something lighter, just for fun. But nothing Linklater does is ever just for fun, leading to the deceptively deep college jocks comedy Everybody Wants Some!!

• A personalized weekend schedule is waiting for you. Find our critics' top picks for the stage, the movies, dining out and more in our Weekend Planner page. Some highlights in Tampa Bay this week: Jaume Plensa lecture, Karate Kid interview, Bern's Winefest and the Shark Bite Challenge.

• Tampa is about to get a whole lot colder. The Boston College (11 a.m.-noon), Quinnipiac (12:15-1:15), North Dakota (1:30-2:30) and Denver (2:45-3:45) men's ice hockey teams begin preparations for the Frozen Four today at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Practices are free and open to the public. Follow our live blog for the latest updates, photos and videos. The semifinals will be played on Thursday, with the finals scheduled for Saturday night. For tickets, visit ncaa.com/tickets or call (813) 301-6900.

• The only recent reminders of Florida's prolific passing history stand outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — the statues of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow that welcome fans to the Swamp. Inside, the Gators have been stuck in a cycle of struggles at the game's most important position.

• After a win last night, the Tampa Bay Rays face off once more against the Toronto Blue Jays at home. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. and you can follow along at tbtim.es/rays for live updates, photos and more.

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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