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News at noon: Seeking a corporate HQ; bear-resistant trash cans; foster kids; and tons of Thanksgiving and ideas for your long weekend

From left, Columbia Restaurant executive chef Geraldo Bayona teaches Mexican immigrant Elizabeth Reyes how to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Harvest Hope Center in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Harvest Hope Center, which is the University Area Community Development Corporation's teaching kitchen, hosts cooking classes for local community members.

From left, Columbia Restaurant executive chef Geraldo Bayona teaches Mexican immigrant Elizabeth Reyes how to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Harvest Hope Center in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Harvest Hope Center, which is the University Area Community Development Corporation's teaching kitchen, hosts cooking classes for local community members.

As much as Tampa Bay desperately wants to recruit a major corporate headquarters, it is now safe to say corporate giant GE will not move here. So what about hotel giant Marriott Corp., which has announced it is starting to look around.

Tucked into Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget is $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears.

More children are coming into Florida's foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what's best for kids in difficult situations.

The custodian on duty at the Holy Child of Jesus Church beheld a scene straight out of Scripture. Hearing the sound of a baby's cry, he found a newborn wrapped in towels lying inside, of all places, the wooden manger of the church's nativity scene.

The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint. The question now is whether those efforts will be enough to address the simmering resentment that authorities took more than a year to share the footage and charge the officer.

At the same time, experts warn that videos of police shootings don't always tell the full story.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving, the status boards at Tampa International Airport were showing just two delayed flights; the boards at St. Petersburg Clearwater International showed none. For one of the nation's busiest travel days, the skies over Tampa Bay were looking friendly. American Airlines Flight 782, bound for Philadelphia, had to turn back for an emergency landing because of a mechanical problem, but the incident triggered no other delays at TIA.

This place is called the Harvest Hope Center, designed to give hope in a neighborhood that has seen its challenges. Laura Reiley was there when a family learned to cook their first Thanksgiving dinner.

True confessions from Black Friday shoppers: Furbies, flat-screens and falling asleep in the car. And if you're going to be part of the madness, share your Instagrams and tweets with #TampaBayShops. Then, beginning Thursday evening, follow our live Black Friday blog.

Movie review: Victor Frankenstein is better left for dead.

Lonely Thanksgiving: Where to eat that doesn't involved turkey and how to get people out of your house.

Stage: Audacious or feel-good? Kinky Boots is a little of both.

Weekend planners: Our insiders have your best bets for dining, movies, music, arts, stage, things to do, shopping, and outdoors.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"From the standpoint of being a woman, I just thought he was phenomenal."

Louise Sunshine, who worked with Donald Trump for 15 years and is one of many women who have worked closely with Trump say he was a corporate executive ahead of his time in providing career advancement for women.

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.

News at noon: Seeking a corporate HQ; bear-resistant trash cans; foster kids; and tons of Thanksgiving and ideas for your long weekend 11/25/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:02pm]
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