Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Supreme Court rules FL death penalty unconstitutional; State legislature in session; Lottery winners among us; Catch an Allegiant flight to New Orleans; MLK Day ideas; Creed's Scott Stapp opens up

The Supreme Court has just ruled that Florida's system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences.

As the Florida Legislature kicks off its regular session this morning, follow along with our live blog

To come up to speed:

* Here are five issues and five people to watch  during the 60-day session (along with a video roundup of key topics)

* Steve Bousquet highlights five things happening today.

* and here's a preview of Gov. Rick Scott's State of the State speech coming up next.

In national politics: Politifact gets you up to speed before President Obama's last State of the Union address.

A Syrian suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 others.

Mardi Gras, anyone? Allegiant Air announced twice-weekly St. Pete-Clearwater flights to New Orleans starting June 3.

Wednesday's Powerball drawing, worth more than $1.5 billion, has Tampa Bay residents lining up for tickets and dreaming of embarrassingly large yachts. But somebody's going to beat the odds, and plenty of times, that somebody has been one of our Tampa Bay neighbors.

Step aside, Publix. The three remaining Albertsons grocery stores in Florida — in Largo, Altamonte Springs and Fort Lauderdale — will be remodeled this year and converted into Safeway stores.

You have three whole days to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year. Why not do something a little different? In reflection on his life, here are 10 off-template ways to spend your MLK weekend — and maybe learn a little bit about the man himself in the process.

In the past week-plus, Jane Lynch has hosted the People's Choice Awards, unveiled the season premiere of her NBC game show Hollywood Game Night and debuted of her new CBS sitcom Angel From Hell — all of this as she prepares for a run of live concert dates. Lynch calls in from the road and shows why she's Hollywood's busiest woman.

As the singer of Creed, one of the most successful yet critically maligned rock bands of the 25 years, Scott Stapp had always been a target for derision. He spoke with Tampa Bay Times Music Critic Jay Cridlin about his recent troubles and a recent viral video of his paranoid breakdown.

Tampa resident Michael Connelly's acclaimed series of novels about Harry Bosch, a Los Angeles police detective, became a television series last year on Amazon, with Connelly as a hands-on executive producer.

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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RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

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A solemn display

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None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

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Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

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