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News at Noon: Terror strikes again in France; Trump picks Pence; on the lookout for Pokémon Go; Eakins on reorganization

People visit the scene and lay tributes to the victims of a terror attack on the Promenade des Anglais on Friday in Nice. [Getty Images]

People visit the scene and lay tributes to the victims of a terror attack on the Promenade des Anglais on Friday in Nice. [Getty Images]

Terror strikes again in France. A 'big white truck', 'crushing over people' after a Bastille Day celebration along a packed seaside avenue in Nice. The carnage left at least 80 people dead — "bodies, limbs and blood." The victims included a man and his 11-year-old son from Texas. The driver of the truck has been identified in reports as a French-Tunisian with a criminal record.

IT'S OFFICIAL: TRUMP NAMES PENCE AS RUNNING MATE

Donald Trump says on Twitter that he has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. The presumptive GOP nominee had planned to introduce his selection at a news conference this morning in New York, but decided to postpone the event because of the deadly attack in Nice, France.

POKÉMON GO BRINGS GOOD AND BAD TO TAMPA BAY

SARA DINATALE | Times

Kasamba Kokayi, 16 and of St. Petersburg, moments after he caught a Doduo in the Pokémon Go app on his smartphone. Kokayi regularly rides his skateboard down Central Avenue to hit PokéStops and catch the fictional pocket monsters.

Using modern "augmented reality," those who grew up collecting Pokémon cards are reveling in being able to do what they only dreamed of as children: look for Pokémon. However, the real, Pokémon-less world is feeling the effects, and not everyone is happy.

DEPUTIES: TEEN BROUGHT HOME GUN USED IN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING DEATH

A Town 'N Country grandmother was killed early Friday after her daughter accidentally fired a gun brought into the home by one of her teenage children, investigators said. Carolyn Wright, 52, died at the scene.

AS RAYS' SECOND HALF BEGINS, WELCOME TO RUMOR WORLD

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Starter Jake Odorizzi, 3-5 with 11 no-decisions, might be one of the pitchers dangled by the Rays as the trade deadline nears.

The players have many reasons to play well after a disastrous first half of the season: pride, professionalism, competitiveness. But for a handful, it's legitimately possible they are playing for a chance to play more meaningful games elsewhere. Yes, the trade deadline is only 18 days away.

SUPERINTENDENT: REORGANIZATION NEEDED TO IMPROVE READING

Addressing community leaders at a South Tampa breakfast, Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins said he is understandably disturbed by this year's state testing results. But, rather than singling out schools, he said it is important to work top-to-bottom on the organization.

A LITTLE 'POLICE WORK' HELPS HOUND GET HOME

The booking photo of a furry, four-legged fugitive that helped a Tarpon Springs woman reunite with her pet has gone viral, appearing on news web pages and in Facebook posts across the country.

FROM 'KICKING AND SCREAMING' TO RUNNING FOR RECORDS

Jesuit High running back Malik Davis was born to run. And he's put his talents to good use on the football field, where his penchant for outsmarting defenses has him on the cusp of Hillsborough County's all-time rushing record. That's more than enough reason to crown him our top football player to watch in Tampa Bay.

FLORIDA BANKS GET STRONGER, BUT WHO'S REAPING THE BENEFITS?

Big banks are acing the federal government's stress tests and poised to start doling out dividends to shareholders again. These may not be boom times again, but both community banks and megabanks have rebounded strongly from the Great Recession. But is that trickling down to their customers? Not so much.

News at Noon: Terror strikes again in France; Trump picks Pence; on the lookout for Pokémon Go; Eakins on reorganization 07/15/16 [Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2016 1:18pm]
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