Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Top 50 Restaurants live chat with Food Critic Laura Reiley; FL death penalty review; Live political coverage from Iowa; Recess in Pinellas; Gasparilla isn't 'free'; Manning investigated for human growth hormone use

LIVE CHAT NOW: Join food critic Laura Reiley now for her live discussion about how she picks the Top 50 restaurants of Tampa Bay. And ask your questions, too.

The state Senate Criminal Justice Committee begins to explore how to change Florida's death penalty law, two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's sentencing system as unconstitutional. State attorneys and public defenders, who have widely differing philosophies over the use of the death penalty, are likely to clash over possible solutions.

Other topics being debated today in Tallahassee include fracking, daily fantasy sports games and the gambling compact with the Seminole tribe, and Uber regulations.

Who is Marco Rubio's No. 1 fan in Iowa? It has to be Jim Wilson, who shows up at each of the candidate's events in his 2003 Chevy Silverado festooned with Rubio campaign logos.

And for all the latest from the campaign trail, follow the live coverage from Iowa with Alex Leary and Adam C. Smith. Later today, we'll have a report on the folks in Iowa who are supporting Donald Trump.

Despite local gains throughout the corporate sector in big names such as Johnson & Johnson, the goal of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation is to lure the best and brightest millenial minds in the country.

The beads, parades and debauchery of Gasparilla has always been in good fun and, historically, free. But as the revelry — and the crowds — have expanded over the years, some say Gasparilla has evolved into a corporate money grab, and it's pricing some locals out of the fun.

Playtime is coming back to Pinellas County elementary schools. Pinellas County school superintendent Mike Grego announced at Tuesday's School Board meeting that the district will expect all schools in the coming school year to provide a minimum of 20 minutes of recess in all grades, at least on days when students do not have physical education.

The journey from Kirk to Bill has spanned a half century. So memorable a figure is "William Shatner" that it becomes easy to forget that he, too, is a character, just like Capt. Kirk — which brings us to Bill and a Times' exclusive interview.

Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 marks a well-constructed end to a charming animated series. The film was occasionally too hectic, but seemed to build upon previous episodes as if there was always a narrative plan.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks is an executive producer of Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, the Sundance Film Festival's most acclaimed offering, already touted as a 2016 Oscar contender before the 2015 prizes are handed out.

The NFL says it is conducting a Lightning play tonight at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.

If you can't make it to Gasparilla 2016, our Oprah Winfrey said we can eat carbs.

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