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News at Noon: Trump narrows deficit; evictions at Channelside; bicyclist dies on Courtney Campbell; fired USF administrator rebuts findings

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech in Virginia Beach, Va., on Monday. [Associated Press]

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a speech in Virginia Beach, Va., on Monday. [Associated Press]

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning shows Donald Trump has closed the 8-point gap that separated him from Hillary Clinton among Florida voters surveyed in June. Voters still say Clinton is more intelligent than Trump and that she is better prepared to be president. But Clinton has lost her wide lead over Trump for having "higher moral standards." And Trump widened his lead over Clinton for being more honest and trustworthy.

BICYCLIST DIES AFTER STRIKING LIVE POWER LINE

A bicyclist died when he came into a contact with a live power line along the Courtney Campbell Causeway Wednesday morning, Tampa police said. The incident happened about 6:40 a.m. on the south side of the causeway, east of Whiskey Joe's beach bar and restaurant at 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway. The wire was still in contact with the bicyclist when rescue crews arrived so Tampa Electric workers were called to turn off the power. Once authorities were able to approach the cyclist, they found he had died, Tampa police said. A medical crew removed the body about 9:30 a.m.

CHANGES IN BRITAIN: CAMERON OUT, MAY IN

David Cameron made his final appearance in Parliament as Britain's leader on Wednesday, turning the normally raucous prime minister's questions session into a time for praise, thanks, gentle ribbing, cheers — all spiced with a sprinkle of criticism. He makes way for the new prime minister, Theresa May.

TRUMP NARROWS VEEP CHOICES TO THREE

Donald Trump's decision on who to choose as his running mate running mate is down to three - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Trump is aiming to make his final decision on Friday.

VINIK PLANS TO CLEAR ROOFTOPS BY GOING UNDERGROUND

Here's a cool idea that could free up rooftops for bars, restaurants and parks. Air-conditioning for dozens of buildings would come from a centralized underground system throughout the Lightning owner's $2 billion project to overhaul 40 acres of the downtown. Tampa City Council will discuss the plan at its regular meeting Thursday.

CHRIS URSO | Times

At least two businesses, including Qachbal's Chocolatie, were informed yesterday by the owners of Channelside Bay Plaza that they are being evicted and must be out by Aug. 8.

CHANNELSIDE BUSINESSES GETTING EVICTION NOTICES

While Vinik moves forward with his Channelside plans, some businesses are on their way out. Qachbals Chocolatier will close its store in Channelside Bay Plaza at the end of July or early August after more than a decade selling sweets, said store owner Candy Qachbal. An employee at the Kingdome fine clothing store confirmed they had also received notice.

FIRED USF ADMINISTRATOR REBUTS FINDINGS

The former director of the communications school at the University of South Florida took to the Internet this week to dispute the findings of an investigation that led to his dismissal. USF removed Samuel Bradley as director of its Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications last month. An independent review of Bradley's hiring, commissioned by USF, found he tried to conceal an investigation into his inappropriate relations with students while in his previous job at Texas Tech University. in a blog titled "Now The Facts – How Two Universities Invented Scandals and Assassinated a Character," Bradley contends he did tell USF officials about the Texas Tech investigation during the interview process. He also says Texas Tech's report on its investigation, detailing three affairs and a close friendship with graduate students, is riddled with false information.

SUNSHINE SKYWAY REOPENS AFTER TANKER TRUCK FIRE

Southbound Interstate 275 on the bridge reopened to traffic this morning after a fuel tanker fire Tuesday. The Florida Highway Patrol had closed the lanes overnight to check the soundness of the roadway after the fire.

SPORT FISHING APP FISHBRAIN IS CATCHING ON IN FLORIDA

How big was that fish again? An app for anglers is making waves as users share their catches and figure out what's being caught on their lines. Fishbrain was launched in 2013 in Sweden and has more than 250,000 Florida fishing enthusiasts logging in and commenting.

ROBOTS A PART OF POLICE ARSENALS IN TAMPA BAY, TOO

Remote-controlled robots, like the one Dallas police used to kill gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, are becoming more common. For decades, law enforcement used the machines to examine, defuse or set off suspicious packages or in other dangerous situations. Locally, eight to 12 robots similar to the one used in Dallas are available to bomb squads. The Tampa Bay Times investigates how these robots are used, and who makes the call on how they operate.

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Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones star in Ghostbusters.

REVIEW: 'GHOSTBUSTERS' IS BACK AND IT'S NOT BAD

Relax, trolls. Your precious Ghostbusters are in good hands, writes Times movie critic Steve Persall, who gives the film a B-. Not great mitts like Bill Murray's but good enough to silence the online rabble, a backward, sexist bunch. We should now hold the truth as self-evident, that all Ghostbusters are created equal, even women, especially those as comically gifted as those in Paul Feig's reboot.

News at Noon: Trump narrows deficit; evictions at Channelside; bicyclist dies on Courtney Campbell; fired USF administrator rebuts findings 07/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:42pm]
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