Friday, November 24, 2017
News Roundup

News at noon: Trump's call to ban all Muslims creates ripples throughout political system; Mayor Kriseman enters Twitter stardom; Rays talk trades; Tampa Bay Boat Parade Guide

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This morning Donald Trump stood by his call yesterday to block all Muslims from entering the United States. The idea was widely condemned by rival Republican presidential candidates, party leaders and others as un-American.

Local Rep. David Jolly made a stand this morning on the House floor, saying that Donald Trump should leave the race for the president, and denounced the presidential candidate's proposal to bar any Muslim from entering the country.

Meanwhile, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman entered twitter stardom last night when he "barred Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps."

After months of negotiations, Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed a compact with the Seminole Tribe late last night that will generate nearly $3 billion in added revenue to the state over seven years in exchange for the exclusive right to operate blackjack and add craps and roulette.

The Rays are planning their next season, and they're starting with personnel. Last night, Marc Topkin confirmed that the Tampa Bay team is in hot pursuit of power-hitting Cubs infielder Javier Baez. He could be the leading trade candidate to boost Rays offense. While the team talks with other teams for trades, they're also having discussions with pitcher Jake Odorizzi that could keep him tied to the Rays for a half-dozen more years.

This holiday season, it's easy to be merry and bright if you catch a glimpse of a local boat parade. Read this guide to seeing the best nautical parades that Tampa Bay has to offer.

Former St. Petersburg child star, Marque "Tate" Lynche Jr., has died in New York at age 34. A singer and actor who went from The All New Mickey Mouse Club to Broadway to the semifinals of American Idol, Lynche will be remembered as a talented entertainer. Lynche was found dead by his roommate Sunday afternoon. Police are investigating the incident as a medical examiner seeks to determine a cause of death.

"It's just a flying saucer, hon." Read the latest review of Fargo Season 2 and find out what happened when things got extraterrestrial.

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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