Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Voting for president; Zika virus emergency; a banker declares bankruptcy; 5 ways to make wings; Diane Rehm's next step

After months of campaigning, the first voting in the 2016 presidential race takes place today. Well, it's actually caucusing but you get the point. Follow live developments here. In the meantime, political editor Adam C. Smith makes the point that even though Iowans are some of the best people he has ever met, the caucuses are no way to pick a president.

Closer to home, among the six major candidates from both parties running to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate next year, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, continues to dominate the field in both quarterly fundraising and in the amount of money he's got on hand to spend.

The World Health Organization has begun a crisis meeting considering whether the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus — linked to birth defects in the Americas — should be declared a global health emergency.

Veteran Michigan banker and horse racing investor Jerry Campbell burst on the Tampa Bay financial scene nearly a decade ago leading a Tampa bank that would become known as HomeBanc. Last month, Campbell declared personal bankruptcy citing his inability to pay $9 million in debt.

Barry Manilow tells Jay Cridlin that after all these decades, the road has taken its toll. Each gig the 72-year-old singer plays — like Thursday's concert at Tampa's Amalie Arena — could be the last time he visits that dot on the map of America. And he doesn't sound all that torn up about it. "Packing again, and getting on a plane and going to a hotel — it's just awful," he said. "At this point, it's a young person's thing. So I'm saying I'm getting off the road." But then he adds a caveat.

Thinking of chicken wings as a treat for Sunday's Super Bowl? Making them at home is easy, says Michelle Stark. Here are five ways to cook them and sauces to dip them in.

Two more big food events fall right after Super Bowl Sunday. Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras are Monday and Tuesday respectively, and local celebrants have spent the past few weeks preparing to feast like there is no tomorrow. In both holidays, sweets supposedly bring luck.

Even imaginary battles can take a toll. Fifty years after appearing on our TV screens in the original Star Trek series, the 11-foot-long model of the USS Enterprise lies in pieces on a table at a National Air and Space Museum facility in Virginia. The museum is restoring the make-believe voyager as a part of America's real life air and space heritage.

Her voice sounds ancient and fragile, as though dragged through shattered glass and gravel. And on The Diane Rehm Show, it is heard weekly by 2.4 million listeners on nearly 200 stations. Now 79, the most unretiring Rehm announced last month that she plans to leave the show, not retiring, exactly, but "stepping away from the microphone." She has plans to turn that voice to a new task.

Is that a hawk? What kind of hawk — red-shouldered or red-tailed? Terry Tomlin explains how to read the signs to pinpoint the identity.

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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