Tuesday, May 22, 2018
News Roundup

News at noon: Why Tampa police write so many tickets; Jeb Bush needs a miracle in N.H.; baggage fees; healthy jobs report; CSX tracks; college football and basketball; and a talk with the Newsies director

Tampa police wrote more tickets last year than sheriff's offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties combined; more per capita than cops in Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, the state's four other largest cities. And no other law enforcement agency in the state arrests more people than the Tampa Police Department. Once you understand how the department measures officer productivity, it's easy to see why.

Jeb Bush needs a near miracle to turn around his sputtering campaign, and New Hampshire is a place that actually sometimes delivers them. Political editor Adam C. Smith reports from the road.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson called on the airline industry Friday to pause plans they may have in the works to charge an increased checked-bag fee during the holidays.

U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs, the most since December. The unemployment rate dipped to a fresh seven-year low of 5 percent. The job gains are likely strong enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to lift short-term interest rates at its next meeting in mid-December.

Planning officials from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties are discussing the potential of buying CSX tracks currently used for freight and converting them to passenger lines. Caitlin Johnston is providing live dispatches from the meeting.

Tampa's Odyssey Marine Exploration knows all about the crushing deep-sea pressure associated with shipwreck treasure hunting. Robert Trigaux asks whether the company can survive the growing financial squeeze of a dwindling stock price, another round of renegotiated and heavily leveraged debts, selling off assets that include one of its corporate buildings and heavy, ongoing quarterly losses?

Justine Griffin sits down for a Q&A with Gary Friedman, the CEO of RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, which is opening a 60,000-square-foot, four-story space at International Plaza.

Tom Jones shares some random thoughts about the college football season, including how surprising it is that Clemson is No. 1 in the CFP rankings considering its soft schedule.

Who's ready for some basketball? Check out previews for the USF Bulls, the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles.

Newsies director Jeff Calhoun talks about how the newsboys strike of 1899, with hundreds of boys as young as 6 to their teens, helped bring about an awareness of unfair working conditions, including child labor laws. The Broadway show is running Tuesday to Nov. 15 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

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