News at Noon: Meet the Montreal family behind the Rays' split-city deal; Florida could give women equal rights under the U.S. Constitution, but won't; and more

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Published July 3
Updated July 3

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

Nearly 30,000 individuals and companies around Tampa Bay didn’t pay their property taxes last year

As the real estate market began to recover from the 2008 crash, a company started by a Chinese investor named Bo Wu snapped up dozens of houses, duplexes and vacant lots throughout the Tampa Bay area. The company still owns most of the properties. It also owes nearly $100,000 in taxes on them. Wu's company is among the more than 32,000 owners in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties that failed to pay their 2018 property taxes by the April 1 deadline.

10 things: Get to know the Bronfman family’s rich and storied history

Stephen Bronfman, the Montreal point man in the deal to split home games with the Tampa Bay Rays, comes from the family that turned Seagram into one of the world’s top liquor distillers. The Bronfman name may not ring familiar in the Tampa Bay area, but the clan survived pogroms, prohibition and one colossally bad business decision. Here are 10 things to help you get to know the illustrious family.

Women still don’t have equal rights in the Constitution. Florida could change that. It won't.

The amendment was approved federally more than 40 years ago. Florida could be the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but legislators fail to vote on a bill to do so session after the session.

Want to quit your job and start a true crime podcast? Obscura's host did it.

Justin Drown gets paid to talk about murder in his Valrico garage. And he's not the only one. The garage is a converted family room with a couch, a TV and scattered kids toys. It’s where Drown, 30, records and edits each episode of his show, looking back at an often grisly real-life crime.

Proving to the world the Rays ‘actually have a fanbase’

The group of Rays fans who have been walking around the concourse of Tropicana Field during the team’s current homestand protesting the team’s proposed plan to split home games with Montreal isn’t staging a revolt. Formed through a Facebook group after Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg’s press conference last week, they pledge to make their walk through the Trop every game in some form.

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