Friday, November 17, 2017
News Roundup

Morning briefing: A chilly week ahead; also, a Marco Rubio town hall, college football's championship game and remembering David Bowie

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A cold front brings an overnight drop in temperatures, meaning your morning will be chillier than normal — into the 40s. Temperatures don't look like they'll get much warmer until the end of the work week, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer yesterday. He was 69. Tampa Bay Times Jay Cridlin was reviewing his newest album Blackstar, released just Friday, this weekend. Instead, he wrote a remembrance, noting that "citing the greatest hits of Bowie's life feels perfunctory, and almost misses the point of why generations around the world loved him so deeply."

• Florida Sen. Marco Rubio holds a town hall meeting this afternoon in Sarasota to discuss his plan for taxes and spending. The economic policy event starts at 1:30 p.m. at Marine Concepts. Follow Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam C. Smith at @adamsmithtimes for the story, and get the background on the nearly invisible campaign heating up here in Florida.

• Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu's bloody 1820s thriller The Revenant swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott's stranded astronaut tale The Martian answered with a pair of its own. Our own @DealDivas live-tweeted the coverage, letting you know who killed it on the red carpet and who showed up in one of those convertible bridesmaid dresses.

• The occupation of national wildlife area by a small, armed group upset over federal land policies stretched into its second week as the mother of the group's leader asked supporters to send supplies — everything from warm blankets to French vanilla coffee creamer. Republicans have widely condemned the armed standoff, but their goal of taking back some of Washington's vast holdings in the West is gaining traction in the GOP.

• European stock markets held up this morning despite another big fall in China markets amid ongoing worries over the outlook for the world's second-largest economy.

• Mexico began the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, two days after the famed fugitive was recaptured following a dramatic, months-long hunt featuring movie stars, sewer escapes and bloody shootouts.

• The College Football Playoff championship game starts at 8:30 tonight, pitting Clemson against Alabama. Follow Matt Baker on Twitter at @MBakerTBT_Times for the latest updates.

• The 2016 Florida legislative session opens tomorrow, and we're breaking down the biggest issues and people to watch in Tallahassee. Watch for it at tampabay.com.

• Here are the top things to do in Tampa Bay this week, including wise-cracking Gleek Jane Lynch at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre and Tedeschi Trucks Band, Indigo Girls and Trombone Shorty in Vinoy Park for the Sunshine Music Fest.

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