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News at noon: Some Democrats wonder: would Andrew Gillum have won if he were white? in Tampa, man embarks on life after years on death row; and more

 
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Published Nov. 16, 2018

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SOME DEMOCRATS WONDER: WOULD ANDREW GILLUM HAVE WON IF HE WERE WHITE?

Like so many Democrats heartbroken by the narrow loss of Florida's first black nominee for governor, Judy Beck is pretty certain why Andrew Gillum lost. "Andrew Gillum would have won if he were white," said Beck, a St. Petersburg retiree and registered Democrat. That sentiment is widely shared among Gillum supporters, who saw poll after poll suggest Gillum was headed for a victory and likely to perform stronger than Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. Both Democrats barely lost their races in the preliminary counts, but Nelson, who is white, wound up winning 43,000 votes more than Gillum.

IN TAMPA, MAN EMBARKS ON LIFE AFTER YEARS ON DEATH ROW

Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin knows what it means to be accused. Fourteen years ago, the state of Florida accused him of killing two women. He spent 10 years on death row before new evidence, including DNA tests, cast substantial doubt on his guilt. Last week, he was allowed to go free. Now comes a new life in a new city. Now comes the Sunny Center, a collection of four small houses in a quiet Tampa neighborhood, the only place in the nation offering housing specifically to exonerated people. Now come sleepless nights, breathless bouts of panic and the unshakable sense that maybe this isn't real.

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH PASCO PASTOR'S PARTISAN SIGN IS A TAX PROBLEM

When a pastor posted a political sign outside his church while it served as a voting precinct on Election Day, it caused a stir. Still, it broke no election rules. Nine days later, as Florida continues trying to determine who won what race, that partisan sign offers a lesson in why churches aren't supposed to be politicking in the first place. The problem with the sign, experts told the Tampa Bay Times, is a tax problem.

BELEAGUERED BUCS FANS DESERVE A WIN ON SUNDAY

Sportswriters don't root for or against anyone. We're there to cover the games and offer opinions and perspective, sports columnist Tom Jones writes. But last week, as my colleague Rick Stroud and I walked down to the locker room following yet another how-did-they-lose-this-one Bucs loss, we watched glum fans head to the exits. And you couldn't help but feel sorry for everything this franchise has put them through. Every week is a kick in the teeth, a punch to the gut. So, this week: be kind to Bucs fans. They've been through a lot. It's not getting any better.

WINTER VILLAGE AND SKATING RINK RETURN TO DOWNTOWN TAMPA

Perhaps fitting, Tampa's coldest day of November will be accompanied by the return of its Winter Village. Beginning at 5 p.m. and running until Jan. 5, the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will officially return to downtown Tampa today, bringing its outdoor ice rink, shows and food vendors along with it. To celebrate its opening night, the village announced it will offer free skating from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a big-screen showing of the classic film Home Alone. Similar to years past, the village will feature 10 boutiques from local craftspeople and purveyors, as well as specialty drinks and treats to go with the 5,000 square feet of real ice.

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