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News at noon: The results of Florida's midterm election are now official; after 32 years in St. Petersburg, Texas Cattle Company steak house has closed; and more

 
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Published Nov. 20, 2018

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THE RESULTS OF FLORIDA'S MIDTERM ELECTION ARE OFFICIAL

After two weeks of machine and manual recounts, lawsuits, accusations of "rampant fraud" and near-nonstop controversy, Florida's midterm election ended Tuesday morning with little fanfare. With nearly a dozen cameras watching, the state's Elections Canvassing Commission signed off on the election results in a ceremony that lasted barely five minutes. State Sen. Rob Bradley, who was filling in for Gov. Rick Scott, gave a smile and a thumbs-up to the cameras after signing the results. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the other two members of the commission, certified the results over the phone.

AFTER 32 YEARS IN ST. PETERSBURG, TEXAS CATTLE COMPANY STEAK HOUSE HAS CLOSED

Texas Cattle Company, beloved for its birthday specials, has closed its sole Tampa Bay location after 32 years. Sales had been declining for a decade at the steak house on 34th Street N in St. Petersburg, said Seth Miller, vice president and chief operating officer of parent company Talk of the Town Restaurants. "It was an iconic area at one time,'' he said, "but most of the dining business had moved away from where we were." Though its dark interior reminded some customers of a bordello, the restaurant remained popular for its steaks, smoked over citrus and oak woods, and family birthday parties.

TROOPERS IDENTIFY BRANDON MAN STRUCK AND KILLED AFTER LEAVING UBER CAR

Florida Highway Patrol has identified the man who stepped out of a moving Uber yesterday and was hit by oncoming traffic. Sheng Hui Lin, 28, of Brandon died early Monday after two vehicles struck him on Interstate 75. Lin, who troopers said was intoxicated, had been riding home in the Uber from a restaurant in Brooksville about 1:45 a.m. when he became agitated with the driver, the FHP said. As the driver tried to pulled over near the Interstate's intersection with I-4, Lin stepped out of the car and was hit. He died of his injuries at Tampa General Hospital.

BUCS-49ERS A MATCHUP OF TURNOVER-MARGIN FUTILITY

It might be fitting that the game between the NFL's two most giving teams will be played on Thanksgiving weekend. When the Bucs host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, it will feature the teams with the worst turnover margin in the league. After recording four turnovers with no takeaways, the Bucs own a league-worst minus-23 turnover margin, which — in the eyes of the Bucs coaches — is the single-biggest reason they will enter Sunday having lost seven of their past eight and currently sit with a 3-7 record.

IN CLEARWATER, AN HISTORIC HOLOGRAM BRINGS ROY ORBISON BACK TO LIFE

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Monday in Clearwater came the final fall date of Roy Orbison: In Dreams, a tour of his hologram and voice. This placed Ruth Eckerd Hall at a historic crossroads between the future and the past: the first hologram concert in Tampa Bay. Basic holographic technology is very old; the most primitive dates to the 16th century. But only since 2012, when a holographic Tupac Shakur wowed fans at Coachella, have companies seriously contemplated its commercial possibilities. We are now in a holographic gold rush, as estates and even living artists ponder their options in an increasingly competitive industry.

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