News at noon: Fired Channel 10 anchor Reginald Roundtree talks for first time about termination; 800 boxes of Bill Nelson’s papers sent to University of Florida; and more

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Published February 12

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Fired Channel 10 anchor Reginald Roundtree takes to radio to talk about termination

Former WTSP-Ch. 10 news anchor Reginald Roundtree defended his career and ethics during a radio interview Monday, the first time he's spoken publicly since he was fired from the TV station. Speaking on WFLA radio’s PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman, Roundtree, along with his attorney Wil Florin, touched on the high points of his 30-year career at the CBS affiliate and responded to Friday's termination, first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. “I’ve dedicated my life — 30 years of my life, which is half of my life — to making that station what it is," said Roundtree, 60.

800 boxes of Bill Nelson’s papers sent to University of Florida

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has deposited a collection of his papers and other historical materials covering his 46-year career in public office with the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries, the university is announcing today. The collection includes 800 boxes of papers and more than six terabytes of electronic records. It covers aspects of Nelson’s youth and early political career and his training and flight aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1986, including the flight suit he wore and a Florida Gators bumper sticker he took to space. Nelson attended UF in the early 1960s, but transferred to Yale, where he graduated in 1965.

Tampa Bay Times introducing pay meter to support local journalism

The quality journalism we practice at the Tampa Bay Times takes money. We have to find more ways to pay for it. We see a path, one that relies on raising more revenue from our abundant digital journalism. We have taken a big step toward this goal today as we put a pay meter on tampabay.com. That means there is a limit to how many stories someone can read without paying. If you’re already a subscriber to the Times, thank you. And worry not. You will enjoy unlimited access to tampabay.com. We couldn’t exist without you. We can no longer, however, give away our digital content.

Bucs release defensive end Vinny Curry as salary cap cuts begin

The Bucs have released defensive end Vinny Curry after only one season, a move that will save them $8 million on the salary cap. Curry, who signed a three-year, $23 million deal last March after winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018, had only 2.5 sacks and 21 tackles in 12 games last season, including seven as a starter. But Curry lost his job as the Bucs’ starting defensive end to Carl Nassib, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Curry, 30, was due to earn $8 million in base salary for 2019, but none of that was guaranteed.

'Hamilton' 101: What you need to know for the big show in Tampa

Hamilton comes to Tampa today and runs through March 10 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, part of a national tour that started in 2017. Hundreds of people lined up at the Straz when tickets went on sale in November, with thousands more trying to buy tickets online. If you managed to snag a ticket for the monthlong run, here are three things to keep in mind while you’re watching the show.

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