News at noon: Jane Castor, former police chief, sworn in as Tampa's 59th mayor; Moffitt security chief: Robocalls target patients by faking they are from hospital; and more

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Published May 1, 2019

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Jane Castor, former police chief, sworn in as Tampa's 59th mayor

Jane Castor promised to be both a trailblazer and a reliable guide to the city's future Wednesday in a speech before a packed reception hall at one of the city's buzzy new venues. Castor, 59, gave a 15-minute address that praised her predecessor and enthusiastic supporter, outgoing Mayor Bob Buckhorn, but charted her own path in the "next chapter in the success story that is Tampa." The city's first out mayor vowed that the most racially and economically diverse city in Tampa Bay will underpin her first four-year term as mayor.

Moffitt security chief: Robocalls target patients by faking they are from hospital

The chief security officer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa warned Congress on Tuesday that patients and hospital employees are receiving robocalls from phone numbers that appear to be coming from Moffitt -- but they are actually scammers trying to get their personal information. Dave Summitt said Moffitt received 6,600 calls over a 90-day period from numbers using Moffitt's caller ID, even though the call was coming from someone outside the organization. That 6,600-figure is in addition to another kind of robocall that is targeting Moffitt patients and community members outside the organization.

Pier monument to honor historic Tony Jannus flight over Tampa Bay

The city is counting on its next generation pier to make a splash on the world stage, a goal that could be boosted by a planned monument to showcase St. Petersburg's pioneering achievement in international aviation history. In recognition of the world's first commercial airline — launched in 1914 from St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront — the monument will rise in the new Pier District on the site of the hangar of the inaugural flight. It was on New Year's Day more than a century ago that pilot Tony Jannus, with former St. Petersburg Mayor Abe Pheil as his passenger, took off in a Benoist Airboat across Tampa Bay.

How St. Petersburg homes played a feature role in new movies

In the last three months, the Tampa Bay area has become a sort of filmmaking destination. It started with the February shoot of Hallmark romantic flick True Love Blooms. Then Hallmark announced that they were considering making as many as eight films in the Tampa Bay area in the next year. Within a month, they had brought another film to St. Petersburg, with scenes shot in downtown and at Fort De Soto Park. Another independent film began shooting in St. Petersburg's Old Northeast. Local filmmaking presence is nowhere more apparent than the block between First and Second Street North on Seventh Avenue North.

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Partially blind pass rusher among Bucs' post-draft signings

Former Charleston defensive end Kahzin Daniels gets off the line and around the edge so smoothly, Golden Eagles defensive line coach Zack Santolla recently told, it looks like "he can probably do it with his eyes closed at times." Daniels practically has. Daniels, signed by the Bucs last week as an undrafted free agent, is partially blind, the result of a childhood accident. Few scouts even knew about Daniels' condition until they started digging deeper into his background after he shined in practices leading up to the NFLPA Bowl in January.

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