News at Noon: Remembering legendary sports writer Don Banks; Florida could get an official candy; and more

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Published August 5
Updated August 5

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Life was almost always better with Don Banks around

"Don was not larger than life, he was better than life," writes Times columnist John Romano. Don Banks, who grew up playing youth baseball in St. Petersburg and started a distinguished career covering the NFL at the then-St. Petersburg Times, died after covering the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, Ohio over the weekend. He was 57.

Man who died in Clearwater lightning strike was Scot who loved soccer and life

Garry Perks grew up playing soccer in the scenic highlands of northern Scotland and never stopped after he came to the United States a decade ago. A lightning bolt struck the 32-year-old New Port Richey man July 21 on Clearwater Beach. He died in a hospital three days later. Seven other people were injured.

President Donald Trump claims he wants ‘strong background checks’ on guns

President Donald Trump says Washington “must come together” in the wake of two mass shootings this weekend to “get strong background checks” for gun users. But he is providing no details on what sort of legislation he would support.

8chan, a website accused of being a forum for mass shooting suspects, shuts down overnight

An online message board accused of hosting extremist content was temporarily inaccessible Monday after its cybersecurity provider cut off support for a "cesspool of hate" following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Shootings in New Zealand, California and Texas were announced in advance on the site. Shooting suspects reportedly received inspiration and support from the site's forums.

Coconut patties pushed as Florida’s official state candy

Coconut patties, promoted by Anastasia Confections as a “unique, time-tested recipe that will transport you to a tropical paradise with every creamy, chocolatey bite,” is being pushed to be the Sunshine State’s official candy. Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat, has filed a measure (SB 38) that would make the treats --- “both chocolate-dipped and nonchocolate varieties” --- the latest state symbol.

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