Sunday, July 22, 2018
News Roundup

Top 5 at noon: Publix clarifies: We support Adam Putnam, not the NRA; Rick Scott has now spent $8 million on TV; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

PUBLIX CLARIFIES: WE SUPPORT PUTNAM, NOT THE NRA

Florida grocery chain Publix took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify to customers that the company’s backing of Republican Adam Putnam doesn’t mean it supports the National Rifle Association. The tweets came after the Tampa Bay Times reported that Publix, the heirs to its founder and its current and former leaders have donated $670,000 to Putnam in his gubernatorial race, a show of support that is unprecedented in the history of Florida’s largest private company. In the aftermath of the shooting at a Parkland high school, Putnam has repeatedly drawn criticism from gun reform activists for declaring himself a "proud NRA sellout" and for opposing the state’s new, stricter gun purchase laws.

COLUMN: REALLY, PUBLIX? ADAM PUTNAM IS WHO YOU’RE BACKING?

At a time when Americans are repelled by the nasty partisan politics encroaching into every corner of our lives, Publix has entered the fray of the Florida governor’s race. It’s a misguided move. Food and politics don’t mix well. But, as the Tampa Bay Times reported, the loved supermarket icon, its heirs and past and present leaders are bankrolling the campaign of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at unprecedented levels. They’re endorsing and subsidizing no saint, Fabiola Santiago writes.

RICK SCOTT HAS NOW SPENT $8 MILLION ON TV

Rick Scott’s campaign this morning released another Spanish-language TV ad, bringing his total spending to more than $8 million in just over a month, an astounding figure, especially when compared with how much Bill Nelson has spent: $0. It’s the third ad released this week for an overall buy of $3.2 million, and means Scott has eclipsed the $6.5 million in spending Nelson made in his entire first campaign for Senate in 2000.

WHOLE FOODS SHOPPERS IN FLORIDA FIRST TO GET AMAZON PRIME DISCOUNTS

Floridians with Amazon Prime accounts are the first shoppers who can score discounts at Whole Foods across the state, the organic grocer announced today. While Amazon — which owns Whole Foods — plans to unroll the Prime discounts across the country by the summer, Tampa Bay and the rest of Florida can get 10 percent off sale items and exclusive deals starting today. There are 27 Whole Foods locations across Florida, including three local locations: two in Tampa and one in Clearwater.

CAMERAS STILL HIGH, BUT BUCS STAFF SAFE ON THE GROUND

There are inherent dangers that come with football, some with long-accepted risk of injury or even worse. That’s not just players on the field who could give or take a hit to the head or neck. It’s a team’s video staffers who, for decades, were precariously perched 50 feet above, just to record practice. The Bucs got a little bit safer last week, embracing a new technology that takes away nearly all risk by keeping their people safely on the ground.

Sign up for our News at Noon email newsletter here

Comments
Reactions vary to new USF football uniforms

Reactions vary to new USF football uniforms

Public sentiment remained mixed late Sunday afternoon on the new USF football uniforms unveiled earlier in the day.A brief video of Bulls TE Mitch Wilcox modeling an all-forest green version of the uniforms was released on the football program's offi...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Daniel Robertson hits pinch-hit walkoff grand slam to lift Rays over Marlins

Daniel Robertson hits pinch-hit walkoff grand slam to lift Rays over Marlins

ST. PETERSBURG — Daniel Robertson hit a pinch-hit walkoff grand slam, and the Rays rallied to beat the Marlins 6-4 Sunday at Tropicana Field.It's the first walkoff grand slam in Rays history and the second walkoff hit of Robertson's major-leagu...
Updated: 1 hour ago
South Tampa softball all-stars head to Southeast Regional

South Tampa softball all-stars head to Southeast Regional

TAMPA — Emilee Mezrah could have been on vacation in the Bahamas playing in the surf.Instead she’s on vacation in Georgia playing softball in the dirt.Beach vs. softball …"I chose softball," said Mezrah, a seventh grader at Coleman Middle School. "Ri...
Updated: 3 hours ago
NAACP to hold vigil for man killed in ‘stand your ground’ shooting Thursday

NAACP to hold vigil for man killed in ‘stand your ground’ shooting Thursday

A local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding a vigil Sunday for a black man who was killed Thursday in what authorities are calling a "stand your ground" shooting.The vigil for the family of Markeis McGl...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Duck boat tragedy kills nine members of the same family

Duck boat tragedy kills nine members of the same family

BRANSON, Mo. - The Coleman family had initially thought of going on a vacation to Florida for their annual trip, but the drive was too long for some elderly relatives who wanted to join. The Colemans settled on going to Branson, a southwestern Missou...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Trump’s Putin fallout: Inside the White House’s tumultuous stretch of walk backs

Trump’s Putin fallout: Inside the White House’s tumultuous stretch of walk backs

WASHINGTON - Executive time began early on Thursday, just after sunrise.Feeling exasperated and feisty as he awoke in the White House residence, President Donald Trump firedoff his grievances on Twitter about how the media had been covering his Helsi...
Updated: 6 hours ago
At beach resorts, this bizarre sunscreen booth can mean business

At beach resorts, this bizarre sunscreen booth can mean business

Nothing will ruin your beach vacation faster than a sunburn.Get scorched, and suddenly everything that was meant to be fun isn’t: Massages at the spa hurt, day-drinking by the pool hurts, getting on jet skis hurts. Listening to your skincare-obsessed...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Hooper: ‘Stand your ground’ can’t stand against senseless shooting over parking space

Hooper: ‘Stand your ground’ can’t stand against senseless shooting over parking space

No 5-year-old should witness his father’s death.No person should die over a parking dispute.But that’s what happened in Clearwater last week. Michael Drejka, 47, confronted 25-year-old Britany Jacobs because she was parked in a handicapped spot at a ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Pasco Sheriff’s Office releases names of two killed in apparent murder-suicide Saturday

Pasco Sheriff’s Office releases names of two killed in apparent murder-suicide Saturday

NEW PORT RICHEY — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two people killed in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide Saturday.At about 1 p.m. Saturday, Alisa Medovich, 23, of Holiday, was shot and killed by Mario Medina,...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: New faces, same old loss

Rays journal: New faces, same old loss

ST. PETERSBURG — To get a sense of how things are going for the Rays right now, consider that opening day starter Chris Archer was wearing a promotional DJ Kitty head in the dugout and veteran OF Carlos Gomez was playing second base during Satu...
Published: 07/21/18