Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Firefighters get body armor; Trump threatens Berkeley; artifact found in attic; pigeons as art

Here's what's new this morning.

NEWEST GEAR FOR MEDICAL RESPONDERS? BODY ARMOR

It isn't the bunker gear they wear to dash into fires or the uniform to respond to medical emergencies. It's bullet-resistant vests and helmets more commonly associated with police and the military. Pinellas County spent about $720,000 on the new equipment in a move officials say allows firefighters and paramedics to respond sooner and closer to the scene of a shooting.

TRUMP THREATENS BERKELEY FUNDING OVER PROTESTS

President Donald Trump raised the threat of pulling federal funds from the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday after the institution canceled a talk by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor for Breitbart, and put the campus on lockdown after intense protests against the planned speech.

GOV. RICK SCOTT AWARDS USF, MOFFITT GRANT FUNDS TO FIGHT ZIKA

The University of South Florida received nearly $2.5 million for Zika research on Wednesday as Gov. Rick Scott announced grants to 10 universities and research institutions in Florida to speed up development of a vaccine.

THANKS TO LOCAL MAN, A PIECE OF HISTORY RETURNED

[Cologne Cathedral]

Ray White considered as junk the military memorabilia his father-in-law dribbled out over the years to White's wife, Mary Anne. White dismissed the lot, didn't want to hear about any of it. After Mary Anne's death two years ago, White cleared out their attic in preparation for a move and found a treasured piece of German history that had languished for 71 years.

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS ALSO WANT TO PUNISH 'SANCTUARY CITIES'

As President Donald Trump's administration cracks down on so-called "sanctuary" cities for undocumented immigrants, State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, and Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, are drafting legislation that aims to do the same in Florida this year.

ROMANO: OH GOODIE, SILLY SEASON IS BEGINNING IN TALLAHASSEE

On the day the governor released his budget wish list, the House speaker announced he was going after Tallahassee's cockroaches and the Senate president had to remind everyone of a constitutional amendment that lawmakers have ignored for two years. This is typical of the days and weeks before Florida's legislative session.

FLORIDA MAKES A LATE DASH, SPLASH TO VAULT INTO SIGNING DAY PROMINENCE

From the state capital to the Swamp to the Selmon Center, the national signing day objectives and outcomes varied. For Charlie Strong, the day was about salvaging. For Jimbo Fisher, it was about solidifying. And for Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain, it was about stunning. Perhaps even stupefying. A solid Gators class got a bit more prosperous — or dubious, depending on one's perspective — in the 11th hour Wednesday.

ART EXHIBIT AT USF CONNECTS PEOPLE AND PIGEONS

[University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum]

Visiting "Duke Riley: Flights of Fancy" is like discovering pieces of evidence from a crime scene. In this colorful exhibition at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, the crime is a gutsy smuggling operation over water and across borders. The perpetrators are shameless pigeons, those longtime desecrators of public property like city streets and park benches.

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Iraqi interpreter whose citizenship fight was profiled in the Times to become an American

Iraqi interpreter whose citizenship fight was profiled in the Times to become an American

An interpreter who risked his life helping U.S. forces in Iraq then fought for two years to become a U.S. citizen will soon be an American.On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service notified Haeder Alanbki, 36, that his request for citiz...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Tampa Bay Rays dream big but follow trend in plans for smaller stadium

Tampa Bay Rays dream big but follow trend in plans for smaller stadium

TAMPA — When it comes to filling a ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball’s perennial bottom-dweller.The team has finished last in average attendance the past six seasons at Tropicana Field. As of the All-Star Game, the season’s tradi...
Updated: 18 minutes ago

Carlton: Rotary Clubs support no-women-allowed dinner. What year is this?

Going "stag" sounds so old-fashioned — boys night out, sans the gals.But it’s not so outdated in certain Rotary clubs in the Brandon suburbs and still rural Plant City. There, the decades-old no-women-allowed tradition of the yearly stag Wild Game Di...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Bucs, Jensen reach out to fans as training camp approaches

Bucs, Jensen reach out to fans as training camp approaches

SARASOTA — The backdrop at University Park Country Club had a larger-than-life image of Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy with one of the team's slogans for 2018: "JOIN THE KREWE."New Bucs center Ryan Jensen was on hand for a luncheon hosted b...
Updated: 1 hour ago
For starters: Rays open second half at home vs. Marlins

For starters: Rays open second half at home vs. Marlins

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Rays come out of the All-Star break with a three-game series against the Marlins. Here's the lineup for Tampa Bay, which dropped two of three to the Marlins in Miami:Kiermaier CFHechavarria SSBauers 1BRoberts...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida is still paying SunPass contractor, even after officials said they would stop

Florida is still paying SunPass contractor, even after officials said they would stop

Florida has not stopped paying the SunPass contractor responsible for the tolling system’s outage, even after transportation officials said the state would suspend all payments.In a letter on Monday, FDOT secretary Mike Dew said the state would not p...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jaguars’ Dante Fowler suspended one game for 2017 arrest

Jaguars’ Dante Fowler suspended one game for 2017 arrest

Former Lakewood and Gators star Dante Fowler, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been suspended from the upcoming season opener for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy in a 2017 arrest in St. Petersburg.Fowler, 23, was arrested in his hom...
Updated: 2 hours ago
USF reportedly lands Virginia Tech transfer

USF reportedly lands Virginia Tech transfer

USF reportedly has added some offensive line depth, adding Virginia Tech transfer Thomas Hopple.It appears 247Sports had the story first. Hopple, not projected to be a part of the Hokies' two-deep chart in 2018, must sit out this season per NCAA tran...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.Tammy Steffen, 36, is charged with child neglect, filing a false po...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Watch: Florida woman brought to tears upon realizing she left her 8-month-old son in a hot car

Watch: Florida woman brought to tears upon realizing she left her 8-month-old son in a hot car

A Volusia County woman was brought to tears Tuesday after she returned to her car to see her 8-month-old son still alive and healthy after she left him inside with the windows closed.Accompanying her baby, however, was a Volusia County deputy.Meagen ...
Updated: 2 hours ago