Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Jobs report is out; Trump in Tampa on Saturday; no confidence in Bucs' defense; Clearwater police using overdose drug

U.S. employers added a decent 161,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent from 5 percent. It was the final major report on a lukewarm but durable economy before Americans choose a new president next week. The Labor Department said that average hourly pay took a big step higher last month, rising 10 cents an hour to an average $25.92. That is 2.8 percent higher than a year ago and is the biggest 12-month increase in seven years.

TRUMP RALLY IN TAMPA ON SATURDAY MORNING

On pre-election weekend, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold a rally the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Saturday morning, returning to the state that is vital to his hopes of defeating Hillary Clinton.

JONES: WHY SHOULD ANYONE SHOW CONFIDENCE IN BUCS' DEFENSE

With Thursday's 43-28 loss to the Falcons, the Bucs have slipped to 3-5 and the prospects of a second-half turnaround don't seem very promising when the defense looks like butter and every other offense looks like a hot knife, writes Times sports columnist Tom Jones. This has to be the biggest concern for Tampa Bay: It can't stop a team with a better-than-average quarterback. And you get the sense even head coach Dirk Koetter knows it.

CLEARWATER POLICE FIRST IN AREA TO USE OVERDOSE-REVERSAL DRUG ON PUBLIC

Paramedics have relied for years on a drug called naloxone to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. But area law enforcement officers, who are often the first to come in contact with someone overdosing, haven't used the drug — until now. The Clearwater Police Department is the first major law enforcement agency in the Tampa Bay area to supply naloxone to officers and detectives to use on people experiencing overdoses from opiates, which include heroin and several kinds of prescription pills.

Associated Press

Graham Dugoni invented the Yondr smartphone case, a lockable pouch that forces audiences to unplug during shows.

FOUNDER OF YONDR TALKS LOCKING UP YOUR CELLPHONE AT CONCERTS

When you walk into Tracy Morgan's Nov. 11 concert at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater, you'll have to hand over your cellphone. An attendant will lock it up in a little pouch, give it back to you, then unlock it at the end of the night. It's the first appearance in Florida by the San Francisco startup Yondr, which seeks to create phone-free experiences at concerts and special events "where people can be swept into a shared mood," said founder and CEO Graham Dugoni. In advance of Yondr's debut in Tampa Bay, we talked to Dugoni about the product's evolution and future.

WASHINGTON POST-ABC POLL: CLINTON UP BY 3 POINTS

Hillary Clinton holds a narrow three-point edge over Donald Trump as supporters of each candidate lock in to their candidate as the best equipped to handle a variety of national issues, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll. The poll finds that despite the campaign's vast differences from four years ago, voters are dividing in very similar ways to 2012 when Barack Obama won re-election by a four-point margin.

UNDERGROUND CONTAMINATION FOUND NEAR OLD HANNA AVENUE FACTORY SITE

For more than 50 years, a series of companies made electric cables and other products in a Tampa factory, leaving behind a toxic mix of petroleum, chlorinated solvents and lead in the soil and groundwater. Now, officials suspect trace levels of that contamination have turned up in a monitoring well near the property at 2515 E Hanna Ave.

HARVARD SUSPENDS MEN'S SOCCER TEAM OVER SEXUAL 'SCOUTING REPORT'

Harvard University suspended its men's soccer team for the remainder of the season because of sexual comments made about members of the women's soccer team. University President Drew Faust said in a statement that an investigation into the 2012 team found that their "appalling" actions were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few, but appeared to be more widespread across the team and continued through the current season.

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