Here's what's new around the bay area this morning:
TRUMP CANCELS NEW YORK TIMES MEETING, DAY AFTER CALLING OUT MEMBERS OF TV MEDIA
President-elect Donald Trump says he's canceled a meeting with representatives of The New York Times, a day after meeting with television news executives and some well-known TV journalists and repeatedly telling them the campaign reporting about him was "unfair" and "dishonest." Participants in the meeting at Trump Tower in New York described it as a contentious but generally respectful gathering. Early Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he backed out "when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice."
HILLSBOROUGH COMMISSIONERS TO SELECT ITS LEADER TODAY
The Hillsborough County Commission will select its leader for 2017 at 11 a.m. this morning. The annual chairman's selection is typically wrought with infighting and the occasional backstabbing. Such was the case last year when Commissioner Sandy Murman was ousted as chairman after she flipped her support of Go Hillsborough. What's in store for us this year? The Bay Buzz blog will have the potential outcomes, while Steve Contorno handicaps the field.
FLORIDA'S FIRST FEMALE FOOTBALL COACH TURNS DOUBTERS INTO BELIEVERS (W/VIDEO)
Eve Edelheit | Times
When Miami Jackson athletic director Dylan Mobley initially hired Lakatriona Brunson — a former women's professional football player and star of the TruTV reality show South Beach Tow — the story attracted headlines from all over the country, so much so that the school had to regularly turn away media interest. Whispers of the hiring being a publicity stunt abounded, but Mobley was always quick to dispel that rumor. Mobley said he saw her talent not only in the game, but in connecting with kids who came from the same low-income Miami neighborhood she did.
JURY AWARDS MAN AND SON MORE THAN $500 MILLION IN INFAMOUS 1999 PASCO ATTEMPTED MURDER-SUICIDE
Kristina Gaime, the Pasco County mother who went to prison for killing her youngest son and attempting to kill her oldest, was recently ordered by a jury to pay more than half a billion dollars to her surviving child and his father for the infamous 1999 crime. The judgment ended the long lawsuit against Gaime filed by her ex-husband, Stephen Rotell; her surviving son, Adam Rotell, now 25; and the estate of her son Mathew Rotell, killed at age 6.
CONFUSION OVER FIELD DRUG TESTS HIGHLIGHTS LACK OF TRAINING FOR FLORIDA OFFICERS
Over the first several months of 2014, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested 15 people on drug charges only to have the Florida state crime lab determine the substances thought to have been drugs in fact were not. The arrests had been made by deputies on Florida's Gulf Coast using what are known as chemical field tests — inexpensive kits designed to detect the presence of illegal drugs.
RECORDS SUGGEST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TRAINED DETECTION DOGS WITHOUT DRUGS
In February 2012, an undercover member of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office met with a teenager nicknamed "Joker" in a drug sting operation along MLK Boulevard in Tampa. The officer and the teenager argued over 16 grams of meth because the prearranged deal was for 17 grams. A month later, however, the drugs were sent to Florida's state lab for confirmation testing. The lab proved the officer wrong.
WHAT TO EXPECT: GAYLORD PALMS' ICE IS A GLITTERY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND
Chelsea Tatham | Times
Chelsea Tatham confesses to a little secret: She's never seen snow. So this Florida girl writes that she couldn't wrap her mind around Gaylord Palms Resort's annual ICE exhibit boasting a chilly 9 degrees — until she experienced it. This year, the hotel in Kissimmee turned its ICE sculptures over to the Peanuts with A Charlie Brown Christmas theme.
AFTER FRACTIOUS CAMPAIGN OVER FRACKING, DANA YOUNG SAYS SHE'LL PROPOSE STATEWIDE BAN
Following a controversy during her campaign, newly elected state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, says she'll introduce a bill in the coming legislative session to ban the practice of fracking statewide. Young told a gathering of political leaders in Orlando last week the bill will be one of her top priorities in the 2017 session. Read more about her plans.
TECH DATA BEATS EXPECTATIONS WITH $36.5 MILLION IN QUARTERLY PROFIT
Clearwater-based Tech Data Corp., Tampa Bay's largest public company by revenue, beat Wall Street expectations this morning in reporting a fiscal third-quarter profit of $36.5 million.