Monday, November 20, 2017
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Morning Watch: Trump calls out TV media, then cancels New York Times meeting

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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

Lakatriona Brunson talks to her football players on the sidelines

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

This year's ICE exhibit at Gaylord Palms Resort has A Charlie Brown Christmas theme.

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.

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Top 5 at noon: Adam Matos sentencing begins; Seminole Heights thanks first responders; and more

Top 5 at noon: Adam Matos sentencing begins; Seminole Heights thanks first responders; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com:SENTENCING PHASE CONTINUES IN TRIAL OF ADAM MATOS, FOUND GUILTY IN MURDER OF FOURThe sentencing phase begins Monday in the trial of Adam Matos, convicted Friday of first degree murder in the ...
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UPDATED: Crocodile spotted lurking on Florida beach has been captured (w/video)

UPDATED: Crocodile spotted lurking on Florida beach has been captured (w/video)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Authorities say they’ve captured a 6-foot (2-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach.News outlets report that wildlife officers caught the large reptile Monday afternoon on Hollywood Beach.Hollywood spokeswoman Joann Hu...
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HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Nick Ferrini and Kellyn Trowse

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Nick Ferrini and Kellyn Trowse

HomeTeam Hot Shots Nick Ferrini, MitchellOn Monday, Ferrini embarked on a five-day cruise with 30 family members. "Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, you name it," he said. Destinations during the trip include Key West, The Bahamas and a...
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St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Monday approved a lease for the Manhattan Casino, a landmark building in the city’s historic African-American business and entertainment community.It was a controversial decision for some of the city’s black resid...
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Sex assault reports declining at MacDill despite increase militarywide

Sex assault reports declining at MacDill despite increase militarywide

TAMPA — The number of sexual assaults reported to officials at MacDill Air Force Base has decreased dramatically during the past three years even as reports across the military have increased slightly, new Pentagon statistics show.Officials at MacDil...
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Fennelly: Hope glimmering through the gloom of Bucs’ season

Fennelly: Hope glimmering through the gloom of Bucs’ season

ST. PETERSBURG — It isn’t easy avoiding The Jameis Winston mess.But it’s worth a try. If only to see some thin shafts of light.It’s worth considering that the 2017 Bucs, their death certificate already signed, have shown signs of life. Okay, near lif...
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Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

Tampa Electric, contractor fined $43,000 in gas leak

APOLLO BEACH — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Tampa Electric $18,108 and gave the company two "serious" citations for its response to a gas leak at the Big Bend Power Station in May, the agency announced late Friday.T...
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Forecast: Florida retailers expect strong holiday shopping sales

Forecast: Florida retailers expect strong holiday shopping sales

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and this year is expected to be particularly kind to retailers.The Florida Retail Federation’s holiday shopping forecast predicts that a combination of high consumer confidence, strong tourism numbers and a littl...
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Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

The Largo Mall entrance stoplight on Ulmerton Road just east of Seminole Boulevard has been causing traffic delays on eastbound Ulmerton at Seminole Boulevard. It appears that the light at the Largo Mall entrance is being triggered on-demand by folks...
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Up for sale? Activist investor grabs stake in Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands

Up for sale? Activist investor grabs stake in Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands

TAMPA — If you tread water too long in the same spot, someone might start asking why you’re not trying to swim somewhere.Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands — parent company of such prominent restaurant chains as Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and ...
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