Saturday, June 23, 2018
News Roundup

Morning Watch: Trump calls out TV media, then cancels New York Times meeting

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

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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Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

The Lightning is on the board in the 2018 NHL draft, using their first pick — 59th overall in the second round — on Gabriel Fortier, an undersize left wing from Quebec."I spoke with them a couple of times, so I knew there was an interest,...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

After hanging on for a 2-1 last night over the MLB-best Yankees, the Rays are looking to make it two in a row today.And their lineup will have a different look, with INF Joey Wendle making his first career appearance,  majors or minors, in the o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

A Clearwater man who authorities said sideswiped a car while driving more than 100 miles per hour the wrong way on U.S. 41 was arrested Friday. Wendel Jamel James, 35, is charged with DUI with property damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said, in interviews, that she would have loved to have been an opera singer.She has certainly become a fixture at many opera houses around the country: She is often spotted in the audience; she sometimes presides...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

An Oldsmar cheerleading coach charged this week with sending explicit images to a minor now faces additional sexual battery charges.Victor Martin Valenty, 28, is accused of having "inappropriate sexual activity" with a 15-year-old at his home for mor...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

Migrants denied access to lawyers, held in cells 23 hours a day, ACLU lawsuit alleges

After crossing the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum, 123 men have been detained for weeks, caged in prison cells for up to 23 hours per day and denied access to attorneys at a federal detention center in Sheridan, Oregon, a lawsuit filed Friday by t...
Updated: 3 hours ago
First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

First step for Hillsborough schools facing biggest challenges: Hire more teachers

TAMPA — As chief of diversity for the Hillsborough County School District, Minerva Spanner-Morrow tries to keep her expectations realistic."We want the best of the best and I know that’s very difficult," she told principals last week as they prepared...
Published: 06/23/18
Girl Scout convinces companies to cut down on millions of plastic straws

Girl Scout convinces companies to cut down on millions of plastic straws

Last fall, the CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health received an email out of the blue. It was from a 16-year-old Girl Scout named Shelby O’Neil. With all due respect, she wrote, the company’s "Human Kindness" commercial had a glarin...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

1. SS Willy Adames had a nice night, and there appear to be many more in his future. He had two hits, an RBI and an inning-ending leaping catch on a line drive by Didi Gregorius in the fifth.2. DH C.J. Cron needs to shake things up. Take a different ...
Published: 06/22/18