Monday, September 24, 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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The Daystarter: Building a wall against Red Tide; TGH records last heartbeats; Dungy goes into Ring of Honor

The Daystarter: Building a wall against Red Tide; TGH records last heartbeats; Dungy goes into Ring of Honor

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll have scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Highs today will be in the lower 90s.• As you head out for your morning commute, c...
Updated: 8 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: $1 billion Florida tax hike? Andrew Gillum proposes increasing state corporate tax

PolitiFact Florida: $1 billion Florida tax hike? Andrew Gillum proposes increasing state corporate tax

A TV attack ad portrays Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum as so "far out" that he is on another planet."Gillum wants to increase Florida taxes by a billion dollars. Disaster for the economy," says an ad by the Republican Governors Association showing Gi...
Published: 09/24/18

Hooper: Don’t trade progress for pennies. Reject Amendment 1

A lot of Tampa Bay city and county elected officials should be sounding the alarm about Amendment 1.The amendment, one of 12 voters will find on the November ballot, increases the maximum homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, but the devil is ...
Published: 09/24/18
The ‘Murphy Brown’ revival is re-entering a very different TV space. Can it succeed?

The ‘Murphy Brown’ revival is re-entering a very different TV space. Can it succeed?

In one of the first episodes of the rebooted Murphy Brown, the show’s title character, back at it after all these years, faces a quandary.Murphy, a celebrity TV journalist, is being pushed by network executives to conduct an interview. It’s a chance ...
Published: 09/24/18
Hillsborough asking why rescue captain stayed back as patient’s friends performed CPR

Hillsborough asking why rescue captain stayed back as patient’s friends performed CPR

TAMPA — It was almost 4 a.m. when the man’s friends found him unconscious in a Riverview home and called 911.His breath was shallow and he was turning blue. With the 911 call-taker giving instructions, his friends performed CPR and waited.Ten minutes...
Published: 09/24/18
Dear Penny: I spent everything ending a bad relationship. Can I treat myself?

Dear Penny: I spent everything ending a bad relationship. Can I treat myself?

Dear Penny, I just made one of the hardest decisions of my life and ended the relationship I had been in since my early 20s. After a decade in a bad relationship, I’m super excited to be single again. The problem is my wardrobe. Over the past few yea...
Published: 09/24/18
Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

Snell wins No. 21 as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

TORONTO — Blake Snell doesn't look like he can be stopped.He pitched again for the Rays in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays, he dominated again and he won again.That's both a major-league-leading and team-record-breaking 21st victory for...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

Lightning journal: Roster trimmed to 28

TAMPA – After Sunday morning, the Lightning sat five cuts away from having a 23-man roster to start the regular season.It cut its training camp roster by 27, leaving 28 players on the roster with the start of the regular season less than two we...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Tiger Woods ends five-year win drought with Tour Championship title

Tiger Woods ends five-year win drought with Tour Championship title

Times wiresATLANTA — Tiger Woods, in his Sunday red shirt, both arms raised in victory on the 18th green.For so many years, the scene was familiar.This time, it was surreal."I can't believe I pulled this off," Woods said Sunday during the troph...
Updated: 7 hours ago
$ki Mask the Slump God comes to Tampa

$ki Mask the Slump God comes to Tampa

$ki Mask the Slump God performs at the Ritz Ybor Saturday, September 22, 2018. KASAMBA KOKAYI | For the Times$ki Mask the Slump God is a musical hip-hop artist who has gained a lot of momentum over the past year. From making this year’s XXL cov...
Updated: 7 hours ago