Saturday, February 17, 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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Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan on Memorial Highway Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway from we...
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Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

Hillsborough rethinks its strategy for struggling schools

TAMPA — "Elevate," a Hillsborough County School District initiative that was to focus on seven troubled schools and use them as models for dozens more, is becoming but a memory as the district seeks instead to support all schools equally."We’re more ...
Published: 02/17/18

High school scoreboard for Feb. 16

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 9, Belleview 1
Published: 02/16/18
Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

Stormy Daniels does Tampa: 10 minutes of dancing, then $20 a photo

TAMPA — Well, that was fast.Adult film actress Stormy Daniels made her first appearance at Thee Dollhouse on Friday evening, the first of several shows planned this weekend at the Tampa strip club.She took the stage about 7 p.m. dressed in a pink, fl...
Published: 02/16/18
Two students wounded by gunfire outside Tampa’s Middleton High campus

Two students wounded by gunfire outside Tampa’s Middleton High campus

TAMPA — With a nation in jitters over a South Florida school massacre, gunfire erupted a block from Tampa’s Middleton High School on Friday, prompting a reaction that had some students hiding behind locked doors.Two senior girls, ages 17 and 18, were...
Published: 02/16/18
Longtime Northcliffe Baptist pastor passes torch

Longtime Northcliffe Baptist pastor passes torch

SPRING HILL — Long time senior pastor Jerry Waugh will ceremonially "pass the torch" to his associate pastor, Jeff Dye, at a special service Feb. 25 at Northcliffe Baptist Church. "We will have a time of celebration, which will honor Pastor Jerry’s c...
Published: 02/16/18

Published: 02/16/18
Fire Chiefs Gone Wild: Ex-chiefs ran free-spending ‘frat house,’ investigators find

Fire Chiefs Gone Wild: Ex-chiefs ran free-spending ‘frat house,’ investigators find

HERNANDO BEACH — Trading the county gasoline card for smokes and energy drinks, falsifying training documents, paying themselves salaries for volunteer jobs and boasting about setting a fire that torched prized artwork.FROM THE ARCHIVES: After fire, ...
Published: 02/16/18
St. Petersburg car thefts dropped in 2017, police say

St. Petersburg car thefts dropped in 2017, police say

The number of reported auto thefts in St. Petersburg has dropped for the third consecutive year.According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, the annual crime report for 2017 found that reports of auto thefts were down 10.7 percent compared to 2...
Published: 02/16/18
Plant High students commemorate Parkland victims with sidewalk messages

Plant High students commemorate Parkland victims with sidewalk messages

TAMPA — Students at Plant High School honored the victims of the Parkland school shooting with a series of sidewalk chalk messages.The chalk art carried a series of messages such as "How many times?" and "Do something. Protect us." according to a Fac...
Published: 02/16/18