Friday, July 20, 2018
News Roundup

Morning watch: Trump's start roils Florida; HSN promoted company accused of cheating women; Nordstrom drops Ivanka Trump line; DeVos clears Senate hurdle

The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

CHAOTIC START TO TRUMP PRESIDENCY ROILS FLORIDA

The first two weeks of Trump's presidency have been chaotic and divisive and the tumult is rolling across Florida, Alex Leary writes. It's a sudden reversal for a state Trump won and where he maintains a broad base of support for his disruptive style.

HSN FEATURED A FLORIDA JEWELRY COMPANY ACCUSED OF CHEATING FEMALE ARTISANS IN DEVELOPING NATIONS

People tuning in to HSN might think they're supporting a good cause by purchasing a lapis bracelet from Bajalia International Group, an Orlando company that employs female artisans in developing countries like Afghanistan and India. What shoppers don't see on their TV screens, Justine Griffin writes, is the sometimes ruthless business arrangements between Bajalia and its artisans, the company's history of short-changing its craftswomen or the checkered financial past of the company's founder and CEO.

NORDSTROM DROPS IVANKA TRUMP-BRANDED CLOTHING AND SHOES

[Saul Loeb | Pool Photo via AP]

Ivanka Trump arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for the presidential inauguration of her father Donald Trump.

Nordstrom will stop selling Ivanka Trump's name-branded line of clothing and shoes, a company spokesperson said Thursday. The change followed a weeks-long boycott campaign, organized by an anti-Trump activist group called "Grab Your Wallet." The group demanded the department-store giant cease doing business with the president or his family.

TRUMP TAKES FIRST STEP TO SCALE BACK FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it's eager to help. The president will sign an executive order Friday that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after the 2008-09 financial crisis.

DEVOS CLEARS MAJOR SENATE HURDLE TOWARD BECOMING EDUCATION SECRETARY

Betsy DeVos has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary, despite vigorous opposition from Democrats. Senators voted 52-48 to cut off debate before dawn Friday morning, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week.

TAMPA MAN HELPS KEEP AFRICAN STUDENTS IN CLASS TO FURTHER U.S. OBJECTIVES

[Courtesy of Rob Rowen]

Tampa art gallery owner Rob Rowen is helping supply much-needed replacement tents to a village in the African nation of Djibouti after strong winds blew them down. Rowen says it's in the interest of the United States to help moderate Muslim nations.

Tampa art gallery owner Rob Rowen, 63, is bringing tents for schools to a small village in the African nation of Djibouti. The mission, he said, is education. But, Howard Altman writes, its by-product is building relations in the only African nation hosting a major U.S. military base at a time when the Chinese are making inroads on the continent.

MAN SHOT, WOUNDED AFTER ATTACKING SOLDIERS OUTSIDE LOUVRE

A knife-wielding man shouting "Allahu akbar" attacked French soldiers on patrol near the Louvre Museum Friday in what officials described as a suspected terror attack. The soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker and then opened fire, shooting him five times.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: 'SANTA CLARITA DIET,' SUPER BOWL LI

Don't bother reading up on the story of Legion in Marvel comics or catching up on the X-Men films, Chelsea Tatham writes. This new FX series is set in a "parallel universe" to those stories, according to FX CEO John Landgraf. Tatham on what should be on your television-watching radar this weekend.

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Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Dolphins owner: Actually, we haven’t decided whether to levy anthem penalties

Times wiresThe NFL can't seem to get away from the divisive national anthem issue.The latest developments this week assure that, despite the league's wishes, the debate about how to handle players who kneel during the anthem to protest police violenc...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

Shooting outside McDonald’s in South Tampa leaves man in critical condition

TAMPA — Tampa police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday night at a McDonald’s restaurant at 3515 S Dale Mabry Highway.Police responded around 7:30 p.m. after a man was shot around a dark grey Dodge Charger in the back corner of the res...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

Pasco sheriff: Woman faked kidnapping attempt on her daughter to frame former business partner

HOLIDAY — The mother of a 12-year-old girl was arrested Thursday after authorities said she faked a kidnapping attempt on her daughter in an effort to frame a former business partner.After the mother was taken into custody, detectives said she tried ...
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Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS phone scams in Pinellas County

Beware of callers saying they’re with the IRS and demanding payments, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office warned Friday.According to a news release from the agency, scammers have been phoning residents across the county this week and trying to trick...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Updated: 5 hours ago