Tuesday, August 14, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: Animal abuse registry approved; Tebow signs with Mets; NBC's Lauer criticized; J.T. Brown responds to Tortorella

Convicted animal abusers will no longer be able to adopt dogs and cats in Hillsborough County. County commissioners approved a new registry for people convicted of harming animals. Individuals on the registry won't be able to adopt or work with animals, and retailers and shelters will be required to check the registry whenever someone wants to adopt.

TEBOW SIGNS MINOR-LEAGUE DEAL WITH METS

Tim Tebow will be wearing orange and blue again — but not for the Florida Gators. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Gators who last month expressed interest in pursuing a baseball career, was signed to a minor-league contract by the New York Mets and will report to the team's Instructional League.

NBC'S LAUER BLASTED FOR PERFORMANCE AT CLINTON-TRUMP FORUM

It was a high-stakes political moment, far from the chummier confines of the Today show and, for Matt Lauer, NBC's stalwart of the morning, a chance to prove his broadcasting mettle on the presidential stage. The consensus afterward was not kind. Meantime Politifact fact-checks statements by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from the forum.

LARGO COMMISSION OKAYS ZIPLINE, AERIAL COURSE

A zipline and aerial obstacle course is coming to Highland Recreation Complex after Largo commissioners approved it Tuesday night. The 5-2 vote, with Commissioners Curtis Holmes and John Carroll dissenting, ends a monthlong battle between city officials and residents who live near the complex over concerns, including parking, noise, safety, environmental impact and transparency from city officials.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Lightning wing J.T. Brown heads out on the Amalie Arena ice for warmups before an April playoff game against the Red Wings

J.T. BROWN SPEAKS OUT ON LIFE AS 'BLACK ATHLETE IN THE NHL'

Lightning forward J.T. Brown, an African-American, wants to make one thing clear: "I have no ill will towards John Tortorella." That doesn't mean Brown, 26, agrees with everything the Team USA and former Tampa Bay coach says. And Brown took to Twitter this week to let his voice be heard on Tortorella's statement that he'd bench any Team USA player who didn't stand for the national anthem. The tweet went viral.

TARPON SPRINGS FLOODING AMONG THE WORST EVER, SHOP OWNERS SAY

Flooding is nothing new to most businesses sitting along the low-lying areas of Dodecanese Boulevard at the Sponge Docks. But the waters that came along with Hurricane Hermine last week left many shop owners along the tourist strip surprised.

TRUMP CAMP DENIES WRONGDOING IN BONDI DONATION

With attention swelling over Donald Trump's $25,000 donation to Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Trump campaign insists the two never discussed allegations facing his real estate seminars. "Mr. Trump was not made aware of any investigation or discussion about a potential investigation," a spokeswoman said.

GARY JOHNSON'S CANDIDACY NOT HELPED BY 'ALEPPO' RESPONSE

"And what is Aleppo?" And with that response, it would be easy to say Libertarian Gary Johnson's appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe today doomed his third-party candidacy for president. But the English language lacks a good way to describe something that was already in bad shape and then, somehow, becomes far worse rather dramatically.

REPORT: FLORIDA JOB GROWTH SLOWS SLIGHTLY IN AUGUST

Florida job growth cooled slightly in August as it added 15,200 private sector jobs, according to the monthly ADP Regional Employment Report. Florida's two chief rivals among top job-creating states — California and Texas — both outperformed the Sunshine State, adding 27,800 jobs and 21,400 jobs, respectively.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Clyde Walters, 88, owner of Ace Motors, has been selling motorcycles or cars since he retired in 1972 after working 20 years as a police officer.

AT 88, ST. PETE CAR DEALER STILL GOING STRONG

Clyde Walters' office is like a museum of local history, with the walls adorned with decades worth of mementos, family items, old pictures along with all manner of trinkets. His business model is also a throwback to a bygone era. At age 88, his small used car lot is an old-school operation, but he still sells 80 to 100 a year, he said. "I have generations and generations of people who want to buy cars from me because people don't trust anyone else," he says.

'IT'S LIKE A FITBIT FOR YOUR CAREER'

Now, there's an employee badge with microphones doing real-time voice analysis, sensors that follow where you are in the office and motion detectors to record how much you move.It's all with the goal of giving employers better information to evaluate performance. Think of it as biometrics meets the boss.

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