Saturday, July 21, 2018
News Roundup

News at Noon: PolitiFact launches the Trump-O-Meter; Walmart hiring 10K, but closing St. Pete store; last chance to see the circus in Tampa

Here's our guide to today's latest.

POLITIFACT LAUNCHES TRUMP-O-METER

For the past six months, PolitiFact has been cataloging promises Trump made to voters in speeches, appearances, interviews and debates. Today we launched our Trump-O-Meter, which will track 102 of the most significant pledges emblematic of his unconventional campaign.

You can also now become a member become a member of PolitiFact's Truth Squad to help us stand up for the facts, fight fake news, and receive a few exclusive perks.

INAUGURATION MEANS SECURITY, RITUAL AND PARTISANSHIP

After a rancorous campaign that blew away precedent, an election result that shocked the political establishment, the unorthodox will be overtaken — at least for a few hours — by timeless traditions as Barack Obama hands over the reins to Donald Trump. It also means a massive security grid involving street closures and thousands of police on the streets of the nation's capital.

WHO WILL BE THERE FROM FLORIDA POLITICS?

Several leading Florida Republicans are making the trek to Washington, D.C. this week to see Donald Trump take the oath of office, including Gov. Rick Scott, while other prominent politicians from Florida are choosing to skip the event.

WALMART PULLING OUT OF ST. PETE'S POVERTY-STRICKEN MIDTOWN

Walmart is closing its Neighborhood Market in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood, reigniting a decades-long battle to keep a grocery store in the poverty-stricken area. "After a careful and thoughtful review process, we have made the difficult decision to close our Walmart Neighborhood Market on 22nd Street South in St. Petersburg," Walmart said in a statement.. News of the closure comes shortly after Walmart announced plans to hire 10,000 employees across the United States.

HIGHWAY PATROL REVIVING 'ARRIVE ALIVE' AFTER CRASHES

The number of serious crashes on Florida roads has spiked in the last couple of years, prompting the Florida Highway Patrol to revive its Arrive Alive campaign. Near the end of 2014, Florida recorded a noticeable increase in traffic crashes, especially crashes that resulted in serious injury or fatality. In 2015, the number of serious injury crashes increased by 3 percent. Just this morning, troopers reported that a car was clocked at 130 mph on Interstate 75 before a crash that injured four teenagers.

MORE DEPENDABLE DROUIN TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR BOLTS

Jonathan Drouin's dazzling assist Monday made all the highlight shows and left teammates shaking their heads. But what might be more telling is that Drouin was put on the ice to protect a lead in a 2-1 win over the Kings. That hasn't happened often the past couple years, showing how far the 21-year-old has come, at least in the minds of the coaches.

YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE CIRCUS IN TAMPA

When fans came to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus last January, they didn't realize it was the last time anyone would see elephants perform in Tampa. When fans come to the circus this time, it will be. the last time audiences will see anyone perform in Tampa under the Ringling banner And the performers say they feel the weight of history in this last tour.

BOOK SALES SOAR FOR REP. JOHN LEWIS AFTER TRUMP EXCHANGE

Donald Trump might admittedly not be an avid reader, but he's certainly boosted book sales for one author: U.S. Rep. John Lewis. After Lewis' announcement that he would not attend the president-elect's inauguration, Trump on Saturday morning tweeted insulting comments about the civil rights leader and his Atlanta congressional district.

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Open office plans are as bad as you thought

Open office plans are as bad as you thought

A cubicle-free workplace without private offices is supposed to force employees to collaborate. To have them talk more face-to-face. To get them off instant messenger and spontaneously brainstroming about new ideas.But a recent study by two researche...
Published: 07/21/18
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: 5 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: 6 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: 6 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: 6 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: 7 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: 7 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: 7 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 ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
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: 9 hours ago