In the News: Florida tourism record, drunk 10-year-old boy, Jerry Buss dies, Tebow to speak at anti-gay church
Florida tourism sets record in 2012 – According to Visit Florida, 89.3 million people visited Florida in 2012, which is 2.3 percent more than the year before. The number of jobs created from the increased tourism hit a record 1.03 million. Tampa Bay Times
Spring Hill child found wandering street naked, drunk– A 10-year-old boy was found drunk and naked on Thursday in Spring Hill. The boy said he had been drinking “Christian Brother’s brandy.” The child was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital, and a blood draw found his blood alcohol level at .108. The boy’s mother, Nedra Joann Byrd, 31, was arrested on charges of child neglect. Hernando Today
Jerry Buss, Longtime Lakers Owner, Is Dead at 80 – Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, died Monday. He was 80 and was hospitalized with cancer for the last 18 months. Buss, who bought the Lakers in 1979, brought the team 10 titles under his leadership. His death was announced by the Lakers. The New York Times
Tim Tebow to speak at controversial Dallas church – New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow will be speaking at the controversial First Baptist Church of Dallas on April 28. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Robert Jeffress, is known for his unpopular views on homosexuality. The topic of Tebow’s speech is unknown. Los Angeles Times
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Alachua County’s Farm to School to Work program, a place for disabled students to work in gardening and farming, expanded to a new location this Fall. This gives the students more space to grow and process healthy foods to distribute to local schools.
Florida defeated the No. 3 ranked Ole Miss Rebels in the Swamp Saturday night. The Gators received a stellar performance from quarterback Will Grier, along with a strong showing from their defense.
Florida was named the sixth-best state in the country when it comes to assimilating Hispanics into American society. The rankings were based on the state’s ability to assimilate Hispanics into American cultural, educational and economic systems.
A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.
Former Gator great Thaddeus Bullard is completing his challenge of 3,000 volunteer hours to the Gator Nation. Along the way, he stopped by the St. Francis House house to help serve food and mingle with the crowd.