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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The Saint Francis House Pet Care Clinic provides free non-emergency health care for pets of economically troubled owners four times a month. In the colder months, they give out cold weather clothes and blankets because homeless shelters do not allow animals unless they are service animals.
Freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been charged with second-degree misdemeanor for driving without a valid driver’s license.
The Pledge 5 Foundation is in debt with local businesses in Gainesville. The organization owes more than $100,000, but it created a program, so that they can pay back the money they owe.
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.
In exchange for a reduced sentence, some Marion County inmates participate in a prison work program. The program has produced much of the jail’s infrastructure, saving taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013.