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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