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President Trump Makes A 2020 Campaign-Stop In Tampa Bay AreaTAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - President Donald Trump stopped to fundraise for his reelection campaign yesterday in Tampa, a little more than three months from the Presidential Election. During his stop at Tampa International Airport with law enforcement and a group of supporters, he slammed Democrats, including his opponent, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. President Trump repeatedly told the crowd at the airport, defunding the police will not happen. "[Joe Biden] said that when the well-armed officers do their job, enforce the law, they become the enemy. I say, 'they become the enemy when they enforce the law - that's nice'. When asked recently, he supports cutting police budgets, Biden looked at them and said, 'Yes, yes absolutely,' but again, I don't think he know what, exactly what the question meant." The President recently suggested the Presidential Election be delayed over voting-fraud concerns, but that change is in the hands of Congress where many members say the election will not be delayed. Naomi Ruchim reports from New York, President Trump again pushed his unfounded claim that mail-in voting will cause rampant voter-fraud. This, after he Tweeted that the 2020 election will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history. Trump defended, "I don't want to delay. I want to have the election. But I also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the ballots are all missing, and the election doesn't mean anything." The President doesn't have the power to delay an election. That decision is up to Congress, where Republican leaders say there will be an election on November 3, 2020. Senator Mitch McConnell defends, "Never in the history of the country, through wars, depressions, and the Civil War have we ever not had a Federally scheduled election on time. And we'll find a way to do that again this November third." In his argument, President Trump referred to New York's recent primary election where it took more than a month to count absentee ballots, the results were just finalized this week. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio defended, "We need to have that election on time. We need to have an election so the American people can make their decision." This week, during the funeral of Representative John Lewis, a staunch voting rights activist, former President Barack Obama appeared to accuse the administration of voter suppression. "Even as we sit here, there are those in power, who are doing their darndest to discourage people from voting." Back in April, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden predicted President Trump would try to move the election.
Local Entrepreneurs Utilize Pandemic To Disrupt Healthcare Tech IndustryTAMPA BAY AREA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - Local and national healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs, better known as disruptors in this case, are using the COVID-19 pandemic to get ahead in technology and medicine. Their plan: Disrupt The Bay.   “Entrepreneurs and health care experts out there have these ideas and they already have these products and they have these prototypes,” said Stan Liberatore, Founder of Disrupt the Bay. “But we need to get them to market so people can get quality care.”  When describing Disrupt The Bay, “Innovators and disruptors and entrepreneurs and C-level executives and chief physicians from the major healthcare systems in the country, all together and putting them in one room so that way we can truly disrupt traditional healthcare,” said Liberatore. He says it’s a virtual conference where fresh minds will showcase big data and new technology. “Granted, there is technology out there that has been pushed to market, and now it’s finally because of COVID, it’s getting the attention that it deserves and it’s accelerating,”.  Some keynote speakers present at the conference will include professionals from Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa General Hospital, and  John Nosta, who says now is the time to disrupt. “Today is a unique time in human history. You know, you go back a little bit and everybody knows what IQ is, we want to be smart, and people want to be empathic and have a high EQ, but interestingly, what we’re seeing today is the emergence of a new idea that’s called TQ, our ability to assimilate technology into our lives is an arbiter of success,” said Nosta, who also serves on the Google Health Advisory Board and is a World Health Association Tech Expert.  Liberatore says the rate of innovation in healthcare is at an astronomical speed right now. Some examples we’ve seen just during the pandemic include telehealth and mobile clinics. “It’s been something that’s been in the works and iterated on for the last ten years and now it’s a must,” said Liberatore. “With these concepts, with these ideas, we need to get them exposed.”  That virtual conference will be held August 6th and 7th. For tickets, just visit DisruptTheBay.org. 
Tampa Teen, UK Teen & Orlando Man Charged In 'Bit-Con' Twitter HackTAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - Three individuals have been charged today for their alleged roles in the Twitter hack that occurred on July 15, 2020. Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and the intentional access of a protected computer. Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, Florida, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Northern District of California with aiding and abetting the intentional access of a protected computer. The third defendant is a juvenile.  With exceptions that do not apply to this case, juvenile proceedings in federal court are sealed to protect the identity of the juvenile.  Pursuant to the Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act, the Justice Department has referred the individual to the State Attorney for the 13th Judicial District in Tampa, Florida. SEE RELATED ARTICLE: Tampa Teen Arrested In Relation To July ‘Bit-Con’ Twitter Hack “The hackers allegedly compromised over 100 social media accounts and scammed both the account users and others who sent money based on their fraudulent solicitations,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “The rapid investigation of this conduct is a testament to the expertise of our investigators, our commitment to responding quickly to cyber attacks, and the close relationships we have built with law enforcement partners throughout the world.” “There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” said U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California.  “Today’s charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived.  Criminal conduct over the Internet may feel stealthy to the people who perpetrate it, but there is nothing stealthy about it.  In particular, I want to say to would-be offenders, break the law, and we will find you.”
Pinellas County Officials Prepare For Impact Of Hurricane IsaiasPINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - NOTE: Friday, July 30, 2020 - At the time of the meeting, Hurricane Isaias was a Tropical Storm and had yet to be upgraded. It is important to follow up to the minute coverage of the storm.  Pinellas County’s Emergency Management team gave county board members insight on their plans as Floridians prepare for tropical storm Isaias.  “We are looking at the current timing for when we think the storm could potentially impact Pinellas County,” said Cathie Perkins, Director, Pinellas County Emergency Management. “In Emergency Management, we always like to prepare for higher impacts just in case, so our team has been having community meetings,”.  Officials say they have boots on the ground in different parts of the county checking flood areas.  “Public Works has already gone out to look at the usual spots for where there is flooding. The Brooker Creek, Tarpon Springs area is running a little bit higher than normal, so they are monitoring that,” said Perkins.   The good news: we haven’t had a major influx of rain in those areas so most levels are low according to Emergency Management.  “They will certainly monitor that. If they need to put pumps out there, they are prepared to do that,” said Perkins. The next step, Perkins says, is looking at shelters and staffing them, of course, with Covid-19 in mind. “If we need to open up any shelters, we have been talking about contingencies for that. If we think we could have the high tropical storm force winds, then we could look at potentially opening a community center,”.  “Obviously staffing during a pandemic is a concern. It’s a concern for everybody. We’re going to have to work together to talk about options and alternatives,” said Barry Burton, Pinellas County Administrator. Officials are keeping a close eye on coastal areas but don’t expect life-threatening storm surge in the county.  “At this point in time, we don’t think there is a need to call for any evacuations. Certainly if we think the winds will be high, we’ll take into consideration our electric dependent and our folks that live in mobile homes,” said Perkins.  PIE International Airport is also looking at any impacts on their runways with any high tides or coastal inundation. As we mentioned yesterday, Mahaffey site operations have been suspended until next week. The CIC will be open to take calls from the public.  ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Pinellas County Suggests Adding These COVID-19 Essentials To Your Hurricane PreparationsPINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - Pinellas County officials tell CW44 News at 10 they are now monitoring potential tropical cyclone #9 and suspending Mahaffey Theater test site operations. They are also asking residents to turn their attention to preparedness plans. “If you can open up your home to other people, safely, to come in and shelter with you, that’s an excellent idea,” said Cathie Perkins, Director, Pinellas County Emergency Management. Covid-19 continues to impact every aspect of our lives and it will also change the way we prepare during hurricane season. Pinellas County officials say most of their preparedness plans will remain the same but there are some notable differences. “From a perspective of you at home, you need to be thinking about, what do you need to put in your hurricane kit,” said Perkins. Among your kit with water, non-perishables, and flash lights, officials want you to add a few additional supplies this year. “This year we’re going to ask people to put those sanitation wipes and hand wipes in your kit if you can get them. Masks if you’re going to be sheltering with family or friends. Some of those supplies might still be a little bit scarce on the shelves, so just take your time and as you find those items, put them in your kit,” said Perkins. Due to the threat of the virus, officials say finding a host home with family or friends is a good idea. But if you plan on heading to a public shelter… “What will be different is we’ll do a temperature screening when people come in. We’ll make sure that everybody has their mask,” said Perkins. The County is making plans to assign people to different rooms to maintain distance. “We’re working on making sure that we have enough space so we can help people social distance when they come in. We’re working on making sure that we have increased sanitation at all of those locations, and making sure that we have supplies there,” said Perkins. And for anybody that may be COVID-19 positive when Pinellas County calls for an evacuation order: “We’ll be asking them, can you shelter or isolate safely in your home or another location? If not, then we’ll be looking at having some non-congregate sites so we can safely isolate them during the storm,” said Perkins The Mahaffey Theater testing site will suspend operations Thursday at 7 p.m. and will not operate Friday or Saturday and is anticipated to resume next week. For more hurricane preparation tips, download the ReadyPinellas app or visit pinellascounty.org. ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
CW44 News - 7.28.2020 - McKeonHILLSBOROUGH COUNTY’S PET RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS RESIDENTS THIS FREE BAG WITH A CHECKLIST ON IT TO HELP PREPARE PET OWNERS FOR A POSSIBILITY OF A HURRICANE.
CW44 News - 7.28.2020 - AlvarezST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - SPPD is continuing its search for Angela Jolley, age 46, and her daughter Alexis Jolley, age 19, after finding that they most likely left Florida safely with their two dogs. They were last seen by Angela's stepfather on the evening of July 23, 2020. On Jul 24, 2020 Angela was supposed to start work at her VA Hospital job at 6:30am. Detectives obtained video of both Angela and Alexis packing their car and two dogs early that morning. At 6:52am, 22-minutes after she was supposed to show up at her job, Angela (and Alexis) appear on surveillance video at the GTE Financial Bank located across the street from their home.  There Angela withdrew money and transferred some to different accounts. When Angela did not show up at work, her boss went to her home to check on her but didn't find her there.  Her boss called police and reported her missing. At 3:30pm detectives arrived at their home in 4600 block of 38th Ave N to conduct a search and speak with Angela's stepdad(Alexis' grandfather) who lives with them. Investigators say there was no sign of a struggle or violence in the home. Both women's phones and other electronic devices were found inside the home. Through various investigative techniques, police found that the pair passed through Valdosta, Georgia in Interstate 75 around 11:29a.m. that morning. Later, their vehicle was spotted in Columbus, Mississippi.  Detectives believe the pair stayed in a hotel overnight in Mississippi before Angela's car was last seen (at 7:09am) on July 25, 2020 entering Tennessee, just south of Memphis. Detective Kevin Haemmelmann said that they have every right to travel away from the area without notifying friends and family. However, he cannot rule out the possibility of foul play. The search for them will continue until detectives can verify Angela and Alexis are safe.
CW44 News - 7.27.2020 - St. Pete Announces Tropicana Field RFPSt. Pete Announces Tropicana Field RFP

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